The University of Colorado Boulder is one of only 36 U.S. public research institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of institutions recognized as America’s leading research universities.

Public good, in the context of a top-tier comprehensive university, includes research, teaching and service by which we create knowledge for and with the public. We engage with problems that affect the public, and we enable each generation of citizens to remake our democracy by equipping them with skills of critical reasoning and analysis, and a broad sense of civic obligation to the state, the nation, and the world.

—CU Boulder Academic Futures report