Academic Ranking of World Universities

University of Colorado at Boulder
English Name: University of Colorado at Boulder
Region: Northern America
Country/Region: USA
Found Year: 1876
Address: 914 Broadway


The University of Colorado Boulder is the major research university in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. CU Boulder has a proud academic tradition, with five Nobel laureates in the sciences, nine MacArthur “genius grant” recipients, more than 100 Fulbright scholars since 1982, and approximately 80 combined members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. Several CU Boulder research faculty from the National Snow and Ice data center shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore for their contributions to the international report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The university has historically ranked as one of the top five sources of Peace Corps volunteers among U.S. colleges and universities and is the home of the founding chapter of Engineers Without Borders.


The CU Boulder Graduate School offers 62 doctoral and 80 master’s degree programs in a full range of disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, fine arts, performing arts, engineering, journalism, business, music, and education. The Graduate  School provides students with a wide scope of research opportunities. It oversees 11 research institutes on campus that conduct interdisciplinary investigations in such areas as environmental sciences, space studies, biotechnology, renewable energy, and behavioral science. Students participate in the research programs of faculty and in cooperative research programs with federal agencies, laboratories, and private industries. Faculty received $511.1 million in sponsored research awards in the 2018 fiscal year, part of which helps support the work of hundreds of graduate students, gives graduate students access to high-quality equipment, and fosters collaboration with world-class faculty. The University of Colorado Law School offers rich opportunities for interdisciplinary study through seven dual degree programs with other CU Boulder schools and colleges.


The campus maintains an intimate college atmosphere for undergraduate students with many small academic communities and 83% of classes enrolling fewer than 50 students. CU Boulder offers more than 4,000 undergraduate courses in approximately 150 areas of study and 81 degree programs at the bachelor’s level. Undergraduates apply to the following colleges, schools, and programs: Arts & Sciences, Leeds School of Business, Engineering & Applied Science, Music, Environmental Design, Education, and Communication, Media and Information. CU Boulder faculty members bring their research into the classroom in areas such as physics, space sciences, and the American West. University facilities include an observatory, planetarium, mountain research station, a hands-on teaching and learning laboratory for engineering, and the Alliance for Teaching, Learning, & Society Center, a structure that offers the university community groundbreaking instructional technology and learning opportunities. Outstanding departments and programs include aerospace engineering, astrophysical and planetary sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering, English, entrepreneurial business, geography, integrative physiology, music, physics, and psychology.


Undergraduate students participate in approximately 400 study abroad programs in 65 countries, honors programs, undergraduate research, service learning courses—combining community service with instruction, and 12 residential academic programs. CU Boulder students come from every state and more than 100 countries, which enriches campus life with a variety of cultures and perspectives.


Total Enrollment:28916
           International Students:891(3%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:25325
           International Students:423(2%)
Graduate Enrollment:3592
           International Students:468(13%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Aerospace Engineering Sciences
           Applied Mathematics
           Architectural Engineering
           Architecture Studies
           Art History
           Asian Studies
           Chemical and Biological Engineering
           Chemical Engineering
           Civil Engineering
           Computer Science
           Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
           Electrical and Computer Engineering
           Electrical Engineering
           Engineering Physics
           Environmental Design
           Environmental Engineering
           Environmental Studies
           Ethnic Studies
           Film Studies
           Geological Sciences
           Germanic Studies
           Integrative Physiology
           International Affairs
           Management and Entrepreneurship
           Mechanical Engineering
           Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
           Music Education
           Music Performance
           Open Option - Arts and Sciences
           Open Option - Business
           Open Option - Engineering
           Planning Studies
           Political Science
           Prejournalism and Mass Communication*
           PreProfessional Health
           PreProfessional Law
           Religious Studies
           Russian Studies
           Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
           Studio Arts
           Teacher Licensure - Elementary
           Teacher Licensure - Music (K-12)
           Teacher Licensure - Secondary (English, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Russian, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)
           Women and Gender Studies
Graduate Programs
           Aerospace engineering sciences
           Applied Mathematics
           Art and Art History
           Asian Languages and Civilizations
           Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
           Atlas-Technology, Media and Society
           Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
           Chemical engineering
           Chemical Physics
           Chemistry and Biochemistry
           Civil, environmental, and architectural engineering
           Cognitive Science
           Comparative Literature
           Computer science
           Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)
           Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
           Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)- Music Education
           Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)- Musicology
           Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
           Educational and Psychological Studies (EPSY)
           Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD)
           Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice (EFPP)
           Electrical, computer, & energy engineering
           Engineering management
           Environmental Studies
           Geological Sciences
           Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature
           Integrative Physiology
           Juris Doctor (JD)
           Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
           MA in Mass Communication Research
           MA in Newsgathering
           Master of Business Administration (MBA)
           Master of Business Administration/MA or MFA in Fine Arts (MBA/MA Fine Arts or MFA Fine Arts)
           Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Telecommunications (MBA/MS TLEN)
           Master of Music (MM)
           Master of Music Education (MMEd)
           Mechanical engineering
           Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
           MS Accounting
           MS Auditing
           Museum and Field Studies
           PhD in Accounting
           PhD in Communication
           PhD in Finance
           PhD in Information Systems
           PhD in Marketing
           PhD in Operations Management
           PhD in Strategic, Organizational, and Entrepreneurial Studies
           Political Science
           Psychology and Neuroscience
           Religious Studies
           Research and Evaluation Methodology (REME)
           Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Dual Degree Programs
           MBA/MA in Anthropology
           MBA/MA in Germanic and Slavic Languages
           MBA/MS in Computer Science
           MBA/MS in Environmental Studies

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