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Submit Required Documents - International

Where to Send Application Materials

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)           

Office of Admissions/International  
University of Colorado Boulder 
3100 Marine Street - 65 UCB
Bldg RL3 Suite A122
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

For standard international mail or mail within the U.S., including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Required Documents

1. Undergraduate Application for Admission

2. Official transcripts

Official certified copies of your previous academic records (transcripts) are required. All records should be submitted with original stamps. For the following countries, only the official English language transcript is required:

Afghanistan Jamaica South Korea
Antigua and Barbuda Japan Sri Lanka
Australia Micronesia Swaziland
Brunei Nigeria Tadjikistan
Canada (Unless in Quebec) Norway Thailand
Dominica Pakistan Trinidad and Tobago
Ethiopia Rwanda Uganda
Gambia Saudi Arabia UK
Ghana Sierra Leone Zimbabwe
Grenada Singapore  
India South Africa  

For all other countries, all records should be submitted in the native language with original stamps. All credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a literal certified English translation.

Freshman applicants must submit official academic records from all secondary schools attended. This includes transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 (and grade 13 if your secondary school system requires that).  If you have not yet completed secondary school when you apply, you must submit transcripts for all years that you have completed to date. Transcripts for any university-level work taken during secondary school must be submitted after admission is finalized and the work is complete.

Transfer applicants must submit official academic records from both secondary school and colleges/universities attended. This includes transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 (and grade 13 if your secondary school system requires that).

Along with transcripts, you will also need to submit mark sheets or grade reports, and any certificates, degrees, diplomas or statements of graduation or completion for your secondary school attendance (through grades 11, 12 and 13 if applicable). If you are currently attending secondary school, send all available records at this time, including a list of your courses in progress.

For your college/university attendance (tertiary level), submit all official transcripts, mark sheets, or grade reports, and any certificates, degrees, diplomas, or statements of graduation or completion from each college or university attended (except any campus of the University of Colorado). Documentation is required regardless of the length of attendance, whether or not courses were completed, and whether or not you believe the record will affect your admission or transfer credit. Failure to list and submit  transcripts from all institutions previously attended before enrolling at CU-Boulder is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

If you are admitted while still attending classes, your final records will be required upon completion of the course work or program.

Transcripts may be sent by e-mail to transcripts@colorado.edu. E-mailed transcripts must come from a counselor or other school official. E-mailed transcripts from a student are not accepted.

Students from China and India must be particularly careful to submit complete official academic credentials (for university level work). Every page of each document must bear an original stamp or seal of the institution. Chinese students must submit both Chinese language and English translations of transcripts and diplomas and must submit diplomas showing every degree awarded. Students from India must submit individual marksheets for each semester or year, in addition to separate diplomas showing every degree awarded. Request your transcripts online.

All academic documents received by the University of Colorado Boulder become the property of the university. The university scans all transcripts into an electronic application file and destroys the paper copy shortly after that. We are unable to return any original or official transcripts to the student. If you will have trouble replacing your transcripts or any of your academic documents, please contact the International Admissions Team at intladm@colorado.edu for possible alternatives to sending your original or expensive documents. This does not include transcripts from U.S. schools, which must be official and must be sent to our office directly from the U.S. school.


3. Personal essays

Your personal essays are the best way for us to learn about you as an individual and to evaluate your academic performance within an appropriate context. They demonstrate your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and help you distinguish yourself in your own voice. There are two required essays.  As you write your essays, consider reflecting on challenges you've overcome, your family or cultural heritage, your academic or cocurricular achievements, or specific moments that have helped to define your character. There are no "correct" answers to these questions - your responses should reflect the unique aspects and experiences of your life.

Essay A (required, 250 to 650 words): What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option below that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Essay B (required; 250 to 500 words): The University of Colorado Boulder's Flagship 2030 strategic plan promotes exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, creative works, and service distinguishing us as a premier university. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community for all that engages each member in opportunities for academic excellence, leadership, and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Given the statement above, how do you think you could enrich our diverse and inclusive community and what are your hopes for your college experience?


4. Letter of recommendation

Starting with Fall 2014 applications, at least one letter of recommendation will be required. Your full legal name should be included at the top of recommendation letters. Applicants may submit additional letters of recommendation if you wish, however, doing so is optional.


5. $70 USD nonrefundable application fee

University of Colorado Boulder application

  • The application fee can be paid online via credit card at the time you submit your application or in the form of an international money order or a check drawn from a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Colorado after you submit your application (or if using a printed application). If submitting a check or money order, include your full name and birth date so that it can be properly credited to your application.

Common Application (Freshmen only)

  • Payable online at the time you submit your application.  We recognize that some students may be faced with financial constraints in paying the application fee. Waivers can be granted for documented hardships if you submit an application fee waiver form.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at another University of Colorado campus, and you are applying to an undergraduate degree program on the Boulder campus, you are not required to pay the application fee.


6. Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores

While it is possible to be academically admitted to the university prior to sending your TOEFL/IELTS score, your Form I-20 immigration document cannot be issued until we receive your official results and the English proficiency requirement is met.

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. For more information on the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. The CU-Boulder college code for the TOEFL is 4841. For more information on the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org. CU-Boulder does not accept any other tests as proof of English proficiency.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where English is the native language (i.e., Australia, U.K.) at the time you apply, or if English is your native language, you are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

NOTE: English proficiency scores are not required for international applicants from the following countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe.


7. Proof of Financial Support

Financial Statement Form

If your application for admission is otherwise complete, it can be reviewed regardless of whether or not we have received your financial statement. If you are academically eligible for admission to the university and you need a Form I-20 (for an F-1 visa) or a Form DS- 2019 (for a J-1 visa), you must provide the financial statement with required documentation before your admission can be finalized and before any immigration forms can be issued to you.


8. Immigration Transfer Form, if applicable

International students with F-1 immigration status who are transferring from one U.S. institution to another must complete the F-1 immigration transfer form before admission can be finalized. A link to this form will be in your admission letter. Only admitted students who have decided to attend CU-Boulder are required to complete this form. The form is not required for an admission decision.  Visit the Visa Information page for more details.


9. Scan of your passport, if available

We prefer to reference your passport before issuing your immigration documents. If you already have a passport, please make an electronic scan (PDF) and attach it to your application as an “additional application item” in the "Upload Documents" section of the online application. If you do not yet have a passport, please submit the scan once it is available to intladm@colorado.edu.


Optional Documents

1. Resume or CV

You may submit a resume/CV listing cocurricular activities, work experience, leadership positions and/or awards to supplement your application; however, doing so is optional.

2. ACT or SAT scores

CU-Boulder does not require SAT or ACT scores for international applicants; however, submitting ACT or SAT scores is required to be eligible for scholarship consideration. Scholarships at CU-Boulder are highly competitive and available to first-year students only. The ACT will be accepted with or without the Writing Test. SAT Subject Test scores are not required. If you decide to take the ACT or SAT, official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions. The CU-Boulder college code for the SAT is 4841; for the ACT it is 0532.

If you hold a US passport you will be required to submit an SAT or ACT result, regardless of the country where you did your schooling.


Additional Requirements for College of Music Applicants Only

College of Music applicants must also complete a College of Music Application after their admission application has been submitted, provide a letter of reference, and schedule an audition.