University of Colorado

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The University of Colorado was established in 1876 in the city of Boulder, Colorado and continues today as a public research university.


The University of Colorado is the flagship university of the state of Colorado. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The University of Colorado is also considered to be one of the “Public Ivy League” schools. It contains the CU Art Museum, CU Heritage Center, the Conference on World Affairs, the Fiske Planetarium, a Museum of Natural History, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, and the University Memorial Center. In addition, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival takes place on this campus, as well as the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS).

The mission of the University of Colorado is “The University of Colorado is a public research university with multiple campuses serving Colorado, the nation, and the world through leadership in high-quality education and professional training, public service, advancing research and knowledge, and state-of-the-art health care.”


The university consists of nine colleges and schools. These schools and colleges are: College of Arts and Sciences, Leeds School of Business, School of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Graduate School, School of Law, and the College of Music. Additionally, University of Colorado also offers larger programs, which include the Continuing Education and Professional Studies program, Program in Environmental Design, and the Journalism and Mass Communication Program.

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is part of the Higher Learning Commission, accredits the University of Colorado. In addition to overall accreditation, some of the programs offered by the university have also earned independent accreditation.

  • The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
  • The clinical psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  • The speech-language pathology and the audiology programs, as well as the clinical doctoral program in audiology are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • The teacher education baccalaureate and graduate programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • The English language program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.
  • The music school and programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

University of Colorado at Boulder also offers many online and distance learning opportunities for both the traditional and nontraditional student. Evening courses, weekend courses, and “Independent Learning” or online distance learning credit courses are available to students. The Independent Learning courses are either semester-based or self-paced. In term-based or semester-based courses, students are expected to follow a specific calendar. Self-paced courses allow a student to enroll, take exams, and complete assignments for a course at any time. Subjects that offer self-paced courses include, but are not limited to: Anthropology, English, Education, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Journalism. While semester-based course subjects include: French, Integrative Physiology, Political Science, Mathematics, Communication, Writing and Rhetoric.

About 41 percent of undergraduate students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid. About 35 percent take out federal student loans. The University of Colorado offers Colorado residents a College Opportunity Fund, which is offered specifically to in-state undergraduate students, which includes degree-seeking, non-degree seeking, and teacher licensure students who are classified as undergraduates. Financial aid eligibility is irrelevant and students of all ages, all incomes, and all aid statuses are eligible.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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