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Freshman Admissions at CU Denver

Undergraduate Admissions: University of Colorado Denver

Getting In

What you need to know about how and when to apply

Apply early

At CU Denver, freshmen can apply up to one year before their intended term of enrollment. In order to secure housing, meet important financial aid and scholarship deadlines, and have the best course availability, we encourage our freshmen to apply early. Most freshmen apply during fall of their senior year of high school.

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we can usually notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks. Applications reviewed through an admissions committee process or those where additional information is requested may take more time.

​Apply online

  1. Complete the online application. Be sure to include all requested information and complete all steps in the application process.
  2. Application Fees: You can pay the non-refundable $50.00 application fee with a credit card, E-check, money order, or check from a U.S. based financial institution. Make your check payable to University of Colorado Denver. Write your name and date of birth on the front of the check and mail it to the office of Admissions at the address listed below. Freshman applicants with a demonstrated financial hardship may submit their application selecting the option for a fee waiver. Fee waivers are only considered for applicants who submit an official fee waiver request form from your high school guidance office.
  3. Request that an official copy of your high school transcript be mailed from your high school directly to the CU Denver Office of Admissions. A hand-delivered transcript may be considered official only if delivered to the admissions office in the original sealed envelope. Faxed transcripts are unofficial. Electronically delivered transcripts are only accepted from participating institutions through Docufide and are considered official when received. A final official high school transcript showing your date of graduation also will be required.
  4. If you did not graduate from high school, request that official GED test scores be sent directly from the certifying agency to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Request that American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores be sent directly to the CU Denver office of admissions (ACT school code – 0533, SAT school code 4875).
    NOTE: If test scores are posted on your high school transcript, a separate score report DOES NOT need to be requested from the testing agency.


Address to which all credentials should be sent:

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

Questions? 303-315-2601 or

Priority application dates

For priority admission consideration (except Music applicants), all credentials should be received by:

  • July 22 - for fall semester
  • December 1 - for spring semester
  • May 1 – for summer semester


Note: While enrollment in certain courses is never guaranteed, early application for admission is strongly advised in order have better course availability at the time of registration as well as to meet financial aid and scholarship deadlines.

Checking your status

You can check your application status by visiting the Prospective Student Portal using the same username and password sent to you via email (these emails can take a few business days, and may arrive in your Junk folder). If you submitted a paper application, go to the Prospective Student Portal and click "Need Help" to create your account.

Please Note: It can take up to ten working days to post transcripts, fees and other credentials so check back frequently to see if your application is complete.

Checking your status

You can check your application status by visiting the MYUCDenver portal using the same username and password you used to apply for admission online. If you submitted a paper application, go to MYUCDenver and click Need Help to create your account. It takes up to ten working days to post transcripts, fees and other credentials so check back frequently to see if your application is complete.

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