Why apply to CU Boulder?

The University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Physics offers award-winning programs, well-established and knowledgeable faculty, and an unmatched educational experience. We are ranked among the top ten physics departments at public universities and among top 20 universities overall for graduate-level physics programs by the National Research Council. Our faculty includes multiple Nobel laureates, Packard Fellows, MacArthur Fellows and Presidential Early Career Award winners.

Our students enjoy a rich history of academic accomplishments, and benefit from the relationship the University of Colorado Boulder has forged with public research institutions in the Boulder area. Students can take part in fascinating and important research while earning a valuable degree.

About the Campus

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado at Boulder campus offers unequalled opportunity for personal and professional development. We are located within 30 miles of breathtaking vistas, summer and winter recreation, metropolitan areas and other hidden gems adorning the Front Range of Colorado. As "America's smartest city," Boulder offers our students an enriching and engaging atmosphere.

For more information about housing and other community amenities, please visit the campus life page.

How to apply

Information on applying to the physics graduate program can be found on the application information page.  Students interested in being admitted to the undergraduate program should refer to the undergraduate admission page.

Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

The Colorado Advantage PhD Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to visit campus and preview doctoral programs in science, math, and engineering departments at CU Boulder. Additional information is available from the Colorado Advantage website.