If you graduated from high school in 1988 or later, we expect you to have completed courses that meet our minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) before you enroll at CU-Boulder.
If you meet all MAPS requirements before you enroll at CU-Boulder, you may be eligible for a four-year graduation guarantee in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
The policies of the Boulder campus with respect to completing MAPS course work after enrollment are as follows:
You may be admitted to CU-Boulder even though you have not met all MAPS requirements. If that is the case, you will be required to complete the appropriate MAPS courses once you are enrolled, and the credits may be applied toward graduation. You may also complete missing MAPS course work in high school, at other colleges or universities, or through approved credit-by-examination programs. MAPS requirements not completed in high school or college are factored into the admission decision. Students who complete 50 percent or more of their secondary schooling and/or graduate from a non-U.S. system are exempt from MAPS.
If you believe you have completed a MAPS category through high school course work, but have been assessed a deficiency by the admissions office, you have the right to petition for review of that course. If your first term at CU-Boulder is spring 2004 or later and you are an arts and sciences or business student, you should complete the High School Course MAPS Appeal Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions. Course descriptions and/or syllabi should be included with the petition. If you are an arts and sciences student admitted to CU-Boulder prior to spring 2004 or if you are requesting review of transfer credit from another college or university for MAPS credit, you should contact your academic advisor and submit the arts and sciences petition form to the appropriate office. If you are a student admitted to engineering, architecture, or music, you should contact your respective advising office to petition for review of a MAPS course.