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Frequently Asked Questions

 Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, all new first-year (freshman) students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. We design it to assist you in fulfilling the necessary steps prior to starting your first semester at CU Denver. You will learn about academic and support services from the campus and your academic college. This is also when you will register for your first semester classes.​ 16

 How do I register for New Student Orientation?

You will register for your New Student Orientation through your application status page. When you enter the orientation registration system, there is a provided list of dates available to you. Please know that the dates you see may be different from your friends who are attending CU Denver in the same semester. The dates are based on your academic criteria and program availability. Orientation dates are also limited based on total capacity. Program registration closes seven days in advance of the orientation session date or when a particular program reaches overall capacity. ​



 Are family members required to attend New Student Orientation?

No, but family participation is encouraged. The Family & Guest Orientation provides Lynx family members with information, resources and contacts that will aid in student success at CU Denver. Family members and guests register for Orientation via the student registration process in the student’s application status page. There is a fee for family/guests to attend the orientation please visit the Family & Guests tab to see fee breakdown. ​



 How can I make changes to my New Student Orientation reservation?

If you need to change your Orientation date, visit your application status page and select a new date to attend on. For further assistance, contact our office at 303.315.3503 or 



 Who can I contact if I have a disability and require academic accommodations?

C​ontact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 303.315.3510. 20

 What is the purpose of Math assessment? Why must I take the ALEKS (Math) assessment? Who can help me decide if I need to take one of the classes that requires assessment? Who is required to complete the ALEKS assessment?

What is the purpose of placement? The assessment results will be used to determine the most appropriate mathematics course for each student required to take MATH 1110, MATH 1120, MATH 1130 or MATH 1401 for their major. These are predominantly required for STEM majors.  Students should consult with their advisor to determine which math course is required and whether the assessment is necessary.  If so, they should review their results after completing it and enroll in the best class for them based on their scores and their major’s degree plan. 
This is a “Placement Assessment,” not a test.  Results will not appear on a transcript or impact GPA. ALEKS is designed to determine what a student knows and what a student needs to work on. At the end of the ALEKS Assessment, a student will have a much better sense of their strengths and weaknesses in math. Students then have a chance to brush up on topics that may have been forgotten or have not been practiced for some time.  
Be honest. It is important that the ALEKS Assessment is taken seriously and each student gives it an honest effort so that the scores truly reflect their current level of knowledge and math preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating on the assessment – the only result will be that a student enrolls in a class that is too difficult, or not challenging enough, potentially costing time and money. Therefore, while taking it, students should not consult any outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, textbooks, calculators, notes etc...). The purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of a student’s current mathematical knowledge state so that they will be successful in mathematics courses. To review the Student Code of Conduct regarding student honesty. 

Why must I take the ALEKS Assessment? If your major requires one of the courses in the chart on the next page, placement will determine the mathematics course in which you will have the greatest success.  This provides our students with the highest quality education possible. You should consult with your advisor to verify the math course you are supposed to take and then determine if assessment will be required or you have completed prior coursework that will serve as the appropriate pre-requisite.  Upon completion of the ALEKS, your scores will be uploaded to the registration system within three business days, after which time you will be able to register for the course that is recommended for you, based on your score and advisor recommendation. 

Who can help me decide if I need to take one of the classes that requires ALEKS Assessment? Your advisor can help guide you as you determine which classes are required for you to earn your degree.  They can also help you determine whether prior coursework or AP/IB exam credit satisfies the prerequisites as an alternative to the ALEKS. If you are unsure who your advisor is please refer to the undergraduate advising website. 

Who is required to complete the ALEKS Assessment? All students who wish to take any of the courses listed below, who have not completed the pre-requisite coursework. 

MATH 1110 College Algebra
MATH 112 College Trigonometry 
MATH 1130 Pre-calculus
MATH 1401 Calculus 1 

For More information ALEKS FAQs for Students.pdfALEKS FAQs for Students.pdf


 What does the parent/guest fee cover?

​Unlike some other universities which use tuition dollars to fund their parent orientation programs, at CU Denver the Parent and Guest Orientation is self-supporting and receives no tuition dollars. As a result, the office of New Student Orientation charges a fee only to those parents and guests who attend the program. The fees are non-refundable and are designed to cover the entire cost of the Parent and Guest Orientation Program. The fee covers all overhead costs, including technology and room rentals, student staff, meals, program materials and publications.

The fees for the 2019 orientation season are as follows:
  • One Person: $60
  • Second Person: $40
Students are limited to two guests.

You may pay your guest fee online prior to attending orientation through your student's 'Orientation Confirmation' email, or when you arrive at check-in (for a speedy check-in, cash is recommended).

If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact our office for a guest fee waiver at or 303-315-3503.


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Nicole Mettler
Operations Coordinator



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