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Rankings

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. 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), August 2014

  • World Rank: University of Colorado Boulder #34
  • Rank in the Natural Sciences & Mathematics #10
  • Rank in Physics #11

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), July 2013

  • World Rank: University of Colorado Boulder #41
  • United States Rank: #28
  • United States Public Comprehensive Universities: #19

Times Higher Education World University Rankings, July 2013

  • World Rank: University of Colorado Boulder #97

U.S. News & World Report's Global Rankings, 2014

  • #58 Best Global Universities

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, 2015

  • University of Colorado Boulder: #36 among America’s top public national universities offering doctoral programs.

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools, 2016

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:

  • Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics: #1
  • Environmental Law: #5
  • Ceramics #8
  • Quantum Physics: #8
  • Geology #9
  • Physical Chemistry: #9
  • Aerospace Engineering: #10

Graduate specialty rankings in the top 11-25:

  • Education Policy #13
  • Chemical Engineering: #14
  • Civil Engineering: #15
  • Clinical Psychology: #18
  • Environmental Engineering: #21
  • Speech-Language Pathology: #25

Graduate specialty rankings in the top 26-40:

  • Audiology: #27
  • Electrical Engineering: #34
  • Mechanical Engineering: #34
  • Computer Engineering: #39

Doctoral programs ranked in the top 50:

  • Clinical Psychology #18
  • Physics #18
  • Earth Sciences #23
  • Chemistry #24
  • Education #29
  • Biological Sciences #30
  • Psychology #30
  • Engineering #34
  • Computer Science #40
  • Law #40
  • Political Science #45
  • Mathematics #46
  • Sociology #46
  • English #50
  • History #50

Master’s degree programs ranked in the top 50:

  • Ceramics #8
  • Speech-Language Pathology #25

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2015

CU-Boulder Subject National Ranking World Ranking
Earth and Marine Sciences #10 #14
Geography #14 51-100
Engineering - Civil & Structural #20 51-100
Environmental Sciences #24 51-100
Physics & Astronomy #24 51-100
Education #27 51-100
Psychology #32 51-100
Communication & Media Studies #34 51-100
History #34 101-150
Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing #35 151-200
Engineering - Electrical & Electronic #36 151-200
Chemistry #37 101-150
Biological Sciences #38 101-150
Engineering - Chemical #38 101-150
Mathematics #38 101-150
Business & Management Studies #44 151-200
English Language & Literature #45 151-200
Philosophy #48 151-200
Computer Science & Information Systems #49 201-250
Economics & Econometrics #51 151-200
Accounting & Finance #52 151-200
Materials Science #54 151-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Research Council (NRC), October 2010
 
Programs ranked as high as the top 5 or top 5% Best Rank Best Percent
Geography   4%
Aerospace Engineering Sciences  2 6%
Integrative Physiology  4 6%
Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 4 12%
Psychology   6 3%
Mechanical Engineering 6 5%
Civil Engineering  7 5%
Physics 8 5%
Programs ranked as high as the top 10 or top 10% Best Rank Best Percent
Applied Mathematics    6 18%
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 7 14%
Chemical Engineering 8 8%
Spanish 8 13%
Chemistry and Biochemistry   12 7%
Geology 13 9%
Programs ranked as high as the top 20 or top 20% Best Rank Best Percent
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  11 12%
Theatre 12 44%
Linguistics 13 25%
Neuroscience (joint PhD Program) 15 16%
Philosophy   15 17%
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology 21 17%

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2007

Nine CU-Boulder doctoral programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation in a faculty productivity index.

Leiden University Rankings, 2015

CU-Boulder is ranked #22 of universities worldwide for scholarly impact of journal publications.

National Science Foundation, 2012

CU-Boulder is ranked #12 of universities in the nation for the funding amount received from the National Science Foundation.

Princeton Review, 2009

CU-Boulder named one of the "50 Best Value Public Colleges."

American Institute for Economic Research, 2010 Report

Boulder ranked the #1 best small college city in this report rating the best places to attend college in America.

Sierra Magazine, 2009

CU-Boulder ranked the “greenest” school in the nation. 

Travel and Leisure Magazine, 2011

CU-Boulder ranked as one of "America's most beautiful college campuses."

Livability.com, 2013

Boulder is ranked as the top college town in the country.