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Value of a CU-Boulder Education

The return on your CU-Boulder investment will offer you more job flexibility, a broader global perspective, and the opportunity to pursue your dreams. We offer the quality and stability of one of the nation's most accomplished universities. Each year, some of the best and brightest students in the country graduate from CU-Boulder and go on to become successful alumni.

Your Salary Potential

CU-Boulder graduates are successful in the marketplace. CU-Boulder was ranked 19th for graduate earnings among the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities by SmartMoney Magazine. According to the 2012-2013 PayScale College Salary Report, the numbers for CU-Boulder bachelor’s degree holders are:

  • Median starting salary: $45,000
  • Median mid-career salary: $87,100

Your CU-Boulder Networks

In addition to the many connections you will make on campus, Career Services and the Alumni Association are two key networks for you to use.

Career Services
Our professional career coaches help graduates maximize their potential and stand out in the job market. Coaches and counselors help you identify your strengths, make career decisions, strategize a plan, write a resume, practice interviewing and build a network.

Alumni Association
Our amazing network of alumni--nearly 300,000 worldwide--give back to CU-Boulder by helping current students and recent graduates secure internships and jobs. These successful alumni are passionate about helping recent graduates continue that tradition of success. Forever Buffs Network is the official online resource, featuring an alumni directory and peer-to-peer career resources. Go >


Faculty, Student and Alumni Accomplishments

  • 5 Nobel Prize winners
  • 19 Rhodes Scholars
  • 7 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowships
  • 1 National Professor of the Year
  • 94 faculty Fulbright Scholars
  • 100 students awarded Fulbright grants
  • 4 professors awarded Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships in the last three years
  • 2 National Science Foundation Director's Award winners for Distinguished Teaching Scholars
  • 10 faculty honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • More than 2,000 Peace Corps Alumni--first for current members and fifth among all colleges and universities overall

Companies that Regularly Recruit CU-Boulder Graduates

Accenture Lockheed Martin
Agilent Technologies Motorola
Boeing Mutual of Omaha
Deloitte Nextel Communications
Electronic Arts Northwestern Mutual
Ernst & Young Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Ford Motor Company Proctor & Gamble
Google Qualcomm
Hewlett-Packard Shell
Hitachi Consulting Stockamp & Associates
IBM Time Warner Television
J.D. Power and Associates Wells Fargo
KPMG Young and Rubicam