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Welcome to CU-Boulder!


We are honored that you have chosen the CU-Boulder IQ Biology certificate program to begin your graduate career and look forward to working with you. Read below for important dates and action items that will help you make a smooth transition to the program.


Here is how to stay connected:

  • We have an IQ Biology Facebook page that will have weekly posts about news and the labs affiliated with our program. You can find it here. Please “like” us and use the page to post your own questions and comments.
  • Make sure you have a CU-Boulder email account (using the link below). All relevant information will be sent to this account.
  • Visit the IQ Biology website for regular updates.
  • Check out the graduate school website for additional information on life as a graduate student at CU-Boulder.


If you are new to CU-Boulder, please complete these action items as soon as possible:

  • Pay your $200 intent to enroll deposit.
  • Activate your CU Login Name and IdentiKey Password using this link
  • Activate your CU-Boulder email using this link
  • Submit a photo for your Buff OneCard using this link. The Buff OneCard is your key to most services and events at CU. It also allows you to ride all local and regional RTD buses at no charge.
  • Submit immunization records to Wardenburg Heath Center using this link
  • Check out the CU-Boulder campus map



Registering for Classes:


  • If you are a new student, Amber McDonnell will complete your first registration for you. A list of IQ Biology courses will be sent to you before August 1st.
  • Become familiar with the MyCUInfo system and the registration process
  • Complete the Tuition Classification Information if you have not done this as a Colorado resident so that you qualify for in-state tuition.  You will need to complete this form in the spring at the end of your first year at CU-Boulder so you will be classified as in-state at the beginning of your second year in the program.






Before your classes begin, all students should complete these action items:

  • Get your Buff OneCard
  • Waive or sign up for health insurance using this link. The IQ Biology program will pay full insurance fees for incoming students in the first and second years. Your department will pay a portion of insurance fees after that.
  • Get your Colorado driver’s license and register to vote in Colorado, if you haven’t already
  • Download the current versions of Microsoft Office for free here - available once you are on CU payroll
  • Register your bike, if necessary, at the Bike Station east of the UMC. Bring $10 and your Buff OneCard



When you arrive:

Please try to maintain regular contact with Andrea and Amber prior to your arrival for additional details. They will need the following:

  • A photo of you for the web site
  • A current address, email and phone
  • A completed I-9 form
  • A completed W-4 form
  • A current passport OR drivers license AND social security card to set you up in the payroll system



You may wish to begin looking for housing before July 15. Below are some resources:

Off Campus Housing Office – UMC – Room 313

  • (303) 492-7053


    Graduate Housing

    • There are separate housing options for graduate students and family housing. This may be an easier way to find affordable housing closer to campus.

    Craigslist – Boulder

    • Many students use this as a resource but remember to do your research before you sign a lease.



    • If you have on-campus parking needs please see the web site for the most up-to-date information about parking on campus.
    • Public transportation is very easy to use in Boulder and free for CU-Boulder students. Use this mobile app to find the appropriate schedule, or visit the RTD website.
    • Bicycles are also a very dominant part of the Boulder lifestyle. Learn more about it here.


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    More Information about IQ Biology

    • Andrea Stith, Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Education, 303-735-7503
    • Amber McDonnell, Education Programs Manager, 303-735-7503
    • IQ Biology program,
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