CU Boulder welcomes another record-setting freshman class

COLORADO SPRINGS — The freshman class grew again this year on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus — up 3.7 percent from last year, according to preliminary numbers.

The number of new freshman attending courses on the campus this fall is 6,435 — a record-setting class that includes 3,370 in-state students and 3,065 out-of-state and international students.

Overall campus enrollment is up 2.9 percent this year at 32,220 total students. Though the numbers are preliminary, they point to a larger number of students — and a higher amount of tuition revenue — than the campus budgeted for.

That was positive news for members of CU’s governing Board of Regents, which got a briefing on the enrollment numbers during the first day of a two-day meeting on Thursday.

Campus officials will release more information when enrollment numbers are finalized later in the fall semester.

“Our enrollments seem to be really healthy — even if they’re preliminary,” said Regent Glen Gallegos, a Republican from Grand Junction.

CU officials praised the other campuses, too. Overall enrollment numbers are up 6.8 percent on the Colorado Springs campus, 2.7 percent on the Denver campus and 1.4 percent at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

“This is really terrific news for the CU system and all of our campuses,” said Todd Saliman, the CU system’s chief financial officer. “We know that this is not the story at many institutions around the state and country, so we’re very fortunate that our campuses are doing so well and thriving.”

On the Boulder campus, the number of total international students increased this fall by 16.1 percent to 3,035 students.

International students see the highest tuition rates at CU, with undergraduates paying between $17,474 and $19,022 per semester this year, depending on which school or college they enter. They also pay around $1,000 in mandatory fees each semester.

The number of underrepresented minority undergraduates taking classes on the campus also rose by 9 percent this year to more than 4,200 students.

CU also touted the 8 percent increase in undergraduates who transferred to the Boulder campus this year.