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 do not fulfill the transcript requirement.
Domestic Students with International Transcripts:
Non-international applicants that have attended and completed course work at a foreign institution must submit transcripts from those institutions. Transcripts that are not in English must be submitted with a certified English translation. Once received, international transcripts are evaluated by the Office of International Admissions.
Note: Evaluations by outside agencies are not accepted or used in an admission decision.
In-Progress Course work:
Applicants who are admitted and enroll at CU Denver with pending completion of in-progress course work are 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 is restricted. Final transcripts should be sent 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.
Remedial/Developmental College Course work:
The University of Colorado Denver does not accept remedial/developmental course work as part of an applicant’s cumulative GPA and/or credit total. Remedial/developmental courses are intended to bolster the basic skills of new college students so they are adequately prepared for college-level work. Remedial/developmental courses are typically defined as below a 100 course level.
Note: The University of Colorado Denver does not offer remedial/developmental course work.
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 in an admission decision. The following regional accrediting organizations are acceptable:
- Higher Learning Commission
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
- New England Commission of Higher Education
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges and WASC Senior College and University Commission
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Northwest Accreditation Commission and North West Commission on Colleges and Universities
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 24 completed college credits. CU Denver accepts both the ACT and SAT.
Note: AP, IB, and CLEP scores can be submitted to the university for potential transfer credit but do not impact an admission decision.
All credentials submitted as application materials become the property of the University of Colorado Denver. Original documents are not returned or provided to students.
Applicants who do not plan to complete a University of Colorado Denver bachelor’s degree, may be admitted as non-degree students. Applicants that have already earned a bachelor’s degree, should apply as a non-degree graduate student. To change from non-degree to degree-seeking status, applicants need to apply as an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student and meet the admission requirements of the intended program of study.
Academic Suspension/Probation Review (ASPR) for CU System Students
Transfer/readmit students with a cumulative CU GPA below 2.0 from any University of Colorado campus (Boulder, Colorado Springs or Denver) are subject to additional review by the school or college to which they are applying. Applicants must meet program requirements of the school or college to which they are applying. If requirements are not met, the applicant can be reviewed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for general admission to CU Denver. Applicants should allow additional processing time for this review and contact the school or college advising office for additional information.
Note: Each school and college may also have petition deadlines in place. Due to the time sensitive nature of this process, applicants should contact the school to college advising office as soon as possible.
Applicants who completed high school concurrent courses through any University of Colorado institution and have a GPA below 2.0 are not subject to additional review. However, applicants should be aware that concurrent coursework completed at a University of Colorado institution is counted toward their cumulative CU GPA.
Admission Decision Appeal
Applicants interested in appealing their admission decision should submit a letter to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions 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.”
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
Criminal History / Suspension
Applicants with criminal history and/or previous suspension expulsion may undergo additional review by the Special Admissions Committee. The Special Admissions Committee meets regularly to review criminal history and suspension/expulsion application information for students who are academically admissible to the university.
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 the 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
Applicants are notified in writing of the results of the appeal. Should the appeal be denied, applicants 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 the application file, including information relevant to the Special Admissions Committee’s decision and the initial appeal. Applicants are notified in writing of the results of the Dean of Students’ final admission decision.
The Admissions Promise is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and select 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)
- Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC)
- Community College of Aurora (CCA)
- Community College of Denver (CCD)
- Front Range Community College (FRCC)
- Morgan Community College (MCC)
- Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)
- Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)
Term Change Requests
Applicants or admitted 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. Admission can be deferred for up to one year (three semesters) from the initial term indicated on the application. For example, an admitted student that initially applied for Fall 2019 may defer until Fall 2020. A new application is not required for a change up to one year from the initial term indicated on the application.
Note: A maximum of three term change requests per application are honored.
Change of Major Requests
Applicants and admitted 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 re-evaluated.
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 a guiding principle and core value of the university, and CU Denver is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment.
Active Military Service Members & Veteran Applicants
The University of Colorado Denver is a Military Friendly institution. Active military Service Members 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)
- Priority enrollment
Note: For additional information on transfer credit and other university benefits, please contact Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-315-7300.