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Transfer Admission Requirements
CU-Boulder's aim is to offer highly qualified and intellectually curious transfer students the opportunity to continue pursuing their educational goals. We practice a holistic admission review process, taking into account a variety of primary academic and secondary factors as they relate to your projected success in our competitive academic environment. You will be considered on an individual basis relative to a prediction of your academic success in the college to which you apply.
Admission Requirements by College or School
Cumulative college GPA of 2.50 or better in appropriate general education courses. Students who complete 60 semester hours of transfer-level work with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 at a Colorado Community College and who apply by the equal consideration deadline are assured admission to the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all of the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) to be guaranteed admission. *This information applies to students who entered college after Spring 1988. For those students who entered college prior to Summer 1988, please contact the Office of Admissions.
Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed finite math (or college algebra), calculus, microeconomics, and macroeconomics with competitive letter grades.
Students who have completed a bachelor's degree may apply directly to the School of Education. All other undergraduate students must be admitted to another CU-Boulder college or school in an approved major before applying to the teacher education program. Visit the Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Program for additional information.
Cumulative college GPA of 2.9 or higher if transferring from four-year institutions; cumulative college GPA of 3.10 or higher if transferring from community and junior colleges. Transfer applicants must have taken courses relevant to an engineering curriculum, including at least two semesters of college-level calculus and two semesters of calculus-based physics and/or college-level chemistry. Chemical engineering and chemical and biological engineering applicants should have completed two semesters of college chemistry.
Grades in math, science, and engineering courses should be a 'B' or higher. (Exception: Students (resident or non-resident) who apply for admission for a semester which occurs within 18 months of their high school graduation date may also be competitive without having taken the above course work, as long as their high school academic record meets the current Guaranteed Admission for Colorado Resident Freshmen criteria. In addition, if any college-level work has been completed, your overall GPA should be 3.10 or higher.)
The College guarantees admission to any of its baccalaureate degree programs to students transferring from Colorado public institutions of higher education who meet the Guaranteed Admission Criteria for Colorado Transfers.
Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher. An audition or audition recording is required of all applicants.
Cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher. Preference is given to students who have taken college-level courses in the areas of architecture, planning, or environmental studies. Completion of courses in related fields of social science, natural science, fine arts, or humanities is also considered in admission review.
Admission to the JMC program requires a transfer student to have a minimum of 30 semester hours of appropriate college-level course work completed or in progress and an overall GPA of 3.00 as well as a 3.00 average GPA in journalism course prerequisites. Applicants must have completed or in progress two introductory courses: Contemporary Mass Media, or the equivalent at another institution (all majors) AND Principles of Advertising, or the equivalent at another institution (advertising applicants only), OR Principles of Journalism, or the equivalent at another institution (broadcast news, broadcast production, media studies, or news editorial majors).
Additional Factors in the Admission Decision
Beyond academic achievement, CU-Boulder places importance on secondary factors to assess the overall qualities of each applicant. These secondary factors include, but are not limited to the following: your two required essays, school and community activities, leadership positions and awards, participation in athletics, work experience, summer activities, special circumstances, and letters of recommendation (optional). Visit the How to Apply page for more information on required documents needed to complete your application. We do not accept or use portfolio or audio/video submissions in our admission process.
Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)
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.
Policies Concerning MAPS Requirements
The policies of the Boulder campus with respect to completing MAPS course work after enrollment are as follows:
- Appropriate missing MAPS course work is included in the hours for graduation.
- All course work toward fulfillment of the MAPS must be taken for a letter grade.
- It is strongly recommended that students enroll in and complete at least one MAPS course each term, beginning in the first term of enrollment, until such time as all MAPS are completed. This policy applies to new freshmen, to transfer students, and to students transferring from other academic units on the Boulder campus and from other campuses of the university. Some colleges or schools may impose a sanction if the student does not complete one course per semester toward meeting MAPS deficiencies.
- All students who first enroll in one academic unit at CU-Boulder and who subsequently transfer to another unit are required to meet the MAPS specified for the new unit, irrespective of their completion of MAPS units in their previous college or school.
- Students in double-degree programs must meet MAPS requirements of both degree-granting units.
- Students must consult with a CU-Boulder academic advisor (or read their college or school's academic publications) to determine which specific courses may be used to meet a MAPS requirement.
Deficiencies and Exceptions
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. If 50% or more of your secondary schooling was completed in a non-U.S. system, you are exempt from the MAPS requirements.
Petitioning for Review
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 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, business, architecture, or music, you should contact your respective advising office to petition for review of a MAPS course.
Special Transfer Types
- Second Undergraduate Degree Students: You may apply for a second bachelor's degree in some colleges and schools, however, students are not able to get a second undergraduate degree in the same major in which you received your first, or the Leeds school of Business. Before applying for a second undergraduate, degree we encourage you to explore graduate study options.
- Military Students: Service members and veterans looking to transfer should refer to the military credit section on the transfer credit guidelines page. You should also visit the Office of Veterans' Affairs.