This page provides you, the incoming PhD student in the Department of
Computer Science, a chronological step-by-step process that will guide you
from the day of accepting admission to your first months at the University of
Colorado Boulder. Hopefully, it will make the transition to Boulder even
This page is made by graduate students for graduate students. Omissions of
needed information is possible, so read carefully through all official
mailings and information to find the current facts.
Good decision! . . . Relax for a little bit!
During this time, the main focuses on getting to Boulder are housing, handling
incoming University of Colorado mail, and registering for classes.
Get a Colorado driver's license.
Get the license before school starts, as it is a requirement for
getting residency for the next school year. While getting your license,
make sure you register to vote as well. They should ask you about it when
you get your license. You need two forms of ID to get a license (e.g.,
passport, old license, etc.). Save your receipt as it will make the
residency application much easier.
Driver's License Locations
for licensing locations, phone numbers, and hours.
Register your car.
Another aspect of the Colorado state residency application is that you
register your car, if you have one, before school starts. To
register your car, you will need to get an emissions test.
Again, save your receipts for the residency application process. See the
Boulder County Department of Motor Vehicles
for more on registering a vehicle.
Get your Buff OneCard.
Your Buff OneCard is simply your student ID card. This card allows you to
use public transportation and the recreation center, among other things.
There can be a long line to get the card, so give yourself enough time.
for more information on getting and using your Buff OneCard.
Get computer and lab access.
You will need to buy a key card allowing you access to your desk and
other Computer Science facilities. You will also need a computer account
to login to computing facilities on campus. Computing support in the
department is currently undergoing some change, so contact
Jacqueline (Jackie) DeBoard about card access and computer accounts for now.
The CU Book Store should
always have the books you need. The
housed within the book store, offers software, hardware, accessories and
electronic goods, many at educational prices for students, faculty and
staff. Online shopping usually saves some money and is worth looking into.
The week before school starts will be filled with orientations for both the
Department and the University of Colorado in general. No one has too much
trouble getting all the above bullets done, but manage your time well
during orientation and make sure you get your driver's license and car
registered if you plan on applying for residency.
Go to BACTAC.
If you want to meet your fellow students and get to know them,
(Beverage And Chips Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium)
is a great opportunity for that. It's definitely optional, but a fun time.
Visit Recreation Center.
Again optional, but you can't work/study all the time!
The Rec Center
has great facilities and if you pay full student fees
(most likely you do!), membership is included in your tuition.