In Fall 2020 CU Boulder announced that for admission purposes, ACT and SAT test scores are optional for first-year students who graduate from high school in 2021.
First-time freshmen are automatically considered for scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. Scholarship eligibility is based on a holistic review of admission materials, taking the following factors into consideration:
Automatic Consideration Scholarship Eligibility
- Minimum 3.85 high school grade point average on 4.0 scale to be considered
- Since applicants are reviewed holistically, a high GPA alone may not be enough to qualify for this type of scholarship.
- Difficulty of coursework and grade trend through high school
- Academic awards or recognition
Life Experiences & Background
- Extraordinary academic achievement relative to high school community as documented on transcript, teacher evaluation or counselor school report
- Evidence of having overcome difficult social, economic, or physical obstacles to education and explained in an essay or letter of recommendation
Activities & Responsibilities
- Demonstrated leadership and engagement within community
- Employment, extracurricular activities and duration of participation
- Outstanding talents and accomplishments
Most students selected to receive a scholarship are notified along with their admission decision.