Published: Jan. 22, 2021

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

Academics

  • 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

Questions?

Contact Your Admissions Counselor

FAQs

All applicants who completed their admissions application by January 15 and have a weighted GPA of 3.85 or better were automatically considered for scholarships. We review applicants for automatic consideration scholarships holistically, taking into account life experiences, personal background, activities and responsibilities, in addition to academic performance. Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship.

Most students selected to receive a scholarship are notified along with their admission decision.

All applicants who have a 3.85 weighted high school GPA or better and have completed their admissions application by January 15 are considered for a scholarship. Not all students who were eligible for scholarship consideration will receive one.

No. CU Boulder considers and awards applicants without test scores as a part of the holistic review process.

International students are eligible and were considered for non-resident scholarships (Presidential and CU Boulder Chancellor’s Achievement). International students who qualify for Colorado residency are eligible and were considered for resident scholarships (Esteemed).

If your school provides grades on a non-4 pt scale, this was taken into consideration. If eligible, you were considered for an automatic scholarship based on having the equivalent of a 3.85+ weighted GPA.

We review applicants for automatic consideration scholarships holistically, taking into account life experiences, personal background, activities and responsibilities, in addition to academic performance. Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship. We encourage you to apply for additional scholarship opportunities through the CU Boulder Scholarship Application. The application is open through March 15 with some opportunities closing as early as mid-February.

Approximately 25% of our incoming class earned a 4.0 GPA and not all of these students will receive an automatic consideration scholarship. Each applicant is reviewed holistically and decisions are final. Applicants who are awarded a scholarship cannot receive a higher amount. If you have compelling information to share, you should speak with your admission counselor.