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UCD Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto UCD, the application fee is $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to UCD?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is UCD Hard To Get Into?

UCD is amoderately difficult school to get into. UCD evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UCD **accepted 66% of students, around 6,271 of the 9,458 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UCD, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to engineering, business, nursing, music programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does UCD Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UCD

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Not Considered
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

UCD Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UCD must submit the following items. Double check with UCD's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5 3
Other Requirements audition, portfolio, entrance exam

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UCD?

Students admitted to UCD have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5. At UCD 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Colorado Denver, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 36.25%
3.50 and 3.74 15.51%
3.25 and 3.49 16.97%
3.00 and 3.24 16.62%
2.50 and 2.9 12.6%
2.00 and 2.49 2.06%
UCD does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 78% of UCD's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UCD?

To be competitive with other UCD applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UCD 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UCD students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UCD students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UCD?

To be most competitive at UCD, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UCD's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UCD students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Colorado Denver

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UCD.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UCD during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

UCD Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UCD?

Students who are admitted to UCD must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does UCD accept transfer credits?

UCD accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UCD accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does UCD accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UCD accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UCD?

UCD. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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UCD Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

66%

How hard is it to get into UCD? UCD is a somewhat selective institution. The UCD acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 66 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

UCD ACT Scores

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ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

21 to 27

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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UCD SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1210

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Math SAT Range

510 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

490 - 610

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UCD GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.48

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UCD, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.48. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

24,724

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

66%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,447

Out-of-State

$32,057

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Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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