The Office of Admissions welcomes inquiries from prospective students regarding undergraduate admission. Through the admission process, the university seeks to identify applicants who will successfully complete a collegiate academic program. Admission is based on many criteria, including high school GPA or GED test scores, high school rank, the quality of course work, college entrance test scores, personal essays, and the extent to which the minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) have been met.
Inquiries relating to undergraduate admission to the University of Colorado at Boulder may be addressed to:
Office of Admissions
Regent Administrative Center 125
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0552
TTY 303-492-5998 (for hard of hearing persons)
To find admission information online, go to www.colorado.edu/prospective.
For admission requirements to graduate degree programs, see the Graduate School section and individual college and school sections.
Prospective students and their families are welcome to visit the Office of Admissions in Regent Administrative Center 125 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Daily information sessions, walking tours of the campus, and special all-day visit programs are offered. Although interviews are not used in the decision-making process, you are invited to visit the campus.
The best time to see the campus is when classes are in session (September through mid-December and mid-January to early May, with the exception of spring break). An Academic Calendar is printed on the inside front cover of this catalog. There are dates when information sessions, campus tours, and visit programs are not held due to holidays or university closures. It is important to check our website for the most current information.
Reservations are required for all information sessions, tours, and visit programs. For complete visit program descriptions, dates, reservation forms, and campus maps, go to www.colorado.edu/visit, or call 303-492-6301. Visit program dates for future academic years are added to the website as they become available (usually in August each year).
Information sessions with an admission counselor are held Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Following the information sessions, walking tours of the campus, led by student guides, begin at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Combined information sessions and tours are also held at 10:30 a.m. most Saturdays.
Information sessions are offered at the University Club unless otherwise noted. Parking is available at Euclid AutoPark. Limited metered parking is also available on campus and city streets.
An excellent way to become acquainted with the campus is to participate in one of the campus visit programs specially designed for prospective students and parents.
These programs, offered on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year, provide prospective students and their families the chance to participate in information sessions, take a campus tour, learn more about residence hall life, talk with student and parent panels, and meet with campus representatives, as well as attend classes or listen to a sample lecture. To make reservations for any or all of these visit programs, go to www.colorado.edu/visit or call the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301.
As undergraduates at CU-Boulder, students can choose from among the university’s four colleges (architecture and planning, arts and sciences, engineering and applied science, and music) and three schools (business, education, and journalism and mass communication). Undergraduate majors offered at CU-Boulder are listed throughout this catalog.
When applying for admission, students need to choose a major in one of CU-Boulder’s colleges or schools. Applicants who have not decided on a major can select an “open option” major. This allows students to explore different options during their first and/or second year of study. After this time, they will decide on a specific major for their remaining years. Students can also change their area of study, but this can result in additional course requirements that may add to the number of semesters necessary to complete a degree.
Although applicants can apply to only one CU-Boulder college or school, after enrollment they can apply for transfer to another Boulder college or school through the Intrauniversity Transfer (IUT) process. Criteria for transferring from one college or school to another are competitive, and each college or school establishes its own standards.
There are several programs that allow students to include additional areas of academic concentration beyond their chosen major. Two different degrees, either from the same college or school, or degrees from different colleges or schools, may be earned, providing certain conditions are met. Students are admitted to one major and degree program initially but may pursue a second degree during their first semester of enrollment. Minor programs are offered in a number of undergraduate departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leeds School of Business, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, and music fields are also available.
Preprofessional advisors are available to help students interested in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, other allied health sciences, or law. Students interested in these fields may apply to any of the majors open to new undergraduates, including the open option major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in one of the undergraduate or graduate health sciences programs offered at the University of Colorado Denver may complete preprofessional work on the Boulder campus. Admission is competitive, but preference to all health sciences programs is given to Colorado residents.
For more information, visit www.colorado.edu/aac or see Preprofessional Programs in the Other Academic Programs section.
Prospective music majors must submit both an Undergraduate Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions, and a College of Music Admission Application.
All music applicants are initially considered for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences open option major. Admission to a College of Music degree program (bachelor of arts in music, bachelor of music education, bachelor of music) is determined after the music audition and application evaluation process has been completed. Students who are admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences but not the College of Music will be able to keep their place in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Live auditions, which are preferred unless travel distance is prohibitive, are scheduled for selected Saturdays in January and February. Other live audition times may be arranged; high quality recordings also may be submitted in lieu of a live audition.
College of Music scholarships are awarded to music majors only. High school and college transfer students are automatically considered for merit-based music scholarships upon completion of the application process, including the audition. Transfer students who are receiving a scholarship from their current institution must submit a scholarship release form before they can be awarded a music scholarship. To be assured of full consideration for scholarship awards, the audition should be completed by February 15.
The College of Music Admission Application Form, as well as more detailed information about audition requirements, faculty, and degree programs, may be found at www.colorado.edu/music.
Through the School of Education, students interested in elementary or secondary school teaching may take programs approved for Colorado licensure in connection with Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) approved majors offered at CU-Boulder.
Elementary teacher education includes kindergarten through sixth grade licensure. Secondary teacher education includes seventh through 12th grades with licensure in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and the following foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Teacher education programs are also available in music education for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Teacher education program applicants who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree program should apply directly to the School of Education. Those who have not received a bachelor’s degree must apply to another CU-Boulder undergraduate degree program and submit their application and credentials to the Office of Admissions. Undergraduate students who plan to pursue teacher education should declare this intent to the school’s Office of Student Services as soon as possible after enrolling at CU-Boulder.
Refer to the School of Education section for more information about teacher education. Interested students may also visit www.colorado.edu/education, e-mail EdAdvise@colorado.edu, or write to the School of Education, Office of Student Services, University of Colorado at Boulder, 249 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0249, for application and deadline information.
The State of Colorado mandates that all undergraduate students entering public institutions of higher education in Colorado be screened for college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. To pass the screening requirements, students must present minimum test scores.
Students who have successfully completed four years each of college preparatory English and math courses are deemed to have met the respective requirements regardless of the test score.
Students who do not meet CU-Boulder’s criteria for college readiness will be required to demonstrate readiness through an additional examination or to enroll in preparatory courses prior to completing the first 30 semester hours of course work on the Boulder campus. Students who have not demonstrated reading, writing, and/or mathematics readiness will receive additional details after they confirm their intent to enroll at CU-Boulder.
Students are freshman applicants if they are currently enrolled in high school, or if they have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and have not enrolled in a college or university since graduation.
Many factors are considered in evaluating students’ applications for admission to CU-Boulder. Although academic performance in high school (high school GPA and the quality of course work) is the most important indicator of success, other factors are also considered. These include students’ college entrance test scores (either the SAT or ACT), the trend in their grades, the extent to which the minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) are met, their personal essays, and the potential contributions they may make to the campus community. For information on MAPS, see www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/maps.html.
Applicants whose records reflect nontraditional grading systems, unusual curricula, or high school equivalency through the GED test will receive individual consideration and are urged to apply.
Applicants should take a college entrance test late in their junior year or early in their senior year of high school. CU-Boulder requires either the SAT or the ACT for admission consideration. The ACT Writing Test is not required for CU-Boulder admission consideration. The highest scores are used in the admission decision. If the same test is taken more than once, the scores are combined on each subsection to give the highest overall score. SAT subject test scores are not required. For more information, see the How to Apply for Undergraduate Admission section.
Students who graduated from high school in spring 1988 or later are expected to have completed courses that meet certain minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) before enrolling at CU-Boulder. Any MAPS deficiency will be considered during the admission review process. The MAPS for specific CU-Boulder colleges and schools are listed in this section.
Students may be admitted to CU-Boulder even though they have not met all the MAPS requirements. If that is the case, they are required to complete the appropriate MAPS courses once enrolled, and the credits may be applied toward graduation. All MAPS deficiencies must be completed prior to graduation from CU-Boulder. Students may also complete missing MAPS course work in high school, at other colleges or universities, through approved credit-by-examination programs, or by testing out through the appropriate foreign language department.
The policies of the Boulder campus with respect to completing MAPS course work after enrollment are as follows.
1. Appropriate missing MAPS course work is included in the hours for graduation.Please also review the chart at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/maps.html.
2. All course work toward fulfillment of the MAPS must be taken for a letter grade.
3. 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, transfer students, and 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.
4. All students who first enroll in one academic unit at CU-Boulder and 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.
5. Students in double-degree programs must meet MAPS requirements of both degree-granting units.
6. 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.
7. Students who complete 50 percent or more of their secondary schooling in a non-U.S. system are exempt from MAPS.
CU-Boulder participates in the Advanced Placement program of the College Board. Over one-third of Boulder’s entering freshmen submit Advanced Placement (AP) test scores each year. Official scores must be sent to the admissions office directly from the College Board for both first-year students and transfer students. For a guide to specific equivalencies, refer to the chart in this section. For more information, write or call:
P.O. Box 6671Please also review the chart at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/forms/AP-IBCharts-0910.pdf.
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
609-771-7300 or toll free 888-225-5427
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programs provide preuniversity study. IB examinations, whether leading to a full IB diploma or to an IB certificate often qualify students for advanced standing at CU-Boulder. In general, credit is granted for approved IB examinations at the higher level with a score of 4 or better.
Students admitted to the University of Colorado at Boulder after June 30, 2003, who have graduated from high school having successfully completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma program shall be granted 24 semester hours of college credit. This credit will be considered toward degree requirements if approved by the college or school. No CU-Boulder tuition shall be charged for these credits. These credits shall be granted, however, only if the student receives a score of 4 or better on an examination administered as part of the IB Diploma program. If the student scores less than 4 on any IB subject test, the credit hours granted shall be reduced accordingly.
An official copy of the diploma with test scores must be sent to the admissions office directly from the IB organization. For a guide to specific equivalencies refer to the chart in this section. For more information on test administration, write or call:
International Baccalaureate OrganizationFor the most current information on how CU-Boulder evaluates IB credit, visit www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/credit.html. Please also review the chart at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/forms/AP-IBCharts-0910.pdf.
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The University of Colorado at Boulder guarantees admission to first-time Colorado resident freshmen who meet specific criteria. For a copy of the guaranteed admission guidelines, visit www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/guarantee.html, write to Office of Admissions, University of Colorado at Boulder, 552 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0552, or call 303-492-6301. Guaranteed admission information is also available in all Colorado high school guidance offices.
Students who are not granted admission as entering freshmen may consider transferring to CU-Boulder after successful study elsewhere. Students are encouraged to complete at least one full year of transferable college or university course work, including any courses outlined in the minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) chart that were not met in high school.
Applicants are considered transfer students if they have attempted or enrolled in any college-level course work (at another college or university, or other campus of the University of Colorado), full time or part time, since graduating from high school. Applicants are not considered transfer students if the only college-level classes they have taken were while enrolled in high school. To be considered for admission, transfer students must report all previous college work and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Transfer applicants are considered for admission on the basis of transfer as well as freshman criteria, including minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS). All transfer applicants who graduated from high school in spring 1988 or later are expected to have completed MAPS requirements before enrolling at CU-Boulder.
A number of factors are considered when the transfer application is evaluated. The types of courses taken are as important as the grade point average. Only courses completed at the time the application is reviewed are considered in computing the cumulative, or overall, GPA. Complete personal essays are required.
Competitive criteria may vary from term to term depending on the overall quality of the applicant group and the number of transfer spaces available for a given college or school. Successful completion of prerequisite or recommended courses is also considered in the admission decision (see specific college and school sections below). For more information on competitive transfer admission guidelines, visit www.colorado.edu/prospective/transfer/admission.
College of Architecture and PlanningA college GPA of 2.750 or higher is required. Admission 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 the admission review.
College of Arts and SciencesAdmission preference is given to students who have taken the appropriate general education college-level courses and have a college GPA of 2.500 or better in appropriate general education courses.
Leeds School of BusinessTransfer applicants must have a college GPA of 3.000 or higher. Preference is given to students who have completed finite math (or college algebra), calculus, microeconomics, and macro‑economics.
School of EducationStudents who have completed a bachelor’s degree may apply for admission directly to the School of Education. All other undergraduate students must be admitted to another college or school before applying to a CU-Boulder teacher education program.
To be considered for admission to the teacher education program, an undergraduate must have completed a minimum of 56 semester hours of course work and have met the admission requirements outlined in the School of Education section.
College of Engineering and Applied ScienceA college GPA of 2.900 or higher for four-year institutions; 3.100 or higher for community college and junior colleges is required. Transfer applicants must have taken courses relevant to an engineering curriculum, including at least two semesters of college-level calculus, along with 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 B or higher. (Exception: Students [resident or non-resident] who apply for admission for a semester that occurs within 18 months of their high school graduation date may also be competitive without having taken the above course work, as long as the high school academic record meets the current Guaranteed Admission for Colorado Freshmen criteria. In addition, if any college-level work has been completed, the overall GPA should be 3.100 or higher.)
School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationApplicants must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of appropriate college-level course work completed or in progress, including journalism course prerequisites (Contemporary Mass Media, and either Principles of Advertising or Principles of Journalism at CU-Boulder, or their equivalents at another institution), and must have a minimum 3.000 overall and a minimum 3.000 in all journalism courses. Applicants with fewer than the required hours, lacking the minimum GPAs, or without journalism course prerequisites should apply to the College of Arts and Sciences as prejournalism and mass communication majors. For more information, see the School of Journalism and Mass Communication section.
College of MusicA college GPA of 2.750 or higher and an audition of all applicants is required. More information may be found in the General Admission Information and College of Music sections.
Transfer students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores, except those who have completed 24 or more semester hours of transferable college-level work at the time they apply.
Students’ highest scores are used in the admission decision. If the same test is taken more than once, the scores on each subsection are combined to give the highest overall score. SAT subject test scores are not required. For more information, see the How to Apply for Undergraduate Admission section.
Effective with students who graduated from high school in spring 1988 or later, CU expects all transfer students to have completed courses that meet certain minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS). The MAPS requirements for specific CU-Boulder colleges and schools are listed in this section.
MAPS requirements not met in high school may be met through equivalent college-level course work before or after transfer to CU-Boulder. A semester course completed at the college level substitutes for a year of work in high school.
A list of transferable state-guaranteed general education courses has been established for students pursuing arts and sciences majors. Contact your current Colorado school, the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions, or visit our website for more information.
Course equivalency guides are available on the Web at www.colorado.edu/prospective/transfer/admission, and also in Colorado community college advising offices. These guides provide information on CU-Boulder admission requirements, graduation requirements, and course equivalencies.
Students transferring to a program outside of the College of Arts and Sciences need to work with community college advisors and use the transfer guide to assure that appropriate courses are taken prior to transfer. Students wishing to enter the College of Architecture and Planning or the College of Engineering and Applied Science should be aware that because of the structure of the curriculum, they are encouraged to transfer as early as the beginning of the sophomore year. Academic programs vary in terms of the maximum number of hours that may be transferred from a community or junior college.
Applications for degree candidates may be submitted beginning in September for the following spring, summer, and fall terms.
The university reserves the right to deny admission to applicants whose total credentials reflect an inability to assume those obligations of performance and behavior deemed essential by the university and relevant to any of its lawful missions, processes, and functions as an educational institution.
Spring applications are processed on a rolling basis. The Office of Admissions begins notifying applicants about admission decisions in October. Decisions are made approximately four to six weeks after an application is complete. Full consideration is given to applications that are complete (including the application fee and all required credentials) by the October 1 deadline.
There are two admission notification periods for fall and summer 2010 candidates.
Non-Binding Early NotificationFreshman applicants who complete their file by December 1, 2010, are guaranteed early notification and will receive an admission decision on or before January 15, 2011. Students meeting the non-binding, early notification deadline may be admitted, postponed, or denied admission. Postponed students will receive an additional review and are strongly encouraged to submit additional academic information to strengthen their applications. Students who are postponed do not typically receive an admission decision until April 1, 2011. Early notification students are not required to enroll at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but must, if they choose to attend, confirm their intent to enroll by May 1.
Freshman Application DeadlineThe freshman application deadline is January 15, 2011. Students may begin applying and completing their files in September. Admission decisions will be released between December 2, 2010, and April 1, 2011. All applicants with completed files by January 15, 2011, will be notified of their admission decision no later than April 1, 2011. Students must, if they choose to attend, confirm their intent to enroll by May 1.
Transfer applications are processed on a rolling basis. Full consideration is given to transfer applications completed by the October 1 deadline for spring admission, or the April 1 deadline for summer and fall admission. From the time a transfer application is complete, it takes a minimum of four to six weeks for it to be reviewed.
Applicants should use the online application form at www.colorado.edu/prospective.
For a student to be considered for admission, the Office of Admissions must receive a completed application, the application fee, and all required credentials. Processing of an application will be delayed until all required information is received.
The $50 application fee ($70 U.S. for international students) is nonrefundable. If paying by check or money order it should be made payable to the University of Colorado. Important: The applicant’s name and date of birth must appear on the check or money order.
Some students may be faced with financial constraints in paying the application fee. Therefore, waivers are granted to those students with documented hardships who submit fee-waiver forms available in high schools, from the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions, or at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/forms.html.
Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at another University of Colorado campus, who are applying to an undergraduate degree program on the Boulder campus, are not required to pay the application fee.
Credentials or information sent by fax cannot be accepted as official documentation. Do not submit samples or photographs of design or artwork. A portfolio is not used for admission purposes and cannot be returned.
Official TranscriptsOfficial transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the issuing institution and must have the appropriate seals and signatures. Other transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts that are marked, for example, “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” are not accepted as official. Unofficial transcripts cannot be used for admission or transfer credit purposes.
High School TranscriptStudents should request that their high school send an official transcript of all work completed, beginning with grade 9, directly to the Office of Admissions, regardless of the number of college hours the student has completed (if any) or the date at graduation from high school. Students who have attended more than one high school and whose most recent transcript does not include the complete high school record must submit official transcripts from each school. If any part of the high school record is missing from the transcript, the processing of the application will be delayed. Students who have not graduated and do not plan to graduate from high school must request an official certificate of high school equivalency and official GED scores, plus an official transcript of any high school work (grades 9–12) completed, to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
College TranscriptsStudents should request that their official transcripts from each collegiate institution attended (except any campus of the University of Colorado) be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Admissions. Be sure to include all institutions, regardless of the length of attendance, whether or not courses were completed, and whether or not the record might affect admission or transfer credit. Also, include any institutions attended during summers, interim terms, and during high school. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended before enrolling at CU-Boulder is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of admission or dismissal from the university.
SAT or ACT Test ScoresBoulder requires SAT or ACT scores for admission. The ACT will be accepted with or without the writing test. Students should request that the testing agency submit scores directly to the Office of Admissions. CU-Boulder’s code for the SAT is 4841; the code for the ACT is 0532. Scores recorded on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. These scores must be submitted unless 24 or more semester hours of transferable college work have been completed at the time of application. Do not delay sending in the application and other credentials because college entrance test scores are not yet available.
Results from SAT or ACT tests taken in December or later may be received too late to be considered for summer or fall admission of the same year.
For further information, consult a high school counselor, visit the SAT website at www.collegeboard.com, phone 609-771-7600, or write to the College Board (SAT), P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200. Visit the ACT website at www.act.org, phone 319-337-1270, or write to ACT Registration, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414.
The University of Colorado at Boulder requires applicants to submit two short personal essays. Applications without essays are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Personal essays are the best way for the Office of Admissions to learn about applicants as individuals and to evaluate a student’s academic performance within the appropriate context. There are no “correct” answers to the questions—responses should reflect the unique aspects and experiences of the applicant. The specific essay questions are available on the application.
Students may submit letters of recommendation if they wish; however, doing so is optional.
MyCUBoulder (MyCUBoulder.colorado.edu) is a personalized electronic tool that all undergraduates may use to explore the opportunities available at CU and keep track of what needs to be done before they arrive on campus. Applicants should continue to use their MyCUBoulder account to check their status and take care of other pre-enrollment university business.
Unless otherwise instructed, mail all application materials to:
Office of Admissions
Regent Administrative Center 125
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0552
Applicants must keep their mailing address current at all times. It is used for mailings until the applicant arrives on campus. Notices are also sent to this address regarding admission, registration, and orientation, as well as other information. If an address changes or is no longer valid, notify the Office of Admissions immediately at 303-492-6301.
1. application for admission
2. $50 nonrefundable ($70 U.S. for international students) application fee (check or money order made payable to the University of Colorado; print student’s name and date of birth on check)
3. Official high school transcript
4. Official college transcripts (if applicable)
5. SAT or ACT test scores (if applicable)
6. Personal essays
7. Letters of recommendation (optional)
All admitted students are encouraged to confirm their intent to enroll as soon as possible after receiving their admission notification. Admission must be confirmed by official notification and the nonrefundable confirmation deposit of $200. Students should follow the instructions in their admission notification on how to confirm.
Confirmations and deposits submitted by the dates listed below will be accepted. After these dates, confirmations can be accepted only if space is still available.
Confirmation Postmark Deadlines
|Freshmen||May 1||May 1||Dec. 15|
|Transfers||varies; see confirmation instructions|
If students register for classes and then decide not to attend, they may be assessed tuition depending upon the circumstances. Guidelines are given on the registrar’s website (registrar.colorado.edu) for spring and fall and in the summer catalog for summer terms. Close attention must be given to statements regarding policies for new, readmitted, and transfer students.
The confirmation deposits are used as registration deposits each semester as long as registration is completed by the published deadline. Once students have attended CU-Boulder, the deposit (minus any fees or other charges owed) will be returned when they graduate or officially withdraw from the university according to established deadlines.
The university invites applications from qualified international students. International applicants are those who already have, or will be applying for, a temporary U.S. visa such as F-1 and J-1. Applicants who are United States citizens, permanent residents, asylees, or refugees are not considered international. These students should follow application and admission procedures for undergraduates or graduates as described elsewhere in this catalog.
Over 1,000 international students from more than 100 countries study at CU-Boulder. Applications for admission are processed by the Office of Admissions. Assistance after admission is provided by International Student and Scholar Services, located in the Office of International Education. Boulder offers a full range of services to international students, including a host family program, orientation, special programs and activities for international students, and personal attention to individual needs.
Intensive English instruction is also offered by the International English Center. For information, go to www.colorado.edu/iec or write or call the International English Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, 63 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0063, 303-492-5547.
International students who wish to pursue a full-time program of study at the undergraduate or graduate level should go to the international student website at www.colorado.edu/prospective/international for admission information and online application forms.
Prospective graduate students should go to the website at www.colorado.edu/prospective/graduate for information and application forms specific to the academic department in which they are interested. Prospective graduate students can also call the campus telephone operator at 303-492-1411 and ask to have the call transferred to the department of interest or write to the specific department, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309.
International Nondegree StudentsAn individual who holds a temporary nonimmigrant visa or temporary immigration status may register as a nondegree student only after demonstrating English proficiency through the approval to register process administered by the International English Center, and only if the individual also meets academic prerequisites. The University of Colorado at Boulder does not issue I-20 Forms or assume any immigration responsibility for nondegree students. Therefore, international nondegree students must maintain appropriate immigration status independent of the university. See the Nondegree Students section for more information. International nondegree applicants should e-mail the International English Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, to obtain instructions and approval to register.
Former CU-Boulder degree students who are not currently enrolled on the Boulder campus for fall 2010 must submit the Application for Readmission for undergraduate degree students. No application fee is required. Students who have attended any college or university since their last attendance at CU-Boulder will need to submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Office of Admissions.
If the student is changing from a previous college or school, the change should be noted on the application. Otherwise, it is assumed that the student is returning to the same field of study, if eligible to do so. If a college or school change is requested for which the student is not eligible, the student will need to request reconsideration for his or her previous program.
Former arts and sciences students wishing to return to arts and sciences must apply to their previous major. Students who wish to pursue a second undergraduate degree must apply to a major different from the one in which they received their degree. Students may not apply for a second bachelor’s degree in the Leeds School of Business or the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Beginning fall semester 2010, undergraduate degree students who are enrolled or enroll and then withdraw for the current semester will have up to four semesters, including summer, to return to the university without having to reapply for admission. Exception: Students who last enrolled for a spring semester (beginning spring 2011) will have up to five semesters, including summer, to return without having to reapply.
The above policy is not applicable to graduate students but these students may be eligible for the Time Off Program if they wish to take a leave of absence. Graduate students not eligible for the Time Off Program will need to reapply for admission. This policy also is not applicable for new degree students (or transfer students) who enroll and then withdraw prior to the census date. For more information, see registrar.colorado.edu. Degree students who withdraw from CU-Boulder during summer session may not need to reapply to continue into the fall semester unless they are changing schools, colleges, or degree programs.
Students who wish to take University of Colorado at Boulder courses but are not currently admitted to a degree program at the university are classified as “nondegree students.” Students apply as nondegree students through the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (303-492-5148 or conted.colorado.edu). Nondegree students may enroll in credit classes through the ACCESS (Available Credit Courses for Eligible Special Students) Program, the Boulder Evening Program, CAETE (Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education), the Independent Learning Program, Applied Music Program, and Summer Session. Continuing Education also offers a variety of noncredit classes.
If students have been denied admission to an undergraduate degree program, they may not enroll as nondegree students in the ACCESS Program for the semester for which they sought degree program admission. Nondegree student admission does not guarantee future admission to any degree program.
Nondegree students may also enroll for courses on a pass/fail basis. These courses are counted toward hours of pass/fail course work permitted according to the rules of the college or school to which students are admitted once they achieve degree status.
Nondegree students must maintain a 2.000 cumulative GPA. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in academic suspension.
High school students interested in taking courses at CU-Boulder apply as nondegree students through the High School Concurrent Program administered by the division.
More information may be obtained by calling the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at 303-492-5148 or visiting conted.colorado.edu.
International students who want to apply to the university as nondegree students should read the International Students section above. Students interested in teacher licensure should refer to the School of Education section.
Nondegree Students Transferring to a Degree ProgramStudents who are currently enrolled or have been enrolled at any CU campus as nondegree students may apply for admission to an undergraduate degree program.
Students wishing to transfer to a graduate degree program should refer to the Graduate School section and individual college and school sections.
A degree-seeking applicant may transfer an unlimited number of credits taken as a nondegree student on any University of Colorado campus. However, applicability of these hours toward degree requirements is established by the colleges and schools. It is suggested that a student apply to a degree program as soon as admission requirements, including MAPS deficiencies, have been met. It is essential that former nondegree students actively seek academic advising from the appropriate dean’s office once they have been accepted into a degree program.
Students may apply for a second undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but should explore the various options in graduate study available at the university before doing so. Students applying for a second undergraduate degree must follow transfer admission guidelines, and those students who are admitted must keep in mind that all college and major requirements must be met in order to complete degree programs satisfactorily. Restrictions mandated by general university policies, as well as specific college and school policies, include the following:
1. Applicants may not apply to the major in which they received their first undergraduate degree.
2. Applicants must apply to a specific major; applications for an open option or undetermined major cannot be considered.
3. Second undergraduate degree applicants in the College of Architecture and Planning are encouraged to investigate graduate programs.
4. The Leeds School of Business and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication do not consider students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. These students are strongly encouraged to investigate graduate study.
5. Students who already have an undergraduate degree from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and who desire a second undergraduate degree are strongly encouraged to investigate graduate study as an option.
6. The School of Education offers graduate and teacher certification programs only.
7. Credit hours earned as a nondegree student at the University of Colorado may not be used toward major degree requirements for a second degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students who wish to transfer to Boulder from another University of Colorado campus (Colorado Springs or Denver), from CU Study Abroad, or from CU Continuing Education and Professional Studies should refer to the Transfer Applicants section. These students must send a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and an official transcript from each college or university attended (outside the University of Colorado system) to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled degree students are not required to pay the application fee. Special consideration is given to applicants transferring from degree programs at other campuses of the University of Colorado. Course work completed at other campuses in the University of Colorado System will be a part of the student’s cumulative university record and will not be considered as transfer credit. However, the applicability of this course work toward specific CU-Boulder degree requirements will be determined solely by CU-Boulder colleges and schools. External transfer credit presented by students to other University of Colorado campuses will be evaluated by CU-Boulder guidelines upon the student’s matriculation into a degree program at CU-Boulder.
The Office of Admissions performs an initial evaluation of transfer credit after applicants have been admitted. A complete evaluation of transfer credit cannot be made until all official credentials have been received.
The evaluation is made using the official transcripts sent directly to the university from each one of the applicant’s previous colleges. Official transcripts exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are marked “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” are not accepted as official. Faxed transcripts are not accepted.
Course work of comparable content and scope to the University of Colorado at Boulder curriculum will be considered for transfer credit if it was completed at colleges or universities accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or other regional associations at the time the work was completed. If course work was completed at a school not regionally accredited, the recommendations of American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) will be considered. For international colleges or universities, the international equivalent of regional accreditation or Ministry of Education recognition will be considered.
Exceptions to recognition of regional accreditation:
• Transferability is based on the practices of the leading university in the state where the institution is located will be considered.
• For Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program, or Military Credit, refer to the detailed criteria stated in the corresponding sections.
Only courses taken at a college or university of recognized standing with grades of C- (1.700) or better are accepted for transfer. All transferred courses are recorded on the student’s academic record.
Each college and school at CU-Boulder determines:
• How transferred course semester credit hours are applied toward graduation requirements in accordance with the policies of the college or schoolCredit hours should have been earned no more than 10 years prior to transferring into an undergraduate degree program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Any determination of acceptance of semester credit hours toward the degree based on the content and the age of the credit is made in the college or school dean’s office or by the student’s major department.
• The maximum number of semester credit hours that may transfer from a two-year or four-year postsecondary institution
• The minimum number of semester credit hours that must be completed on the Boulder campus in order to receive a degree
• The minimum number of semester credit hours that must be completed as a degree student in residence on the Boulder campus to receive an undergraduate degree
• The maximum number of semester credit hours earned through correspondence or in a similar format that are accepted toward a baccalaureate degree
College-level work taken during high school is evaluated in accordance with general guidelines for transfer credit at CU-Boulder. Official college transcripts of work taken must be received in order for transfer credit to be awarded.
The following course work will require additional information before a decision can be made on acceptance for transfer credit.
• Independent study courses
• Graduate course work
• Military credit
• Professional programs
The following course work will not be accepted for transfer credit and will not count toward a degree at Boulder:
• any courses in which the grade earned is below a C- (1.700)
• courses identified by CU-Boulder as remedial, such as remedial English, mathematics, science, and developmental reading
• vocational-technical courses that are offered at two-year and proprietary institutions (exceptions may be granted only by the CU-Boulder dean responsible for the student’s curriculum—when exceptions appear to be warranted, appropriate department heads make recommendations to their respective deans regarding credit for such courses)
• courses in religion that constitute specialized religious training or that are doctrinal in nature
• credits earned for work experience or through a cooperative education program
• outdoor leadership education course work
• credits earned in physical education activity courses
• courses or programs identified as college orientation
Students who wish to appeal the transferability of course work must write a letter within the first semester after the work is posted on the University of Colorado at Boulder record or after receiving notice from the Office of Admissions that the course work was not accepted for transfer credit. The letter must be addressed to the Transfer Credit Department, Office of Admissions and include:
• The name(s) of the previous institution(s) attended, the course number and title of each course for which the student was denied transfer credit, and the date(s) of enrollment in each courseThe Admissions Office will re-evaluate the course(s) for which the student is requesting reconsideration in consultation with the appropriate dean or chair. A written response will be delivered to the student in a timely manner once the appropriate faculties have reviewed the course materials, past practices, and the student’s specific circumstances.
• A copy of the catalog description (from the appropriate year) for each course in question
• A copy of the syllabus or course outline (from the appropriate year) for each course in question. This information can be obtained from the sending institution
• A statement indicating why the credit(s) should be accepted
Course work completed at other campuses in the University of Colorado system will be a part of the student’s cumulative university record and will not be considered as transfer credit. However, the applicability of this course work towards specific CU-Boulder degree requirements will be determined solely by CU-Boulder colleges and schools. External transfer credit presented by students to other University of Colorado campuses will be evaluated by CU-Boulder guidelines upon the student’s matriculation into a degree program at CU-Boulder.
Transfer students are held to the same residency and degree requirements as students who begin their undergraduate degree program on the Boulder campus. This assumes that transfer credit hours are in courses comparable in level and content to those required for graduation from an undergraduate degree program at the Boulder campus. College or school residency requirements, meaning the number of hours required to be taken as a degree student once admitted on the Boulder campus, are the same for transferring and nontransferring students.
Each college and school determines the maximum number of credits taken through correspondence and online programs that are accepted toward a baccalaureate degree.
College-level work taken during high school is evaluated in accordance with general guidelines for transfer credit at CU-Boulder. College-level work taken concurrently with a high school program may be used to satisfy MAPS requirements. Official college transcripts of work taken must be received for transfer credit to be awarded.
Credit for College Board Advanced Placement examinations cannot be evaluated from college or high school transcripts; score reports from the College Board must be submitted directly to the university for evaluation. For more information, and a guide to equivalencies, refer to Freshman Applicants and the chart in this section or download the pdf at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/credit.html.
Credit for College Board subject examinations of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) in general biology, general chemistry, general psychology, introductory macroeconomics, introductory microeconomics, introductory sociology, and calculus may be granted for a score at or above the 67th percentile. This credit is applied toward degree requirements at the discretion of the student’s dean. Refer to the appropriate dean’s office for the policy of that college or school.
Credit for CLEP subject examinations cannot be evaluated from college or high school transcripts; score reports must be submitted directly from the College Board. CLEP general examinations are not accepted for credit at CU-Boulder.
In general, credit is granted for approved IB examinations at the higher level with a score of 4 or better. Credit for IB examinations cannot be evaluated from college or high school transcripts. An IB certificate or diploma must be submitted to the Office of Admissions from the IB organization for evaluation. For more information and a guide to equivalencies, refer to Freshman Applicants and the chart in this section or download the pdf at www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/credit.html.
Credit for military schooling is evaluated upon receipt of Form DD 214, Service Separation Certificate, or the Sailor/Marine American Council on Edwardian Registry Transcript (SMART). Only work that has received an upper-division baccalaureate recommendation by the American Council on Education (ACE) can be awarded credit. This work, however, is transferred and recorded at the lower-division level. Foreign language credit taken through the State Department, Department of Defense, or Defense Language Institute is assigned the recommended ACE credit.
This option provides limited opportunities for students to take an examination and earn credit for a course without registering for or taking the course. Specific courses must be approved for credit by examination. Students may want to exercise this option if they do not receive transfer credit for a course they have taken at a previous college. Information on participating colleges and schools, requirements, and an application for credit by examination are available at the Office of the Registrar, Regent Administrative Center 105, University of Colorado at Boulder, 20 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0020, 303-492-6970. Permission of the instructor, the department chair, the dean of the college or school in which the course is offered, and the student’s dean (if different) is required for approval. An examination fee is charged.
Many campuses operate on the quarter system, with the academic year divided into three terms. Other campuses, including CU-Boulder, operate on a two-term or semester system. Course credits from quarter system institutions must be converted from quarter hours to semester hours or credits. One quarter credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit. To convert quarter hours to semester hours, multiply the number of quarter hours by two-thirds and round off the total to the nearest tenth. For example, 4 quarter hours x 2/3 = 2.67 or 2.7 semester hours of credit, or 3 quarter hours x 2/3 = 2 semester hours of credit.
Students wishing to change colleges or schools within the CU-Boulder campus must obtain an Intrauniversity Transfer (IUT) application from the college or school to which they wish to transfer.
For more information on recommended course work in preparation for an IUT and other criteria, students need to consult college and school sections of this catalog or talk with an academic advisor in the program to which they plan to transfer. Some colleges and schools do not accept intrauniversity transfer students during the summer. It is important to note that admission to a college through the IUT process is competitive, and not all students who apply are admitted. Decisions are based on course preparation, hours completed, grade point average, and other criteria required by the specific college or school.
Students who were not admissible to the University of Colorado at Boulder based on high school academic records are encouraged to apply for transfer admission after at least 24 semester hours of transferable college-level course work are completed or in progress. This includes any minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) requirements not met in high school.