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Colleges / University of Colorado Denver

About UCD

University of Colorado Denver is a public, state school in an urban setting in Denver, Colorado. UCD was founded in 1912 and now enrolls around 24,724 students a year, including 14,995 undergrads.

UCD offers housing for up to 0 students.

As of 2021, the total market value of UCD's endowment was $637.734 million There are 18 undergraduate students for every full-time UCD professor.

2021 UCD Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $9,900
Out-of-State $30,510

2022 UCD Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at UCD

University of Colorado Denver does not offer early decision or early action.

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UCD Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into UCD. In 2021, UCD accepted 66% of applicants. In 2021, 6,271 out of 9,458 total applicants were accepted.

UCD Waitlist

UCD reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Colorado Denver?

UCD is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UCD, applicants must submit the following items.

UCD Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5 3
Other Requirements audition, portfolio, entrance exam

UCD Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to UCD is 3.5 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UCD.

Is UCD Test Optional?

UCD does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 78% submitted the SAT. 22% submitted the ACT.

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Does UCD Have Student Housing?

Yes! UCD provides on-campus housing for students.

UCD students are active in the school's Veterans Student Organization (Service), Golden Key Honor Society (Academic) and Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (Health). Distinguished Lecture Series, Spring Fling, and and CU Denver Block Party are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UCD.

Financial Aid at UCD

UCD meets 50.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UCD full-time are awarded $10,437 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UCD a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UCD

About 73% of students who start at UCD return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,245 students who started at UCD as first-time freshman, 267 graduate within four years.

Around 44% of students who started at UCD earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $19,783 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UCD sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UCD a good school for you?

Applying to UCD for Fall 2022?

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Where is University of Colorado Denver Located?

UCD is located in the urban setting of Denver, Colorado, less than an hour from Denver.

If you want to see UCD for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 to Denver, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Denver International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UCD and Denver are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 173364 Denver, CO 80217-3364

Campus Setting: Urban

UCD Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UCD is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UCD is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UCD ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

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UCD SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1210


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

490 - 610

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Wondering what life at UCD is like? There are approximately 24,724 students enrolled at UCD, including 14,995 undergraduate students and 9,729 graduate students. 57% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from CO and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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