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Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day

The Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day program provides you and your family the chance to explore campus and the many opportunities you will have as a student. We invite you to sit in on a sample lecture, take a walking tour of CU-Boulder, attend a panel discussion with current students, view a residence hall room, eat lunch on campus, and meet with various campus leaders and representatives. 

Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day programs are held throughout the year and are intended for all prospective, undergraduate students and their families. 

The cost for this all-day program is $20 per person payable by cash or check at check-in. This fee covers parking, light refreshments in the morning, and an all-you-care-to-eat lunch in one of our campus dining halls.

Step 1: Choose a Visit Date

The Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day programs are typically held on Fridays throughout the fall and spring semesters. This is a full-day program that begins at 8:30 a.m. and offers activities until 5:00 p.m. Please review the dates, as well as a tentative agenda below before making your reservation:

Fall 2015 Program Dates
September October November
September 25 October 5 November 6
  October 12  
  October 19  
  October 30  
Spring 2016 Program Dates
February March April
February 12 March 18 April 1
February 15 March 21 April 18
February 26 March 28 April 22

Tentative Agenda

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome to CU-Boulder!
8:55-9:55 a.m. Walking Tour of Campus
10:00-10:45 a.m Academic Experience Session
10:45-11:20 a.m. View a Residence Hall
11:20-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:40-1:00 p.m. Admissions Information Session
1:00-1:45 p.m. Parent & Student Panels with Current CU-Boulder Students
2:00-2:15 p.m. A CU-Boulder Student Experience from a Current Student
2:15-2:30 p.m. How to Make the Most of Your Afternoon
3:00-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions and Class Observations

As you plan your visit, we also encourage you to view CU-Boulder’s calendar of events and our visit announcements page .CU-Boulder's campus can be very busy; we host a number of athletic events, performing arts programs, concerts, and more.

Step 2: Make Your Reservation

In order to provide a positive experience for every guest, we ask that you register for an event two weeks prior to visiting campus. Walk-in space is not guaranteed. You must register for an event to ensure your space.

Following registration, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to the student’s e-mail address with more information about where to park, location, and directions.

Please note: payment cannot be accepted online at this time; instead, please bring your payment to the program in the form of cash, or check.

Step 3: Plan your Visit

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in sunny Boulder, Colorado -  30 miles northwest of Denver.  The Boulder area offers a wide array of activity ranging from hiking and biking to shopping, amazing dining, and entertainment.  We hope you are able to explore the community of Boulder while you are visiting campus.

Step 4: Day of Your Visit

Please plan to arrive on campus at the University Memorial Center (UMC) between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. to check-in and enjoy light breakfast refreshments. Give yourself adequate time to find the session location and parking. For details and parking information, please refer to your confirmation email. We also encourage you to check our visit announcement page, which will provide you with updates about campus activities and construction that may impact your visit.

During your time on campus, take advantage of the informational sessions from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  You will have the chance to attend classes, learn more about academic majors, discover academic enrichment programs and student resources, as well as explore the CU-Boulder community.

After your Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day experience, if you have additional questions, please feel free to drop-by the Office of Admissions or Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Both are located in the Regent Administrative Center.

We also encourage you to explore campus.  You will receive a self-guided tour map in your folder of materials upon checking in.  While on campus, you may want to check out the following:


In the case of inclement weather, please check our homepage or Facebook for updates and cancellations.

If you are unable to attend on one of the dates above, please consider our Daily Information Sessions and Campus Tours offered on most weekdays and Saturdays. This program is not designed for schools or organizations. If your group (eight or more people) would like to visit campus, go to the Ralphie's Group & Community Visits page.