University of Colorado Boulder

Public, Four-years School Located in Boulder, CO

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How much is the CU Boulder tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, CU Boulder's tuition & fees is $16,430 for Colorado residents and $41,943 for out-of-state students.
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 $36,790 for Colorado residents and $62,303 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

CU Boulder Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Colorado Residents Tuition & Fees$16,430
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$41,943
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$21,407
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$45,863

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 $202,413 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 $284,382. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $231,215.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$45,152$64,831$52,971
Sophomore (2024-25)$48,607$68,818$56,051
Junior (2025-26)$52,326$73,084$59,340
Senior (2026-27)$56,329$77,650$62,854
4 Years Total$202,413$284,382$231,215
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$48,607$68,818$56,051
Sophomore (2025-26)$52,326$73,084$59,340
Junior (2026-27)$56,329$77,650$62,854
Senior (2027-28)$60,639$82,536$66,609
4 Years Total$217,900$302,088$244,853
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$52,326$73,084$59,340
Sophomore (2026-27)$56,329$77,650$62,854
Junior (2027-28)$60,639$82,536$66,609
Senior (2028-29)$65,278$87,769$70,622
4 Years Total$234,572$321,039$259,425
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$56,329$77,650$62,854
Sophomore (2027-28)$60,639$82,536$66,609
Junior (2028-29)$65,278$87,769$70,622
Senior (2029-30)$70,273$93,372$74,914
4 Years Total$252,519$341,327$274,999
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$60,639$82,536$66,609
Sophomore (2028-29)$65,278$87,769$70,622
Junior (2029-30)$70,273$93,372$74,914
Senior (2030-31)$75,649$99,374$79,503
4 Years Total$271,839$363,051$291,648

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CU Boulder' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Colorado, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $17,007.
University of Colorado Boulder$16,430$41,943
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Colorado Four-years Colleges$17,826
Public Schools$7,400$17,007
Private Schools$18,146

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.
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, CO$16,430$41,943
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort Collins, CO$12,896$33,751

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 $51,286 for students living on-campus and $50,304 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)$36,790$62,303
COA (off-campus)$35,808$61,321
Tuition & Fees$16,430$41,943
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$20,360$20,360
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$19,378$19,378
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$25,773$51,286
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,791$50,304
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered210 Programs
Online Program Offered4 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered138 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate80.73%
Student Population39,585
Graduation Rate74%
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