First-Year Undergrads

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Congratulations on your admission to the college!  We wish you every success and we will be here to support you as you launch your academic career.

Academic Advising

Our First-Year Experience Coordinator is an important point of contact in supporting a successful transition to college during your first year. Academic advisors in each major department in the college also are available to help guide students as they explore and choose an engineering major.

Open Option

The college provides the opportunity for new freshmen to delay their selection of a specific engineering major by starting out as an Open Option student. By choosing Open Option, students can begin their general engineering curriculum and get a feel for the various disciplines before selecting a major.


First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are interested in transitioning into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences can join the Pre-Engineering Program, offering a structured pathway of CU-Boulder course work applicable to engineering requirements as well as academic advising support from both colleges.

Academic Success

Engineering students often have to alter the amount of time they spent studying in high school, as well as the way they study, in order to be academically successful in college. If you’re having difficulty, seek out the support you need early. The college offers a variety of academic support to help you be successful.

Student Organizations

Students who get involved in clubs and other activities on campus are more likely to achieve academic success. The college hosts a wide range of student organizations to align with student interests, and we encourage you to get involved right away. A student organization fair is held each fall in conjunction with orientation.



Lelei Finau-Starkey, First-Year Experience Coordinator

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