Official High School Transcripts:
Official high school transcripts are required for all degree-seeking undergraduate applicants. Official high school transcripts are those issued by the last institution attended and are accepted via email from a high school official, mail, or electronically through a third party e-transcript exchange agent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions . Hand-carried transcripts or transcripts sent directly by an applicant are considered official only if delivered in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution.
- High school graduates: Three years of completed high school course work is the minimum requirement for an admission decision. An admission decision can be determined before high school graduation; however, if admitted to CU Denver, a final official high school transcript noting a graduation date will be required.
- High school equivalency exam recipients: Students who did not graduate from high school are required to have a copy of their high school equivalency exam test scores and certificate sent directly from the certifying agency to the CU Denver Office of Admissions. High school equivalency exam scores and ACT or SAT scores are the basis for the admission decision.
Note: Applicants who have attended multiple high schools are only required to submit the transcript of the last institution attended provided that the transcript contains all previous high school course work. When requesting a transcript, indicate to the school official that all course work from previous high school/s be included.
Official College Transcripts:
Official college transcripts are required for all degree-seeking undergraduate applicants. Official college transcripts are those issued by each institution attended and are accepted via mail or electronically through a third party e-transcript exchange agent and sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions . Hand-carried transcripts or transcripts sent directly by an applicant are considered official only if delivered in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution.
Individual transcripts are required for each regionally accredited institution attended. Applications are not considered complete until all transcripts from all institutions attended are received.
Note: Transfer credit accepted and documented on another institution’s transcript will not fulfil the transcript requirement.
Domestic Students with International Transcripts:
Non-international applicants that have attended a foreign institution and completed course work must submit transcripts from those institutions. Transcripts not in English must be submitted with a certified English translation. Once received, transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of International Admissions.
Note: Evaluations by outside agencies will not be accepted or used in an admission decision.
In-Progress Course work:
Applicants who are admitted pending completion of in-progress course work will be permitted one term to submit final official transcripts. If official transcripts are not received by the end of the initial term of attendance, registration for subsequent terms will be restricted.
Remedial College Course work:
The University of Colorado Denver does not accept remedial course work as part of an applicant’s cumulative GPA and/or credit total. Remedial courses are intended to bolster the basic skills of new college students so they are adequately prepared for college level work. Remedial courses are typically defined as below a 100 course level.
Note: The University of Colorado Denver does not offer remedial courses.
Grade replacement policies vary between institutions and CU Denver defers to each institution’s policy when evaluating an applicant’s cumulative GPA and credits.
Note: The University of Colorado does not offer grade replacement for any course work completed at CU Denver.
All college course work is converted into semester hours for purposes of admission evaluation. For example, 1.5 quarter hours is equal to 1 semester hour and 1 trimester hour is equal to 0.75 semester hours.
Required Institution Accreditation:
The University of Colorado Denver only considers transcripts from regionally accredited institutions. The following regional accrediting organizations are acceptable:
- Higher Learning Commission
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Middle States Commission of Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- North West Commission on Colleges and Universities
If unable to determine regional accreditation of an institution, please visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) webpage www.chea.org.
Note: The University of Colorado Denver does not recognize accreditation from faith-related or career-related accrediting organizations.
Official Test Scores
The University of Colorado Denver requires official test scores for all applicants with less than 13 completed college credits. CU Denver accepts both the ACT and SAT.
Note: AP, IB, and CLEP scores can be submitted to the university but do not impact an admission decision.
All credentials presented for admission become the property of the University of Colorado Denver. Original documents are not returned or provided to students.
Admission Decision Appeal
Applicants interested in appealing their admission decision should submit a letter with additional information regarding circumstances that may have impeded their academic performance. Additionally, any updated test scores or coursework also should be submitted. Send letters to Admissions@ucdenver.edu and include the subject line “Admission Decision Appeal.”
Criminal History / Suspension
The Special Admissions Committee meets regularly to review criminal history and suspension/expulsion application information.
Note: Disclosing criminal history or suspension/expulsion information is required but is not grounds for automatic denial of admission.
Applicants may appeal the Special Admissions Committee’s decision when new information is available that was not included or available in the initial review of your application file. The information must be provided as part of the appeal. To request an appeal, submit a written letter to the Special Admissions Committee stating the grounds for the appeal and a request to be reconsidered for admission. This letter must be addressed to:
Special Admissions Committee
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 167
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
You will be notified in writing of the results of the appeal. Should your appeal be denied, you may request in writing the appeal be submitted for review to the Dean of Students. In this event, the Special Admissions Committee will inform the Dean of Students and will provide the Dean with your application file, including information relevant to the Special Admissions Committee’s decision and your initial appeal. You will be notified in writing of the results of the Dean of Students’ final admission decision.
Applicants may be denied admission to the university or have their admission revoked if they knowingly:
- Falsify transcripts
- Falsify test scores
- Fail to indicate and provide credentials from all previously attended institutions
- Fail to disclose criminal history or suspension/expulsion information
The Admissions Promise is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Community Colleges to provide advising and ongoing support to applicants in pursuit of a four-year degree. Program participants are automatically accepted to the University of Colorado Denver as a junior upon completion of an approved Associate’s Degree from a participating community college:
- Arapahoe Community College (ACC)
- Community College of Aurora (CCA)
- Community College of Denver (CCD)
- Front Range Community College (FRCC)
- Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)
Term Change Requests
Students who wish to change the term indicated on their application must submit a term change request to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to registering for and/or attending any classes at CU Denver. Students can defer admission for up to one year from the initial term indicated on the application. For example, a student that initially applied for Fall 2017 may defer until Fall 2018.
Note: A maximum of three term change requests per application will be honored.
Change of Major Requests
Students who wish to change the major indicated on their application must submit one of the following requests:
Prior to the first day of classes, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions completes program/plan change requests within or between the University of Colorado Denver colleges/schools.
Note: Admissibility into the desired major will be reevaluated.
Intra University Transfer
After the first day of classes, students wishing to change from one CU Denver school or college to another must submit an Intra-University Transfer (IUT) form to their intended school.
Change of Major
After the first day of classes, students wishing to change their major within the same CU Denver school or college must submit a Change of Major request to their advisor.
Initial residency classification for tuition purposes is determined by information submitted on the application for admission. Information regarding residency classification can be found at www.ucdenver.edu/residency.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Colorado ASSET
The University of Colorado Denver encourages and provides access for all qualified students. CU Denver accepts and welcomes students under both DACA and ASSET. Diversity is one of our guiding principles and core values, and CU Denver is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment.
Active Military & Veteran Applicants
The University of Colorado Denver is a Military Friendly institution. Active military and veteran applicants are offered the following admission benefits:
Waived application fee
Waived SAT/ACT if high school graduation was more than five years prior and with the submission of a Joint Services Transcript (JST)
Note: Additional information on transfer credit and other university benefits, please contact Veteran and Military Student Services (VMSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.