CU Boulder high school visit in IndiaWhere did you travel to in India?

I was fortunate to be able to travel to Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad for three weeks in August. This was my second trip to India, but my first time to Hyderabad! I met students in a variety of curricula – CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge, AP and even some state boards. It was wonderful to see the diversity of education in India. 

What impressed you most about India?

What impresses me most about India is the passion for education across the country - from students, principals, teachers, parents and organizations like EdUSA and USIEF. It was wonderful to see the great resources students had, including counseling staff members, education centers and school labs/resources while taking tours around various schools. India is very in tune with up-and-coming technologies to promote education. For example, we were able to do a Facebook Live session to connect with potential students in Delhi!

What were some common questions you heard while traveling in India?

One question I heard a lot was if a student should apply Early Action and what that means. We definitely encourage students if they’re interested in CU Boulder to apply Early Action. Early Action is different from Early Decision in the sense that it is non-binding. Applying Early Action can help you know of your options a little bit earlier (you’ll find out by February 1 at CU Boulder if you apply by our November 15 Early Action deadline), and it can help make your last year of high school a little less stressful!

Another question we receive a lot is what exam scores or marks students need to receive to be competitive for admission to CU Boulder. CU Boulder has a holistic review process, so we don’t have a cut-off or specific scores we are looking for. We want to see a rigorous course selection and competitive grades across 9, 10 and 11 grade, as well as strong scores on grade 10 exams. Students from all streams can apply to CU Boulder as well, which was another common question.

Outside of visiting schools, what is your favorite thing about India?

Definitely the food! Some of my favorites were daal bhukara, in Delhi; biryani in Hyderabad; and masala chai and samosas everywhere. We visited Kolkata around the Hilsa festival, so we were able to try many delicious kinds of fish as well! 

Did you get to see anything interesting while in India?

I was in India during Ganesh Chaturthi and it was really cool to see the Ganesh statues paraded through the streets in Hyderabad. It was wonderful to learn about different festivals and celebrations while in India, and especially exciting to see it first-hand.

Any final words of wisdom?

Trust the process! You’ve worked hard throughout high school – give yourself enough time to apply to colleges, put together well-rounded applications and trust that you’ll find the best fit through the hard work you’ve put in so far and will continue to do.

International Admissions


Michelle Trimpe

Michelle Trimpe
International Admission Counselor
Office of Admissions