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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 2013

  • World Rank: University of Colorado Boulder #33
  • Rank in the Natural Sciences & Mathematics #11
  • 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: #10

Times Higher Education World University Rankings, July 2013

  • World Rank: University of Colorado Boulder #91

U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, 2014

  • 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, 2014

Eighteen CU-Boulder Graduate School specialty programs were ranked in the top 40 in the nation, including five in the top 10.

Graduate specialty programs in the top 10:

  • Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics: #1
  • Quantum Physics: #5
  • Environmental Law: #5
  • Ceramics #8
  • Physical Chemistry: #8

Graduate specialty rankings in the top 11-25:

  • Aerospace Engineering: #14
  • Biochemistry: #15
  • Chemical Engineering: #18
  • Clinical Psychology: #18
  • Civil Engineering: #19
  • Environmental Engineering: #22
  • Speech-Language Pathology: #25

Graduate specialty rankings in the top 26-40:

  • Audiology: #27
  • Psychology: #30
  • Mechanical Engineering: #30
  • Computer Engineering: #31
  • Electrical Engineering: #36
  • Computer Science: #39

Doctoral programs ranked in the top 50:

  • Physics #19
  • Earth Sciences #23
  • Chemistry #26
  • Education #28
  • Psychology #29
  • Biological Sciences #30
  • Computer Science #39
  • 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
  • Part-time MBA program #38

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, 2013

CU-Boulder is ranked #14 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.

QS World University Rankings, 2011

CU-Boulder is ranked #170 out of 500 schools worldwide, 48 among U.S. schools, and 22 among public U.S. institutions.

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.