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Undergraduate Admissions: University of Colorado Denver

Admission Promise Agreement

CC to CU Denver Admission Promise : An Agreement Between Colorado Community College System Students and the University of Colorado Denver

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Beginning Fall Semester, 2011, students attending the following institution in the Colorado Community College System—Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Morgan Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, and Red Rocks Community College-- may complete an Admission Promise agreement to qualify for automatic admission with junior standing to the University of Colorado Denver.

This agreement covers majors in the following colleges/schools at the University:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, all majors;
  • Business School, all majors (Note 1);
  • College of Arts and Media, BA in Fine Arts with Art History emphasis;
  • School of Public Affairs, Criminal Justice major (Note 2);
  • School of Education and Human Development, in collaboration with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, teacher licensure (Note 3);


The Admission Promise agreement requires that community college students: 

  1. Begin studies at a Colorado Community College System campus  as a first-time freshman (having no transferable college credits earned after graduation from high school or completion of a GED) to work toward an AA or AS degree (Note 2).
  2. For students enrolling in community college in Spring 2012 and afterward, sign up for the Admission Promise as part of the application to community college. Students who started taking classes at the community college in the Fall of 2011 may sign up by visiting their Admissions and Records Office. (Students who have already completed coursework at a Colorado Community College will be able to transfer to the University under the terms of the statewide guaranteed transfer and existing articulation and transfer guides.)
  3. Select community college courses from the University transfer planning guide or applicable articulation agreement for the student’s intended major at the University.
  4. Meet at least once per academic term with their assigned University academic advisor.
  5. Grant permission for University personnel to view/receive their community college transcripts and other records.
  6. Submit a complete application for University admission, with the application fee waived, and apply for AA or AS graduation (Note 2) at the beginning of their final community college semester.
  7. Earn a cumulative community college GPA of 2.7 or higher (Note 1 and Note 3).
  8. Be awarded the AA or AS degree prior to matriculating at the University (Note 2 and  Note 4).



Note 1.  Applicants seeking admission to a degree program in the Business School must meet the admission requirement of a 3.0 GPA in all academic hours applying to the degree or a 3.0 GPA on the last 24 hours taken.  Students who achieve a 2.7 or better but  fall below the 3.0 GPA requirement, will be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as pre-business majors; if they subsequently meet the requirements, they will be admitted to the Business School.

Note 2.  Students who wish to major in Criminal Justice  at CU Denver can participate in the Admission Promise program while working toward an Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree or Associate of Arts (AA) degree.

Note 3.  Transfer students seeking teacher licensure at CU Denver must first be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) for the baccalaureate degree/major under conditions outlined in this Admission promise agreement, and subsequently be admitted to the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) teacher licensure program.  Admission to the SEHD licensure program is competitive and not guaranteed.  CLAS students seeking admission to SEHD must attain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, pass a state-mandated background check, verify basic skills, and obtain classroom experience.  An academic advisor from CLAS will assist Admission Promise students seeking admission to a CU Denver teacher licensure program.

Note 4.  As stated in Regent Law (article 7.C.), “The university reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to applicants whose total credentials reflect an inability to assume those obligations of performance and behavior deemed essential by the university and relevant to any of its lawful missions, processes, and functions as an educational institution.”

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