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3rd Year/Junior Year

Your third year of study is an impactful time to deepen your engagement with upper-division coursework in your major, further develop your extra-curricular interests, and to begin researching and preparing for your transition to post-graduate education or segue into the workforce. This is the time to build a strong foundation for a great senior year and your post-CU plans, so take advantage of internship opportunities, departmental honors, research projects, and leadership positions with student-led clubs/organizations on campus.

Look ahead to figure out what coursework you have left to complete before you graduate. Consult with your advisor to make sure you are on track and focusing on needed upper-division coursework and the completion of MAPS/Core requirement areas.

Check your Degree Audit!

If you haven’t checked your degree audit lately, now’s a good time to request an updated audit to assess your progress toward your degree. Log in to your MyCUInfo portal, click the Student tab and navigate to the Degree Audit link. Each semester, the Registrar’s Office publishes a calendar of important deadlines. Please review the pertinent add/drop/withdrawal deadlines and tuition payment deadlines.

Complete Course Sequences

Sequenced courses in the foreign languages and natural sciences aren’t always offered every semester. If you still have course sequences to complete, make sure you are making appropriate progress so that you aren’t left with any headaches in your senior year.

Upper Division Courses

Do you need any upper-division general electives to graduate? Find out which upper-division electives are offered next semester at It lists both general upper-division electives as well as upper-division electives that fulfill Arts and Sciences Core requirements.


If you have extra credit-hours at your disposal, you might think about adding a minor or certificate program to your degree plan.

Transfer credit

Have you taken courses at another institution that you plan to count towards your degree or major? Official transcripts can be delivered to the CU Admissions Office in person in the Regent Administrative Center or you can send transcripts by mail. Once processed (may take up to 4 weeks), pull a new Degree Audit to ensure your credits have been added and consult with your advisor if adjustments need to be made. If you completed coursework from another institution that you want reviewed for applicability to Core requirements, gather the course syllabus and head to Woodbury 109 to fill out a Core petition form.

Extra-curricular activities are a great way to pursue your interests, set a foundation for your career, and get the most out of your time here at CU. Campus opportunities are vast and there are many creative options to supplement your academic pursuits.


Qualified students may earn Honors credentials by completing a thesis in their major program, and/or through participation in the Norlin Honors Program. For more information about Honors Thesis programs in the major, check out your Department website. Students can also graduate with distinction by demonstrating strong scholastic achievement (3.75 cumulative GPA and above).

Campus Involvement/Leadership Opportunities

A number of CU’s programs and departments provide fantastic opportunities to get plugged into a community of students and mentors with similar interests. Some departments and programs include the  Cultural Unity and Engagement Center, GLBTQ Resource Center, the Women’s Resource Center, the Environmental Center, the Volunteer Resource Center, the Rec Center, not to mention the many clubs and organizations, and departmental activities not listed here. Work with your advisor to determine which program(s) best complement your goals.

Study Abroad

There is still plenty of time to consider whether a Study Abroad experience can be worked into your program of study. If a full semester is not ideal, maybe a summer seminar instead? The first step in determining whether Study Abroad is for you is to attend a Study Abroad 101 workshop or complete the online tutorial. You can also seek out programs of interest and consult with your advisor to discuss what option(s) best fit your plans.

Research Opportunities

The UROP program funds undergraduate research, scholarly and creative work with several types of grants and caters to students from all majors with all levels of research experience. Many more research programs are offered for select majors, and it is certainly possible to earn credit toward your major for doing research! Work one-on-one with a faculty member on his or her research (Independent Research), or do an in-depth study of a topic of interest to you under the guidance of a faculty member (Independent Study).


Gain practical job experience, build your network, and develop vocational interests with an internship. Some majors offer course credit for unpaid internships, so check your Department website for more details. Review the Internship page on the Career Services site, and attend on-campus career/internships fairs when scheduled each semester.

Although graduation is still 2-4 semesters away, these last couple of years can go by in the blink of an eye. Whether you are planning to work right away after graduation, travel the globe, or position for acceptance to professional or graduate school, there are things you can do now to prepare yourself well for your post-graduation goals.

Research Graduate/Law/Medical/Nursing/Professional Schools

It is never too early to begin researching graduate programs or professional programs of interest and to familiarize yourself with admissions requirements via online directories. Identify and contact potential faculty sponsors for recommendation letters before applying!

Graduate School Exam Preparation

Career Services administers and has preparation help for standardized tests such as MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. that are required for admission to graduate and professional schools. Start familiarizing yourself with the test layout and equip yourself with study aids and free practice exams. Most students complete a refereed admission exam as early as the end of the third year.

Engage the Career Buffs System

Career Buffs is the most comprehensive online career resource for CU students. This is a free service that allows you to review internship and job postings, access the Career Events calendar and review the on-campus interview schedule. Great resource!

Buffs Professional Program

Consider participating in the CU Buffs Professional Program, a refereed certificate program that provides students holistic support in job-searching, resume-building, interviewing, and one-on-one career counseling support.

Explore Your Options!

Don’t have an idea yet on what you want to do after graduation?

Career Services provides career exploration help. Also, career counselors are available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your interests and goals.