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Coordinates: 39°44′43″N 104°59′00″W / 39.745196°N 104.983340°W / 39.745196; -104.983340

University of Colorado
Established 1876
Endowment US $1.063 billion (systemwide)[1]
President Bruce D. Benson
Location Denver, Colorado, United States
Locations of University of Colorado campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver.

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 the 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.[citation needed] The four campuses feature top-tier faculty and hands-on learning opportunities in an environment where students thrive.[citation needed] Students and faculty at CU's four campuses are involved with research and learning that advances communities in Colorado and around the globe.[citation needed]

The acronym UC was used by the University of Colorado for fifty years, beginning when the university opened in 1876. Around 1924-1925, CU became the official abbreviation, presumably to distinguish Colorado from the University of California.[citation needed] Coincidentally, other schools in the Big 12 Conference also use this reverse acronym. For example, the Universities of Kansas and Oklahoma are known as KU and OU, respectively. According to University Communications, the current official name of the Boulder campus is the University of Colorado Boulder, with the preferred second being CU Boulder.[2]


  • The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) 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) 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.
  • 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.


  1. ^ McConnellogue, Ken (November 20, 2013). "University of Colorado surpasses $1.068 billion Creating Futures campaign milestone". University of Colorado. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "CU Names | Strategic Relations | University of Colorado Boulder". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 

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