University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

Common Application


Early Action: Nov. 15, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 15, 2017

Essay Questions:

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

Personal Essay (required, 250–650 words): Choose one of the five essays from the Common Application.

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.

Writing Supplement (required, 250–650 words): In addition to the Common Application essay, you are required to submit a CU Boulder writing supplement.

As a vibrant community of learners dedicated to inclusive excellence, the students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Boulder seek to be open and respectful of contrasting beliefs and opinions. Every student has a unique life experience and a set of circumstances by which they are shaped and influenced. Your background may have been shaped by family history, cultural traditions, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, income, ideology, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Reflect on your unique background and tell us about a time when you had to relate to someone whose life experience was very different from your own. How did you approach the difference? If put in a similar situation again today, would you respond differently? If so, how?

Documents Required:
  • $70 Application Fee
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score report of TOEFL
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Final Report 
  • 1 Teacher Evaluation
Other Information:
Address: Office of Admissions, 
               University of Colorado at Boulder, 
               Regent Administrative Center, Room 125, 
               552 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0552 USA

Phone: 303-492-6301
FAX: x
Application Info:
SAT/TOEFL Code: 4841
ACT Code: