Students approach higher education from various starting points; some are focused on pursuing admission to a specific, highly-selective program. Others are truly exploring across all colleges, schools, and programs on campus. Many know where they want to end up career-wise, but don’t know how to get there. Students in the Program in Exploratory Studies work with a group of highly-skilled advisors who help them explore their various interests, set academic goals, and customize their educational path.
From black holes and Black Mirror, to Black Panther and the Mother of Dragons, first-year seminars focus on intriguing topics structured to meet our rigorous academic standards. Limited to 19 students in each course, the seminars offer opportunities to connect with your professor and with other students who share your interests.
CU Boulder prides itself on cultivating undergraduates in their scholarly pursuits through high-impact opportunities. Students can conduct their own research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and receive funding to attend academic conferences via the Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE). They can gain hands-on experience through volunteering, internship experiences, and other co-curricular opportunities. Students are invited to participate in departmental or campus-wide honors programs.
Academic advising is a critical component in the success of our students. Advisors can assist students in creating and achieving educational, career and life goals. Advising and student support centers can be found across the Boulder campus; some are housed within one of the colleges and schools and others are stand-alone programs. Support services vary but include academic advising, academic coaching, and overall academic support.
CU Boulder prides itself on the leadership opportunities available for students and takes seriously its goal to shape tomorrow’s leaders. In addition to specific leadership programs, students can develop their skills through participation in multiple involvement opportunities, CU Student Government (CUSG), and various college student boards.
It’s never too early to think about life after college. Career Services, located within the Division of Student Affairs, can assist from day one by helping students discover their strengths, understanding how their interests link to various careers and professions, exploring related majors, locating internships, building resumes and finding jobs.
Globalization increases our interdependence among nations and presents opportunities for careers that span the entire globe. CU Boulder offers multiple opportunities for students to expand their knowledge base and interactions with people and cultures far and wide. Through our first-year international seminars, education abroad, and other opportunities, students can expand their horizons to become true global citizens.
International Student Resources
CU Boulder welcomes students from around the globe. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports international students via advising, programming, and advocacy, while our International Student Academic Success Program promotes international student success via tutoring and special workshops for faculty working with international students.
At CU Boulder, students have several math courses to choose from, based on their intended major. While some courses do not require a prerequisite or prior math experience, others will require a math readiness test or the completion of prerequisite coursework.