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Applying to college and meeting all the different deadlines can be a really stressful time. For many students, the real stress comes during that period in which you’re anxiously awaiting your admission decisions. At CU Boulder, we adhere to a series of set admission release dates, so we do not necessarily release admission decisions in the order in which the applications were received. If this sounds confusing, your CU Boulder admission counselors are here to help clarify the admissions process so that you know what to expect!


The length of time between the submission of your application and all required materials and the moment you receive your admission decision depends on which deadline you choose to meet: early action (November 15), or regular decision (January 15). If you were on top of your game and met the early action deadline, you will be notified of your admission decision by February 1. If you turned in all of your application materials by the regular decision deadline, you’ll hear back from us by April 1.

How to Check your Status:

It is crucial to check your email and application status page regularly for any updates regarding your CU Boulder application. Your admission decision will actually be available for you to view via your application status page before you receive your decision letter in the mail! Your status page is also a great way to make sure that your application is not missing any required materials, and it’s where we will upload any additional forms you may need to complete. It’s a good idea to make an effort to check your application status page at least once a week!

Types of Status Messages:

There are several different messages you might see when your application has been officially reviewed. Whenever there has been a decision or update posted to your application status page, you will also get an email prompting you to check it. To review all of the different application status page updates you might see, visit

What should I be doing while I wait?

First of all…breathe! We know it can seem like an eternity to wait for your decision so use this time to enjoy your senior year and finish high school strong! You have put in a lot of hard work to get here, so let that speak for itself and try not to spend too many sleepless nights worrying about your admission decision. If you have any questions about accessing your application status page, or anything related to CU Boulder, be sure to connect with your admission counselor. We are here to help you. Best of luck!


Elyse Sutton

Elyse Sutton
Admission Counselor
Office of Admissions