Available Credit Courses for Eligible Special Students (ACCESS)
ACCESS enables nondegree students to take Boulder main campus undergraduate or graduate courses for personal or professional development. Some students use the ACCESS program to work toward enrolling in a degree program in the future.
So come take that CU Boulder course you’ve been thinking about. Test out the University. Learn from some of the best faculty in the country. Whatever your goals may be, let us help you “access” the University of Colorado Boulder.
Spring 2021 Changes to ACCESS Courses
Please note the following changes to the ACCESS program as the result of campus efforts to keep students and community members safe during the pandemic:
- Spring ACCESS Enrollment is scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021. This is a departure from our traditional enrollment date and this early enrollment date will only be for Spring 2021.
- On Friday, January 15, classes will follow a Wednesday class meeting schedule (excludes law).
- Spring ACCESS courses, along with main campus courses, will follow a different spring schedule. Two wellness days (February 17 and March 25) will replace the traditional spring break week. Classes will not be held on wellness days, but the university will be open for business.
ACCESS — How It Works
ACCESS is offered by the University of Colorado Boulder’s academic departments in the fall and spring semesters only. Students enroll the Friday before classes begin each semester. Enrollment and student services are provided by Continuing Education. For nondegree students interested in taking classes in summer, please visit the Summer Session website.
Our capable staff can help you navigate the CU system and develop a plan to meet your academic goals. Academic and financial aid advisors are available to help you. We look forward to helping you accomplish your educational goals.
Schedule an appointment with an advisor.
ACCESS — Course Availability
View CU Boulder course offerings through the class search:
- Visit classes.colorado.edu.
- Search by Course Subject (department). A list of departments is available as a PDF.
A PDF schedule of classes is also available by semester through the Office of the Registrar’s webpage. Complete course descriptions are provided in the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog.
When you enroll keep in mind that there are different types of courses, wait lists, and restrictions.
The CU Boulder Class Search will identify whether a course is open or closed and if a wait list exists. If you find that a course is full, you may be able to put your name on a computerized wait list during your appointed enrollment window. Each department determines if a wait list will be offered for a course and what type of wait list will be used.
For detailed information regarding wait lists refer to the Office of the Registrar’s website.
Important: Placing your name on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in that course, even if you’re first on the wait list. Treat a wait-listed class as if you were enrolled — go to class and drop it if you are no longer interested in enrollment.
It is your responsibility to find out if you have been enrolled in a course from the wait list. If you do not attend a course you have been enrolled in, you will receive an F for that course.
ACCESS — Course Information
Academic departments determine which courses are available each term to nondegree students based on course prerequisites and course capacity. If a class is full and a nondegree student meets our course requisites, the student can add themselves to the waitlist. Registration begins for ACCESS students after most degree students have enrolled.
Note of the type of course: linked courses, restricted courses, and controlled enrollment and independent study.
Linked courses are lecture courses that have required recitations and/or labs. If you choose a course that has a required recitation or lab you cannot enroll in the lecture only. You will be prompted to choose a required recitation or lab. You will automatically be enrolled in the lecture if you choose an open section of a recitation or lab.
Some courses are restricted to students within a specific major or class standing. Nondegree students wishing to enroll must first request permission from the appropriate department to override the restriction (see ACCESS Academic Calendar for enrollment dates). Please keep in mind that overriding any type of restriction (prerequisites, major, etc.) is at the discretion of the professor and/or department. If the professor feels you do not meet the prerequisites for the course or if the course is full they can deny your request for an override.
You may be enrolled in a restricted class in one of the following ways:
1. The department will enroll you.
2. Once you have obtained instructor approval, you can complete the course request form and attach the instructor/department approval. If Enrollment Services receives your request prior to ACCESS enrollment opening, Enrollment Services may attach a class permission note in the comment section of your account confirming the permission is in place and that you may manually register yourself as soon as your enrollment window arrives.
Most upper-division and graduate-level courses have restrictions or prerequisites. If you have a question about whether a course has a restriction or prerequisite, please make an appointment with a Continuing Education academic advisor.
Please note that BCOR (business core) classes are restricted to majors only during the fall and spring semesters. Graduate classes require permission from the instructor to enroll.
Controlled Enrollment and Independent Study Courses
Controlled enrollment sections and independent study courses are ones that have specific restrictions placed by the department that offers the course. They have a section number between 700 and 999. To find out if you qualify for a controlled section or an independent study, contact the department that offers the course. If you are eligible, the department will either enroll you in the course or send permission for you to enroll to the Continuing Education registration office.