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Boulder, Colorado

CU Boulder Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of Colorado Boulder

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
79.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Boulder
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into CU Boulder and can I get accepted? The school has a 80% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 28,861 out of 36,148 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 22 percent. University of Colorado Boulder typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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CU Boulder SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1220-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
29%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1220
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1310

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 requires applicants to be in the top 22 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 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 1130. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. 29 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Colorado Boulder admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >87%
1310 to 1400 Avg + 80%-87%
1220 to 1310 Avg - 70%-80%
1130 to 1220 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 1130 Low <58%
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CU Boulder ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
81%
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 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

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 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 81 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Boulder.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Colorado Boulder admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >88%
27 to 30 Avg + 80%-88%
25 to 27 Avg - 72%-80%
23 to 25 Reach 63%-72%
Less than 23 Low <63%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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. 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 80% 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 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 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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%

Admission Statistics

University of Colorado Boulder admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 17,294 18,854 36,148
Accepted 14,295 14,566 28,861
Acceptance Rate 83% 77% 80%
Enrolled 3,068 3,501 6,569
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 24% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
120

Applicants have 120 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to CU Boulder before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Boulder and what considerations affect 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 Recommended
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.