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What freshmen need to know about housing and costs

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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 drop in Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Call us at 303.315.2601 or email to set an appointment.

Freshman Housing

The University of Colorado Denver is proud to offer students the opportunity to live in CU Denver Housing & Dining, the only on-campus housing option on the Auraria Campus.  With 800 beds, the apartment style residence hall is sure to fill up each year.  Learn more about floor plan options, meal plans, community amenities, and how to sign lease at Campus Village.

The University of Colorado Denver does not have a live-on policy for freshman; however, incoming freshmen not planning to live with their parents or guardians during the school year are highly recommended to live in CU Denver Housing & Dining. 

Tuition and Fees

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, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may be eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate through the WUE program. WUE applies only to programs offered entirely by the Denver Campus. Applicants who are legal residents of any of the eligible states or commonwealths and check the box on their application indicating they would like to receive the WUE tuition rate will automatically be granted the WUE tuition rate for CU Denver.​

CU Denver

1201 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado

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CU Anschutz
Medical Campus

13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, Colorado

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CU South Denver

10035 S. Peoria Street
Lone Tree, Colorado

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