A University of Colorado Denver Academic Athlete is an undergraduate student who attends CU Denver and is currently enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, and who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the past two semesters (excluding the summer semester) while carrying 12 or more credit hours each semester.
118 students were honored in November 2015 at a recognition ceremony. Since the inception of this program in 1994, 1,339 students have received this designation. The awardees are presented with a fleece vest embroidered with a special academic athlete logo. If academic excellence is sustained for multiple years, a "star" is given to pin on the vest.
These awards are presented by the Alumni Association at a recognition ceremony held in the fall each year.