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Academic Requirements


Academic Advising

We encourage all students to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering for classes. Academic advising is a critical part of your academic success. Academic advisors are here to help you achieve your academic goals every step of the way.

Each academic program has unique ways of handling student advising. Undergraduate students in Pre-majors need to see an academic advisor in the Academic Success and Advising Center.

Academic advising is conducted on a department by department basis for both Undergraduate and Graduate programs.  Please see the appropriate links below for Undergrad and Graduate Advising.


Undergraduate Advising:

Please visit: Undergraduate Advising Home


Graduate Advising: 

Graduate Advising is completed individual by each college/school and sometime academic program.  The link below will connect you on how to contact your department for academic advising. 

Please visit: Contact Graduate Advising Groups



How to Register for your courses

  1. Go to the Bursar's Office​​

    (Student Commons 5th Floor) to pay a registration advance payment of $200. If you have a third party sponsor, please take your letter of sponsorship to the Third-Party Sponsor Office. If you are a continuing student at CU Denver, you do not have to pay the deposit before registering.
  2. Log into: UCDAccess

  3. Once logged-in, go to student tab, under the “Student Center” li​nk and enroll in courses for the current semester.​ If you need more details on how to register or enroll in classes please visit this page​.

* Please note that there are specific dates for registration for each student based on their completed hours, check out the date of when to register for classes​.


Enrollment Requirements for F-1 & J-1 Students


Fall/Spring Semester Requirements

All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to​ be enrolled full-time at CU Denver during the Fall and Spring semesters.  All of these classes must be completed at CU​ Denver to maintain immigration status. For additional information on how to maintain status please see our page on Regulations & Procedures.​

Undergraduate students must be enrolled and must complete 12 credit hours in a semester. Of these 12 credit hours at least 9 credit hours must be in-class, hybrid or internship credit.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 5 credit hours in a semester. Of these 5 credit hours at least 3 credit hours must be in-class, hybrid or internship credit.


Undergraduate Enrollment Requirement:

12+ Credit Hours

Graduate ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT​:

5+ Credit Hours






Summer Semester Requirements for students in First/Last Semester

All F-1 and J-1 international students are not required to be enrolled in the summer semester unless it is their first or last semester. Student's in their last semester cannot take only online classes. All of these classes must be completed at CU​ Denver to maintain immigration status. Student's in their last semester may apply for a Reduced Course Load if less credits are required to graduate.

Undergraduate students must be enrolled and must complete 6 credit hours in the summer semester. Of these 6 credit hours at least 3 credit hours must be in-class, hybrid or internship credit.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in the summer semester.  All 3 credit hours must be in-class, hybrid or internship credit.

Undergraduate Enrollment Requirement:

6+ Credit Hours

Graduate ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT​:

3+ Credit Hours


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