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

If you are considering deferring to a different entry term, please read through our Things to Know About Deferring webpage.

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

Which application should I use?
  • First-Year applications: apply using the Common Application
  • Transfer applicants: apply using the CU Boulder Transfer Application
  • Readmit applicants: apply using the CU Boulder Readmit Application
What type of applicant am I? First-Year, Transfer or Readmit?
  • You are a first-year applicant if you are currently in high school, or you have graduated from high school but have not taken any college courses after graduating from high school or earning a GED.
    • You are NOT a first-year student if you have taken at least one college course after graduating from high school (or completing your GED) and simply do not wish to transfer those credits and start over. This is not an option, and students who have taken even one college course from a recognized institution after graduating from high school (or completing their GED) must apply as a transfer student. This includes students who earned a W in a college course from a recognized institution after graduating from high school (or completing their GED). Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended before enrolling at CU Boulder is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university
  • You are a transfer student if you have graduated from high school (or completed a GED) and earned a grade in at least one college course from a recognized institution after graduating (or completing your GED).
    • You are not a transfer student if you have taken courses for college credit while in high school (i.e. dual enrollment or early college programs, etc.). Unless you graduated from high school (or earned your GED) and then took college courses, you are not a transfer student. 
  • You are a readmit student if you have previously been enrolled as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student at CU Boulder. 
    • You are not a readmit student if you have previously been admitted to CU Boulder but did not enroll in and earn a letter grade in any CU Boulder classes. If you were admitted, but did not defer, attend courses, or enrolled but withdrew before the drop deadline, then you must reapply as either a first-year applicant or a transfer applicant. 
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?

In both cases, you should enter a period “.” for your first/given name, and the entirety of your name into the “family/last” name field. We follow the SEVIS Name Standards in doing so.

Selecting a Program & Term

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

Undecided students have the following options:

  • If you are undecided, apply to the Programs in Exploratory Studies
  • The College of Arts and Sciences allows undecided students with fewer than 24 completed college credits at the time they apply to select Open Option as a major. This is the best option for students who know they want a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, but do not know which major they would like to pursue within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • If you are undecided, you can apply to PES. Some colleges also have Open Option majors, meaning you can apply to your desired college even if you are not yet sure exactly which specific major you want to pursue.
I applied to CU Boulder but I want to change my major. How do I do that?

Students can submit a major change request through their application status page. 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. Students interested in a pre-health track can select one or more pre-health tracks in the application.

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. The School of Education also offers licensure programs in elementary, secondary and K-12 music education. The licensure fields in secondary education include English, Spanish, 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.

Students who already have an undergraduate degree may not apply for a second undergraduate degree in elementary education. If you have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in applying to a 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 however you can indicate you want to double major in Music at the time of applying. 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. Also, transfer students are now eligible to start in Maymester and Augmester, which are truncated 3-week long semesters offered in May and August respectively. If you wish to apply to start in Maymester or Augmester, simply apply to the summer term with enough time to have your application reviewed prior to courses for those terms commencing.

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

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

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?

If you do not have a visa yet, select 'no' in the question on the application about your current visa. You will then see a question about what visa you intend to apply for. You may leave the 'Issue Date' and 'Expiration Date' fields 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@colorado.edu. Or, you can visit the tuition classification 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 coursework 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 academic record?

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 or unofficial 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 or unofficial high school transcript or GED, TASC or HiSET certificate to verify graduation.

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

Students who have been admitted to CU Boulder and have a MAPS deficiency from their high school will need to submit a MAPS appeal to the Office of Admissions if they believe the deficiency was completed while in high school. If the student believes the MAPS deficiency was completed while in college, the student will need to submit a College MAPS Appeal Form through their academic advisor.

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 first-year or a transfer student?

Any student who has taken non-CU college level coursework since graduating from 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.

If you previously earned an undergraduate degree from CU Boulder, you will apply as a readmit regardless of the length of time since you graduated.

All second undergraduate degree seeking students are not eligible for admission to the School of Education, the College of Media, Communication and Information as well as the Leeds School of Business. Students looking to study those programs should contact our graduate recruitment team at CUGrad@colorado.edu

If you previously earned a degree from CU Boulder, you cannot pursue a second undergraduate degree in any field in which you earned a minor. Note: this does not apply to readmit students who have not graduated and to external transfer students who have not previously attended CU Boulder. 

If you earned an undergraduate degree from another institution, you will not be eligible to pursue that degree or any program deemed too similar at CU Boulder. Please contact your admission counselor with any questions.

If I have a bachelor’s degree and want to come to CU for additional college work or a second bachelor’s, am I exempt from general education requirements?

No, you may need to complete additional general education requirements despite having earned a bachelor’s degree. Your previously earned degree does not automatically waive general education requirements. More information will become available when your transfer credit and degree audit are complete.

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. We can take self-reported test scores, and you can self-report either in the application or on your status page.

 

What are the TOEFL and IELTS? Are they required?

The TOEFL, Duolingo and IELTS are three 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. For more information about Duolingo, go to englishtest.duolingo.com. 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

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. If you choose to complete the 'Optional Academic History Explanation', you would follow the same process to do so.

What file type should my personal statement be in?

You can upload either Microsoft Word or PDF files through the ‘Upload Materials’ section of the online application. If you choose to email your personal statement through your application status page, you can send it to admissions@colorado.edu. You can either copy and paste into the body of your email or attach it as a Word document or PDF. Please include your full legal name and date of birth. The same process will apply to the 'Optional Academic History Explanation' if you choose to complete that as well.

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 or 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. You can also complete the 'Optional Academic History Explanation' at a later time if you choose to submit that document.

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?

You are not required to pay your application fee at the time you apply. When you're ready to do so, just log into your status page and make the payment then.

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 page.

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 the disciplinary history 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 nature and gravity of any conduct and whether it bears a direct relationship to a particular aspect of the applicant’s admission, the time passed since the occurrence, the age of the applicant at the time of the conduct and evidence of rehabilitation or good conduct provided by the applicant.

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

The review process will be completed within a reasonable period of time and may generally take 2-4 weeks following the receipt of all necessary information. This timeline may be extended if additional information is requested or in other circumstance of good cause as determined by CU Boulder. If the timeline is extended, applicants will be notified of the updated timeline.

What are my options if my application is denied based on my disciplinary history background?

All applicants denied as a result of their disciplinary history information have the right to appeal this decision. You may contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to discuss your options.

What if I answer ‘no’ even though I have disciplinary history of the type asked about in the questions?

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 revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the university – due to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

What if this information changes after I have submitted my application?

All applicants are required to notify the Office of Admissions if this information changes after they submit their application for admission. You may contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to discuss your options.

Background Information - Criminal History

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

Any stalking, sexual assault and/or domestic violence offense needs to be reported no matter how long ago the incident took place. Any assault, kidnapping, voluntary manslaughter or murder charges within the past 5 years need to be reported. Please be as thorough as possible in your explanation.

What kind of offenses do I need to disclose?

Applicants who have a pending criminal charge OR who have ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of assault, kidnapping, voluntary manslaughter or murder within the past 5 years OR who have ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of stalking, sexual assault and/or domestic violence must disclose this information.

How will my criminal history affect my application?

Applicants answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions 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 nature and gravity of any conduct and whether it bears a direct relationship to a particular aspect of the applicant’s admission, the time passed since the occurrence, the age of the applicant at the time of the conduct and evidence of rehabilitation or good conduct provided by the applicant.

How long will it take to review my criminal history?

The review process will be completed within a reasonable period of time and may generally take 2-4 weeks following the receipt of all necessary information. This timeline may be extended if additional information is pending from the applicant or third parties such as probations officers, law enforcement agencies, etc. or in other circumstance of good cause as determined by CU Boulder. If the timeline is extended, applicants will be notified of the updated timeline.

Is anyone with a criminal history automatically denied admission?

No. All applicants who have answered ‘yes’ to the criminal history questions are reviewed on an individual basis.

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

All applicants denied as a result of their criminal history information have the right to appeal this decision. You may contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to discuss your options.

What if I answer ‘no’ even though I have criminal history of the type asked about in the questions?

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 revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the university – due to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

What if this information changes after I have submitted my application?

All applicants are required to notify the Office of Admissions if this information changes after they submit their application for admission. You may contact the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 to discuss your options.

Background Information - Post-Admission Conduct Questions

I answered conduct questions on my application and I’ve been admitted. Why do I have a new form on my status page with additional questions?

Due to recent legislation in the state of Colorado, the conduct review process has been split into pre-admission and post-admission phases in order to allow greater access to education for applicants. The pre-admission questions you answered on the application were specifically targeted to certain offenses, while the post-admission questions are broader and will determine eligibility to participate in campus life. How you answer the post-admission questions will not affect your admission or your ability to enroll at CU Boulder.

What will happen if I don’t fill out the form on my status page?

Not filling out the form on your status page will prevent a housing assignment from being released and will prevent you from registering for your second semester on campus. It will not prevent you from confirming your intent to enroll, applying for housing or registering for your first semester.