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Student Life


The following is a list of transfer initiatives, student support services, campus programs, scholarships, and offices on campus that help support students in achieving their academic and career goals.  A link to the associated website and/or contact information is provided in the description of each program where available.  Please feel free to contact us to add to the list.  For a comprehensive list of course offerings at UCD please see the Course Catalog, link provided below.




Community College Ambassador Program


During the 2011 summer, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Educational Opportunity Programs launched their College Ambassador Program (CAP) aimed at helping newly admitted community college transfer students transition to CU Denver. CAP trains and prepares upperclassmen with community college experience and knowledge to guide a cohort of 25 transfer students through their first year at CU Denver. Throughout the year CAP offers workshops to their cohort focused on academic skill development, identifying career options after graduation, securing financial resources for college, and developing a sense of belonging on campus.

Community College Partners

Website: CCP

College Partners program is for freshmen who apply for admission and are not admitted because they aren’t academically strong enough. They are encouraged to attend a community college and they are told what to do to be eligible to “transfer” back to UCD at a later term.


Denver Transfer Initiative


Website: CCD or UCD

The Denver Transfer Initiative provides Community College of Denver students with enhanced academic and personal guidance, advocacy, and support throughout their higher education experience, in order to maximize their ability to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Denver. It is currently a federally funded Title V collaborative grant that focuses on low-income and/or Latino students.  Students receive seamless services from the program while attending the Community College of Denver and University of Colorado Denver.  




Academic Success and Advising Center

Website: Advising Center

Helps new freshmen and transfer students (undeclared, pre-business, pre-engineer, and College of Arts and Media freshmen) through academic advising, schedule planning and referrals to other on-campus resources.  Academic Advising for declared majors is located in the Individuals schools and colleges.


Admission Office

Website: Admission Office

Admission Office handles all undergraduate applications; graduate applications are processed through individual schools.  The admission office along with processing applications and attending college fairs, also organizes tours and campus visits.


Career Center

Website: Career Center

Help students and alumni find a job or get assistance with everything job-related, from resume writing to interviewing skills.  Career center also helps students with career assessments and career counseling.  Works with outside employers to give them access to our students and alumni.  


Course Catalog 

Listing of all courses offered at the University of Colorado Denver.  One may also choose to register for courses from this site.


Engineering Scholars Program

Contact: School of Engineering and Applied Science

UCD- College of Engineering/Applied Science Freshman engineering students are provided with a one-year full tuition scholarship. They are required to meet with an advisor once a month to discuss various topics, including: class work, peers, extracurricular activities, etc. The hope is to recruit strong minority students and to expand their college experience. We expect that through scholarships and close mentoring, minority students will succeed and encourage more students of colors to join the College of Engineering.


Educational Opportunity Programs:

Websites: American Indian, Black Student , Asian Student, Hispanic Student Services

Academic advising, scholarship information, cultural programs, in-depth advocacy and counseling for students of ethnically diverse backgrounds. EOP programs include American Indian Students, Black Student Services, Asian American Student Services and Hispanic Student Services.


Experiential Learning Center

Website: ELC

The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) serves students, faculty, employers, and community partners as a resource for experiential learning opportunities. They offer information, resources and support in the development and coordination of academic internships and co-ops, service-learning courses, volunteer opportunities, and undergraduate research experiences.


First Year Seminar:

Website: FYS

Optional first-year coursework that 30% of students decide to participate in.  Campus wide retention effort to create small, intimate learning environment.  Ties to English composition classes along with service learning component.  First year seminars are taught by faculty across variety of disciplines and all classes include reading, writing and outside events as well as a final project. In addition 5% of the First-Year co-hort participates in  UC Denver initiated learning communities as an option within the first-year program.


Office of Disability Resources


Website: DRS

Disability Resources and Services Office (DRS) serves the needs of a large and diverse community of students with disabilities who attend the University of Colorado Denver. The DRS staff have a strong commitment to providing equal access and overseeing a full range of accommodations for students with disabilities. The DRS staff also work closely with faculty and staff in an advisory capacity; thereby, assisting in the development of reasonable accommodations that allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their abilities. Accommodations may include: assistance in identifying volunteer note takers, alternative testing (extra time, scribe, reader), textbooks in alternate format (Braille, enlarged, audiotape), priority registration, interpreters and referral to the access center.


Office of International Education

Website: OIE

The office of International Education (OIE) handles international admission and international scholar and student services.  They also manage all study abroad programs and our international college relationships.


Scholarship Resource Office

Website: Scholarship Resource Office

Resource for students to find scholarships both internally (general scholarships and by college or degree) and externally.


Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


The Purpose of SHPE is to help those not only succeed but strive in their respected majors. SHPE prepares its members for the interview process and prepares each member professionally. A goal of SHPE is that each member is ready to lead a team and have the leadership traits needed to compete in the world upon graduation. The UCD chapter works to create a community within
the chapter. The chapter promotes tutoring and assistance for the younger members in the degree programs by the older members. SHPE provides its members with internship opportunities and involvement programs. We also commend leadership among our pears by encouraging involvement with our community and campus events such as Upward Bound and our yearly high school conference. Do to our member contribution to events on campus SHPE is given first priority over many groups to provide assistance or present workshops. The chapter also strives to maintain the cultural background of each member not only in the chapter but across the campus with activities and events. Lastly, SHPE welcomes anyone into the chapter who has the desire to
succeed and excel in the community as well as in academics. This is why SHPE produces quality Hispanic Engineers and technical talent.


Smart Start Orientation

Website: Smart Start Orientation

80% of first-year students participate in the first-year orientation to help welcome students to UCD community, to provide academic advising and financial advising for students.  Orientation for each college varies. 


Student and Community Counseling Center

Website: Counseling Center

The Student and Community Counseling Center at The University of Colorado Denver provides - free and low-cost professional therapy to university students and community members willing to take the important step. Therapy takes place year-round, not just during the traditional school year.  The Counseling Center offers 12 free or sliding scale sessions for all students and their families attending Denver Public Schools.


Student Financial Services

Website: Costs and Financing

Student Financial Services is comprised of three units which serve students at both the Downtown Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus. The Assistant Vice Chancellor's office provides oversight over the Bursar and Financial Aid functions, and also participates in policy decisions that span student records and student financial services issues. The Bursar's Office is responsible for all activities related to student billing, tuition collections, institutionally managed loan programs, and coordination with state collections. The Financial Aid Office is responsible for financial aid, scholarships, and student employment.



TRiO Student Support Services

Website: TRiO SSS

 Federally funded grant program for first-generation low-income students and students with disabilities who have a need for academic support and are either citizens or permanent residents: advocacy, peer and professional mentoring, tutoring, advising, scholarship and financial aid application assistance.  Other services include: study skills development, career exploration, graduate school preparation, leadership development, and social and cultural events. TRiO-SSS serves 165 students per year.  Students must apply and accepted to the program to receive services.


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Website: UROP

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), established at the University of Colorado Denver in 1994, enhances undergraduate education by funding students engaged in research, scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial activities in collaboration with faculty at the downtown Denver campus of the University of Colorado Denver (UCD). Projects are either designed around the activities of a faculty member or designed independently by a student or team of students and endorsed by a faculty sponsor.  For more information and application information please visit the website link provided.


University Honors and Leadership Program

Website: UHLP


The University Honors and Leadership (UHL) program is the University of Colorado Denver’s university-wide undergraduate honors program, offering both a traditional academic honors curriculum and an honors program in leadership studies.

The UHL program offers exceptional, highly motivated students many of the benefits of a small liberal arts college along with the opportunities available at a major research university. Our small class sizes and the close relationships that can be formed with professors and fellow students provide a stimulating intellectual environment that nurtures excellence. The interdisciplinary UHL curriculum, taught by some of the University’s best faculty members, rewards intellectual curiosity, challenges you to expand your horizons, and promotes life-long learning. UHL also takes you beyond the classroom, through opportunities to engage in research projects side-by-side with UC Denver faculty, to study abroad with fellow UHL students, and to participate in leadership-development activities with like-minded students from other universities.


Writing Center

Website: Writing Center

Support to improve your writing, from class assignments and papers, scholarship applications, resumes and job application letters. The Writing Center is available to both Downtown Campus students and Anschutz Medical Campus students as well as faculty, staff and graduate students.




Copper Nickel Literary Magazine

Contact: Jake Adam York, Editor -

Website: Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel is a literary journal published by the students and faculty at the University of Colorado Denver. Unlike traditional campus literary journals, Copper Nickel publishes work by student authors and by professional authors. Selection is competitive, and more like a national literary journal's editorial process than a traditional campus literary magazine's.. Copper Nickel is recognized as a national literary journal, but unlike other national journals our staff is 96% undergraduate students.


Distinguished Lecture Series 

Wesbsite: Lecture Series                                                             
Our Distinguished Lecture Series hosts an array of speakers on Campus.  The goal of the lecture series is to expose UC Denver students to different thoughts and cultures through lectures and entertainment. The Student Activities staff, composed of students and administration, plan and  promote numerous    speakers, guest lectures, presentations and exciting debates. The Distinguished    Lecture Series is the cornerstone of our Student Activities programming.


Office of Student Life


Website: Office of Student Life

Supports the academic resources, out-of-class learning and recreational opportunities that are available throughout the year at UC Denver.


New Student Convocation

Contact:, Office of Student Life

Website: Convocation

The New Student Convocation is the official welcoming ceremony for freshmen and transfer students to the University community by the Provost, faculty, staff, and student government and features top University officials who       welcome you and discuss what lies ahead for you at our campus. This event is held before the beginning of classes in the Fall.


Spoken Word/Poetry Slam!    

Contact:,  Office of Student Life

Similar to the GIG series, students will be able to sign up to read/perform their work or the work of their favorite poet on the first and last Wednesday in the Tivoli Atrium from 11am-2pm.


Student Housing


Website: Student Housing                                            
Research has shown that living in student housing during the first year has numerous benefits for students both academically and socially.  Student Housing participants tend to have: Higher graduation rates than students who live off campus, a higher level of satisfaction with their college experience, a higher level of involvement in clubs and activities on campus,  more frequent interaction with faculty members and peers.  Campus Village  residents elect their own officers and representatives, giving residents a strong voice in the formation of policies. Each semester, the Community Council sponsors and coordinates various activities such as; social events, community service programs, intramural sports, and educational programs.


Student Organizations

Website: Student Organizations

At the University of Colorado, we recognize the importance of student organizations for building leadership, teamwork, and networking skills. Involvement in campus organizations is also an important part of UCD’s total educational program. Student Organizations offer social, service, and professional opportunities for their members within the university and community. Membership can broaden acquaintances, develop leadership abilities, build decision-making and problem-solving skills, and complement classroom instruction.


Student Organization Resource Center

Contact: Samantha.Ortiz@ucdenver, Office of Student Life

Website: SORC

The mission of the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) is to promote student engagement as an integral part of a University education, register student organizations, and provide services, information, education, support, and advising to assist with the development and strengthening of students and student groups. Working with university and community partners, including student group advisors, alumni, and national organizations, and through education on university resources, policies, and procedures, SORC provides leadership development, organizational management, and skill development opportunities in an effort to empower students, to support quality learning experiences outside of the classroom, and to encourage active, thoughtful, involved community citizens.


Women’s Leadership Conference

Contact:, Office of Student Life

Website: Women's Leadership Conference

The Women's Leadership Conference is a great way to get involved and network with the community. It is a session in which a keynote speaker is   invited to speak on the accomplishments and struggles and allows for participants to network and interact through a variety of breakout sessions on the topic at hand, empowerment and leadership

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