The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) opened its gates in 1877 and is now among the best public research universities in the United States. As a member of the Association of American Universities, the university prides itself in academic excellence and an award winning faculty. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
With more than 15 astronauts as CU alumni, the university received $400 million in 2010 to fund programs in astrophysics, aeronautical sciences and space physics.
CU Boulder offers 3400 courses every year. Colleges and schools include:
Students can enroll in online and distance learning courses in engineering, applied science, and ESL programs. An option of evening classes and online independent self paced courses is also available.
Academic “overachievers” can enroll in the Honors Program, which includes the top 10% students in any school with the highest SAT or ACT scores and Norlin Scholars Program, which provides students with academically challenging research projects and an option of working closely with a faculty member of their choice.
Other special programs include the Puksta Scholars Program, ROTC services, Study Abroad and Presidential Leadership Class (PLC).
Each year, 50 academically gifted students are chosen to be a part of the PLC. These students receive a merit scholarship and are given rigorous leadership training.