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You’ve already done the hard work. You’ve finished most of the classes. You’ve taken the tests. You’ve joined the clubs. You’ve played the sports. And now, you just have to tell us about it in your application. With this frame of mind, read on for a few tips to help you keep the ball rolling as we head into the busy holiday season!

  1. Fight the urge to procrastinate! Here’s what happens: you wait until the week before the deadline to submit your application. You log in to the Common Application, and you realize, “I totally forgot about the supplemental essay! And I haven’t even requested my letters of recommendation yet!” And now you’re scrambling, and that’s just not good for anyone. So get started now! In order to consider you for admission, we need your application, your application fee or fee waiver request, your official high school transcripts, your ACT or SAT scores, two essays and at least one letter of recommendation-- all submitted to us prior to the application deadline. Keep in mind that one required essay is the Common Application essay and one is the CU Boulder writing supplement. We need them both!

  2. Don’t forget to connect with your Admission Counselor. We are still here to answer any questions you may have at any point in time! We want to be able to help in every way possible and often times, students forget to use us as a resource. There are a lot of assumptions, myths and opinions about the application process, but we can provide you with the most accurate information. However, make sure that if you have questions about the application, you reach out to our office with plenty of time prior to the respective deadline.

  3. Always apply to your top choice of major. You may have heard that certain colleges and majors at CU Boulder are more competitive than others. That’s true, but it shouldn’t discourage you from applying to the major that you really, really want. Keep in mind that our review process is holistic, which means that we are looking at you as a whole person with something unique to contribute. None of our programs have minimum GPA or test score requirements to get in, so it is always worth swinging the bat. If it turns out that you aren’t competitive for your top pick of major right now, we will review you for other programs at CU Boulder. A “no” to your top choice of major isn’t necessarily a “no” to CU—it just means that you may have to prove yourself a bit more academically your freshman year before you get into your first pick of major. And who knows? You may discover a new major that you never considered before!

  4. Check your email. When you submit your Common App to CU Boulder, you will get an email confirming submission. When you submit your CU Boulder Writing Supplement essay, you will get another email confirming submission. Check your email! Can’t find either one? Check your junk mail. It should be there somewhere. And if it’s not, give us a call and we will send it again. That email will have important information about how to access your application status page where you’ll be able to track the progress of your CU Boulder application.

  5. Start thinking about your next steps. Once you submit your application and its supporting documents, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. You’ve completed the first big step towards becoming a Buff! But don’t stop there. Now is the time for you to begin applying for scholarships, even if you haven’t received your admission decision yet! The Scholarship Application can be accessed through your application status page and is due on February 15. And don’t forget to explore any other scholarships opportunities, too! You’ll also want to start thinking about where you might want to live on campus. Once you’re admitted and confirmed at CU Boulder, you can fill out your housing application. Explore some of your options at! The housing application will open in February.

  6. Come spend some time with us! Spring is a great time to visit campus, and we have tons of options all semester. We offer half-day information sessions and tours, full day student experience visits, and even some Saturday programs! Not sure which visit is right for you? Check out your options at

  7. Lastly, be optimistic! Regardless of how smooth your high school years were, as long as you are motivated and conscientious, you can have bright future at CU Boulder. Our holistic application review process ensures that no single grade or test score will prevent you from being admitted, so go ahead and apply!

The bottom line is that your college application is a chance for you to tell us the story of your high school career on your own terms-- so make the most of it! We’re looking forward to reviewing your application! ‘Sko Buffs!


Camila Taylor photoCamila Taylor
Admission Counselor
Office of Admissions