The University of Colorado is the third largest employer in the state of Colorado and plays a profound role in the lives of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the state, across the country and around the world. Nearly 500,000 alumni lead the way in business, science, the arts, health care and their communities, and they’re joined by some 15,000 more each year.
Founded in 1876, the University of Colorado now includes four campuses: CU Boulder, CU Denver, CU Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The University of Colorado is recognized as a national leader in teaching and research excellence, with campuses offering more than 300 unique degree programs.
University of Colorado campuses are consistently ranked nationally and regionally by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges Rankings. A total of 14,479 degrees in were awarded in 2015-16 and the total enrollment among CU’s four campuses during the fall 2016 semester was 63,202.
In FY 2015-16, CU garnered $924 million in sponsored research awards, which support research related capital improvements, scientific equipment and salaries for research and support staff. In the past year alone, CU Technology Transfer registered 275 invention disclosures, 112 new patent filings and 193 follow-on filings. Five new companies were formed based on CU technology.
Our outstanding staff and faculty make us who we are. Notable honors and awards received include:
- Five Nobel Laureates
- One Pulitzer Prize recipient
- Nine MacArthur fellows
- Twenty-four recipients of the Hazel Barnes Prize
- Two Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year honorees