Stanford University vs. CU Boulder

Two Rivalry Colleges in Pacific-12 Conference

Stanford University vs. CU Boulder

Stanford Universityvs.CU Boulder

Stanford University is a private school while CU Boulder is a public school. Stanford University is located in Stanford, CA and CU Boulder is located in Boulder, CO.
  • Stanford University has more expensive tuition of $56,169 than CU Boulder ($36,668).
  • Stanford University has tighter acceptance rate of 0.047307875570077% than CU Boulder (0.79841208365608%).
  • Stanford University has higher SAT scores of 1,495 than CU Boulder (1,240).
  • CU Boulder is larger with 37,437 students than Stanford University (15,953 students).
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#1 in National Universities
#1 in California
Rankings#163 in National Universities
#5 in Colorado
Private, 4 yearsSchool TypePublic, 4 years
Stanford, CALocationBoulder, CO
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered DegreesBachelor's
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$56,169Undergraduate$12,466 Colorado residents
$36,668 out-of-state
$55,011Graduate$13,522 Colorado residents
$32,980 out-of-state
$53,346Financial Aid$10,933
$90 undergraduate
$125 graduate
Application Fee$50 undergraduate
$60 graduate
0.047307875570077%Acceptance Rate0.79841208365608%
1,495 SAT, 33 ACTTest Scores1,240 SAT, 28 ACT
Student Population
15,953Total Students37,437
Online Enrollment11,072
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
95%Graduation Rate72%
Transfer-out Rate16%
86%Retention Rate85%
$141,300Average Earning after Graduation$59,700
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 12,614)
$9,594 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 7,300)
Not offered or not ReportedMeal Plan✔ (19 meals per week)
Faculties and Staffs
4 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio18 to 1
3,724 Full-time
500 Part-time
Number of Faculties1,711 Full-time
975 Part-time
15,271 Full-time
1,402 Part-time
Number of Staffs7,722 Full-time
1,726 Part-time
$188,567 for Faculties
$111,107 Part-time
Average Salary$101,556 for Faculties
$72,416 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020