Do you want to explore the University of Colorado Denver before applying for formal admission? Would you like to complete a course for professional development or transfer to another institution? If so, nondegree admission may be right for you.
Some courses and programs have additional admission requirements. We recommend you contact them for more information.
You can also download the Non-Degree Admissions Information Sheet for more information.
Even the students who are trying out classes at CU Denver do so with a purpose. Learn more about what it takes to join their ranks as a non-degree seeking student.
- You must be age 20 or older. If under 20, you can only apply for Summer semester.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework taken at, and be eligible to return to any college or university previously attended.
- You must either be a new applicant, or have completed a CU Denver degree. If you have a degree-seeking application pending, or if you were refused admission to a degree-seeking program you are not eligible for non-degree admission.
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs have varying policies on the number of credits that may be applied from non-degree status toward your degree requirement. Please contact your program for more information.
If admitted as a non-degree student, but you wish to change to degree-seeking status for the same semester, you must re-apply as a degree seeking student and complete the requisite application requirements.
If under the age of 22, an ACT or SAT test score and official high school transcript will be required for admission to a degree program, regardless of how many credits were completed at the non-degree level.
Many classes listed in the Academic Catalog are available to non-degree seeking students. You may also apply as a degree seeking student to take Denver Campus courses, but only do so if your intention is to pursue a CU Denver degree.
If you wish to enroll in courses identified as Continuing and Professional Education, do not apply for nondegree admission. See your program for application information
Anschutz Medical Campus
Most courses on the Anschutz Medical Campus are available only to fully admitted degree seeking students. Only courses in areas outlined below are available on a nondegree basis. For course enrollment, follow the instructions offered by your program below - Do not apply for Denver Campus nondegree admission.
College of Nursing
Through the Continuing Education and Professional Development Program, certain courses are available to qualified non-degree students.
The Graduate School administers several certificate programs on a non-degree basis.
School of Public Health
Through the School of Public Health, has a wide variety of non-degree courses and certificates.
Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, student loans, most scholarships or tuition assistance. Your tuition rate will be based on your admission classification, regardless of the level of course(s) for which you register:
- If you do not have a bachelor's degree you are classified as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student for billing purposes and assessed tuition at the upper-division rate. The Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is available if you are eligible.
- If you do have a bachelor's degree you are classified as a graduate non-degree seeking student for billing purposes and assessed the graduate tuition rate.
Please note: You are financially responsible for all courses you register for, even if you do not attend. See theBursar Calendar for important financial deadlines/dates.