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Colorado Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Colorado Boulder (also known simply as “Colorado”), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 80%, admission to Colorado is lightly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 30.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Colorado admission statistics.


Colorado Admissions Statistics

Colorado’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 80%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 31,325 applicants, Colorado admitted about 24,941. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.62, the average ACT score was 27, and the average SAT score was 1250.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 24, and the 75th percentile score was 30.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1150. The 75th percentile score was 1370.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Colorado is lightly competitive. Even if Colorado is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Colorado’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Colorado Application Requirements

To apply to Colorado, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application and writing supplement, pay the $50 application fee, submit a personal essay, submit a letter of recommendation, submit your high school transcript, and finally submit either an SAT or ACT test score. Everything should be submitted by November 15th for Early Action, and January 15th for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application and writing supplement
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit a personal essay
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit one letter of recommendation

The application deadline is November 15th for Early Action and January 15th for Regular Decision. November 18 is the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Colorado? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Colorado Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Colorado, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 56% are male and 44% are female
  • 7% of students are international

Colorado has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 7%
  • Underrepresented minority: 0.7%
  • Two or more races: 5.3%
  • White: 73.9%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Colorado offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Ecology
  • Political Science
  • International Economics

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Colorado Tuition Figures

At $52,763, Colorado’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $11,026.

Here’s a fuller look at Colorado tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $52,763
  • Average financial aid package: $11,026
  • The average student debt of a Colorado graduate is $27,405

Now, what is life like at Colorado? Let’s take a look.


Colorado Location

Colorado’s main campus is located in Boulder, Colorado.

Architecturally, the campus is distinguished by a style known as “Tuscan Vernacular Revival” designed by master architect Charles Klauder. In 2011, it was called one of the most beautiful college campuses in the USA by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

Remember, you’re going to Colorado for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Colorado Academics

Colorado has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Civil Engineering
  • Dance
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Finance
  • Geology
  • History
  • International/Global Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Colorado.


Student Life at Colorado

Colorado has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Colorado’s student activities:

  • ADHD Space Cadets
  • Bhakti Yoga Club
  • Cannabis Law League
  • Damage Control Improv
  • Energy Buffs
  • Fair Trade Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Hand Balancing Club
  • I Am That Girl
  • Jewish Student Association
  • Keep Colorado Green
  • Laser Smash Pancake Club
  • Magic The Gathering Guild
  • The Navigators
  • OUTlaw
  • Psychedelic Club
  • Rumi Club

Are you an athlete? Colorado’s got plenty of options for you.


Colorado Athletics

Colorado offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Colorado’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Track & Field
  • Rugby

Who might you become with a Colorado degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Colorado has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus
  • Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Actor Jonah Hill
  • Composer Dave Grusin
  • Screenwriter Drew Goddard
  • South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker
  • Runner Alan Culpepper
  • Chipotle CEO Steve Ells
  • Podcaster Dan Carlin
  • Wieden+Kennedy co-founder David Kennedy
  • Author John Fante
  • Sports writer Rick Reilly

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Colorado is competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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