International students only need to submit an SAT or ACT if they are graduating from a U.S. high school or wish to be considered for merit scholarships. Scores will be considered official if submitted electronically by the testing agency or if they are included on your official high school transcript. We receive electronic transmissions of SAT or ACT scores from the testing agencies each week, and we will automatically update your application with any new scores received by our application deadlines.
Your highest scores are used in the admission decision. If you take the same test more than once, we combine your highest score from each subsection to give you the highest overall score. Results from SAT or ACT tests taken in December or later may not be received in time if you wish to be considered for summer or fall admission of the following year. Achievement tests (or the SAT II) are not required or considered. We require the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section, the Math Section and the Reading Test from the SAT.
We do not have a preference between the SAT and ACT. However, we often recommend that you attempt each test at least once. Used in combination with your grades and rigor of curriculum, both have proven equally reliable in predicting academic success at CU Boulder.
CU Boulder's SAT code is 4841 and the ACT code is 0532.
Please note: as with rigor of curriculum, a high score on the SAT or ACT will not compensate for a non-competitive GPA. Your record in three to three-and-a-half years' worth of rigorous academic work in the classroom will be the primary focus of any admission decision.