Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking and passing a proctored examination or other approved assessment to demonstrate their experience, aptitude or knowledge of a GT Pathways course instead of attending an instructor-led class.
Students who have additional work or educational experience in a particular field, or students who are self-motivated, independent learners may be interested in challenging a course.
Before you apply for a specific course challenge, we recommend speaking with your advisor and the department offering that course to ensure you have the requisite knowledge for the exam.
Once you've spoken to the department, complete the course challenge request form.
The Office of the Registrar will initially review your eligibility (see restrictions below). If confirmed, registrar staff will forward your request to the College of Arts and Sciences for further review.
If the college approves your request, you'll be charged a nonrefundable $115 administrative fee at the Office of the Registrar. After confirmation of payment, you'll need to make arrangements with the instructor to take the exam.
After you take the exam, your earned grade will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Only course challenges that receive grades of C- or better will appear on your transcript and count for college credit. If you earn a grade lower than a C-, nothing is recorded on your transcript and you cannot challenge the course again; you would need to enroll in and pass the equivalent course to earn that credit. Credit earned through course challenge will appear on the transcript with a section number of CRC and grade of CR. A CR grade will not affect your GPA at CU Boulder.
Students can only request to challenge a course through the fifth Friday of the semester. After that date, requests are effective for the next semester.
Once you submit the form and the college or school schedules your exam or other assessment, the Office of the Registrar must receive your course challenge grade by the final grading deadline of the semester.
If you have additional questions about the policies related to course challenge, or if you have questions regarding the status of your course challenge request, please contact the Office of the Registrar.