CU Denver Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of Colorado Denver
How hard is it to get into CU Denver and can I get accepted? The school has a 64% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,200 out of 11,315 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 50 percent. University of Colorado Denver typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 24% 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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CU Denver SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT80%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||510|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1020|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||610|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1210|
|Average SAT Score||1120|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 80 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1210 and Above||Good||>75%|
|1115 to 1210||Avg +||64%-75%|
|1020 to 1115||Avg -||51%-64%|
|925 to 1020||Reach||38%-51%|
|Less than 925||Low||<38%|
CU Denver ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT35%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||26|
|ACT Math 75th||26|
|ACT Composite 75th||26|
|Average ACT Score||23|
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 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Denver.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|26 and Above||Good||>77%|
|23 to 26||Avg +||64%-77%|
|21 to 23||Avg -||54%-64%|
|19 to 21||Reach||43%-54%|
|Less than 19||Low||<43%|
Avg. High School GPA3.43
Typical High School GradesB+
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. The school ranks #8 in Colorado for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CU Denver accepts 64% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
81% of University of Colorado Denver freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||28%||24%|
What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Denver and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
80% of students submit their SAT scores to CU Denver. 35% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
64% of those who apply are granted admission to CU Denver. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1210. 80% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.