Student success is our top priority at CU Boulder. Your student has many resources available to help, no matter where they are in their academic journey.
Your student’s advisor can help them explore options for their academic journey.
Your student can also connect with Career Services. Career Services can help your student find a major or program that fits with their personality traits and goals. There are various assessments for students to discover strengths and potential career paths. If your student is deciding on a major, they can chat with a career development advisor about options.
The Academic Success and Achievement Program (ASAP) offers free tutoring for:
- Any student living in the residence halls
- Any student living in Bear Creek Apartments
- First-year commuting students
ASAP tutoring is offered in many subjects and locations on campus.
The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a multicultural academic learning community. SASC primarily serves low income and first generation college students, and helps with:
- Academic skills development
- Math and writing courses
- Additional instruction in gateway courses
- Pre-collegiate opportunities
- Graduate research opportunities
SASC also maintains a database of private tutors that students can hire.
Students from all majors and skill levels can use The Writing Center. Students work one-on-one with writing consultants to:
- Learn effective writing techniques
- Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination
- Strengthen revision and self-editing skills
- Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism
Counseling & Psychiatric Services provides free workshops for all students. The workshops provide information and insight on a variety of topics, including:
- Managing anxiety
- And more
Faculty members often make time during the week to be available for students outside of the classroom. This is known as ‘office hours’. Office hours allow your student to meet one-on-one with faculty to ask questions or express concerns.
Attending office hours and getting to know faculty can also offer additional opportunities, like research projects or internships.
The University Libraries at CU Boulder offer a vast collection of academic resources and learning experiences. Students can explore all the Libraries have to offer:
- Drop-in and online research help
- Personal consultations
- Collaborative and independent study spaces
- A coffee shop
- And more!
Disability Services assists students with disabilities. They ensure students receive accommodations and services to participate fully in their academic environment.
A person with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples of disabilities include:
- Cognitive: Learning disabilities, ADHD, traumatic brain injury
- Psychiatric: Depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD
- Physical and Systemic: Spinal cord injury, Crohn's disease, migraines, chronic illness
- Vision and Hearing Impairments
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
Academic accommodations are determined by the current impact of a disability. Students with physical or learning disabilities should connect with Disability Services.
For many of us, life can sometimes get in the way of our daily routines and responsibilities. While at CU, students may encounter difficult circumstances, including prolonged illness or injury.
If your student is unable to attend class due to a temporary medical condition, Disability Services has a list of resources for finding support. Student Support and Case Management can also help students with requesting and coordinating accommodations.
All CU Boulder students are held to the highest level of integrity and respect through the Honor Code. The Honor Code upholds CU Boulder's standards of academic integrity and intellectual honesty. It also provides quick resolution to reports of academic misconduct.
"On my honor, as a University of Colorado Boulder student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance."
Students are expected to:
- Read the syllabus for each class to understand academic expectations.
- Reach out to their instructor with questions about citing or expectations with specific assignments.
- Make sure they know the collaboration policies for their courses.
Campus-wide graduation ceremonies are held only in the spring semester. Students graduating in the winter may attend spring ceremonies. This year’s graduation and degree conferral dates can be found on the commencement website.
Official diplomas are mailed to students about eight weeks after the end of their graduating semester. If no diploma address was entered on Buff Portal, the diploma is mailed to the home address on file. Learn more about ordering diplomas.
Academic Life for New Students
The transition from high school to college can be both challenging and rewarding. Students will need to learn to succeed in varying academic settings. This includes large lecture halls, small discussion-based courses and everything in between. They will also be learning to manage time, develop study skills and work with faculty.
As your student begins classes, they might realize they could use extra support. This is normal and there are tutoring resources available to students. Encourage your student to use campus resources, ask for help and visit faculty office hours!