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University of Colorado Boulder Review

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Career Preparation B+
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A-
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University of Colorado Boulder is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 33,056 students and offering 192 degrees in Boulder, CO.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of Colorado Boulder.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Human and Social Sciences
1,603 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
American/united States Studies/civilization
1
Anthropology
97
2
7
Asian Studies/civilization
5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
22
11
0
Cognitive Science
7
Comparative Literature
7
0
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
8
1
Educational Psychology
0
2
Ethnic Studies
25
0
History
112
7
2
Humanities/humanistic Studies
23
International/global Studies
191
Jewish/judaic Studies
2
Linguistics
21
23
7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
9
4
Museology/museum Studies
8
Philosophy
53
5
4
Political Science
171
11
9
Psychology
492
7
16
Religion/religious Studies
1
2
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
0
Russian Studies
10
0
Science, Technology and Society
2
Sociology
193
2
11
Women's Studies
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Engineering
1,448 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
90
74
16
Architectural Engineering
40
5
3
Biochemical Engineering
50
Chemical Engineering
45
13
24
Civil Engineering
58
70
19
Computer Engineering
38
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
48
59
20
Engineering
0
77
Environmental Design/architecture
123
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
40
Environmental Studies
187
10
4
Materials Engineering
1
0
Mechanical Engineering
196
54
18
Telecommunications Engineering
65
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
1,250 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
712
200
10
Economics
290
9
17
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
12
Real Estate
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Mathematics and Science
1,166 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
36
Astrophysics
9
6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
12
12
Biochemistry
80
0
14
Cellular and Molecular Biology
139
0
6
Chemical Physics
5
Chemistry
19
9
25
Engineering Physics/applied Physics
21
Geography
61
9
9
Geology/earth Science
55
12
13
Geophysics and Seismology
1
Mathematics
76
2
4
Neuroscience
65
8
Physics
40
24
29
Physiology
340
20
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Education and Liberal Arts
1,070 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
36
12
9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
23
2
Chinese Language and Literature
22
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
0
Communication Sciences and Disorders
61
35
2
Creative Writing
12
Curriculum and Instruction
34
5
Educational Evaluation and Research
1
English Language and Literature
180
18
5
French Language and Literature
8
4
3
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
10
5
0
Italian Language and Literature
2
Japanese Language and Literature
30
Music Teacher Education
19
9
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
108
10
Spanish Language and Literature
71
7
5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
313
4
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Art and Design
374 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dance
14
5
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
27
1
5
Film/cinema/video Studies
103
Fine Arts
101
8
Intermedia/multimedia
0
Music
10
Music History, Literature, and Theory
2
Music Performance
32
44
22
Visual and Performing Arts
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Communication and Media
232 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies
0
Journalism
214
18
Mass Communication
0
0
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
0
0
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Agriculture
208 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
184
10
14
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Legal and Law
163 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Advanced Legal Research/studies
1
Law
162
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Computer Technology
158 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
104
45
9
Information Science/studies
0
0
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Healthcare
10 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Audiology/audiologist
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of Colorado Boulder.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
B+ Great
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 18 Reviews
Alumni
History/Business, Class of 1988

Small classes, work groups, computer based classes and assignments

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English literature, Class of 2015

Career Buffs - for students and alumni

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology , Class of 2011

Forever buffs... or some such nonsense.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
accounting, physical therapy, Class of 1993

interviews, help with resumes and cover letters

Rated January 2016
Alumni
History, Class of 1992

Ongoing communication with university programs

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Biology, Class of 1987

We have a Career Services Department for the entire campus and several of the schools have individual career services offices as well. Student groups and other entities provide opportunities to meet with employers and pursue internships.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA History, Class of 1992

N/A been a long time

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2015

My school has a career services department, and many students with my major were able to work on research with professors in their labs.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 1990

Access to fellow students and interest groups; Job fairs; Graduate opportunities (TA's, etc.); Strong analytic and modeling framework; Broad liberal arts curriculum.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Aerospace Engineering, Class of 1994

transition office, mentorship program, internship sponsoring

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Class of 1995

Alumni association events, career center

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nursing , Class of 2003

Simulation labs, In class lectures and face to face peer conversations

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 18 Reviews
Alumni
English literature, Class of 2015

Big partying demographic, but it's an enormous university so there are plenty of nerds and scholars as well. Generally politically apathetic, extremely white, extremely liberal.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism and Sociology , Class of 2003

Progressive, politically active, socially conscious, environmentally conscious, healthy and fit

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 2006

I didn't interact with any unless absolutely necessary.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Biology, Class of 1987

The environment is very welcoming. The students, as a whole, are very accepting of one another. They work together to make the campus a welcoming place and a safe place to be.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2015

There are some very bright and dedicated students, but they're outnumbered by students who aren't yet interested in learning. Smaller upper division classes still have a mix of both, but those who are engaged in the class are more visible and talkative, while those who don't care keep quiet and browse the internet on their computers during class.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 1990

Strong social science and activism; Moderate Greek culture/business school types; Many hard science and engineering students; Muted sports culture.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2012

CU was a very culturally and socially diverse institution.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1995

A solid mixture of fun & academics. This school is the ultimate college experience.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Class of 1995

Mostly self-entitled idiots riding on dad's money.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nursing , Class of 2003

Diverse, accepting, rigerous, strong, tough.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 18 Reviews
Alumni
History/Business, Class of 1988

Computer and language labs, dorms, cafeterias, student union, rec center,

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English literature, Class of 2015

Excellent electronic facilities (it's a big research university). Dining halls OK, dorms and dining halls really only service freshman (everyone else lives off campus). Classrooms in science and engineering departments are great, but a lot of the liberal arts facilities are old and run-down.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology , Class of 2011

Fine. Probably comparable to any other college.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
accounting, physical therapy, Class of 1993

They've been updated so I don't know

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Biology, Class of 1987

The facilities are excellent and improved/updated every two to three years. Many facilities have recently undergone major renovations to be meet the needs of the students especially those with physical disabilities.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2015

I had little experience in dorms and dining halls, but as far as I know, they're clean and well-maintained. The classrooms are fairly well-designed and all have good projectors and speakers. Most have chalk boards and projection screens. The chairs and desks are somewhat comfortable and functional, though older chairs squeak quite a bit and can be distracting in large lecture halls, with people fidgeting often.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 1990

Older dorms have smallish rooms; Dining halls and many classrooms are large and well maintained; Student access to computers is good.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2012

CU had very top of the line technology. Many of the dorms were older at the time of my attendance. Many newer dining halls had been added.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1995

Boulder is consistently rated one of the prettiest campuses in the country.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Aerospace Engineering, Class of 1994

Full spectrum, state of the art

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 18 Reviews
Alumni
History/Business, Class of 1988

recreational, art and music classes

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English literature, Class of 2015

I honestly have no idea.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Journalism and Sociology , Class of 2003

Ethnic student groups, student government, outdoor activities

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Biology, Class of 1987

There are a number of new student groups that have been initiated in the past two years to help increase the diversity on campus and provide multicultural activities. The International Education Office has begun a major push to increase the number of students who are able to take advantage of things like Study Abroad and Semester at Sea.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemistry, Class of 1998

I studied abroad so ran with that crowd

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Class of 2015

I know my school has a great number of groups, but I have never looked into any of them.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 1990

Recreational: skiing, climbing, hiking Political: social justice, women's equality, third world

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2012

Athletics were very popular as well as sororities.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1995

Ski Team! Great mix of Greeks & non-Greeks.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Aerospace Engineering, Class of 1994

intramural sports, mountain climbing, skiing

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
University of Colorado Boulder Engineering Program
UDC Contributor

You want to launch a career that will take you to incredible heights. With the Aerospace Engineering Sciences program you can do just that. Undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty in cutting edge research facilities. Together these teams design, build, and operate technology that takes flight. This includes craft like satellites, rockets, drones and the systems that power them. Students in this program have recently managed the orbit of a NASA satellite traveling 55 million miles away from Earth, something no other college students in the country have done. Others have been building a drone that can be used to detect rhino poachers in Africa for an international wildlife conservation competition. Students solve real world problems through hands-on learning and this is just a glimpse into the aerospace program’s many high-tech happenings. Whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree, the University of Colorado Boulder ranks within the top 10 schools for this program nationally. It is the perfect combination of an out-of-this-world education with a down-to-earth campus experience.

Featured Alumni Review
Tyler
Bachelor's in Philosophy, Class of 2013

U My favorite thing about studying at the University of Colorado Boulder was the campus itself— seeing the Flatirons between every class was an amazing departure from the cornfields I grew up in and a constant reminder of why I came. Also, studying philosophy is not generally considered a sound business decision, but Boulder is a unique place. The accepting atmosphere of Boulder startups allowed me to actually pursue my interests despite the stigma associated with my degree.

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Laura
Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2013

U One of the things that drew me to the University of Colorado Boulder for graduate school in the Aerospace department was the large number of classes available that I didn't see offered anywhere else like Interplanetary Mission Design, as well as the broad range of research on space topics that gave students many options for research and projects. CU Boulder has many interesting student groups too, and the one I was most involved with was CU SEDS, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Through going to conferences with this group I met my future employer and made important connections in the industry.

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Fletcher
Bachelor's in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Class of 2014

U The University of Colorado Boulder is a great place to learn to be an engineer or an entrepreneur. The ability to engage in extracurricular activities related to entrepreneurship was my favorite part of the experience. I especially enjoyed the CU New Venture Challenge, a pitch competition that encouraged me to start several companies and where I won several thousand dollars to support those businesses. I also enjoyed the Startup Summer program, an internship program where I worked for a startup and learned how to start my own company.

Questions and Answers about University of Colorado Boulder

Do you have questions about furthering your education with University of Colorado Boulder? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

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Who are the notable alumni?
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone who co-created the animated television series South Park are two of the most widely known alumni. Other prominent alumni include ESPN Broadcaster Chris Fowler, Lynne Cheney who is wife of former U.S. Vice Present Dick Cheney, NASA Astronauts Jack Swigert who flew on Apollo 13, Stuart Roosa who flew on Apollo 14, and Ellison Onizuka who flew on the Challenger, Theodore Harold Raiman who invented the first working laser, and Swiss Psychologist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross who introduced the theory of the Five Stages of Grief in her book On Death And Dying.

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What is the campus setting like?
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The campus offers a mix of historic Tuscan architecture with cutting-edge interior facilities. It sits against the stunning backdrop of the Flatirons formation of the Rocky Mountains and features a large outdoor theatre for performances. All students are required to live on campus for their first two semesters in one of the university’s 23 on-campus residence halls. Residence halls offer several Living and Learning Communities such as the Active Living community where students who strive for health in body and mind go on planned hiking, biking, skiing, and rock climbing adventures. Also right on campus is the Fiske Planetarium featuring star and laser shows and the Sommers-Bausch Observatory for those who wish to take stargazing to the next level.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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The university boasts the slogan “Be Boulder Anywhere” and has offered distance education opportunities for over four decades. Fully online graduate programs and dual degree programs are available in electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer science, aerospace engineering, and engineering management. Graduate certificate programs are available in various engineering specialties as well as telecommunications and renewable and sustainable energy. The Office of Continuing Education also offers evening, weekend, and online individual course options ideal for adult learners.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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The Buffaloes are NCAA Division I and members of the Pacific 12 Conference. Since 1959 the Buffaloes have won 24 NCAA championships,17 of which were for skiing. Buffaloes Football has participated in 28 NCAA Division I bowl games and secured 12 wins. Rashaan Salaam received the Heisman Trophy in 1994 and is to date the only alumnus to have received this honor.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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The University of Colorado Boulder is widely known as a leading public research university and houses 11 research institutes and 90 research centers on campus. The university receives more funding from NASA for student and faculty research initiatives than any other university worldwide. In 1995 Professor Carl E. Weiman and National Institute of Standards and Technology Senior Scientist Eric A. Cornell produced a new form of matter called the Bose–Einstein condensate in the campus’ Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics. Several faculty members received the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007 for contributing to climate change research and reports.

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