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Chances of getting into University of Colorado Denver

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
66%
Admission Difficulty for University of Colorado Denver
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into CU Denver and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CU Denver is 66%.  It ranks #7 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. CU Denver is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 6,271 out of 9,458 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent (SAT 1000/1210 ACT 21/27). University of Colorado Denver typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.48. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CU Denver application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jul 22.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Colorado Denver is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

CU Denver SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1000-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT 
80%
SAT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1000
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 1110

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. CU Denver 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >79%
1105 to 1210 Avg + 66%-79%
1000 to 1105 Avg - 51%-66%
895 to 1000 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 895 Low <35%
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CU Denver ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
35%
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of Colorado Denver
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 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. The school ranks #6 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Denver.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >79%
24 to 27 Avg + 66%-79%
21 to 24 Avg - 51%-66%
18 to 21 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 18 Low <35%
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CU Denver GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.48
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Colorado Denver?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into CU Denver. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Colorado Denver was 3.48 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 66% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Colorado Denver students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.12% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.12% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 15.51% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.97% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 16.62% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 12.6% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.06% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

53% of University of Colorado Denver freshman were in the top twenty five percent 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 25%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 83%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Colorado Denver admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,913 3,545 9,458
Accepted 3,976 2,295 6,271
Acceptance Rate 67% 65% 66%
Enrolled 808 589 1,397
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 26% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 22, 2023
Days left to Apply
296

Applicants have 296 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 22, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Colorado Denver is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Denver and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Colorado Denver Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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.

FAQs

Does University of Colorado Denver prefer SAT or ACT?

80% of students submit their SAT scores to CU Denver. 35% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Colorado Denver?

66% 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.

What SAT score is required for University of Colorado Denver?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1210. 80% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Colorado Denver?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.