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Colleges / University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver

Denver, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate72%
Acceptance Rate72%

UCD Admissions

If you want to apply to UCD, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application costs $50.

UCD Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of UCD's admissions stats.

UCD 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9%
Waitlist No

University of Colorado Denver Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Colorado Denver.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to UCD?

UCD does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Colorado Denver Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to UCD?

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

In 2021, UCD accepted 72% of students, about 10,395 from the 14,428 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of Colorado Denver

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UCD

UCD has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UCD?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UCD

Wondering what factors are considered by UCD during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered

Make sure to check with UCD for more information on admission factors.

UCD 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to UCD, all applicants 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition, portfolio, entrance exam
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5 3

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UCD?

UCD has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UCD considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UCD has 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 2022, 29% of UCD's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UCD?

To be competitive with other UCD applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UCD 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UCD students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UCD students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UCD?

To be most competitive at UCD, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UCD's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 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.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UCD.

Does UCD accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UCD?

❌ No, UCD is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is UCD's acceptance rate?

✅ UCD's acceptance rate is 72%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UCD?

❌ UCD does not offer early decision.

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UCD Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UCD? UCD is a somewhat selective institution. The UCD acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.


UCD Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UCD is Aug 1.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1250


Math SAT Range

510 - 620


Reading SAT Range

520 - 640


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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