Getting Started as a New Visiting or Nondegree Student
We welcome visiting students interested in completing CU Boulder coursework through Continuing Education. If you have taken classes as a nondegree student in the past, visit the returning student section to learn how to reengage. If you are new to CU Boulder and Continuing Education, here are the steps to help you get started:
1. Complete the Continuing Education Application
- Select “Non-Degree Undergraduate” if you plan to enroll in undergraduate courses – 1000- to 4000-level
- Select “Non-Degree Graduate” if you plan to enroll in graduate courses – 5000- and 6000-level
There is no cost or obligation associated with the application process. An email containing an invitation to enroll will be sent to you upon approval of your application. This email contains your student ID and information on the enrollment process.
Students Under Age 22
Fall and Spring Semesters
For the fall and spring semesters, if you are under the age of 22 as of September 15 for fall or January 15 for spring, you must provide an unofficial copy of your high school transcript or GED and test scores (ACT/SAT) for your application to be processed. You must meet similar standards as first-year students admitted to CU Boulder.
Transcripts are not required for the nondegree application submitted for the summer semester. Students under 22 years old must provide high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores to continue in the fall/spring semester.
2. Select Your Courses
Begin planning your schedule by consulting CU Boulder’s online schedule of courses.
- Select “Boulder Main Campus” for daytime, on-campus classes (enrollment available through the ACCESS program)
- Select “Boulder Continuing Education” for Evening Credit and Online Credit classes.
Your invitation to enroll email will give you detailed information on registering for ACCESS, evening, and online courses.
Nondegree Prerequisite Approval
If the undergraduate course in which you wish to enroll has prerequisites you have been met through course work at another college, you must submit your unofficial transcript to a Continuing Education Academic Advisor for approval. Please include the student ID number included in your invitation to enroll and the course(s) for which you would like to register, including the section number.
There are some exceptions to this process, as some departments prefer to approve their own prerequisite courses. A Continuing Education Academic Advisor can provide more information if your course request needs further approval.
All graduate level classes are restricted. You must contact the instructor or the department to get permission to enroll. This can often be done via email. To find instructor email addresses, you may search the online directory.
After you received written permission from the instructor, please forward that communication along with your course enrollment request (including student ID, course number and section number) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Enrollment Services team will manually enroll you in the course(s) after prerequisites are approved, and you will receive a confirmation email once officially registered.