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CU Denver Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

65.2%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Denver
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into CU Denver? The school has a 65% acceptance rate. Last year, 7,418 out of 11,373 applicants were admitted making CU Denver a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. University of Colorado Denver typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1130-1340
Applicants Submitting SAT
12%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Estimated Average SAT 1240
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Colorado Denver?

University of Colorado Denver typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. 12 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Colorado Denver admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >76%
1235 to 1340 Avg + 65%-76%
1130 to 1235 Avg - 52%-65%
1025 to 1130 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 1025 Low <39%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
91%
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Estimated Average ACT 24
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CU Denver?

Admission data indicates that CU Denver regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Denver.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Colorado Denver admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >76%
24 to 27 Avg + 65%-76%
21 to 24 Avg - 52%-65%
18 to 21 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 18 Low <39%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.43
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into University of Colorado Denver. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Colorado Denver was 3.43 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CU Denver accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Colorado Denver students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 33% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 17% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 16% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

81% of University of Colorado Denver freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Colorado Denver students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 81%
Bottom 50% of class 19%
Bottom 25% of class 3%

Admission Statistics

University of Colorado Denver admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,791 4,582 11,373
Accepted 4,525 2,893 7,418
Acceptance Rate 67% 63% 65%
Enrolled 815 700 1,515
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 24% 20%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Denver and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Colorado Denver Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Colorado Denver
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126562 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Denver.