University of Colorado Boulder SAT Scores and GPA

What are University of Colorado Boulder's average SAT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into University of Colorado Boulder. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: Boulder, CO

This school is also known as: Colorado

University of Colorado Boulder Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: SAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into University of Colorado Boulder.


Average SAT: 1250 (Old: 1782)

The average SAT score composite at University of Colorado Boulder is a 1250.

On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1782. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so we've estimated the old out-of-2400 SAT score by multiplying the average Reading+Math composite score, 1188, by 1.5)

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University of Colorado Boulder SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1150, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1370.

In other words, a 1150 places you below average, while a 1370 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at University of Colorado Boulder, but they really want to see at least a 1150 to have a chance at being considered.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math620570690
Reading312934
Composite125011501370

University of Colorado Boulder SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile SAT score is 1070, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1300.

In other words, a 1070 places you below average, while a 1300 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at University of Colorado Boulder, but they really want to see at least a 1070 to have a chance at being considered.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math604540660
Reading584530640
Composite118810701300

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Average GPA: 3.62

The average GPA at University of Colorado Boulder is 3.62. This makes University of Colorado Boulder Strongly Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.62, University of Colorado Boulder requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, with a leaning toward A's. If you took some AP or IB classes, this will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.



Admissions Rate: 80%

The acceptance rate at University of Colorado Boulder is 80%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 80 are admitted.

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This means the school is not selective. As long as you don't fall way below average, you'll likely get in.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is not selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 1070 SAT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. But if you score below this, you may be one of the unlucky few to get rejected.


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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in University of Colorado Boulder, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to University of Colorado Boulder.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than University of Colorado Boulder. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
American University Washington, DC 1320 1858 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1290 1226 27
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for University of Colorado Boulder, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1270 1786 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1240 1178 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1230 1726 26
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for University of Colorado Boulder, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If University of Colorado Boulder is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1200 1677 24
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 1670 25
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1190 1652 27
Ohio University Athens, OH 1180 1632 24
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1170 1620 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1160 1610 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1060 984 21

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