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University of Colorado
MottoLet Your Light Shine
EndowmentUS $$590 million (systemwide)[1]
PresidentBruce D. Benson
LocationDenver, Colorado, United States

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

The University of Colorado has a system wide award called the Thomas Jefferson Award and is one of the University’s highest honors.

The University of Colorado's official abbreviation is CU, not the more intuitive "UC". This is to avoid confusion with the much larger and older 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 8,500 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 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. "2006 NACUBO Endowment Study". National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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