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Chances of getting into University of Colorado Boulder

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
78.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Boulder
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into CU Boulder and can I get accepted? The school has a 78% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 31,872 out of 40,677 applicants 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. University of Colorado Boulder typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Colorado Boulder is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CU Boulder SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1140-1360
Applicants Submitting SAT
69%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1360
Average SAT Score 1250

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Colorado Boulder?

University of Colorado Boulder typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. 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. The school ranks #4 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Colorado Boulder admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1360 and Above Good >86%
1250 to 1360 Avg + 78%-86%
1140 to 1250 Avg - 68%-78%
1030 to 1140 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 1030 Low <55%
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CU Boulder ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CU Boulder?

Admission data indicates that CU Boulder regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Boulder.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Colorado Boulder admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >86%
28 to 31 Avg + 78%-86%
25 to 28 Avg - 68%-78%
22 to 25 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 22 Low <55%
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CU Boulder GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.56
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Colorado Boulder?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into CU 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. The school ranks #5 in Colorado for highest average GPA. 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 78% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Colorado Boulder students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

56% of University of Colorado Boulder freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Colorado Boulder students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 88%
Bottom 50% of class 12%
Bottom 25% of class 1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Colorado Boulder admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 20,517 20,160 40,677
Accepted 16,473 15,399 31,872
Acceptance Rate 80% 76% 78%
Enrolled 3,509 3,604 7,113
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 23% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
81

Applicants have 81 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Colorado Boulder is $50.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Boulder and what student information is used for admission decisions?

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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Colorado Boulder
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.

FAQs

Does University of Colorado Boulder prefer SAT or ACT?

69% of students submit their SAT scores to CU Boulder. 53% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Colorado Boulder?

78% of those who apply are granted admission to CU Boulder. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Colorado Boulder?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1360. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Colorado Boulder?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. 53% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.