University of Colorado

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This article is about the public university system in the State of Colorado. For the private institution in Colorado Springs, Colorado, see Colorado College.

Coordinates: 39°30′43″N 84°44′05″W / 39.511905°N 84.734674°W / 39.511905; -84.734674

University of Colorado
Motto Let Your Light Shine
Established 1876
Endowment US $1.5 billion (systemwide)[1]
President Bruce D. Benson
Location Boulder, Colorado, United States

The University of Colorado system is a system of public universities in Colorado consisting of four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It is governed by an elected, nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Colorado.

The University of Colorado advances the economy, health and culture of Colorado and beyond, educating more than 435,000 students who have become catalysts in business, arts, health and community growth. CU’s four campuses feature top-tier faculty and hands-on learning opportunities in an environment where students thrive. Students and faculty at CU's four campuses are involved with research and learning that advances communities in Colorado and around the globe.

The University of Colorado's official abbreviation is CU, not the more intuitive "UC". This is to avoid confusion with the much larger University of California system (founded in 1868), which at the time of the creation of the CU system was already referred to as UC.[citation needed]


  • The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 1876, the comprehensive research university has more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 2,500 courses in more than 150 areas of study through its nine colleges and schools.
  • The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is the fastest growing of the three campuses with an undergraduate and graduate student population of about 11,000 students. It offers 34 bachelor's, 19 master's, and five doctoral degree programs through its six colleges.
  • The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver, UCD; formerly University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center) is the largest research university in Colorado, attracting more than $420 million in research annually, and granting more graduate degrees than any other institution in Colorado. CU Denver has two locations - one in downtown Denver, and the other at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The two campuses combined enroll more than 28,000 students and offer more than 100 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges. The downtown location was originally known as University of Colorado Denver Center ("UCDC"). It was granted separate degree granting status as the University of Colorado at Denver** in 1975 and was later combined with University of Colorado Medical Center to form the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
  • The University of Colorado Executive MBA Program (CU EMBA) is built from the best of three accredited University of Colorado business schools. The program is designed for working business professionals. All classes in the three-campus University of Colorado Executive MBA Program are held at the CU Executive Education Center, located in Downtown Denver. Enrollment in the program generally ranges between 30 and 50 executive level students for the two-year program.


  1. ^ McConnellogue, Ken (November 20, 2013). "University of Colorado surpasses $1.5 billion Creating Futures campaign milestone". University of Colorado. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 

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