The CU Denver Scholars Program is an early college enrollment program for college-bound, high-achieving, first-generation high school seniors, meaning that neither of their natural nor adoptive parents completed a four-year college degree.
Scholars students get a head start on college. They take CU Denver college courses and receive college credit at the same time they're still completing their senior year in high school. They also attend Saturday Academies.
CU Denver courses are offered on weekdays and weekday evenings to accommodate student schedules.
The Scholars Program requires a serious commitment from the student. If a student earns a grade of C- or below in their college course, it may be harder for them to get admitted to the college or university of their choice.
We caution students who are interested in the program that completing college-level work successfully requires both discipline and a considerable time commitment. With that in mind, we only encourage students to apply if they don’t work after school and aren’t heavily involved in extra-curricular activities.
Responsibilities and Expectations
During the school year, high school seniors Scholar’s Program attend monthly Saturday Academy workshops. The workshops focus on teaching enhanced study skills.
Students also develop their leadership and interpersonal skills while receiving guidance on how to prepare for a successful transition into college.
All in-person Saturday Academies have been moved to a remote online platform.
Our Virtual Front Desk is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please visit us through Zoom with any questions or concerns.
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Ready to apply to the CU Denver Scholars Program for high school seniors?
Only students who meet the program requirements will be considered for participation.
Please contact the program coordinator before completing any forms.