Freshmen admission requirements
Our students are some of the best and brightest - motivated individuals who are driven to pursue their passion. Our middle 50% of admitted freshmen had between a 3.23 and 3.93 GPA and scored between a 1070 and 1260 on the SAT (21-27 ACT). CU Denver students are some of the most academically talented in the state. Learn more about what it will take to join their ranks as a CU Denver Freshman.
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.1
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 24 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to have it resent. 4
"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 Application Status page. 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.5
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. 6
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.7
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.8
To see what courses we have available, check out the Online Catalog.9
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.10
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.11
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.12