The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder, CU, or Colorado) is a public research university in Boulder, Colorado.
It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system, and was founded in 1876, five months before Colorado became a state.
CU Boulder is a member of the Association of American Universities, a selective group of major research universities in North America, and is classified as an R1 University, meaning that it engages in a very high level of research activity.
According to the National Science Foundation, the university spent $514 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 50th in the nation.
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