While CU-Boulder consistently achieves high rankings nationally and internationally, we caution anyone against basing a graduate program decision on such measures. There are many other tangible and intangible factors that are worthy of consideration in making this important decision.
Seventeen CU-Boulder Graduate School specialty programs were ranked in the top 40 in the nation, including seven in the top 10.
Graduate specialty programs in the top 10:
Graduate specialty rankings in the top 11-25:
Graduate specialty rankings in the top 26-40:
Doctoral programs ranked in the top 50:
Master’s degree programs ranked in the top 50:
|CU-Boulder Subject||National Ranking||World Ranking|
|Earth and Marine Sciences||#10||#14|
|Engineering - Civil & Structural||#20||51-100|
|Physics & Astronomy||#24||51-100|
|Communication & Media Studies||#34||51-100|
|Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing||#35||151-200|
|Engineering - Electrical & Electronic||#36||151-200|
|Engineering - Chemical||#38||101-150|
|Business & Management Studies||#44||151-200|
|English Language & Literature||#45||151-200|
|Computer Science & Information Systems||#49||201-250|
|Economics & Econometrics||#51||151-200|
|Accounting & Finance||#52||151-200|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 5 or top 5%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Aerospace Engineering Sciences||2||6%|
|Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences||4||12%|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 10 or top 10%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences||7||14%|
|Chemistry and Biochemistry||12||7%|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 20 or top 20%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||11||12%|
|Neuroscience (joint PhD Program)||15||16%|
|Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology||21||17%|
Nine CU-Boulder doctoral programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation in a faculty productivity index.
CU-Boulder is ranked #22 of universities worldwide for scholarly impact of journal publications.
CU-Boulder is ranked #12 of universities in the nation for the funding amount received from the National Science Foundation.
CU-Boulder named one of the "50 Best Value Public Colleges."
Boulder ranked the #1 best small college city in this report rating the best places to attend college in America.
CU-Boulder ranked the “greenest” school in the nation.
CU-Boulder ranked as one of "America's most beautiful college campuses."
Boulder is ranked as the top college town in the country.