Test Optional Update

CU Boulder announced that for admission purposes, ACT and SAT test scores will be optional for first-year students who graduate from high school in 2021. First-time freshmen will be automatically considered for scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. Scholarship eligibility is based on a holistic review of academics, personal background, activities and achievements. For more test-optional information, visit the Test-Optional Announcement page and review Admissions COVID-19 FAQs.

Add-On Scholarships

Recipients of these auto-consideration scholarships are also considered for additional add-on scholarships from the College of Engineering, Environmental Design, Leeds School of Business, and College of Media, Communication & Information (CMCI).

Colorado Residents

University of Colorado Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program
The CU Boulder Esteemed Scholars Program is part of CU Boulder's commitment to Colorado and recognizes top Colorado students for their excellent academic achievements. Named for CU Boulder's first presidents, the scholarships include the President Joseph A. Sewall Award, the President Horace M. Hale Award, and the President James H. Baker Award.

University of Colorado Boulder Impact Scholarship
The CU Boulder Impact Scholarship is awarded to a select group of Colorado resident students entering CU Boulder as first-time freshmen. This merit scholarship is based on a holistic review of each resident student's admissions application, considering many factors (examples include: high schools grade point average, extraordinary academic achievements relative to the community, etc.). No single element in a student’s application is a determining factor.

Arts & Humanities Merit Scholarship
The Arts & Humanities Merit Scholarship is awarded to incoming resident and nonresident freshmen who applied and were admitted with a declared A&H major (from the list of eligible majors).

Regent Scholarship
The Regent scholarship is available to entering freshmen who graduate from Colorado high schools. One $1,000 Regent scholarship is awarded each year per Colorado high school based on high academic achievement as measured by GPA, rank in class, and level of coursework.

Nonresident Students

CU Boulder Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship
The CU Boulder Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship is available to nonresident students who are in the top 25% of the admitted nonresident class at CU Boulder.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential scholarship is available to nonresident students who are in the top 1-3% of the admitted nonresident class at CU Boulder. Your admissions application must be submitted by January 15 to be considered for this scholarship.

Arts & Humanities Merit Scholarship
The Arts & Humanities Merit Scholarship is awarded to incoming resident and nonresident freshmen who applied and were admitted with a declared A&H major (from the list of eligible majors).