Chances of getting into University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
63.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Denver
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1020-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT
80%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

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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 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Colorado Denver admission chances by SAT score
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%
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CU Denver ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
35%
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 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Colorado Denver admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Colorado Denver students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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 7,067 4,248 11,315
Accepted 4,500 2,700 7,200
Acceptance Rate 64% 64% 64%
Enrolled 983 763 1,746
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 28% 24%

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.

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.