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CU-Boulder Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into CU-Boulder? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 24,941 out of 31,325 applicants or 80% were admitted making University of Colorado Boulder an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. University of Colorado Boulder typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 14,706 16,619 31,325
Accepted 12,195 12,746 24,941
Acceptance Rate 83% 77% 80%
Enrolled 2,880 3,328 6,208
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 26% 25%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Colorado Boulder and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that CU-Boulder regularly accepts students with ACTs of 24 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Boulder.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1250 out of 1600. 38 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1140 1360
SAT Reading 570 670
SAT Math 570 690
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT English 24 31
ACT Math 24 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >87%
27 to 30 Avg + 80%-87%
24 to 27 Avg - 70%-80%
21 to 24 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 21 Low <58%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1360 and Above Good >87%
1250 to 1360 Avg + 80%-87%
1140 to 1250 Avg - 70%-80%
1030 to 1140 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 1030 Low <58%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Colorado Boulder. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Colorado Boulder was 3.56 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.56 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CU-Boulder accepts 80% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 39% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 19% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 8% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

You have 114 days left until the Fall 2018 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Boulder and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126614 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Boulder.