How do I apply to the Engineering GoldShirt Program?

There is no application to the Engineering GoldShirt Program. Interested prospective college students need to apply to the University of Colorado Boulder and indicate their interest in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and then select a major (or if you aren’t sure, choose “Open Option.”) The Engineering GoldShirt team works with Admissions to identify students who are eligible to interview for the program. Click here to get started with your application to the University of Colorado Boulder.

Eligible students will be notified if selected for a personal online interview and then invited to an on-campus visit day where parents or guardians will also be invited to participate. Students accepted into the Engineering GoldShirt Program will be notified after the GoldShirt Student Day.

What do you look for in an Engineering GoldShirt candidate?

Qualities that stand out in great candidates include leadership experience, the drive to succeed, genuine interest and excitement for engineering, and an outstanding ability to work as a team and overcome differences.

How long is the Engineering GoldShirt Program?

The Engineering GoldShirt Program begins with a first-year curriculum designed to develop individual student mastery in a variety of academic areas. Students end the Engineering GoldShirt preparatory year with approximately 15 credit hours towards an engineering degree and transition into their major’s courses where the completion time varies from student to student. To see a sample of the Engineering GoldShirt First-Year Curriculum, please click here.


Are Engineering GoldShirt students part of the College of Engineering and Applied Science?

Yes. Engineering GoldShirt students are directly enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and must meet the same requirements as non-GoldShirt engineering students to obtain their degree.

How many students are in the program?

The cohort sizes vary from year-to-year with approximately 40-45 students added each year. 

If I am accepted, do I have to attend Summer Bridge?

Yes. Participation in the Summer Bridge program is mandatory. Plus, it’s a ton of fun and a great way to make lifelong friends. If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from attending all or part of Summer Bridge, please reach out and we will work with you to determine if alternative arrangements can be made. 

If I am accepted, do I have to live in Williams Village?

Yes. Residence in Williams Village is required for the first two years of the Engineering GoldShirt Program. There is a lot of evidence indicating that living on campus supports student success. However, this scholarship requirement can be petitioned. Petitions are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

What are the requirements to keep my scholarship?

Engineering GoldShirt students are chosen with full confidence in their ability to succeed in engineering. We expect that the students in the program will work hard and thrive in the program. Scholarship requirements vary from year-to-year and are shared with students each year once they are invited to the program. The goal is for all students to excel academically and graduate with an engineering degree.