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Ralphie's Group and Community Visits

Ralphie's Group and Community Visits are campus visits for high school student groups, transfer students, sports organizations, or local community groups of eight or more people. The two hour program includes an information session hosted by a CU-Boulder admissions representative and a student-led campus tour.

Review the information below for more details and to request a visit program for your group.

STEP 1: Review Requirements

While we always enjoy hosting student groups on campus, we do have a few considerations to be aware of as you make your reservation:

  • Students must be in high school or college.*
  • There must be at least one chaperone for every 20 students.
  • Reservations are required and must be made at least three weeks in advance for groups of less than 65, and at least 6 weeks in advance for groups of 65 or more.
  • Please arrive on time for your scheduled visit. Due to our volunteer students' class schedules we cannot accommodate groups that arrive late. Groups that arrive after their confirmed visit time are subject to cancellation.
  • Visits are not available in January, May, October, or December.
  • Visits are only available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays beginning at 10:30am.

*If you have an elementary or middle school group you would like to bring to campus, please contact the SORCE program (Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity) at 303-492-1371. Transfer student groups are welcome from community colleges or other four-year institutions.

STEP 2: Review Lunch Options

If your group is interested in eating lunch in the Center for Community, please send (email, fax, or mail) a tax exempt certificate to Taylor Stratton shortly after you register for a visit. With the tax exempt certificate, the cost will be $9.50 per person for a single meal card. If you do not have a tax exempt certificate, the price is $12.00 per person. Lunch transactions will be conducted before your Admissions Information Session.

If your group would like to enjoy lunch on campus a la carte, the University Memorial Center has various offerings for various meal preferences.

Mailing Information for Tax Exempt Certification

Mail:
Taylor Stratton
Admission Counselor
University of Colorado Boulder
Office of Admissions
552 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

E-mail: taylor.stratton@colorado.edu
Fax: 303.492.1223

STEP 3: Request a Ralphie's Visit

The next step is to submit a registration request for an available Ralphie's Visit. To register:

  • Go to our online calendar and click on an available Ralphie's Visit. If the event you select states that registration is closed, it has already been requested by another group and you will need to select a different date.
  • Click the "Register" button in any available event to open the registration form.
  • Fill out the form completely and submit.  If, before you submit the form, you decide you would like to register for a different date, do not change the date in the form. Instead, close the form, return to the calendar and start over. If you have already submitted the form and would like to change dates, see the "Cancellations/Rescheduling" section below.

Please do not register for more than one date unless you are planning multiple group visits.

Note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee availability. Please submit your request at least 3 weeks prior to your intended visit for groups of less than 65, and at least 6 weeks in advance for groups of 65 or more. You will receive a response within 5 business days.

Information for the Day of Your Visit

Please plan to arrive on campus at the University Memorial Center (UMC) between 10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Give yourself adequate time to orient yourself with campus. The tour begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.; arrival after 10:40 a.m., without adequate notification, is subject to cancellation of your campus tour and information session.

Agenda for Ralphie’s Visits

10:30 a.m. Walking Campus Tour
11:30 a.m. Admissions Information Session
12:30 p.m. Conclusion and Optional On-Campus Lunch

Location

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in Boulder, Colorado - 30 miles northwest of Denver and 45 miles northwest of the Airport (Denver International Airport). The Boulder area offers a wide array of activities 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.  If you are interested in on-campus life, we encourage you to view the University of Colorado Boulder’s calendar of events or other local Boulder attractions for activities after your visit on campus.

After your visit, we encourage the group coordinator to submit an admission counselor evaluation form to help us improve our program.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Ralphie’s Visit Coordinator, Taylor Stratton, at taylor.stratton@colorado.edu or 303-492-1223.

Cancellations/Rescheduling

If you cancel or wish to reschedule a group visit, you must notify us 24 hours in advance. Rescheduling a visit requires submitting a new registeration request (see "Request a Ralphie's Visit" section). We cannot guarantee that your new visit date will be in the same semester due to potential scheduling conflicts. Please note that a reservation request does not guarantee availability.