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Computer Science – University of Colorado Partnership

Admissions Process

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Computer Science Partnership Admissions Process

How To Apply

There are two ways to apply to the Western-University of Colorado Boulder Partnership Program:

  1. Visit our application page, create a username and password and begin your application. In step five, be sure to select “Western-CU Boulder Computer Science Partnership Program” or “Western-CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program.”
  2. Visit commonapp.org and search “Western Colorado University.” Add us to your college list and apply. When it prompts you to choose an intended academic program, select “Western-CU Boulder Computer Science Partnership Program,” or “Western-CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program.”

Transition to CU Boulder

In order to continue to the CU Boulder portion of the degree, students must meet additional academic admissions standards.

Computer Science Transition Mechanical Engineering Transition

The Rady Merit Scholarship can be awarded for a maximum of 6 semesters, while the student is considered a full-time Western student (enrolled in 12 credits or more) and Western is processing the student’s financial aid. The number of scholarships awarded is based on fund availability.


GPA Award amount per year (In-State) Award amount per year (Out-of-State)
3.50-3.749 $3,500 $9,000
3.75-3.999 $5,000 $10,500
4.0 $6,500 $12,000
  • Accepted to Western by January 31, 2023
  • Declared major in the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering partnership programs by March 31, 2023
  • Eligible for MATH 151-Calculus 1 (via ACT math score of 27 or above, SAT math score of 630 or above, ALEKS test score of 76 or above, or applicable AP/IB/Concurrent Enrollment credit) by July 1, 2023

Renewal Criteria

  • Remain in the partnership program
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Earn grades of “B-” or higher in a two-course, college-level sequence in calculus (MATH 151, MATH 251, MATH 252)
  • Earn grades of “B-” or higher in one college-level physical science course (PHYS 200, PHYS 201, CHEM 111+112, CHEM 121)


If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions team at admissions@western.edu or 970.943.2119.

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