Congratulations on your acceptance to CU Boulder! We are excited to have you join our Buff Family and begin your CU journey.

Your IdentiKey serves as your secure entry point for online services and information you'll need now and later as a CU Boulder student. Activating your IdentiKey will give you immediate access to the scholarship application once you confirm your intent to enroll. You will need your IdentiKey for the mandatory Online Experience as well.

Activate Your IdentiKey

Note: It typically takes three to five business days after you activate your IdentiKey before you can access these services.

All CU Boulder faculty, staff and students receive a CU Boulder email account. We will use this account to communicate with you, so please use your IdentiKey to log in and start using it.

Log in to your CU Boulder email

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.

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 applicable placement assessments soon.

Complete your placement assessments now!

Before you start registering for classes, plan on connecting with an academic advisor. Your advisor will give you advice on registering, explain how any transfer credits will apply and answer any questions you may have. Complete the Online Experience before scheduling an appointment.

After completing the Online Experience, you will be able to register for classes. You do not need to come to campus to register. Spring registration is from Monday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m. MST to Thursday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. MST. You may enroll for classes at any point during this timeframe.

If you haven’t done so already, the first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include CU Boulder’s School Code: 001370. After the Office of Financial Aid receives your FAFSA, they will be in contact with you.

Keep applying for scholarships! Visit the Scholarships website to learn more about CU Boulder scholarships and private scholarship resources.

The Housing application is now open. Whether you are applying to live in the residence halls, Bear Creek Apartments or Graduate & Family Housing, there are requirements, processes and other important factors to consider before you begin. Check out more information on making well-informed decisions when choosing your on-campus living experience.

For full details, visit the application timeline page.

Apply for Housing Today!

Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations is here to help with your housing search as you move to the Boulder area. You can use Ralphie's List to search for available rentals and contact the Off-Campus & Neighborhood Relations office with any questions you may have. To learn about living off campus, communicating with property owners and Boulder city ordinances, complete the Off-Campus Living Orientation.

Your Buff OneCard serves as your campus identification and therefore you must submit your Buff OneCard photo by December 27 to have it printed. Depending on your student status and choices, it may also:

  • Carry your meal plan
  • Allow you to pay for laundry and printing
  • Give you access to your residence hall and room
  • Allow you to gain entry to the Rec Center and sporting events

Upload Your Buff OneCard Photo

All students are required to have health coverage under your own plan, through a family member or employer, or the university’s CU Boulder Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The deadline to select or waive insurance coverage for spring 2020 is February 5.

Learn more about health insurance  

All students who were assigned male at birth and are between the ages of 17 years, 9 months and 25 years old are required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System unless they’re on a current non-immigrant visa.

You will not be able to register for fall 2020 classes until you register with Selective Service.

Learn more about the Selective Service requirement

Most everyone in our campus community will witness situations where help is needed, and what a bystander does may make all the difference. In this interactive session, we will explore the factors that hinder and promote helping and practice the range of skills for intervening effectively. This is a required session

Sign up for Bystander Intervention Training  

At CU Boulder, we are committed to fostering a campus community where all students can be engaged and successful. Each of us has a role in creating a safe and healthy campus community free of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

All new CU Boulder students are required to complete the online Community Equity course that covers university policies and resources. You will not be able to register for fall 2020 classes until you have completed this course.

Complete Community Equity now!  

The CheckUp & Choices WellCheck is one of your first steps in a healthy and successful first year at CU Boulder. You will have the opportunity to think about your goals, reflect on your values and how they translate to your student experience. 

Orientation is on January 10 and is part of your new student welcome experience. While optional for all incoming spring students, we encourage you to join and connect with academic advisors, faculty, current CU students and the departments that will support you and your family as new members of our community. 

Register for Orientation here  

International students do not need to register for Orientation as they will be participating in the required International Undergraduate Orientation during this time. Learn more

Spring Welcome will take place on January 9-22. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about your academic program, campus resources and to start building community at CU Boulder. 

Learn more about Spring Welcome  

We want to make sure you have a smooth transition to CU Boulder and are here if you need us! Email or call or text 303-492-4431.