University of Colorado Boulder

Public, Four-years School Located in Boulder, CO

Save to My School
How much is the CU Boulder tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, CU Boulder's tuition & fees is $12,590 for Colorado residents and $38,962 for out-of-state students based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $32,950 for Colorado residents and $59,322 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

CU Boulder Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$12,590
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$38,962
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$16,146
On-campus Expenses$3,014
Off-campus Room & Board$15,164
Off-campus Expenses$3,014
2023-2024 Estimates
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$12,570
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$39,576

How Much Does it Cost to Go to CU Boulder for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $162,080 at CU Boulder. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $244,050. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $198,219.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$39,576$59,254$48,064
Sophomore (2024-25)$40,199$60,410$49,043
Junior (2025-26)$40,832$61,590$50,045
Senior (2026-27)$41,475$62,795$51,068
4 Years Total$162,080$244,050$198,219
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$40,199$60,410$49,043
Sophomore (2025-26)$40,832$61,590$50,045
Junior (2026-27)$41,475$62,795$51,068
Senior (2027-28)$42,128$64,025$52,113
4 Years Total$164,633$248,821$202,269
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$40,832$61,590$50,045
Sophomore (2026-27)$41,475$62,795$51,068
Junior (2027-28)$42,128$64,025$52,113
Senior (2028-29)$42,791$65,281$53,182
4 Years Total$167,225$253,692$206,407
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$41,475$62,795$51,068
Sophomore (2027-28)$42,128$64,025$52,113
Junior (2028-29)$42,791$65,281$53,182
Senior (2029-30)$43,465$66,564$54,274
4 Years Total$169,858$258,666$210,636
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$42,128$64,025$52,113
Sophomore (2028-29)$42,791$65,281$53,182
Junior (2029-30)$43,465$66,564$54,274
Senior (2030-31)$44,149$67,874$55,390
4 Years Total$172,533$263,745$214,959

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CU Boulder' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,740. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Colorado, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $16,324.
In-StateOut-of-State
University of Colorado Boulder$12,590$38,962
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
Colorado Four-years Colleges$17,257
Public Schools$7,075$16,324
Private Schools$17,622

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between CU Boulder and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, CO$12,590$38,962
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort Collins, CO$12,559$32,517

Financial Aid and COA

At University of Colorado Boulder, 17,868 students (56%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $11,017.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at CU Boulder is $48,305 for students living on-campus and $47,323 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 4,530 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $10,477 and the average amount of student loans is $10,614.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Colorado ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$32,950$59,322
COA (off-campus)$31,968$58,340
Tuition & Fees$12,590$38,962
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$20,360$20,360
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$19,378$19,378
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$21,933$48,305
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,951$47,323
Average Financial Aid$11,017$11,017
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship17,86856%$11,017
Pell Grants4,54514%$5,007
Federal Student Loan7,36023%$6,169
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid4,53068%-
Grants or Scholarships3,81057%$10,477
Federal Grants1,53423%$5,721
Pell Grants92314%$5,024
Other Federal Grants1,47522%$2,806
State/Local Grants66110%$3,924
Institutional Grants3,43852%$8,304
Student Loan Aid1,96129%$10,614
Federal Student Loans1,86228%$4,968
Other Student Loans4036%$28,696
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,4251,135$11,380
0-30,000289288$20,281
30,001-48,000175175$20,908
48,001-75,000240237$16,101
75,001-110,000206175$7,472
110,001 or more515260$2,512

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

CU Boulder's acceptance rate is 79.58%. A total of 54,756 applicants applied to and 43,576 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 6,785 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.57%.
To apply to CU Boulder, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 2 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank and Recommendations. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants54,75626,061$28,695
Admitted43,57619,638$23,938
Enrolled6,7853,690$3,095
Acceptance Rate79.58%75.35%83.42%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.57%18.79%12.93%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to CU Boulder. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,280 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 28.
Its SAT score is higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,2801,1701,390
National Average1,168
Colorado Average1,163
SAT EBRW640590690
SAT Math640580700
ACT Composite282531
National Average24
Colorado Average25
ACT Math272430
ACT English292433

Student Population

University of Colorado Boulder has a total of 39,585 students including 31,034 undergraduate and 8,551 graduate students. By gender, there are 21,625 male students and 17,375 female students attending CU Boulder. The school offers online degree programs and 3,156 students enrolled online exclusively (7.97% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total39,000 21,62517,375
Undergraduate30,886 16,93313,953
Graduate8,114 4,6923,422

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressRegent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, CO
Phone303-492-1411
WEBwww.colorado.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered210 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered138 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate80.73%
Yield16.37%
Student Population39,585
Graduation Rate75%
Transfer-out Rate15%
Retention Rate88% (Full-time), 61% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate18 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties1,711 (Full-time), 975 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs7,722 (Full-time), 1,726 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$108,398
Average Staff Salary$76,693