Complete the Online Experience, our online orientation program. You’ll learn more about advising, registering for classes and campus resources. It must be completed before you can register for classes and should be completed prior to meeting with an academic advisor.
Complete Placement Assessments
You are encouraged to complete placement assessments as soon as possible. Not all assessments may be required for you, so please check with your academic advisor if you have questions about which assessments you will need to complete. Review and complete as many applicable placement assessments as possible before your scheduled advising appointment.
All incoming students should complete the Advising Questionnaire before meeting with an academic advisor. A brief questionnaire to capture valuable information about you in order for us to provide the best possible support for you.
If you plan to take a precalculus or calculus 1 class in the summer or fall semester you must take a math placement test. We recommend that all new Exploratory Studies students complete the math placement regardless of their initial major interests.
Buff Portal (student portal): Use this to access your enrollment dates, register for classes, see your schedule, run a your degree audit, register for classes and more.
How to IUT videos: Check out these short videos that summarize IUT requirements and deadlines for each of the colleges, schools and programs at CU.
Create Your Schedule
Your Pre-Enrolled Courses
To help get PES students started with their Fall 2020 schedules, we pre-enroll PES first year students in mid-July as follows:
All new PES first year students are automatically enrolled in FYXP 1500 for the Fall 2020 semester. This course is required and cannot be dropped for your fall schedule.
Additionally, new first year students are enrolled in at least one in-person course.
As seats for in-person courses sections are very limited, do not drop any of your pre-enrolled courses without consulting with an academic advisor first. Doing so could result in a completely remote class schedule for Fall 2020.
When you look at your information in Buff Portal in mid-July, you will see these courses on your Fall 2020 schedule. You will be able to add classes to your schedule during your enrollment window.
Should you have college credit for one of your pre-enrolled courses, consult with an academic advisor.
Most courses are 3 credit hours, meaning they meet for about 3 hours each week.
15 credit hours is the average students take per semester
To be a full-time student you need a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
Plan 2-3 hours of outside study/class preparation for every hour you are in class.
Review any transferred coursework in your Degree Audit. Make sure the correct information is there and use the system to help determine courses to take.
When logged into Class Search, your cart automatically syncs with your MyCUInfo cart.
Course Icon Meanings
Check mark, green: You've taken this class before.
Check mark, gray: You've already enrolled in this class. If you don't want it anymore, you'll need to drop it.
Hazard sign, yellow: There's a restriction that will prevent you from enrolling in that class. Possible restrictions include schedule conflicts and unmet prerequisites.
Shopping cart, blue: You've added this class to your shopping cart, but you haven't finished registering for it.
Instruction Mode Meanings
Every class at CU Boulder is taught using one or more of the following instruction methods:
In Person: The class meets in person, typically on campus, on scheduled days and times (synchronously).
Online: The class is taught online with no scheduled class meetings. Students can complete the coursework throughout the week when it's convenient for them (asynchronously).
Remote: The class meets over Zoom, lecture capture or Canvas on scheduled days and times (synchronously).
If a class uses a combination of instruction methods, then it's a hybrid class:
Hybrid In Person/Online: A combination of in-person and online instruction.
Hybrid In Person/Remote: A combination of in-person and remote instruction.
Hybrid Remote/Online: A combination of online and remote instruction.
Course & Academic Resources
Class Search: Use this to search and save courses to your shopping cart. You items will sync to MyCUInfo to complete your registration.
Registrar Website: For detailed steps and instructions on how to use the registration tool.
Guest Access: CU Guest Access provides read-only, online access for guests to view specific components of your education records.
Time to Enroll
Begin enrolling in classes as soon as your enrollment window opens. Doing so will give you the best chance to secure your preferred courses and class times.
Identify backup courses in case your first choices are not available during your enrollment window. New students will be able to join course waitlists in late August.
Waitlist tips: Avoid waitlists if possible! It is always better to be enrolled than on a waitlist. That may mean picking a different lecture, lab or recitation. The more flexible you are with your schedule, the less anxiety you will deal with on getting into a course from a waitlist.
If you do waitlist, be smart about it - choose the shortest waitlist whenever possible.
Have a backup plan – There is never a guarantee that you will get into a course from a waitlist, even if you are first on that waitlist. Always have additional course options ready.
Location & Hours
Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) East Building, Second Floor
1725 Euclid Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0200