Students who begin at a Colorado Community College can transfer directly to CU Boulder to finish their degree in engineering. Thanks to an integrated partnership, this pathway can be attractive to both community college students, as well as qualified high school students taking concurrent enrollment classes at a local community college. CU Boulder has partnered with four community colleges to provide a pathway and easier transition between colleges. At our partner community colleges, you can complete classes before transferring to CU Boulder and have the peace of mind that your credits will apply directly to your engineering degree. 

For more specific information and advising guides for select community colleges, please see the Colorado Community College Pathways.

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The minimum admission criteria to transfer to CU Engineering is as follows:

  • Cumulative college GPA of a 3.00
  • Completion of two semesters of college-level calculus and one semester of calculus-based physics or college-level chemistry
  • Grades in math and science courses should be B or better

NOTE: AP/IB credit does not count towards math/science requirements for transfer admission.

Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) are courses that ideally are completed in high school, but can be finished at CU Boulder. MAPS are required for all domestic students and any international students who have completed more than four semesters of U.S. schooling. For more information about MAPS, please see the MAPS requirements page.

If you meet the guaranteed admission criteria along with a minimum GPA of at least 3.60, you will also receive a transfer student scholarship towards your first year of attendance
In addition to the merit-based scholarships, our BOLD Center offers a one-year participation-based scholarship.

For students who are Pell Grant eligible, the CU Promise offers students enough grants to pay for the student share of tuition and fees, as well as an estimated work-study award to help pay for other educational expenses.  Please see the CU Promise financial aid website for additional infromation and requirements/deadlines.

In addition to your math, science and engineering coursework, each major in the College of Engineering and Applied Science requires at least 18 credit hours in humanities, social sciences, and writing in order to graduate (note that some majors require more credit hours in this area).  For more information regarding these courses, please review our Colorado Community College approved HSS courses.

Please make sure you have conneccted with your current college academic advisor first. 

For more information regarding transfer credits, please contact the Office of Admissions at Tchelp@colorado.edu for a preliminary transfer credit evaluation.  You can also look up transfer equivalencies in Transferology.

If you still have advising related questions after contacting the Office of Admissions, contact:

Chris Anderson
Director of Student Services & Transfer Pathways 
cjanderson@colorado.edu