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University Honors and Leadership Program

Admissions Process

In response to COVID-19 we are extending the application deadline. We will continue to accept applications until the cohort is filled. We will keep this page updated with any changes.

Admission to the University Honors and Leadership (UHL) program is competitive. In addition to meeting published requirements for admission to CU Denver, competitive applicants will have a high school GPA, class ranking, and SAT/ACT scores commensurate with an honors educational experience. For example, we expect that applicants will rank in the top ten percent of their high school class and/or have scored in the 90th percentile or above on the SAT/ACT.

Applicants for admission to the UHL program should show evidence of ability and desire to:

  • Take responsibility for their own learning, for self-discovery, and for personal and intellectual growth
  • Learn about and understand diverse and competing perspectives, viewpoints, and values
  • Profit from varied modes of learning
  • Become responsible and contributing members of the UHL program, the University, and of society


How to Apply

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the UHL program must first be admitted as full-time undergraduate students to CU Denver.  In order to apply for the UHL program, please submit the following application materials:

  • A completed UHL application form
  •  A written essay (see essay instructions on the application form)
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly to the UHL program)
  • Transcripts which must include your most recent semester grades as well as enrollment information for the last semester of your senior year (this will be verified through admissions)
  •  An unofficial ACT/SAT score report (this will be verified through admissions)

Students who are selected as finalists for admission will be interviewed by the UHL Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. While personal interviews are preferrable, phone interviews will be conducted for those unable to travel to Denver.


UHL Application Deadline  

In response to COVID-19 we are extending the application deadline. We will continue to accept applications until the cohort is filled. We will keep this page updated with any changes.
  • Priority admission:    February 1
  • Regular admission:  March 15


Transfer Student Admissions

Due to the cohort-based nature of the UHL program, transfer applications can generally only be considered for students who have completed less than 30 credit hours of university-level coursework. In addition, potential admission is contingent on the availability of slots in the current UHL cohort.

Please note that students who are admitted into the UHL program after the first semester of their freshmen year will be required to complete the first-year UHL core courses during their first two semesters in the program.

Prospective transfer students must follow the standard UHL application procedures and should include copies of transcripts for all college-level work completed to date with their application materials. Applicants for transfer admission into the UHL program will be evaluated by the UHL Admissions Committee on the same basis as traditional UHL candidates. 

No UHL credit can be granted for honors courses completed through other university honors programs. 

University Honors and Leadership Program

Phone: 303-315-7838 • Fax: 303-315-7836

Street Address: 1047 Ninth Street Park • Mailing Address: Campus Box 199, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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