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Chances of getting into University of Colorado Boulder

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
84%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Boulder
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into CU Boulder and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CU Boulder is 84%.  It ranks #13 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Colorado Boulder is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 37,221 out of 44,203 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 29 percent (SAT 1130/1350 ACT 25/31). University of Colorado Boulder typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.67. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CU Boulder application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Colorado Boulder. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 69% of students submitted SAT scores and 53% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

CU Boulder SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1130-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT 
69%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Boulder
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1240

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 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. CU Boulder ranks #4 in Colorado and #176 in the nation 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 2020 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 
1350 and Above Good >91%
1240 to 1350 Avg + 84%-91%
1130 to 1240 Avg - 73%-84%
1020 to 1130 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 1020 Low <59%
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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 23
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 and #140 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Boulder.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >91%
28 to 31 Avg + 84%-91%
25 to 28 Avg - 73%-84%
22 to 25 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 22 Low <59%
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CU Boulder GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.67
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 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Colorado for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.67 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CU Boulder accepts 84% 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 
4.0 19.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 34.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

53% 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 26%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Colorado Boulder admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,279 21,924 44,203
Accepted 19,072 18,149 37,221
Acceptance Rate 86% 83% 84%
Enrolled 3,032 3,294 6,326
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 18% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Application 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 Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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?

84% 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 1130 and 1350. 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.