Did you live in Sewall Hall just like your grandmother or take a class from the same chemistry professor as your father? 

Students whose parents, stepparents or grandparents attended CU Boulder are considered Buffalo Legacies and are eligible for scholarships their freshman year and special, complimentary cords to wear during commencement. 

The buildings may look a bit different these days, but your Buff Pride has remained constant throughout generations, and that’s worth celebrating!

Legacy cords

If you are a 2021 graduate requesting a legacy cord, please email The Herd to request one by mail. Please note that requests are processed within 3–5 business days and are mailed by USPS. Class of 2022 applications for legacy cords will open in Spring 2022.


The Alumni Association offers scholarships to incoming freshmen whose parents, grandparents or stepparents graduated from CU Boulder. Learn more and apply for the scholarship online.