Visit Campus

University of Colorado Boulder

Summer Visit Programs

We are glad that you are considering a trip to Boulder and to 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.

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.

Summer Programs

The CU-Boulder Summer Sampler is one of our most comprehensive programs, and just in time for the college tour season!

Includes:

  • Info sessions on academics, the CU-Boulder application process, scholarships and financial aid, housing, study abroad and more
  • Meet and greet with representatives, faculty and current students
  • Lunch in one of our award-winning dining centers
  • A tour of the campus, colleges, schools and programs

Who: All prospective, undergraduate students and their families

When: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cost: $20 per person, payable by cash or check at check-in. Fee covers parking, light refreshments in the morning and an all-you-care-to-eat lunch in one of our campus dining centers.

Additional information: Register in your MyCUBoulder account or call 303-492-6301. Click here for instructions >

 

Tentative Agenda

9:00 a.m. Welcome and College Sessions
Learn about CU-Boulder and the college, school or program you're most interested in.
10:15 a.m. -
2:30 p.m.
The CU-Boulder Experience
Explore our campus while attending sessions on everything from housing and student involvement to the admissions process. You'll also enjoy lunch at one of our award-winning dining halls and have a chance to chat with current students.
2:30 -
4:00 p.m.
Optional Sessions and Tours
Make the most of your day by attending optional sessions on things like study abroad and financial aid. You'll also be able to take a tour of campus, or get an inside look at some of our colleges and schools.

Visiting from out-of-town and want to make a vacation out of it? Check out popular places and activities in and around Boulder, and explore trip ideas at Colorado.com.

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

If you need to change or cancel your reservation, please log in to your MyCUBoulder account, click the 'Visit CU' tab, and then click 'My Events.' If you have any questions, please call us at 303-492-6301 or e-mail campusvisits@colorado.edu.

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

Visit Us from Your Home

Unable to visit our campus? Experience CU-Boulder with our stunning virtual tour, led by an Admissions tour guide. The virtual tour will show you everything that we have to offer, from classrooms, to outdoor recreation spaces, to residence halls. See for yourself!

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