Steps to Success

Now that you've been accepted to MSU Denver and are ready to get started, we're ready to help you with the process. Just follow these steps to success and you'll be on your way to achieving your academic goals:

Before You Are Are Able to Register for Classes

As an accepted student, you will receive your student ID number in your acceptance letter. This number, also known as your “900 number,” is a nine-digit number that begins with 900. You are identified in our system by your student ID number, so it is important to have it on hand when contacting any MSU Denver department. You can also get your student ID number from the Office of Admissions.

Visit for instructions on how to access your NetID and PIN. Then head over to the Student Hub at where you will use this information to login and access web services such as student email, registration, class schedules, financial aid, and other services you may need in the future. 

Visit the Student Hub and click on the “Register” button. Then click on the second tab at the top called “Registration, Student Records, etc.,” and select “Registration.” You will then find a link for “Pre-Registration Policies.” Click this link and follow the instructions.

As soon as you arrive in Denver, you must meet with the International Student Support Coordinator, Leigh Eleazer, in the Student Academic Success Center located in the Student Success Building, Room 230. It is best to schedule an appointment to confirm availability by emailing Be sure to bring your passport with your current visa and I-94 card as well as your MSU Denver I-20.  You also have to provide your local address and phone number and confirm your permanent home country address.

All new F-1 visa-holding students are required to attend the international student orientation.  You can register for your international student orientation when you check in with the International Admissions Counselor.

Complete assessment tests (if needed, based on ACT scores or transfer credits) in the Office of Testing Services (Tivoli Student Union, Room 347). Call 303-556-3677 with questions.  Please be aware that if your English reading and writing skills are too low, you will not be allowed to register for courses at MSU Denver. Should this happen, we will recommend that you transfer your SEVIS record to a local community college to improve your skills.

All degree-seeking students are required to complete an orientation as part of the pre-enrollment process. First-time college students must attend an orientation in person, and you must take your placement tests before registering for orientation. Students who are transferring credit from another college or university may complete an online orientation. Visit the New Student Orientation website for information, dates, times and locations. Pre-registration is required for all on-campus sessions.

If you are transferring to MSU Denver from another college or university, you must request that your most up-to-date transcripts be sent from that school to MSU Denver. This is especially important if you are transferring credit that fulfills prerequisite requirements for courses you want to take at MSU Denver. After we have accepted your credits, an MSU Denver transcript evaluator will send you a report via email.

If you are a first-time college student, you must provide your official secondary (high school) transcript or its equivalent showing your graduation date.

After You Register for Courses

Purchase books and supplies at Tivoli Station, formerly Auraria Campus Bookstore. Secure your Student ID card in Tivoli Room 243. Items needed: $22 (cash or credit/debit), a valid photo ID and a copy of your class schedule. 

Pay tuition and fees via the Student Hub (see step 2) or at the Cashier’s Office located in the Student Success Building, Room 140, by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. 

All students taking nine or more credits in a semester are required to submit proof of health insurance that meets the MSU Denver compliance standards. An insurance compliance form is required each semester you are taking nine or more credit hours and must be submitted by the deadline for the specific semester. You may elect to purchase the University-offered health insurance that meets the college compliance standards. Non-compliant students will have a registration "hold" placed on their account preventing future registrations. As an F-1 visa-holding student, you may only waive the University’s health insurance if you meet the compliance standards and your insurance includes emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains. For questions, call the Student Health Insurance Office at 303-556-2525 or stop by the office in Plaza 149.

All students are required by the University to submit proof of immunization. During your first semester of attendance, you must submit the required documentation directly to the Auraria Immunization Office located in the Plaza Building, room 149. A registration “hold” will be placed on your student account preventing future registrations if you don't comply by October 1 (for students beginning coursework in the Fall semester) or by March 1 (for students beginning coursework in the Spring or Summer).

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