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 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 GoldShirt students. Leadership and personal development training are part of the unique GoldShirt engineering curriculum.
The GoldShirt Program Provides:
- Summer Bridge preparatory program
- Specialized first-year curriculum
- Renewable five-year scholarship
- Residential College in Andrews Hall
- Supportive, inclusive community
- Internships and service activities
Is GoldShirt Right for Me?
The GoldShirt Program provides support for attaining excellence in engineering for those students whose high school records do not yet represent their potential. For example, 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 limited to 32. GoldShirt students represent the diversity of Colorado. The first two GoldShirt classes included 30 first-generation, 36 underrepresented minority, 12 female, and 14 English language learner students.