Following a significant pandemic-related 7.4% decline in enrollment nationwide since spring 2020, some colleges are now on the rebound, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC).


Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

As a college town, the demand for student housing – and housing for faculty and staff – are an important factor in our housing market. It’s August and Boulder is bustling with new and returning CU Boulder students, bringing enthusiasm and energy worthy of celebrating.

Following a significant pandemic-related 7.4% decline in enrollment nationwide since spring 2020, some colleges are now on the rebound, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC). Institutions across Colorado are among those leading the nation with a 9% increase in enrollment over Spring 2021.

The University of Colorado Boulder is fueling the upward trend, with an increase of 3.8% between spring semesters in 2019 and 2022, based on figures in Tableau Public – a free platform to publicly share and explore data visualizations online.

Overall, this is good news for the University and the residents of Boulder.

For Boulder residents, the advantages are all around us. Being home to a successful, sought-after university enhances our Boulder lifestyle. Generally speaking, universities nationwide positively impact their home communities socially, culturally and economically. CU Boulder shines in that arena, bringing the enjoyment and notoriety of the annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Conference on World Affairs to name a shortlist. As a respected research University, CU Boulder creates employment and draws companies to the area like a magnet.

With robust demand for housing contributing to home price appreciation, it has a positive effect on equity for homeowners and strong housing market performance for investors.

From the students’ perspective, there is ample reason to return: CU Boulder landed the No. 42 spot in the top 50 public institutions in the U.S. When all schools are weighed – including public, private and for-profit universities – University of Colorado Boulder’s undergraduate offerings are No. 99 overall in U.S. News & World Report’s national “Best Colleges” rankings for 2022.

Numerous CU Boulder undergraduate programs ranked in the U.S. News top 20 among public institutions where the highest degree is a doctorate. The well-respected Leeds School of Business placed 20th among public universities and the undergraduate engineering program claimed the No. 31 position, according to 2022 rankings.

Based on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report, CU Boulder ranks nationwide:

• No. 2 in Atomic/ Molecular/ Optical Physics
• No. 5 in Ceramics
• No. 6 in Quantum Physics
• No. 8 in Environmental Law
• No. 9 in Geology
• No. 10 in Aerospace Engineering Sciences

University of Colorado Boulder is one of only 35 U.S. public research institutions in the Association of American Universities, a group of institutions recognized as America’s leading research universities. CU Boulder holds top honors with:

• 3 U.S. Supreme Court justices
• 5 Nobel Prize winners, four in physics and one in chemistry
• 5 National Medal of Science winners
• 9 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellows
• 18 CU Boulder-affiliated astronauts
• 51 Fulbright fellows since 2006

CU Boulder is the flagship campus of the statewide system consisting of four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.  Situated against a Rocky Mountain backdrop, CU Boulder students enjoy more than 80 miles of biking and walking trails to explore and maintain an active lifestyle while getting their university degree.

U.S. News & World Report assessed 1,466 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Data for graduate programs are typically released in the spring. For further exploration, college profile pages benchmark each school’s performance across ranking indicators and include the latest statistics used in the calculations – such as the student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates.

Read the full report at and see the data visualization at

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, email Tom at [email protected], call 303.441.5620, or visit