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University of Colorado at Boulder: Narrative Description


Boulder, CO 80309
Tel: (303)492-1411
Admissions: (303)492-6301
Fax: (303)492-7115
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Colorado System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 600-acre small town campus with easy access to Denver. Endowment: $225.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $246.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7802 per student. Total enrollment: 31,943. Faculty: 1,746 (1,177 full-time, 569 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 19,360 applied, 85% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 8 National Merit Scholars, 192 valedictorians. Full-time: 24,036 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 2,146 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 100 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the University of Colorado System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Required for some: audition for music program. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 1/15. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3480 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $20,592 full-time. Mandatory fees: $861 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. College room and board: $7564. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, location, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 9% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Ski and Snowboard Club, Environmental Center, AIESEC, Program Council. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Global Jam. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, University police department. 7,100 college housing spaces available. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Norlin Library plus 5 others with 3.5 million books, 6.8 million microform titles, 20,677 serials, 444,169 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $18.4 million. 1,525 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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