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CU-Boulder at a glance

The University of Colorado Boulder has a long history of educating students from Colorado, the nation, and the world. As the leading comprehensive research university in the Rocky Mountain region, CU-Boulder students, faculty, staff, and alumni have built a global reputation for high-quality teaching, research, and service to society.

  • One of only 35 U.S. public research universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
  • Over 90 research centers, institutes, and laboratories focusing on subjects from entrepreneurship to natural hazards.
  • Received consistently more than $300 million in sponsored research funding per year since 2009.
  • Five Nobel laureates, including three since 2001.
  • Four National Medal of Science winners.
  • 16 alumni astronauts who have flown in space.
  • Home to the Graduate Teacher Program—a national model for future faculty preparation.
  • Ranked first among the 25 “smartest cities in America” for the second year in a row, according to Forbes.