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GoldShirt Program

The GoldShirt Program supports motivated and talented students who need additional math, science, or humanities preparation before diving into the full undergraduate engineering curriculum. For this five-year curriculum, students are directly admitted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science. First-year course work focuses on enhancing student preparation for success in their chosen engineering major. The Engineering GoldShirt Program, hosted through CU’s BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity) Center, was created to address the college’s inclusive excellence goals. The BOLD team provides mentoring, academic, and social support for all Engingeering GoldShirt students. Leadership and personal development training are part of the unique Engineering GoldShirt engineering curriculum.

Is GoldShirt Right for Me?

The Engineering GoldShirt Program provides support for attaining excellence in engineering for those students whose high school records do not yet represent their potential. For example, Engineering GoldShirt students may have high GPAs but lower ACT scores, or did not take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The program addresses the needs of students looking for a small community within the larger college. Enrollment in the program is competitive and determined by an on-site interview with the GoldShirt team. Engineering GoldShirt students represent the rich diversity of Colorado. Previous cohorts have included students who are first in their families to attend college, minority students who are underrepresented in engineering, and English-language learners. To find out more, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Benefits of the Engineering GoldShirt Program

You will be able to attend a two-week, on campus Summer Bridge preparatory program.

Engineering GoldShirt students begin their CU-Engineering career with a two-week residential Summer Bridge Program to prepare for fall classes and begin the crucial community-building process. Students live and dine in a residence hall, participate in team-building activities and attend math, humanities, and engineering projects courses. Summer Bridge culminates with a design project expo. Students also become familiar with the CU-Boulder campus and visit key offices and locations on campus. Veteran Engineering GoldShirt students help as teaching assistants and student life & residence advisors during the Summer Bridge Program. Students also complete a service project during their time in Summer Bridge.

GoldShirt students have a custom first-year curriculum that provides approximately 15 credit hours toward an engineering degree and all of the necessary skills to begin their engineering, major-specific curriculum.

Click here to check out the specialized first-year curriculum.

Academic Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the specialized first-year curriculum is required. Please click the link above to view the first-year courses.
  • Residential College in Andrews Hall. GoldShirt students reside for 2 years in the Andrews Hall Community, a newly renovated residence hall that also houses CU’s Engineering Honors Program students. Andrews Hall has two classroom, a computer lab, a kitchen, several study areas, and open lounge areas. Students participate in the Residential Academic Program (RAP) which offers courses in smaller sections, research symposiums, free tutoring as well as mentorship. Other activities include the Welcome Barbecue, fall and spring cultural events, Friday night hoops, open mic nights, art night, and many others determined by the students who are part of the Andrews Hall RAP.
  • Supportive & Inclusive Community. Engineering GoldShirt students live and learn together, enjoying the culture of a small community within the larger engineering college. Engineering GoldShirt is a great program for students who are looking for a supportive community of like-minded students with whom they can study and socialize.
  • Internships & Research Assignments. Many of the Engineering GoldShirt students work in industry and as researchers in various campus engineering labs on campus during the summer, as well as the academic year. Students share their experiences with other GoldShirt students as part of mentoring and networking.