University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)

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University of Colorado Boulder can be found in Boulder, CO, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. CU Boulder has around 34,000 students enrolled yearly.

Many of the students that got into CU Boulder got an SAT score between 1060 - 1280, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 24 - 29. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the CU Boulder average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.35 - 3.57. CU Boulder has an acceptance rate of about 88% with 30% of applicants deciding to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the CU Boulder acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 86%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CU Boulder Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for University of Colorado Boulder was reported as 87.7% in Fall 2013 with over 22,500 college applications submitted to University of Colorado Boulder. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CU Boulder ACT Scores: 24 - 29
  • CU Boulder Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Colorado Boulder?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of Colorado Boulder is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Colorado Boulder has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 84.0%
  • 2010-2011: 82.8%
  • 2011-2012: 86.9%
  • 2012-2013: 83.6%
  • 2013-2014: 87.7%
  • Projected CU Boulder Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 85.6%

How Does CU Boulder Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Colorado Boulder is fifty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Colorado Denver75.9%
Metropolitan State University of Denver71.2%
University of Denver76.7%
University of Northern Colorado69.6%
Colorado State University-Fort Collins77.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CU Boulder (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English23 - 30
Math23 - 29
Composite Score24 - 29
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