• Fall 2012 student enrollment chartApproximately 30,000 on-campus degree-seeking students were enrolled in fall 2011, consisting of approximately 46 percent women and 54 percent men, 83 percent undergraduate students and 17 percent graduate students, 65 percent Colorado residents and 35 percent nonresidents, and 18 percent U.S. students from minority backgrounds, 77 percent other U.S. students, and 5 percent international students (see chart).
  • Twenty-six percent of new resident freshmen in fall 2011 were minority students—a record year for the CU-Boulder campus. 
  • International student enrollment has grown 68 percent during the past 10 years, from 1,014 in fall 2001 to 1,481 in fall 2011.
  • CU-Boulder’s international students represent more than 95 countries from around the world.
  • CU-Boulder attracted 12 of the 40 students who received prestigious all-expense-paid Boettcher Foundation Scholarships in 2012. CU-Boulder is consistently a top choice for Colorado high school seniors who receive the scholarship.
  • Each year, an average of nearly 13,500 CU-Boulder students participate in volunteerism, service learning, or some other form of civic engagement in Colorado or around the world—nearly half of our total enrollment.
  • Approximately 6,000 students, primarily freshmen, live in 22 campus residence halls.


  • The University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) creates, implements, and oversees a $24 million budget generated by student fees and other revenue to deliver a host of services and programming that includes the ongoing operations of the Student Recreation Center, the Environmental Center, and the University Memorial Center. CUSG also serves as the liaison between the student body and university administration. This provides a unique opportunity for students to manage one of the largest student operational budgets in the nation, interacting with university administration and setting policy through a strong governance structure.
  • The CU-Boulder United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) provides graduate students with a voice in decision making and pursues issues including student fees, financial aid, graduate student employment, health care, and child care.
  • The Division of Student Affairs’ primary focus is to create a positive learning environment that fosters successful educational and personal development of all students, both in and outside of the traditional classroom. Student Affairs takes a multicultural approach to delivering resources and support to students of every age, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status, as student learning and success is enhanced when the academic environment and community support students’ full development as individuals—not just as isolated intellects—and when students are seen as important partners in the learning experience.