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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 offer a variety of information sessions, specialty programming and on-campus tours throughout the year. Explore our videos to visit us virtually from anywhere in the world.

  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
  • $65 nonrefundable application fee
  • Personal essay and two short answer questions
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent
  • Official SAT/ACT score (optional)

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)