College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Admissions

Inspire the performance of your life.

With our top-tier, comprehensive education in music and access to a world class University, we’re producing the strongest musicians, offering the best performance opportunities, and encouraging our students to excel in their musicianship and their studies. Trendsetting initiatives—like the Entrepreneurship Center for Music and the Musician’s Wellness Initiative—are ensuring students are prepared to shape the future of music and culture as well as craft their own fulfilling career in the 21st century. Our outstanding performance opportunities keep the University and our community culture vibrant and connected to the world.

To begin, for useful information about our undergraduate and graduate degree programs and about the admissions process, please browse through the admissions sites listed on the right. If you’re looking for information about a specific faculty member, department, or ensemble, use the top navigation.

To receive more information and begin the process, we invite you to fill out an online interest form. Of course our staff is always happy to answer your questions personally and we invite you to contact our Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions offices.

Top 10 reasons to study music at CU:

  • Opportunities for experience

    Opportunities for experience

    With a student population of 550 students, CU-Boulder musicians produce over 350 concerts each academic year, including 3 annual operatic production and more than 40 annual premiers of new works.

  • Life preparation before and beyond the stage

    Life preparation before and beyond the stage

    CU-Boulder musicians develop new paradigms for education, leadership, and advocacy in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship through the Entrepreneurship Center for Music courses, weekly seminars, and special events.

  • Access to a network

    Access to a network

    Students gain access to a network of performing artists and opportunities through collaborative projects with graduate students and faculty and guest artists, in events that engage the community and the world around them each day.

  • A global focus

    A global focus

    While CU-Boulder Undergraduate Musicians can study abroad in more than 30 countries, several graduate students have been awarded Fulbright Awards to perform research and study abroad.

  • 360 degrees of inspiration

    360 degrees of inspiration

    Nestled at foot of foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder's beautiful environment has inspired a thriving community of performing arts.

  • 360 degrees of inspiration

    World-class resources

    Studentscan take advantage of the limitless resources offered by a Research I institution which includes 5 Nobel laureates in the sciences and the Grammy Award winning, Takacs Quartet.

  • Access to current professionals

    Access to current professionals

    The Artist Series brings the best of classical and jazz professionals, as well as theater and dance organizations from around the world to Boulder each year in a spectacular series. Most of these renowned artists give master classes or residencies while in Boulder.

  • Conservatory-like training

    Conservatory-like training

    CU-Boulder's College of Music has been ranked among the Top-25 Schools and Colleges of Music by U.S. College Rankings.

  • Attention to health and well-being

    Attention to health and well-being

    The Musicians’ Wellness Initiative is a uniquely comprehensive program designed to increase proficiency and prevent injury in student musicians by providing somatic training, health-related information, and a medical support network.

  • Performance venues

    Performance venues

    CU-Boulder Musicians perform on campus in a numerous performance halls with a variety of sizes and configurations including Grusin Recital Hall, the Chamber Hall, Music Theatre, ATLAS Black Box, and the century-old Macky Auditorium.