The Student Handbook is designed to orient you to CU Boulder as you begin your summer experience. It contains information about on-campus student resources and policies, as well as university portals and access requirements. Read this information carefully to help you transition into the community.
Remember there are many people available at CU Boulder to answer your questions and help you find the academic and personal path that is right for you. If you do not find the information you need in this section, we encourage you to contact SummerInfo@Colorado.edu.
The Buff OneCard is your official student ID. It is official verification that you are eligible for student privileges. Regularly enrolled students receive their first Buff OneCard for free. Registered nondegree students may purchase a Buff OneCard for $30.
Buff Portal is the University of Colorado Boulder’s secure student portal. It allows students to register online for classes, view their schedules, pay tuition bills and much more. See the sections below for specific information on updating your emergency and general contact information through Buff Portal.
Each semester, students are required to verify their emergency contact information as part of the registration process. See the Office of the Registrar website for more information. Keep your emergency notification information up to date through Buff Portal.
Email is an official means of communication between students and CU Boulder administrators and faculty. Students are expected to check the messages sent to their university-issued Gmail account on a regular basis. Once summer classes begin, all mailings related to summer (except for bills) will be sent to your CU Boulder Gmail account.
In addition, all students are required to follow University of Colorado policies including the Colorado Creed and the Copyright and Fair Use policy. A complete list can be found on the CU Boulder Catalog website.
An IdentiKey is automatically assigned to all incoming degree and nondegree students. It consists of your CU Boulder login name and IdentiKey password, and provides you with access to the university’s online services. It must be activated through CU Boulder’s Identity Manager before use.
If you wish to access your personal information over the phone or in person without your photo ID, you are required to provide a security passphrase to confirm your identity.
Security phrases should not be shared. See the Confidentiality of Student Records section above for more information.
The CU Boulder Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) is a one-stop shop for all programs, policies, pay, information and support for prospective and current student veterans and veteran dependents. VMA understands that veterans and military members living, working, and receiving their education at CU Boulder are a valued and vital component of our campus community. We recognize and honor their sacrifices and value their life experiences as they broaden the diversity of our staff, faculty and student body. We also recognize their special circumstances and the need for our campus to assist them in making the successful transition into our campus environment. VMA supplements the recruitment and retention of veterans to the Boulder campus. We provide a key point of contact for counseling and program information for the veteran/military community at CU Boulder, while developing and maintaining productive relations with off-campus organizations and programs serving veterans.
The office is located on the third floor of the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE Building).
Eligible undergraduates have the option to maintain certain university benefits while on leave, such as Recreation Center access and health insurance through Wardenburg Health Services, for an additional fee. See the Office of the Registrar website for eligibility information.