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Frequently Asked Questions

Just the FAQs

 What are your admission requirements?

Freshmen admission requirements

You are considered a strong candidate for freshman admission into CU Denver if your index score is 93 or higher on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) Index Chart, if you will complete all Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) upon graduation and if you will have no more than two MAPS unit deficiencies. If you do not meet theserequirements you are still fully considered for admission. The average GPA and ACT/SAT test scores of our admitted freshmen are 3.4 and 23/1060. We'll also factor in volunteer work, leadership qualities, desire and motivation, as well as other intangibles that can be expressed in an essay, letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Some programs have higher freshman admission requirements though, so be sure to do your research.

Transfer admission requirements

If you are transferring, you should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 from a regionally accredited college (or colleges) to be considered for admission. The Business, Engineering and Architecture programs have higher transfer admission requirements. If you do not meet the program transfer admission requirements you could still be considered for admission to the "pre-" program.​


 What transcripts and test scores do I need to send?

For Freshman Students - We need to receive an official copy of your high school transcripts, which may or may not include your ACT/SAT score. If it does not, we will also need to receive your test score from the testing agency.

For Transfer Students - We need to receive official, sealed transcripts from any educational institution you have attended, except other CU System campuses. If you have completed less than 30 college credit hours, we’ll also need to receive your ACT/SAT score from the testing agency, as well as your official high school transcripts.


 How long will it take to process my application?

If we receive the required documents in a timely manner, it generally takes three weeks to process the application package. During high volume times of the year, though, it can take up to five weeks.

Not sure if your application is complete? Check Your Application Status.


 I signed up for a tour and did not get an email - what should I do?

You should receive your confirmation within 24 hours of registering for a campus visit. Sometimes these emails end up in SPAM folders. If you cannot find your confirmation, please call us at 303-315-2601 or email us at​ to have it resent.  


 What does "initiated" or "missing credentials" mean on my Prospective Student Portal checklist?

"Initiated" or "missing credentials" does not necessarily mean we haven't received that particular piece. We recommend you give your submittals at least three weeks to show up on your Prospective Student Portal account. If your items still show up as "initiated" or "missing" and you submitted them more than sixty days ago, email the Office of Admissions or call at 303-315-2601 to see if we can locate them for you. If you have a different last name on any transcript or item, please notify us so we can consolidate your items under your current last name.

Not sure if your application is complete? Check Your Application Status.​​


 How much does it cost to go to CU Denver?

Like all schools, our cost of attendance varies based on several things - the number of credit hours you're taking, your residency classification and your student level to name a few. You can find 2016-2017 figures and more infomation here:


 How do I become a Colorado resident for in-state tuition?

To establish Colorado residency for tuition purposes, you (or your parents, if you are an unemancipated minor) must have maintained a domicile in Colorado for at least one year prior to the term you are claiming in-state classification. For most applicants, permanent residence and the intent to make Colorado one's permanent home must be in evidence before the one-year waiting period can begin.​​


 How many of my credits will transfer?

We will consider general education courses where you earned at least a C- from any regionally accredited institution. The Office of the Registrar will conduct a transfer credit evaluation a week after admission and with receipt of official, sealed transcripts. Once a transfer credit evaluation is conducted, your Academic Advisor will decide how these credits apply toward your degree.

Transferring from a Colorado institution? We have several transfer planning resources online, including at-a-glance course equivalencies, degree program requirements and transfer planning guides.​​


 What courses are you offering next term?

To see what courses we have available, check out the Online Catalog.​


 I have been accepted - now what?

Your next steps will depend largely upon whether you are a Freshman Admit or a Transfer Admit, but any admit will need to contact your academic department and set an appointment to meet with an academic advisor.​​​


 How do I change which term I will begin classes?

If you have applied and/or been accepted but will not attend for at least one term, you must contact the admissions office at the information below and defer your application to the term you plan to begin classes.​​


 I have taken some time off, do I need to reapply?

If you have been accepted or have stopped attending CU Denver for more than three terms, summer included, you will have to re-apply as a transfer student.​​



Still have questions? Feel free to call us at 303-315-2601 or email us at Our mailing address is:

CU Denver Office of Admissions
Campus Box 167
PO Box 173364
Denver, Colorado 80217-3364

We strive to respond all inquiries within two business days.​

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