While the majority of attendees at CU Boulder are traditional students, the university serves the needs of a wide variety of nontraditional students as well. Each registration program or student type may have different registration and enrollment stipulations.
Nondegree students are able to enroll in CU Boulder Main Campus courses (undergraduate or graduate) through Continuing Education. Some ACCESS students take courses for personal or professional development, while others plan to enroll in a degree program at CU Boulder in the future.
Auditors must get permission from the professor to audit a class prior to formal enrollment.
Certain individuals under the age of 55 who are not registered students may be able to audit regularly scheduled classes by enrolling as a community auditor. For more information, visit Community Auditors or contact the Division of Continuing Education at 303-492-5148.
Colorado residents ages 55 and over should visit Senior Auditors or contact the Alumni Association at 303-492-8484.
Current students are not eligible to audit a class; however, they may enroll in a class and change the grading basis to No Credit Basis (Audit). The student would pay tuition and be officially enrolled, but would receive a grade of NC for the class, which does not impact GPA.
Admitted degree-seeking or nondegree faculty, staff and dependent students not using the Employee Tuition Waiver Benefit can register for classes without additional paperwork during their assigned enrollment dates or open enrollment.
Faculty, staff and dependents wishing to use the benefit must follow CU's Employee Tuition Waiver Benefit process carefully. Please note:
For additional information, see the Employee Tuition Benefit page on the Bursar's Office website.
The High School Concurrent Program offers high school students the challenge of completing college courses. For information on eligibility and registration, call 303-492-5148, or visit the High School Concurrent program online.
The intercampus enrollment program enables students to take a degree-required course on another CU campus if they are unable to take the course at CU Boulder. If students plan to take at least one class at CU Boulder, they are able to request to register on another CU campus as well.
Host campus: For CU Boulder students, the term "host campus" defines the CU campus other than Boulder where students are taking concurrent course work.
Home campus: A CU Boulder student's "home campus" is Boulder.
Before the add/drop deadline of the host campus, a student may drop/add a class taken on another CU campus by contacting their home campus registrar's office.
After the deadline, students must secure a host campus add/drop form with the appropriate signatures and turn it in to their home campus registrar's office. After a deadline, students may be assessed W grades and full tuition and fees.
Once enrolled, students must be aware that many services at the host campus will not be available, because they do not pay the required fees (if any) for these services.
CU Boulder's Office of the Registrar will register eligible CU Boulder students for classes on the host campus starting on the following dates.
If a student wants to take course work on another CU campus but not go through the intercampus enrollment program, they must apply for admission to that campus, follow its registration procedures, and check with the dean's office for approval. Students may apply as nondegree students or as degree-seeking students. (Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may not register at the CU Denver or UCCS except in the summer.)
The Reciprocal Exchange Program allows CU Boulder graduate students to take courses at other Colorado colleges and universities without applying at host campuses and at no additional cost to the student. The Reciprocal Exchange Program is an agreement between the following state-supported institutions of Colorado:
CU Boulder graduate students must register for the minimum number of credit hours that charge full tuition and fees at CU Boulder in order to participate. For a breakdown of credit hours to tuition and fees, see the Bursar's Office's Tuition and Fees Rate Sheets webpage.
To register, you must:
At the end of the semester, the host department notifies the home institution of the assigned grade, which will be placed on the student's home institution transcript.