Complete the Calculus Math Readiness Exam by June 3, 2020. 

  • Prepare for the exam by working through practice problems. You can take as long as you need to practice. It is recommended that you review for at least an hour each day for a week or more before you take the exam.
  • Once you are ready to take the exam:
    • Enroll in the Math Readiness Course: 
      • Access the Math Readiness Exam with your CU Boulder identikey
      • Look for "CU Boulder Math Readiness Test" 
        • Click "Enroll in Course"
        • Click "Go to Course" 
    • Once enrolled in the course, go to Canvas, then click on "CU Boulder Math Readiness Test"
      • All Engineering students are required to take the entire Calculus Readiness Exam even if you are expecting credit for Calculus.

Complete the Online Experience:

  • Finish your Online Experience through Canvas. The Engineering Advising and Enrolling in Courses modules and quizzes must be completed in order to register for classes! 

Select Your Enrollment Window:

  • After you complete the Advising and Enrolling in Courses modules, you will be able to select your enrollment window.
  • It does not matter which enrollment window you select as your access to classes remains the same. We release seats on a rolling basis duing reach enrollment window; there is no advantage to picking the very first window. In other words students in the last enrollment window have the same opportunity take partinuclar classes as students in the first enrollment window.
  • To select your enrollment window, go to your Buff Portal and select the New Student Welcome card.

Review Your Chemistry Options (if applicable) 

  • Some majors require chemistry and offer students an opportunity to take an accelerated chemistry course in place of a two-semester chemistry sequence. You can learn more about the accelerated chemistry option here. Make sure you talk with your advisor if you ahve any questions about the chemistry requirements for your major or if you were thinking about changing your major. 

Before Your Enrollment Window:

  • Check Buff Portal to see if you've been pre-enrolled in any courses. Most students are pre-enrolled in one or more classes so when your enrollment window opens you'll simply be augmenting your class schedule rather than building it from scratch. 
  • Prepare your fall schedule and save classes in your "shopping cart" in Buff Portal. Start this process at least a full week before your enrollment window begins. Look over your shopping cart before your enrollment window opens to ensure that the classes you chose are still available. This way you have time to make adjustments if you need to. 
  • New first-year students will find a comprehensive, step-by-step worksheet on how to prepare and register for courses in this Microsoft Word document:  
  • While you can schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor using Buff Portal Advising to make sure the classes you have chosen are appropriate it is not required. 

Officially Register:

  • Once your enrollment window begins, go back to your shopping cart and make your final selections, and officially register.
  • Each enrollment window is open for a short time. Be sure that you check your Buff Portal carefully to know when you are able to make changes to your schedule. Always follow your advisor's reccommendations when doing so. 
  • Register as soon as your window opens. While your enrollment window is open for a couple days you might not get your ideal classtimes if you don't register right away. 
Registration Resources: 
  • Join your department's advising webinar hosted by your academic advisor! These webinars are a good option to receive a overview of general information regarding your department and major.

    • You will need to make a Zoom account with your CU Boulder Identikey & register in order to access the webinar. Once you register you will get an email with instructions on how to join. 

Your First CU Math Course 
  • Choosing the appropriate math class is important for your success. Check out these websites for things to consider in regards to math.

    • Here is some general information about our math class options

    • Already have Pre-Calculus or Calculus credit from transfer or AP/IB credit? Review recommendations for picking your next Calculus class at CU here. 
      •  Important Note about 2020 AP Scores:
        • Due to COVID-19, AP exams this year covered an abbreviated curriculum. Regardless of your score you might have missed very important concepts that would allow you to succeed in the next level of that discipline. We urge you to connect with your advisor and determine the appropriate level in which you should start.
        • For your first math course specifically, if you choose to use your AP credit, please be sure that you have mastered the content included in these Final Exam Archives for that level. You should complete that exam in a test taking environment, without notes or a calculator, and score above a 70% to feel confident to move onto the next level.  If you are still unsure of where to start after completing an exam in a test-taking environment, you can email your exam solutions to or and Dr. Dougherty or Ms. Chang, our CU Math Placement Advisor, will assist you.