Academic Excellence

Dean’s List

A student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science who completes at least 12 credit hours of course work for a letter grade during the fall or spring semester on the Boulder campus, and who earns a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.600, will be included on the college dean’s list for that semester. Notation of “Dean’s List” is also placed on the student’s transcript by the Office of the Registrar.

Honors at Graduation

In recognition of high scholastic achievement by a student, the designations “Summa Cum Laude,” “Magna Cum Laude,” and “Cum Laude” will be awarded at graduation, and will be recorded on the diploma. The specific qualifications to achieve these designations are reviewed and set by the Undergraduate Education Council, with any changes requiring approval by a majority vote of the faculty representatives on this council. At least 45 semester hours must have been earned on the Boulder campus for the student to secure these designations. Beginning with August 2008 graduates, grades from all CU course work are taken into consideration.


Undergraduate scholarships are provided by public funds and private donations by alumni, corporations, and friends of the college through gifts to the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc. In some cases, endowments have been established; other scholarships are based on annual gifts. Some companies provide matching funds for gifts from their employees who are alumni. More than 800 scholarships have been made available to qualified students.

For additional information about college-based scholarships, contact the dean’s office at 303-735-2440 or see (Undergraduate Scholarships). Students may also contact the Office of Financial Aid at 303-492-5091.

Anyone interested in providing an undergraduate scholarship or contributing to the scholarship fund may contact the Engineering Development Office, University of Colorado Boulder, 422 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0422, 303-492-7899.