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.
Seventeen CU Boulder Graduate School specialty programs were ranked in the top 40 in the nation, including seven in the top 10.
Graduate specialty programs in the top 10:
Graduate specialty rankings in the top 11-25:
Graduate specialty rankings in the top 26-40:
Doctoral programs ranked in the top 50:
Master’s degree programs ranked in the top 50:
|CU-Boulder Subject||National Ranking||World Ranking|
|Earth and Marine Sciences||#10||#14|
|Engineering - Civil & Structural||#20||51-100|
|Physics & Astronomy||#24||51-100|
|Communication & Media Studies||#34||51-100|
|Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing||#35||151-200|
|Engineering - Electrical & Electronic||#36||151-200|
|Engineering - Chemical||#38||101-150|
|Business & Management Studies||#44||151-200|
|English Language & Literature||#45||151-200|
|Computer Science & Information Systems||#49||201-250|
|Economics & Econometrics||#51||151-200|
|Accounting & Finance||#52||151-200|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 5 or top 5%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Aerospace Engineering Sciences||2||6%|
|Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences||4||12%|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 10 or top 10%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences||7||14%|
|Chemistry and Biochemistry||12||7%|
|Programs ranked as high as the top 20 or top 20%||Best Rank||Best Percent|
|Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||11||12%|
|Neuroscience (joint PhD Program)||15||16%|
|Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology||21||17%|
CU Boulder is ranked #22 of universities worldwide for scholarly impact of journal publications.
Boulder is ranked as the top college town in the country.
CU Boulder is ranked #12 of universities in the nation for the funding amount received from the National Science Foundation.
CU Boulder ranked as one of "America's most beautiful college campuses."
Boulder ranked the #1 best small college city in this report rating the best places to attend college in America.
CU Boulder named one of the "50 Best Value Public Colleges."
Nine CU Boulder doctoral programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation in a faculty productivity index.
CU Boulder ranked the “greenest” school in the nation.