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The College of Music welcomes applications from students wishing to transfer to CU Boulder from a college or university outside of the University of Colorado Boulder. To request more information, fill out this form.

Transfer applicants must pass an audition and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. For information about applying and auditioning, please visit our Application Process page. 

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Application and audition deadlines for incoming transfer students

If you’re an incoming freshman, visit the Prospective Undergraduates page.

As an incoming student applying to the College of Music at CU Boulder, you will have to complete two separate application processes, one through CU Undergraduate Admissions and another for the College of Music. Below are the deadlines for both processes. It is critical to remain in contact with both CU Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Music as you navigate the applications.

All transfer students must complete an audition to be admitted to the College of Music. Visit the Auditions page for more information.

Are you an international transfer student? Find more information here.​

Fall admission

Dec. 1: Priority deadline for College of Music application, including the following materials:

  • College of Music application
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Submission of recorded pre-screening auditions (required for all jazz guitar and non-resident voice and flute applicants)
  • Portfolio (composition applicants only)

Feb. 1: Deadline to submit:

  • College of Music application
  • Recorded auditions to the College of Music

Note: Although the final application deadline for transfer students is Feb. 1, we recommend that you apply by Dec. 1 to guarantee your audition at one of our Saturday audition dates in February. Most scholarships are awarded to students who audition in February.

Spring admission

Oct. 1: Deadline to submit both the CU Boulder Undergraduate Admissions application and the College of Music Admissions application. College of Music will require the following:

  • College of Music application
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Submission of recorded pre-screening auditions (required for all jazz guitar and non-resident voice and flute applicants)
  • Portfolio (composition applicants only)

Nov. 15: Deadline to submit recorded auditions or complete all in-person auditions with the College of Music (including ad hoc auditions)

Note: Jazz does not take saxophone, drum set, or trumpet applications for Spring term.

Summer admission

The College of Music does not take applications for Summer term.

Note: Although the final application deadline for transfer students is Feb. 1, we recommend that you apply by Dec. 1 to guarantee your audition at one of our Saturday audition dates in February. Most scholarships are awarded to students who audition in February.

If you are receiving a music scholarship from your current institution you must submit a Scholarship Release Form before you may be considered for any music scholarships at CU Boulder. Students who audition will automatically be considered for our merit-based music scholarships. Find more information on the Financial Aid page.

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Transfer credit policy

Once you are accepted to CU Boulder and to the College of Music, the Office of Admissions will evaluate your transfer credit. Then, the College of Music office will determine how that credit will apply towards your degree. Please visit the University of Colorado Boulder’s Transfer Credit Guideline page. Unfortunately, we cannot evaluate your transfer credit until you have been admitted to the program. However, there is a great online tool you can use to help you understand how your credits might transfer: CU Boulder has partnered with Transferology, a college planning and transfer credit resource. Create your own account to see what courses might transfer to CU Boulder.

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