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 $58,416 than CU Boulder ($38,962).
  • Stanford University has tighter acceptance rate of 4.73% than CU Boulder (79.84%).
  • Stanford University has higher SAT scores of 1,550 than CU Boulder (1,280).
  • CU Boulder is larger with 39,585 students than Stanford University (18,283 students).
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#1 in National Universities
#1 in California
Rankings#177 in National Universities
#7 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
$58,416Undergraduate$12,590 Colorado residents
$38,962 out-of-state
$57,210Graduate$16,804 Colorado residents
$36,570 out-of-state
$50,762Financial Aid$10,285
$90 undergraduate
$125 graduate
Application Fee$65 undergraduate
$60 graduate
4.73%Acceptance Rate79.84%
1,550 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,280 SAT, 29 ACT
Student Population
18,283Total Students39,585
Online Enrollment4,180
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
96%Graduation Rate74%
1%Transfer-out Rate16%
98%Retention Rate87%
$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 Graduate
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 14,162)
$11,682 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 7,500)
✔ (19 meals per week)
$6,937 average annual costs
Meal Plan✔ (19 meals per week)
Faculties and Staffs
5 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
$191,816 for Faculties
$116,183 Part-time
Average Salary$108,398 for Faculties
$76,693 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2021-2022