Apply to CU Boulder

Apply to CU

Apply to CU Boulder

Interested in becoming a Buff? We have four steps to help you get started.

  1. Connect with your admissions counselor
    Our counselors are friendly and supportive! They help students apply to CU Boulder by providing academic advice, application information and campus life tips.
  2. Find us on social
    By joining us on social media, you’ll be the first to hear important announcements and get a chance to connect with @FutureBuffs.
  3. Explore our campus
    We have a pretty amazing location, and we’d love for you to visit campus. Our Explore CU Boulder program, designed for students who have not yet applied, provides you with a chance to explore life as a CU Boulder student within a single day. Offered in the fall and spring. Learn more and register at
  4. Apply to CU Boulder
    We’re here to help you as you apply to CU Boulder. Connect with us to learn about deadlines, essay questions and the qualifications necessary to apply to CU Boulder.
First-Year Student Admissions Checklist
  • Complete the Common Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Personal essay and
    CU Boulder writing supplement
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent
  • Official SAT/ACT score

All of the above materials and fees must be submitted by Nov. 15 or Jan. 15 to be considered for admission.

First-Year Student Application Deadlines

Application deadlines

Office of Admissions
125 Regent Administrative Center
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday (fall through spring)
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday (summer)