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Undergraduate Admissions: University of Colorado Denver

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What freshmen need to know about admission, housing and costs

You're a freshman if . . .

Anyone applying for admission to a college or university for the first time after graduating from high school (or earning a GED) is a freshman for admission purposes. Students who completed college courses while still in high school may have credits considered in transfer, but they still apply as freshmen students.

If you have questions, our Admissions Counselors are available by appointment or walk in Monday-Friday, 10-3. Call us at 303.315.2601 or email to set an appointment.

​Freshman Admissions

Freshman admission consideration for both in-state and out-of-state students is based primarily upon:

  • Quality and number of high school courses (units) attempted (a rigorous academic program of study is preferred)
  • The admission index, which is a numeric score calculated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education based on GPA or rank in class and ACT or SAT test scores.
    • High school grade point average: the highest reported GPA is used for admission consideration from among unweighted, weighted or academic GPA as reported on the official transcript
    • Rank in class: will be used if available
    • ACT or SAT test scores: the highest test seating is used if more than one set of exam scores are provided, and the writing portion of either test is not considered in the admission review process
    • Optional personal essay and letters of recommendation. Though not required, a personal statement or essay and/or letters of recommendation may be considered in the admissions review process. The essay or personal statement is especially important if you have unique qualities, talents or leadership abilities that you would like to bring to our attention, or if you wish to let us know about challenges you have faced that have affected your academic performance. We do not specify an essay prompt or specific topic.

    Learn more about CU Denver admission requirements

Housing requirement

Unless living at home with parents, freshmen under age 20 must live at Campus Village, which is an apartment style housing complex adjacent to campus. For additional information about floor plans, meal plans, leases and other exemption criteria, see the housing Web site

Tuition and fees at CU Denver are very competitive with other institutions. For the most up to date information, including cost of attendance and a net price calculator, visit the costs and financing page.

It's also important to know about Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes


College Opportunity Fund (COF)
An act of the Colorado State Legislature in May 2004 established a new way for the State to provide state tax dollar support for higher education at the undergraduate level. The state is no longer appropriating monies to institutions for undergraduate education, but is providing direct funding to undergraduate students through COF.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Freshmen and transfer students who are legal residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Washington may be eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate through the WUE program. WUE applies only to programs offered entirely by the Denver Campus.

WUE program information including how to apply (pdf)

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