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 University of California system (founded in 1868), which at the time of the creation of the CU system was already referred to as UC.
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) is the largest research university in Colorado, attracting more than $420 million in research annually, and granting more master's degrees than any other institution in Colorado. The campus provides a vibrant urban learning center with liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in eight schools and colleges. CU Denver is located in downtown Denver and enrolls more than 14,000 students. Fifty-five percent of CU Denver's fall 2014 freshman class are students of color.
The CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is home to six professional schools in the health sciences and extensive research and clinical care facilities, including the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. CU Anschutz Medical Campus has more than 3,900 students.