CU Boulder considers the AAU (Association of American Universities) public institutions as its peer group for comparisons of faculty salaries, instruction, and many other activities. There are 34 AAU peers in the US only, 7 of which do not grant a medical degree. View the map of all AAU institutions.   

  • Georgia Tech was added to the AAU membership in April 2010 while University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Syracuse University's AAU membership ended April 2011.
  • We usually exclude Toronto and McGill (in Canada) from the list of public AAUs; all US public AAU's are listed.  For peer comparisons we sometimes exclude Rutgers, which has unionized faculty; sometimes excluded schools using FASB rather than GASB financial reporting rules (Rutgers, Penn State, Pitt through at least FY08, maybe 09, but changed to GASB FY10); sometimes exclude all those with medical activity. 
  • The AAU is a group of over 60 Research I universities; membership is by invitation only. Visit the AAU website for more information on the AAU, a list of all institutions (including privates) with their membership date, and a link to their homepage.
  • Most public and private AAU members belong to the "AAU Data Exchange" (AAUDE), a group not officially part of the AAU.  Former AAU members may also belong to AAUDE.  AAUDE members exchange data on a number of topics.
  • CDHE peer institutions for CU Boulder - all (then-)AAU US public without medical activity, excluding Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Purdue.