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New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University

Many paths have led to the current University of Colorado Denver. Since 1973, we have been preparing students for a lifetime of achievement.

Graduate Students

UC Denver is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.” Chancellor Wartgow

Transfer Students

UC Denver is a leader in higher education for the state, providing the broadest range of educational opportunities by providing a balance of traditional and experiential learning.

Freshmen Orientation

UC Denver values learning, scholarship, discovery, innovation, health and care of mind, body and community, diversity, respect, citizenship and leadership.

International Students

You are joining students from 86 countries at UC Denver, “a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.”

New Student Orientation 

Welcome to CU Denver!

You made an excellent choice in deciding to attend the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). We look forward to welcoming you into our dynamic and inclusive academic community.

New Student Orientation is designed to help you make the best possible transition to the University. Specific orientation programs are available throughout the academic year. 

Freshman Requirement
Participating in New Student Orientation is your next step to officially becoming a CU Denver Student! All first-time freshmen are required to complete orientation. Freshmen who are admitted for the fall 2014 semester must complete a summer orientation. Freshmen orientation is a full day, so please plan accordingly. Freshmen can sign up for a summer orientation session by visiting the UCDAccess student portal, beginning March 18, 2014For more information, please visit our freshmen tab.

Fall 2014 Freshman Orientation dates:
o    April 25 (CLOSED)
o    May 9  and 30​ (CLOSED)​
o    June 6 (CLOSED), 13 (CLOSED) , 20 (CLOSED) and 27
o    July 11 and 18 

All Freshman Orientations will take place in North Classroom

Students & Parents
9:00-9:45am      Check-in
9:45-9:50am      Welcome Session
9:50-10:10am    What Box?
10:10-10:20am  First-Year Seminar
10:20-10:35am  Student Portal 101
10:35-10:55am  Paying Your Bill and Financial Aid
10:55-11:05am  Break

Students Only
11:05-11:20am  New Place. Stay Safe.
11:20-11:50am  Lunch and Interraction with Peer Mentors
12:00-3:00pm    Meet with Advisor/Register for Classes
1:45-3:00pm      Official After Party!

Parents/Families Only
11:05-11:20am   Walk to CU Dravo Building
11:20-11:30am   Welcome Session
11:30-11:50am   "I'm Glad We Chose CU Denver" 
11:50-12:05pm    Lunch (Provided by CU Denver)
12:05-12:15pm    Family Roundtable: Introduction
12:15-1:40pm      Family Roundtable: Q & A
1:40-2:00pm        Family Roundtable: Wrap-up Panel
2:00pm-2:15pm   Return to North Classroom

1:45-3:00pm        Official After Party!

Students​ must contact their academic advisor to register for fall 2014 classes. See the list of academic advising units below:

Academic Success and Advising Center: 303-352-3520 
CLAS undeclared/undecided, pre-architecture, pre-business, pre-engineering and Arts & Media freshmen.
Business School: 303-315-8100
College of Architecture and Planning: 303-556-3382
College of Arts and Media: 303-556-2279
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 303-556-4768
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: 303-556-2555
School of Education and Human Development: 303-315-6300
School of Public Affairs: 303-315-0021


International, Transfer, Non-degree and Graduates

International and Transfer Students! We have programs designed specifically for you. For more information, please visit our International, Transfer, & Graduate Students tab. Graduate students should verify with their specific department before attending an orientation.

Disability Resources and Services
If you are a new student who may need accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Disability Resources and Services.


First-time freshmen and newly admitted transfer students can sign up for an online orientation date by visiting their UCDAccess student portal. (STARTING MARCH 18, 2014)

  1. Login to UCDAccess (
  2. Select your Student tab
  3. Select Sign up for Orientation (right hand column)

Questions? Call New Student Orientation at 303-315-3503.


Contact Information

New Student Orientation

CU Building
1250 14th Street, Suite 1300
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-315-3503
Fax: 303-315-3048

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