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We're thrilled that your student is interested in applying to the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Anyone applying for admission to a college or university for the first time after graduating from high school (or earning a GED) is a freshman for admission purposes. Students who completed college courses while still in high school may have credits considered in transfer, but they still apply as freshmen students.

Freshman admissions

Freshman admission consideration for both in-state and out-of-state students is based primarily upon:

  • Quality and number of high school courses (units) attempted (a rigorous academic program of study is preferred)
  • The admission index, which is a numeric score calculated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education based on GPA or rank in class and ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Optional personal essay and letters of recommendation. Though not required, a personal statement or essay and/or letters of recommendation may be considered in the admissions review process

General Admission

You are a strong candidate for general admission if:

  • Your index is 93 or higher
  • You have completed all HEAR requirements
  • AND have no more than two MAPS unit deficiencies

Learn more about UC Denver admission requirements