Congratulations on your acceptance to the Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Colorado!

MSEN 5000 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering (Boot Camp) will be offered to new incoming graduate students starting August 7th.  It is an intensive 2 week course designed to bring students up to speed in knowledge of key materials science topics prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  Boot Camp credits will count toward the breadth elective requirement.

Mandatory orientation will take place during the week of August 21st, 2017.  Orientation schedules will be sent out to students in the second week of August.

Course registration for first-year graduate students will be arranged by the program coordinator.

PhD students will be notified of their TA assigments during the week of orientation.  Typically, new PhD students will be assigned as a TA for an introductory Chemistry, Physics, or Chemical Engingeering course based on their academic background.

The following links will help prepare you to begin your graduate studies.

If you wish to qualify for in-state tuition after one year, it is essential for you to take the actions necessary to establish Colorado residency as soon as possible after arriving in Colorado.

  1. Get a CO driver's license
  2. Register to vote
  3. Register your vehicle

More Info (Office of the Registrar)

  1. Get your Buff One Card
    Be sure to bring your driver's license or other photo ID when picking up your card.
  2. Sign up for the building email list
    I would highly suggest signing up for the JSC Biotech Building email list. The building administration will send out a weekly “News Digest” as well as any important alerts you should be aware of. Please follow the directions below to be added to this list.
    1. Send an email to and leave the subject line blank
    2. Replace "FirstName" and "LastName" with your first and last name
    3. You will receive a confirmation email
  3. Satisfy health insurance and immunization requirements
  4. Get a parking permit, if you wish to drive to campus

Please see the ISSS website for the required International Student Orientation, Pre-Arrival Orientation Course, and Immigration Reporting Session.

Important: Federal regulations REQUIRE new international students to check-in to report their arrival in the U.S. and to report their address to their school. IF YOU DO NOT CHECK IN WITH ISSS, YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS MIGHT BE CANCELLED! If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ISSS office by e-mail at, or by telephone at (303) 492-8057.

Social Security Number for International Students

International Students who will be paid while attending the University of Colorado MUST have a social security number (SSN). Your HR appointment cannot be entered without this number. Please see the ISSS office for more information. For more information go to ISSS website finance page and click on the tab labeled “social security number” toward the bottom of the webpage.

CU International Tax Specialist

  1. When you have received your social security number (SSN) you need to make an appointment to see one of the CU International Tax Specialists, Kendra Zafratos or Alicia Dandenau.
  2. Please make an online appointment here.
  3. It is essential that international students meet with a tax specialist in order to complete the payroll enrollment process. Students that do not complete this requirement CANNOT be paid.