Getting Started Guide

Email Policy

The University’s method of communication to you is via your Colorado.EDU email account. It is essential that you activate your Colorado.EDU email account in order to receive up-to-date announcements about your class(es), tuition account statements, course changes, new offerings, changes in processes/procedures/policies, news/events, etc. After you have activated your Identikey, please visit the Gmail set up page for more information.

Buff OneCard

If you plan to attend classes on campus, we strongly recommend you purchase a Buff OneCard in order to access campus services like computer labs, printing services, and dining services. Cards may be purchased for $30 from the Buff OneCard Office located in the Center for Community building in room N180.

Accessing Online Courses

If you have a CU login name and Identikey password, you may access your course directly through the Canvas portal.

If you do not have an Identikey:

  1. IdentiKey Activation: Go to the CU Boulder Identity Manager and click on the “Activate your Identikey” button next to the red arrow on the left hand side of the page and follow the directions on the next pages.
  2. Access your course directly through the Canvas portal using your CU Login and Identikey password.

Please note: It can take up to 48 hours from the time you enroll in an online course before the course will be available to you in the learning management system.

If you have questions about online courses, please contact the Online Credit Office at or 303-492-5148.

Now that you’ve selected your favorite Continuing Education courses, email or print the information, including class number, to more easily search Buff Portal and enroll. Still have questions? Contact an advisor.


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1505 University Avenue
University of Colorado Boulder
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Boulder, Colorado