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Admissions: University of Colorado Denver


Pretty close, anyway


Out of state students from Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education states can attend CU Denver at a discounted rate - saving you over $6,000 every year*. That's almost like getting free money!

What's better - receiving this benefit is EASY! If you are eligible, you'll receive an invitation via email. Simply opt-in to the program on the agreement attached to your email, and as long as you maintain a 2.0 GPA in at least 12 credit hours each semester in any undergraduate program toward your first bachelor's degree, you're in. And fear not - submitting the WUE confirmation form does not commit you to enrolling at CU Denver.

Learn more about enrollment in Western Undergraduate Exchange at CU Denver by clicking through the frequently asked questions below, then APPLY FOR ADMISSION

For additional questions about WUE, contact the Admissions Office at 303-315-2601, or email


*Savings based on enrollment in 12 credit hours per semester, compared to the non-resident tuition rate.​


 Fequently Asked Questions


 What is the WUE Tuition rate?

WUE tuition is 150% of the Colorado resident rate without application of the Colorado Opportunity Fund.​​1

 What programs are eligible for WUE?

All undergraduate majors at CU Denver are eligible for the WUE tuition rate. You may choose from a wide range of programs in architecture & planning, arts & media, business, education, engineering, liberal arts and sciences, and public affairs. WUE is available only for on-campus programs; online students living in their home states are not eligible. Undergraduate degrees offered by CU Anschutz Medical Campus are not eligible.​​2

 If I am eligible for WUE, am I assured admission to CU Denver?

No. You must meet the admission standards of your intended program of study at CU Denver, which is a selective admission institution.​​10

 Can I apply for WUE if I completed a bachelor’s degree already?

No. Regardless of your educational objectives, WUE is only available to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States or from a comparable foreign institution.​​11

 How do I apply for WUE?

In order to confirm your WUE status, you must complete the form that you receive with your WUE notication.​​​12

 Can I recieve WUE and later become a Colorado resident for tuition purposes?

Maybe. There are limited circumstances under which a student receiving WUE may, at some later date, become eligible for in-state tuition.​​​​​​​​​​15

 What are the conditions for retaining WUE benefits?

To continue to receive WUE benefits, you must enroll as a full-time student each fall and spring semester, completing at least 12 credit semester hours. Enrollment in summer is optional, but to receive WUE you must enroll in at least 12 credit hours. You must remain in good academic standing, achieving at least a 2.0 GPA each semester. Duration of the WUE benefit is four years or completion of your bachelor’s degree.16

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