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Admission Requirements

For freshman students


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.

General Admission

Applies to programs in the College of Arts & Media (except music, see below), the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs.

You are a strong candidate for general admission if:

  • Your GPA and test scores fall into or above our middle 50%
  • You have completed all HEAR requirements
  • AND have no more than two MAPS unit deficiencies

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Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR)

The state of Colorado Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) apply to students graduating from high school in 2008 or later. The HEAR requirements are specific courses or units that applicants for admission should have completed by high school graduation. College courses taken while in high school may be considered toward fulfilling these requirements.

For students who graduated in 2008 or 2009, high school course or unit requirements include:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I or higher)
  • Three years of social studies (including one year of U.S. or world history)
  • Three years of natural science (two of which are lab-based)
  • Two years of academic elective

For students who graduated in 2010 and later, high school course or unit requirements include:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics (three of which must be algebra I or higher)
  • Three years of social studies (including one year of U.S. or world history)
  • Three years of natural science (two of which are lab-based)
  • One year of a single foreign language
  • Two years of academic elective


​Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)

The University of Colorado Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) apply to students who graduated from high school in 1988 or later. Though completion of most MAPS requirements is expected by high school graduation, units not completed may be made up by taking specific CU Denver courses.

The MAPS requirements include:

  • Four years of English (at least two years of composition)
  • Three years of mathematics (four years for business and engineering students)
  • Three years of natural science
  • Two years of social science
  • Two years of foreign language (same language)
  • One year of academic elective​

 Music Admission

The Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department offers both non-audition and audition track programs. Applicants to a non-audition track program (offered in Music Business and Recording Arts) just need to be admitted to CU Denver to start in one of these programs. Applicants to an audition track programs (offered in Performance, Singer-Songwriter, Music Business, and Recording Arts) must complete additional music specific application requirements in addition to being admitted to CU Denver. These include taking our online Music Theory & Ear Training Exam and auditioning. Audition track applicants can only start in the fall semester and there is an April 1st deadline to complete the MEIS application requirements. Applicants can find complete information about the MEIS admission requirements and deadlines on the MEIS admission website

Please email us at caminfo@ucdenver.edu or call us at 303-315-7487 if you have any questions. 

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 Film & Television Admissions

Admission to the Film & Television Department is competitive. Beginning with Fall 2019 applicants, the department requires a secondary film specific application. Applicants must complete this secondary application in addition to being admitted to CU Denver. A link to the secondary application and information about application deadlines can be found on the College of Arts & Media Admissions website.

Please email us at caminfo@ucdenver.edu or call us at 303-315-7487 if you have any questions.

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 Architecture or Business Admission

 

You are a strong candidate for architecture or business admission if:

  • Your index is 103 or higher

  • You have completed all HEAR requirements

  • AND have no more than two MAPS unit deficiencies

 

If not qualifying for architecture admission, you will be considered for “undeclared” admission if you are a strong candidate for general admission as indicated above. If not qualifying for business admission, you will be considered for "pre-business" admission if you are a strong candidate for general admission as indicated above.

All applicants are given full admission consideration. Students who are not strong candidates for admission as defined above are considered on an individual basis, and many are offered admission.

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 Engineering Admission

Engineering applicants will receive priority consideration if they have fulfilled all HEAR and MAPS requirements if applicable, have earned at least a 3.0 high school GPA and achieved a composite score of at least 24 on the ACT (25 or higher in mathematics) or a combined score of at least 1150 on the SAT (excluding essay with 590 or higher in mathematics). Applicants not meeting requirements for direct admission to engineering programs will be automatically considered for admission as pre-engineering majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students who are admitted to pre-engineering must apply to transfer to the College of Engineering and Applied Science within 3 semesters.

Please Note: There is no direct admission to Bioengineering; applicants apply and are considered for admission to the pre-Bioengineering program.​​​​​​

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 Nursing Admission

Students are able to apply and be admitted to the University of Colorado Denver as an Undeclared major on the Pre-Nursing track within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The University of Colorado Denver downtown campus does not have a nursing program. The College of Nursing on the Anschutz Medical Campus has a number of paths for students to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Please refer to the College of Nursing​ website ​for admission information.​​​​

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Nontraditional admission requirements

Home school students

Home school students may be considered for admission using the same criteria as those applied to traditional freshman applicants. A detailed home school transcript indicating courses of study and grades earned must be provided at the time of application and after graduation, with date of graduation indicated. ACT or SAT scores are also required.

GED students

Students with a general equivalency diploma (GED) may be considered for admission. An average score of at least 550 is expected, but all students applying for admission are fully considered. GED students are subject to HEAR and MAPS requirements. Though GED students must submit official GED score reports and official high school transcripts, the high school GPA is not considered in the admission review process. ACT or SAT scores are also required.

Nontraditional high school students

Students attending nontraditional high school programs where letter grades are not awarded may be considered for admission. Official high school transcripts along with portfolio summaries or other assessment documents must be provided at the time of application and after graduation, with date of graduation indicated. For ungraded students, the state of Colorado has determined that a 3.3 GPA will be used for index calculation purposes. ACT or SAT scores are also required.

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