Click on the section name below to view frequently asked questions for the CU Boulder transfer application. The section names correspond to those used on the application.

If you have additional questions about the application, please contact us at 303-492-6301 or transfer@colorado.edu for assistance.

Creating an Account & Logging In

How do I create an account?

To access the CU Boulder transfer application, go to the application management webpage and click ‘create an account’. Complete the form and click ‘continue’. You will then receive an email with a randomly generated, temporary pin and a link to complete your account. If you do not receive this email within a few minutes, check your spam folder.

I don’t remember my password. What should I do?

You can reset your password anytime through the application management webpage.

Why do you need my social security number?

Your Social Security Number (SSN) is not required on the admission application; however it is used by the Office of Admissions for record keeping and credential matching purposes. However, your SSN is required and should be included on your admission application if you are applying for financial aid and/or using the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). Your SSN will be used to match against the systems at the state and federal level for authorization of any state/federal financial aid and the COF.

My name and/or address has a character with an accent in it. Should I enter that in the application?

No, please leave the accent off the letter. Instead, enter the character as if it had no accent.

I am a first name user; my family name does not appear on my passport. How should I indicate this on the application?

Please enter the place holder “FNU” (“First Name User”) without quotation marks in place of your family name to indicate to us that you do not use a last name. This not only helps us identify you in our system, but if you are admitted it is how your name needs to appear for immigration purposes. This placeholder is recognized by the U.S. government as such for students who do not use a last or family name.

Selecting a Program & Term

What if I don’t know what I want to major in yet?

If you are a transfer student with less than 24 credit hours and you’re not sure what to major in, select Open Option under the College of Arts and Sciences. You will be able to declare a major in your first or second year. If you are leaning toward a specific major, we encourage you to select that on your application. You can always change your major later. You may also apply for an open option major in the College of Engineering or Leeds School of Business if you are interested in engineering or business but are unsure of which specific major to choose. If you are a transfer student with more than 24 credit hours you cannot apply as an Open Option major. You must select a major prior to being admitted.

Should I select a second-choice major within the application?

Yes, we strongly recommend it, especially if you're applying into one of our more competitive programs such as Engineering or Business. If you're not admissible to your first choice, you'll be reviewed for your second choice. If you're not admissible to either one, you'll be considered for all other avenues of admission. If you're admitted into your second choice or another program, you're considered waitlisted for your first choice. This means that if space later opens up, we'll consider you again.

What happens if I don't select a second-choice major?

If you don't select a second choice, you'll only be considered for your first choice. This option is only appropriate if you're certain you won't attend CU Boulder unless you're admitted to your first choice. If you don't select a second choice and you're not competitive for your first choice, you'll be waitlisted or denied. You won't be considered for any other avenue of admission.

Will selecting a second-choice major disadvantage me from my first choice?

No, your application will receive a thorough review for your first-choice major. If you're not competitive within that pool, you'll then be reviewed for your second-choice major and all other avenues of admission.

How should I go about selecting my second-choice major?

Most likely, you'll want to select a second choice that's similar to your first-choice major based on your interests. We suggest keeping an open mind in selecting a second choice and encourage you to research our majors by interest area. You may find majors in other colleges on campus that fit your interests. If you're unsure of selecting a specific major, you can also choose our open option/undecided major in the College of Arts & Sciences, but only if you have less than 24 credit hours .

Is it possible to receive admission offers for both my first and second choice?

No. If you're eligible, you'll only be admitted into one of the majors. If you want to declare a double major, you'll need to discuss that with your academic advisor once on campus.

I applied to CU Boulder but I decided that I want to change my major. How do I do that?

If you have filled out or submitted an application, you may request a major change through the Office of Admissions by emailing admissions@colorado.edu or by calling 303-492-6301. Once classes have started, you will need to work directly with your degree advisor in order to change your college and/or major.

How do I apply for pre-med, pre-health, pre-nursing or pre-law?

If you are interested in any of these fields, you may apply to any major. Pre-professional advisors will be available to help you meet the undergraduate requirements needed to apply for medical school, law school, etc.

How do I apply for education?

The School of Education offers two bachelor’s degree programs in Elementary Education (plus a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse endorsement) and Leadership & Community Engagement. These bachelor’s degree programs are available to first-year freshman applicants only. The School of Education also offers licensure programs in elementary, secondary and K-12 music education. The licensure fields in secondary education include English, foreign language, mathematics, science and social studies. Teacher licensure at the undergraduate level must be combined with a bachelor’s degree program. If you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree, you should apply to a major of interest that will supplement your teaching goals. Once enrolled as a student at CU Boulder, you will have the opportunity to apply for the licensure program through the School of Education.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in applying to licensure program, please visit the School of Education website for more information.

Can I apply for more than one major or degree?

You can only select one major/degree on your application. If you are offered admission at CU Boulder, you will be admitted to one major and one degree program. After you enroll, you may consider pursuing a double degree, double major or minor.

What months do the fall, spring and summer terms begin?

CU Boulder operates on a two-semester academic calendar. The fall semester begins in late August, and the spring semester begins in mid-January. Summer session lasts ten weeks; courses meeting for shorter periods (one to four, five, or eight weeks) are scheduled during the ten-week session. Transfer students may start their degree program in the summer but will have limited access to academic advising.

I am an international student applying to CU Boulder for only a semester or year but was told to complete this application. What program should I select?

You should select the program and plan that interests you most. If you’re interested in Physics you should apply to the College of Arts and Sciences, Physics major. If you’re interested in Engineering you should apply to the appropriate major within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. You can find a complete list of our programs and plans (majors) on our website.

Personal Information

What if I need to update the personal information that is grayed out?

Certain personal information in our database cannot be changed online. This would include a name change, name misspelling, social security number, etc. Call the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to change any information that is grayed out on the online application.

Why do you need my social security number?

Your Social Security Number (SSN) is not required on the admission application; however it is used by the Office of Admissions for record keeping and credential matching purposes. Your SSN is required and should be included on your admission application if you are applying for financial aid and/or using the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). Your SSN will be used to match against the systems at the state and federal level for authorization of any state/federal financial aid and COF.

Why should I submit my ethnic background, military status, and/or family income?

This information is collected primarily for demographic and statistical purposes. It also helps to understand your situation better and to get a full picture of you as a person for a more holistic review of your application beyond just academic data. Providing this information in no way disadvantages your application for admission.

Relationships

Someone in my family went to CU Boulder. How can I include this information in my application?

There is a section on the application where you can indicate family legacy. We love to have this information, but students with no CU-legacy are at no disadvantage as primary deciding factors will still be GPA, test scores and academic rigor.

Why do you need my parents’ information?

This information is collected primarily for demographic and statistical purposes. It also helps to understand your situation better and to get a full picture of you as a person for a more holistic review of your application beyond just academic data.

What if my parent’s occupation is not listed?

Please select ‘other’ in the drop down menu.

I am a non-traditional student. Do I still need to submit my parent information?

Yes, we still use this information even if you are an adult or an emancipated minor. This information is collected primarily for demographic and statistical purposes. It also helps to understand your situation better and to get a full picture of you as a person for a more holistic review of your application beyond just academic data.

Citizenship

I’ve applied for permanent residency, but haven’t yet gotten it. Which answer should I select on the application?

If you (or your family) have submitted the I-485 form (Application for Permanent Residency) and you’ve received a receipt for such, then you should select “Permanent Resident.” If you do not yet have a receipt for this form you should select “International Student.”  Once you receive a receipt, email admissions@colorado.edu to update your citizenship to a permanent resident.

I am not a U.S. citizen, but I don’t have a visa yet. Which answer should I select on the application?

You should select the visa type you are planning to apply for. If you do not know which visa type to apply for, select F-1 under ‘Current Visa Type’, as it is the most common visa type for international students seeking a full degree. You may then leave the ‘Issue Date’, ‘Expiry Date’, and ‘Immigration Number’ blank.

What if I am a dual citizen?

If you have dual citizenship and the U.S. is one of the countries, indicate ‘U.S. Citizen’. If the U.S. is not one of them, select the country that will issue your visa.

What if I am considering, or in the process of, changing my visa type?

If you’re changing or considering changing your current visa type please enter the information for what you have now, and please contact us to let us know more about your visa status at intladm@colorado.edu.

Residency

What if I will be traveling or temporarily spending time outside of Colorado the summer after I graduate high school?

As long as you did not permanently move away from Colorado after graduation, you may answer yes.

I have been classified as a non-resident but I would like to be classified as a resident. Can I petition for residency?

To be eligible to begin the one-year domicile period, a person must be age 22 or older, or married, a graduate student, or emancipated.  Emancipation means the person has no financial support of any nature for any purpose from his/her parents. If you are under the age of 22, in-state tuition is determined by the permanent residence of your parents/legal guardian(s). This is all handled through our Tuition Classification Office. You can contact tuition classification at 303-492-0907, or tuitclass@registrar.edu. Or, you can visit the registrar's website for more information.

Academic History

Why do I need to list ALL schools I’ve attended?

It’s important for us to get a complete and accurate picture of your academic history. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

What if my institution is not listed?

If you cannot find your institution, try typing abbreviations like 'Univ' or 'Coll,' or the city or town in which the institution is located in the Institution field. If your school still does not come up, just type the complete name of your school in the Institution field, complete the rest of the fields, and save. If you are home-schooled, type Homeschool and complete the rest of the information as usual. If you have completed the GED or another high school equivalency exam, type GED in the institution field, choose the high school level of study, and enter the month and year that your equivalency was awarded in both the Dates Attended and Date Conferred or Expected fields.

What if I haven’t met all the MAPS requirements? Can I still be admitted to CU?

You may be admitted to CU Boulder even though you have not met all the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) requirements. If that is the case, you will be required to complete the appropriate MAPS courses once you are enrolled, and the credits may be applied toward graduation. You may also complete missing MAPS course work in high school, at other colleges or universities, or through approved credit-by-examination programs. MAPS requirements not completed in high school or college are factored into the admission decision.

I am a transfer student. Do I still need to submit my high school transcript and/or complete the high school subjects section?

Yes. All applicants must submit an official high school transcript, regardless of the number of semester hours of college work completed. If you have earned a GED instead of graduating high school, you must submit official GED, TASC or HiSET scores, plus an official transcript of any high school work completed. Official high school transcripts are used by the admission office to verify the completion of Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) requirements.

Do I need to submit a high school transcript if I already have a college degree?

Yes, all students applying for undergraduate admission need to submit an official high school transcript or GED, TASC or HiSET certificate to verify graduation.

What if I am a transfer student and have completed some of these requirements in college rather than in high school?

Students who have MAPS deficiencies from their high school transcript must submit a MAPS appeal to the Office of Admissions. Unfortunately, MAPS deficiencies cannot be evaluated based on a student’s college transcript. The Office of Admissions updates MAPS units from high school transcripts only. Any college work taken to satisfy MAPS deficiencies will be evaluated through the College of Arts and Sciences using a College MAPS Appeal Form. Please contact the Dean’s office for more information.

Is it okay if my transcripts arrive before my application is submitted?

Yes. We hold any transcripts that arrive before your application and will match them to your application once it is received. To ensure that these transcripts are properly matched with your application as quickly as possible, please include your current and any former legal names as well as any other identifying information (date of birth, etc.) on both your application and transcripts.

I already have a bachelor's degree but want a second undergraduate degree. Should I apply as a freshman or a transfer student?

Any student who has taken non-CU college level coursework outside of high school is classified as a transfer student. Please fill out the transfer application, and be sure to list all colleges and schools you have attended.

Background Information - Disciplinary History

What information should I include in my explanation?

All explanations should include the approximate date(s) of the probation(s)/suspension(s)/expulsion(s), the sanctions issued (e.g., two-day suspension, five-day suspension, expulsion, etc.), and a description of the specific actions that led to the sanctions. Please note that it is important to describe the specific behavior that led to the sanctions. A description such as “I was suspended, because I broke school rules” is not sufficient. Incomplete descriptions will delay the processing of your application.

How will my probation/suspension/expulsion impact my application?

Applicants answering “yes” to this question will undergo an additional review to assess the seriousness of the offense and to determine the likelihood of the applicant engaging in similar conduct at CU Boulder. Applications in this category take a little longer to review, but once the offense is cleared by the reviewer, it has no further impact on the application.

How long will it take to review my probation/suspension/expulsion?

It depends on a number of factors, such as the severity of the offense, how recently it occurred, and whether such an offense would also carry sanctions here at CU Boulder. Many applications with a “yes” answer to this question take no more than an extra day or two. Some take longer and require extra information. You may be contacted by an official in the Office of Admissions or in the Office of Student Conduct. If this is the case, respond promptly to expedite the processing of your application. Note: Reviews of the files of applicants who answer yes to this question are not conducted until a complete application and all of the required credentials have been received.

Background Information - Criminal History

How far back in my history do I need to report criminal activity?

Any criminal activity in your past needs to be reported no matter how long ago the incident took place. Please be as thorough as possible in your explanation.

What kinds of offenses do I need to disclose?

Applicants who have a pending criminal charge OR have ever been convicted of a crime, made a plea of guilty, accepted a deferred judgment, been adjudicated, or been required to register as a sex offender must disclose this information. Misdemeanor traffic offenses (e.g., speeding) are exempt.

How will my criminal history affect my application?

Applicants answering “yes” to this question will undergo an additional review by a committee to determine whether the applicant’s offense(s) should have an impact on their admission decision. Factors included in the review process include the seriousness of the offense(s), number of offenses if there are more than one, and the time elapsed since the last offense.

How long will it take to review my criminal history?

It depends on a number of factors but in most cases this internal review process takes less than two to three weeks to complete. Cases that take longer result from a delay in acquiring the necessary information from outside agencies (e.g., court records, police reports, background checks) before the information can be reviewed by a committee. Note: The backgrounds of applicants who answer “yes” to the criminal history question will not be reviewed until a complete application and all of the required credentials have been received.

Is anyone with a criminal history automatically denied admission?

All applicants who have answered “yes” to the criminal history are reviewed on an individual basis however the following backgrounds would likely result in disqualification: a history of violence against persons; sexual assault; crimes involving the use of a weapon(s); serious or repeated drug or alcohol offenses; and/or offenses that include egregious theft, burglary or damage to property.

What are my options if my file is denied based on my criminal background?

You may contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to discuss your options.

What if I answer “no” even though I have a criminal history?

It is advised that all applicants disclose their background in the application.  If a student is found to have provided inaccurate information on the application, they may be subject to disciplinary action – including dismissal from the university – due to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. For more information on the Student Code of Conduct visit www.colorado.edu/osc/information-students.

Supplemental Information

What are the SAT and ACT? Are they required?

The SAT and ACT are standard aptitude tests used for college admission decisions throughout the U.S. CU Boulder requires either SAT or ACT scores from all domestic applicants for freshman admission. Transfer students, you must submit SAT or ACT scores unless you have completed 24 or more semester hours (one year of full-time study) of transferable college or university work at the time you apply or you are 25 years of age and older. The ACT will be accepted with or without the Writing Test. SAT Subject Test scores are not required.

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. CU Boulder's SAT code is 4841 and the ACT code is 0532.

Students 25 years of age and older should email their admission counselor and request an SAT/ACT score waiver.

What are the TOEFL and IELTS? Are they required?

The TOEFL and IELTS are two different English language proficiency tests accepted by CU Boulder as proof of English proficiency. Proof of English proficiency is required for immigration purposes for all international student applicants unless:

  • you have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution or at an institution in a country where English is the native language (i.e., Australia, U.K.) at the time you apply;
  • if English is your native language; and/or
  • you are from one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe.

Request that the testing agency submit your scores directly to the Office of Admissions. For more information on the TOEFL, go to www.toefl.org. The CU Boulder college code for the TOEFL is 4841. For more information on the IELTS, go to www.ielts.org. CU Boulder does not accept any other tests as proof of English proficiency.

See our English proficiency website >

What are CU Boulder’s test score codes for submitting ACT and SAT scores?

CU Boulder's SAT code is 4841 and the ACT code is 0532.

What are CU Boulder’s test score codes for the TOEFL and IELTS?

The CU Boulder school code for the TOEFL is 4841. IELTS does not have school codes. When requesting your IELTS results to be sent to CU Boulder, have it sent to the following address:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065
USA

I am a transfer student. Do I still need to send you my ACT/SAT scores?

You must submit SAT or ACT scores unless you have completed 24 or more semester hours (one year of full-time study) of transferable college or university work at the time you apply or you are 25 years of age and older. Students 25 years of age and older should email their admission counselor and request an SAT/ACT score waiver.

I am a nontraditional student. Do I still need to submit test scores?

If you are applying for freshman admission, yes, you must submit ACT or SAT scores. If you are applying as a transfer student, you must submit SAT or ACT scores unless you have completed 24 or more semester hours (one year of full-time study) of transferrable college or university work at the time you apply or you are 25 years of age and older. Students 25 years of age and older should email their admission counselor and request an SAT/ACT score waiver..

Upload Documents, Essays & Supplemental Documents

I have updated my personal statement. How can I submit my new personal statement?

You may upload your new personal statement through your application status page. Login to your application status page, navigate to the ‘Upload Materials’ section, select ‘personal statement’ from the dropdown list and upload your document.

What file type should my personal statement be in?

You can upload either Microsoft Word or PDF files through the ‘Upload MaterialsDocuments’ section of the online application. If you are uploading emailing your personal statement through your application status page, you can to admissions@colorado.edu, you can either copy and paste it into the body of your email or attach upload it as a Word document or PDF. Please include your full legal name and date of birth.

What if I am not ready to submit my personal statement yet?

You can still submit your application without uploading your personal statement. The personal statement is still required and should be uploaded through the ‘Upload Materials’ section in your application status page. emailed to admissions@colorado.edu. Please include your full legal name and birthdate. Your personal statement must be received by the application deadline in order for your application file to be complete.

Can I upload my portfolio or a photo of myself in this section?

We do not recommend sending a portfolio (unless requested) or a photo of yourself with your application, as we do not use these items when reviewing your application. Please do not upload such items to your application.

Submit Application & Fee Payment

Will I get a receipt for my payment?

If you submit your payment by credit card or electronic check, you will be emailed a receipt for payment as soon as the transaction is approved.

Can I use my parent’s credit card or bank information (for e-Check) payment?

Students paying the application fee by credit card or submitting the confirmation through e-Check are able to use another individual’s credit card and bank information as long as the individual has given permission to do so.

What if I am not ready to pay my fee at this time?

If you are not ready to pay at this time, you may save your application and log back in when you are ready to pay.

I also applied to another University of Colorado campus. Do I still need to pay the application fee?

Yes, if you are applying to another University of Colorado campus in addition to CU Boulder, you must submit a separate application, official credentials and appropriate fee to each campus.

I am currently enrolled at another University of Colorado campus. Do I still need to pay the application fee?

Students who are attending another University of Colorado campus do not need to pay the application fee.

The payment session has timed out. What do I do?

When you are trying to pay and your session times out please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301. Unfortunately you cannot go back to the previous page, so a payment will need to be made over the phone. Your payment was successful if you received a confirmation via email.

How do I know if my application was submitted?

When the application is submitted you will be directed to your application status page where you will have the opportunity to view a PDF copy of your application. You will also receive an email notifying you that your application has been submitted and a link to access your application status page. You will receive a second email shortly afterward to notify you that your application has been uploaded into our system. At that time, you can continue to check the status of your application through your application status pagein your MyCUBoulder Account.