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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation sessions are held each semester. Detailed information about orientation is mailed to new students.

Please visit the orientation website, for more information and specific dates.

New Student Advising

All new students are required to meet with an advisor before registering. Please contact the appropriate advising office to make an appointment. Find your advisor if you have a declared major.

Transfer students should make an advising appointment as soon as possible after being admitted. Your advisor will review your transfer credits, discuss CU Denver degree requirements and help you choose classes for your first semester. In addition, transfer students should contact orientation for next steps.

New Freshmen must meet with their advisor before registration. First-time first year students will meet with their advisor at orientation. but are also welcome to meet with someone in advance of that event. Please call 303.315.1940 to make an appointment with a CUE&A Success Advisor.

CU Denver places the utmost importance on high-quality education and student success. For those reasons, we have implemented the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning Assessment (ALEKS) for all students requiring a STEM math pathway course. The STEM math pathway consists of four possible course levels: College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. This assessment is designed to help you take the highest level math course for which you are prepared to succeed.

ALEKS is more than a placement assessment; it is a tool that supports your learning. It is designed to help you recall previously learned material and build your math skills. After you complete the assessment, a set of modules will be created for you based on your areas for mathematical growth. You can work through those modules and retake the assessment up to four more times, and the highest score you earn is the one that will count.

Depending on the math requirements for your degree, making use of ALEKS could save you a semester of math, and possibly valuable tuition dollars. It is a study tool designed to help you succeed in getting where you want to go most efficiently.

When you are ready, please access the ALEKS Placement Assessment.

For more information on the ALEKS, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document​.

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