Resources: Academic Support

Conference on World Affairs

The Conference on World Affairs, held each year during the second week of April, is the largest event in Boulder, attracting 92,000 students and visitors to over 200 sessions, all of which are free and open to the public. Roger Ebert, who was a participant for four decades, called it the “conference on everything conceivable,” as topics are hardly limited to international affairs.

Conflict Resolution

See Ombuds Office.

Continuing Education

The Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies offers evening and online undergraduate credit courses in a variety of subjects ranging from anthropology to writing and rhetoric. All credit classes offered by the division carry full university credit and are approved by Boulder campus departments and colleges. Evening classes meet on campus in the late afternoon and evening. Term-based online classes follow the semester calendar. Self-paced online classes must be completed within six months of enrollment.

CU-LEAD Alliance and Scholarship Program

The CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity (CU-LEAD) Alliance is a set of multidisciplinary academic neighborhoods whose students, faculty, and staff are united to promote diversity and educational excellence for students from diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students. Visit the CU-LEAD website for a complete listing of programs and opportunities.  |  Office of Diversity and Equity, 206 Regent Administrative Center  |  303-735-1332


College exams come in many forms—hourly exams, take-home exams, oral exams, presentations of papers, projects, open-book exams, midterms, and traditional finals. Examination “blue books” are often required for writing essays. You can buy them at the CU Book Store, the Colorado Bookstore, or at the cash registers in the Alferd Packer Grill during finals week.

Faculty Course Questionnaire

Student may evaluate their instructors and courses using the Faculty Course Questionnaire, which is administered during the last two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. The results are published online and can help you choose your classes each term.

First-Year Students

First-year students have many exciting new opportunities and face a number of potential challenges. Those who become involved in their university community, both inside and outside the classroom, typically perform at higher levels in both the academic and personal aspects of their lives. Connect with your peers, meet regularly with faculty members, or touch base with a resident advisor (RA) to find out about the many resources and experiences that the university has to offer. The choices you make in the first year have a huge impact on what kind of Buff you will be at CU and beyond.


Each instructor at CU-Boulder is responsible for determining course requirements and assigning grades on the basis of those requirements. Use MyCUinfo to access your grades at the end of each semester, as well as to find comprehensive information about related topics such as credit hours, grade point average, privacy of academic records, transcripts, course repetition, attendance verification, and more.

Graduate Students

As the Rocky Mountain region’s only comprehensive public research university, CU-Boulder produces a large share of the master’s and doctoral degrees granted in the state of Colorado. Our graduate students play important roles in our teaching and research mission, benefitting from small, seminar-style classroom and laboratory settings and close interaction with our world-class faculty to make important contributions to our groundbreaking research and creative work. For specific information on programs of study, visit the Graduate School website.

Honor Code

An honor code establishes a fundamental social contract within which the university community agrees to live. This contract relies on the conviction that the personal and academic integrity of each individual member strengthens and improves the quality of life for the entire community. Honor is about academic integrity, moral and ethical conduct, and pride of membership in a community that values academic achievement and individual responsibility.


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