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University of Colorado Boulder

Fall Visit Programs

We are glad that you are considering visiting Boulder and our campus. There are so many ways for you to spend time with us on campus, from daily tours and information sessions to all-day programs. No matter which visit program you choose, we know you’ll enjoy getting to know CU-Boulder and what it’s like to be a Buff!

Year-Round Programs

An Information Session & Campus Tour provides a great overview of CU-Boulder and the Buffalo community. This program includes a one-hour information presentation led by an admissions representative, followed by a 90-minute, student-led walking tour of campus.

The Information Session & Campus Tour program is held Monday through Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., and select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This program is free to all guests and is designed to help answer questions about the undergraduate experience at CU-Boulder. Please note: this schedule may vary occasionally for campus closures and seasonal schedules.

Plan Your Visit

The Information Session & Campus Tour program is held Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. and select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. We do not offer this program during university holidays or on Sundays. Follow the directions in Step 2 to see upcoming available dates and times. As you plan your visit, we also encourage you to view CU-Boulder’s calendar of events. CU-Boulder's campus can be very busy; we host a number of athletic events, performing arts programs, concerts and more.

In order to provide a positive experience for every guest, we ask that you register for an event two weeks prior to visiting campus. Walk-in space is not guaranteed. You must register for an event to ensure your space.

Following registration, an email confirmation will be sent to the student’s email address with more information about where to park, location of the session and directions.

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in sunny Boulder, Colorado—located 30 miles northwest of Denver. The Boulder area offers a wide array of activity ranging from hiking and biking to shopping, amazing dining and entertainment. We hope you are able to explore the community of Boulder while you are visiting campus.

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your session. Give yourself adequate time to find the session location and parking. For details and parking information, please refer to your confirmation email. We also encourage you to check our visit announcements page, which will provide you with updates about campus activities and construction that may impact your visit.

After your information session and campus tour, if you have additional questions, please feel free to drop-by the Office of Admissions or the Office of Financial Aid. Both are located in the Regent Administrative Center. We also encourage you to explore campus. You may pick up a self-guided tour map at your Information Session or in the Office of Admissions.

In addition to the campus tour, you may want to check out the following:

As you plan your visit, we also encourage you to view CU-Boulder’s calendar of events. CU-Boulder's campus can be very busy; we host a number of athletic events, performing arts programs, concerts and more.

In addition to the Information Session & Campus Tour, we have optional tours that showcase specific colleges and facilities on campus. Please note that these sessions are limited. At this time, we are unable to schedule private tours.

 

College of Engineering and Applied Science Tours

Tours of the College of Engineering and Applied Science are available on weekdays at 12:15 p.m. Tours begin in the lobby of the Engineering Center near the double doors. At this time reservations are not required. Reservations are not required, but we ask that interested students and parents meet in the engineering lobby 5 minutes before the start of the tour.

Leeds School of Business Tours

During the school year, the Leeds School of Business will offer tours Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. Tours are led by Leeds Ambassadors, who are current undergraduate student leaders. Tours begin at the welcome desk, located on the second floor, just up the main staircase inside the front entrance. This entrance is directly across from the Coors Event Center. Reservations are not required, but we ask that interested students and parents meet at the welcome desk 5 minutes before the start of the tour.

Program in Environmental Design Tours

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) offers tours of the program every weekday during the school year (August through May, excluding the week of orientation). Tours begin in the Environmental Design building lobby at 12:30 p.m., and are led by ENVD Student Ambassadors, who are current undergraduate student leaders. Click here to register for a tour >

In the case of inclement weather, please check our visit announcements page or Facebook page for updates and cancellations.

We hope to answer all of your questions at the Information Session & Campus Tour; however, if you need additional information, please contact us at apply@colorado.edu.

If you would like to spend more time on campus, please consider one of our all-day visit programs. These programs provide an opportunity to get an in-depth look at CU-Boulder through presentations by current faculty, staff and students. We are unable to accommodate students who want to attend classes or stay in the residence halls overnight with current students.

If you are interested in bringing a group of students (eight or more) to campus, we would like to customize your group's experience. Please visit Ralphie's Group & Community Visits to find out how to make your reservation.

If you are not able to attend a regularly scheduled information session, campus tour, or visit program, take our virtual tour.

The CU-Boulder Student for a Day program provides you and your family the chance to explore campus and the many opportunities you will have as a student. We invite you to sit in on a sample lecture, take a walking tour of CU-Boulder, attend a panel discussion with current students, view a residence hall room, eat lunch on campus and meet with various campus leaders and representatives. CU-Boulder Student for a Day programs are held throughout the year and are intended for all prospective, undergraduate students and their families. 

The cost for this all-day program is $20 per person, payable by cash or check at check-in. This fee covers parking, light refreshments in the morning, and an all-you-care-to-eat lunch in one of our campus dining halls.

Plan Your Visit

CU-Boulder Student for a Day programs are typically held on Fridays throughout the fall and spring semesters. This is a full-day program that begins at 8:30 a.m. and offers activities until 5:00 p.m. Please review the dates, as well as a tentative agenda below before making your reservation.

 

Fall 2015 Program Dates

Friday, September 25, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015

Spring 2016 Program Dates

Friday, February 12, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016

Tentative Agenda

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome to CU-Boulder!
8:55-9:55 a.m. Walking Tour of Campus
10:00-10:45 a.m. Academic Experience Session
10:45-11:20 a.m. View a Residence Hall
11:20-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:40-1:00 p.m. Admissions Information Session
1:00-1:45 p.m. Parent & Student Panels with Current CU-Boulder Students
2:00-2:15 p.m. A CU-Boulder Student Experience from a Current Student
2:15-2:30 p.m. How to Make the Most of Your Afternoon
3:00-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions and Class Observations

As you plan your visit, we also encourage you to view CU-Boulder’s calendar of events. CU-Boulder's campus can be very busy; we host a number of athletic events, performing arts programs, concerts and more.

In order to provide a positive experience for every guest, we ask that you register for an event two weeks prior to visiting campus. Walk-in space is not guaranteed. You must register for an event to ensure your space.

Following registration, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to the student’s e-mail address with more information about where to park, location and directions.

Please note: payment cannot be accepted online at this time; instead, please bring your payment to the program in the form of cash or check.

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in sunny Boulder, Colorado—30 miles northwest of Denver. The Boulder area offers a wide array of activity ranging from hiking and biking to shopping, amazing dining and entertainment. We hope you are able to explore the community of Boulder while you are visiting campus.

Please plan to arrive on campus at the University Memorial Center (UMC) between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. to check-in and enjoy light breakfast refreshments. Give yourself adequate time to find the session location and parking. For details and parking information, please refer to your confirmation email. We also encourage you to check our visit announcements page for updates about campus activities and construction that may impact your visit.

During your time on campus, take advantage of the informational sessions from 3:00–5:00 p.m. You will have the chance to attend classes, learn more about academic majors, discover academic enrichment programs and student resources, as well as explore the CU-Boulder community.

After your Be a CU-Boulder Student for a Day experience, if you have additional questions, please feel free to drop-by the Office of Admissions or Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Both are located in the Regent Administrative Center.

We also encourage you to explore campus. You will receive a self-guided tour map in your folder of materials upon checking in. While on campus, you may want to check out the following:

In the case of inclement weather, please check our visit announcements page or Facebook page for updates and cancellations.

If you are unable to attend on one of the dates above, please consider our Daily Information Session & Campus Tour program, offered on most weekdays and Saturdays.

The Student for a Day program is not designed for schools or organizations. If you are interested in bringing a group of students (eight or more) to campus, we would like to customize your group's experience. Please visit Ralphie's Group & Community Visits to find out how to make your reservation.

Ralphie's Group & Community Visits are campus visits for high school student groups, transfer students, sports organizations, or local community groups of eight or more people. The two-hour program includes an information session hosted by a CU-Boulder admissions representative and a student-led campus tour. Review the information below for more details and to request a visit program for your group.

While we always enjoy hosting student groups on campus, we do have a few considerations to be aware of as you make your reservation.

  • Students must be in high school or college.*
  • There must be at least one chaperone for every 20 students.
  • Reservations are required and must be made at least three weeks in advance for groups of less than 65, and at least six weeks in advance for groups of 65 or more.
  • Please arrive on time for your scheduled visit. Due to our volunteer students' class schedules, we cannot accommodate groups that arrive late. Groups that arrive after their confirmed visit time are subject to cancellation.
  • Visits are not available in January, May, October or December.
  • Visits are only available Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Please note: if you have an elementary or middle school group you would like to bring to campus, please contact the SORCE program (Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity) at 303-492-1371. Transfer student groups are welcome from community colleges or other four-year institutions.

If your group is interested in eating lunch in the Center for Community, please send (email, fax, or mail) a tax exempt certificate to Taylor Stratton shortly after you register for a visit. With the tax exempt certificate, the cost will be $9.50 per person for a single meal card. If you do not have a tax exempt certificate, the price is $12 per person. Lunch transactions will be conducted before your information session.

If your group would like to enjoy lunch on campus à la carte, the University Memorial Center has various offerings for various meal preferences.

Mailing Information for Tax Exempt Certification

Mail
Taylor Stratton
Admission Counselor
University of Colorado Boulder
Office of Admissions
552 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

E-mail
taylor.stratton@colorado.edu
 

Fax
303.492.1223

The next step is to submit a registration request for an available Ralphie's Visit. To register:

  • Go to our online calendar and click on an available Ralphie's Visit. If the event you select states that registration is closed, it has already been requested by another group and you will need to select a different date.
  • Click the 'Register' button in any available event to open the registration form.
  • Fill out the form completely and submit.  If, before you submit the form, you decide you would like to register for a different date, do not change the date in the form. Instead, close the form, return to the calendar and start over. If you have already submitted the form and would like to change dates, see the 'Cancellations/Rescheduling' section below.

Please do not register for more than one date unless you are planning multiple group visits.

Please note: submitting a registration request does not guarantee availability. Please submit your request at least three weeks prior to your intended visit for groups of less than 65, and at least six weeks in advance for groups of 65 or more. You will receive a response within five business days.

Please plan to arrive on campus at the University Memorial Center (UMC) between 9:20 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Give yourself adequate time to orient yourself with campus. The admissions information session begins promptly at 9:45 a.m.; arrival after 9:55 a.m., without adequate notification, is subject to cancellation of your campus tour and information session.

Agenda for Ralphie’s Visits

9:45 a.m. Admissions Information Session
10:15 a.m. Walking Tour of Campus
11:25 a.m. Conclusion and Optional On-campus Lunch

Location

The University of Colorado Boulder is located in Boulder, Colorado—30 miles northwest of Denver and 45 miles northwest of the airport (Denver International Airport). The Boulder area offers a wide array of activities ranging from hiking and biking to shopping, amazing dining and entertainment. We hope you are able to explore the community of Boulder while you are visiting campus. If you are interested in on-campus life, we encourage you to view the University of Colorado Boulder’s calendar of events or other local Boulder attractions for activities after your visit on campus.

After your visit, we encourage the group coordinator to submit an admission counselor evaluation form to help us improve our program.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Ralphie’s Visit coordinator, Taylor Stratton, at taylor.stratton@colorado.edu or 303-492-1223.

If you cancel or wish to reschedule a group visit, you must notify us 24 hours in advance. Rescheduling a visit requires submitting a new registeration request (see 'Request a Ralphie's Visit' section). We cannot guarantee that your new visit date will be in the same semester due to potential scheduling conflicts. Please note that a reservation request does not guarantee availability.

Fall Programs

The CU-Boulder Engineering Sampler is a day-long program that will give you a full introduction to our engineering program.

Includes:

  • A tour of the engineering facilities
  • Info sessions on exploring academic and career choices with deans and faculty
  • A meet and greet with current students

Who: Prospective, undergraduate students who are interested in engineering

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Free to all guests

Additional information: Registration will open in August and will be available on the BOLD Center website

The CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business Preview provides prospective business students and their families the opportunity to tour our business building, explore academic programs and career opportunities, discover extracurricular enrichment like our mentorship, diversity and top scholars programs, and to meet with our deans, faculty and current students.

Date: Saturday October 10, 2015

Free to all guests

Additional information: Registration will open in summer 2015. You can register through your MyCUBoulder account.

Contact Kelly Champion at (303) 492-5958 or kelly.champion@colorado.edu if you have any questions.

Tentative Agenda:*

7:15-8:00 a.m. Check-in and Refreshments
8:15-8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:00-9:45 a.m. Academic Sessions
10:00-10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions (see below for the list of sessions)
11:00-11:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions (see below for the list of sessions)
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch or Parent/Student Panel (depending on group)
1:00-1:45 p.m. Lunch or Parent/Student Panel (depending on group)
2:00pm Closing
3:00pm Optional Building & Campus Tours

*This sample agenda is subject to change.

Breakout Sessions

  • Career Connections
  • Top Scholars Programs
  • Diversity programs
  • Advising
  • Scholarships
  • Admissions, housing, financial aid
  • Global Initiatives

Girls Explore Engineering Day is a fun and interactive introduction to CU-Boulder’s engineering program.

Includes:

  • Hands-on design activity
  • Lab tours and demonstrations
  • Lunch on campus
  • Info sessions on admissions, financial aid and scholarships

Who: Prospective, undergraduate female students who are interested in engineering

When: Friday, October 23, 2015 and Friday, November 6, 2015

Free to all guests

Additional information: Registration will open in August and will be available on the BOLD Center website

Minorities Explore Engineering Day is a fun and interactive introduction to CU-Boulder’s engineering program.

Includes:

  • Hands-on design activity
  • Lab tours and demonstrations
  • Lunch on campus
  • Info sessions on admissions, financial aid and scholarships

Who: Prospective, undergraduate underrepresented students who are interested in engineering

When: Friday, October 30, 2015

Free to all guests

Additional information: Registration will open in August and will be available on the BOLD Center website

The CU-Boulder Music Day is a fun and interactive introduction to CU-Boulder’s College of Music program.

Includes:

  • Sample lecture
  • Info sessions
  • Tour of the music building
  • Open studio hour where students can connect with faculty members

Who: Prospective, undergraduate students who are interested in music

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free to all guests

Transfer and Nontraditional Students Explore Engineering Day is a fun and interactive introduction to CU-Boulder’s engineering program.

Includes:

  • Hands-on design activity
  • Lab tours and demonstrations
  • Lunch on campus
  • Info sessions on admissions, financial aid and scholarships

Who: Prospective, undergraduate transfer and non-traditional students who are interested in engineering

When: Friday, November 13, 2015

Free to all guests

Additional information: Registration will open in August and will be available on the BOLD Center website

Why Boulder?

 

#1

college town
–Best College Reviews, 2014

#1

smartest city
–Market Watch, 2015

#2

happiest U.S. city
–Business Insider, 2014

#4

best place to live
–Livability, 2015

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