CU Boulder's vision is grounded in its statutory mission as a national public research university. In Colorado statute, the university is defined as the "comprehensive graduate research university with selective admissions standards . . . , offer(ing) a comprehensive array of undergraduate, master, and doctoral degree programs" of what is now designated the University of Colorado System.

At CU Boulder, we recognize the exceptional opportunities associated with our role as a research university, and we value the unique strength and character research achievements bring to undergraduate education. We are keenly aware of our responsibility for educating the next generation of citizens and leaders, and for fostering the spirit of discovery through research. Indeed, we believe that our students, both graduate and undergraduate, benefit from the comprehensive mix of programs and research excellence that characterizes a flagship university. Thus, we believe CU Boulder's statutory mission is relevant today and will remain relevant tomorrow.