Quality and Reputation

Joining our community means more than simply earning a degree. The value of a CU Boulder education lies in the experience, perspective, connections, and opportunities gained along the way. We work with our students to merge their passions with their skills and create positive, lasting contributions to our local and global communities.

Notable Accomplishments

The University of Colorado Boulder offers more than 100 master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs spanning the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, law, music, and more. CU Boulder has a long history of educating students from Colorado, the nation, and the world. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni have built a global reputation for high-quality teaching, research, and service to society. Here are some of CU Boulder’s significant accomplishments:

  • One of only 38 U.S. Public Research Institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of institutions widely recognized as America’s leading research universities 
  • #22 worldwide for scholarly citations and research impact (Leiden University, 2015)
  • #1 public university recipient of NASA research awards
  • 136 new companies based on CU Boulder technology since 1994 
  • #18 most entrepreneurial university in the nation (Forbes, 2015)
  • 276 license and option agreements granted to businesses in the past 6 years from CU Boulder discoveries
  • 51 Ph.D. Fulbright Scholars since 2006
  • Located in the #2 most innovative tech hub in the US (Forbes, 2015)
  • 50+ years of collaborative partnerships with federal research labs and industry partners along the Front Range

World Reputation

CU Boulder is a world-class, Carnegie-rated Research I university. The university enjoys a global reputation and is included among the top-rated institutions in these, and other, prestigious rankings:

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) logo  Academic Ranking of World Universities

QS World University Rankings logo  QS Top Universities

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) logo  Center for World University Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings logo  Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Pitchbook logo  PitchBook Universities: Top 100 colleges ranked by startup founders

U.S. News & World Report logo  U.S. News & World Report: Best Global Universities


Alumni Network

As the flagship institution of the University of Colorado system, CU Boulder enjoys a network of nearly 300,000 alumni distributed throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

As a Forever Buff, you’ll be part of a network of people from all over the globe, in all types of careers. The people with whom you connect in graduate school can easily become those who inspire you, partner with you in a business venture, offer you your next big position, or just end up your lifelong friend. 

Who can you connect with:

  • Owners (15,422)
  • Partners (9,376)
  • Managers (45,830)
  • Directors (30,568)
  • Vice Presidents (10,373)

Top companies employing CU Boulder and MSOL students/alumni:

  • Apple
  • Google
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Oracle
  • State of Colorado
  • Texas Instruments
  • U.S. Government
  • Verizon