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First Time Students



Congratulations on your acceptance to MSU Denver!

Now that you've been accepted to MSU Denver follow the steps below to get ready for the upcoming semester!

 



Visit the Testing Center website at msudenver.edu/testing and click the placement tests tab to the left. Then compare your ACT or SAT scores to those required for entry level college classes. If necessary visit the Testing Center for a placement test (Tivoli Student Union, Room 347). Please call 303-556-3677 with any questions or concerns you may have.

These tests play a crucial role in determining which English and Mathematics courses you may be eligible to register for. Please see the website for questions about re-testing and testing fees.  For more information about accommodations for this exam, please contact the Access Center at 303-556-8387

Visit msudenver.edu/nso and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Click the First Time Student button in blue. Afterwards you will see an icon saying “The SOAR Experience”. Click on this button and follow the on screen instructions to sign up for an Orientation.

You must attend an Orientation to be allowed to register for classes.
Walk-ins will no longer be accepted, you must pre-register.


If you have IB, AP, CU Succeeds or similar credits, please bring the transcripts with you to orientation. As most of these scores do not come in until July, it will be handy to have them for Advisors to look at during the advising portion of your day.

At Orientation you will be able to speak with an academic advisor, get to see the campus, get to know others within your degree and register for classes, including your First Year Success Learning Community! If you have any questions about Orientation or First Year Success please contact either department with questions. Contact information is listed below.


New Student Orientation

Email: orientation@msudenver.edu
Phone: 303-556-6931
Fax: 303-352-7039

Mailing Address:
Campus Box 74
PO Box 173362
Denver, CO
80217-3362

Location: Tivoli Student Union, room 223

Hours: Mon.- Fri.: 8:00-5:00


First Year Success

‌890 Auraria Parkway
Student Success Building Suite 217
Denver, CO
80217


Phone: 303-352-4195
Fax: 303-352-4882
Email: fys@msudenver.edu

Location: Student Success Building, suite 217

Hours: Mon.- Fri.: 8:00-5:00

If you haven’t already, go see Financial Aid in the Student Success Building. Getting in touch with financial aid is an easy step in the right direction as they handle scholarships, grants and loans.

Click here to visit their website for more information.


If you are already declared in your Major it’s good to see an Advisor specific to your department. They can give your information that might not be given at Orientation, especially about Major specific classes.

Books/Supplies/Student ID

After you have registered for classes, you can purchase books and other supplies at the Tivoli Station, located in the Tivoli Student Union. The MSU Denver section is located on the 1st floor. Located on the floor above in the Tivoli Student Union is where you receive your student ID and RTD pass. To receive your ID you will need $20 (cash or credit/debit), a valid photo ID, and a copy of your class schedule. Should you choose to participate in a SOAR orientation, you will be able to get your student ID at the end of the day, once you have registered for classes.


Tuition

Tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. This is true for all semesters, including the summer. You can pay your tuition through Student Hub or at the Cashier's Office (Student Success Building 140).


Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement

All students (undergraduate/graduate) taking nine or more credits in a semester are required to submit proof of health insurance that meets the University 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 College-offered health insurance that meets the college compliance standards. Non-compliant students will have a registration "hold" placed on their account preventing future registrations. For questions, call the Student Health Insurance Office at 303-556-2525, stop by the office in Plaza 149 or visite the Student Health Insurance Office website.


Mandatory Immunization Requirement

All students are required by the University to submit immunization documents upon acceptance to the University. Otherwise, an account "hold" will be placed on a student's account. The required immunization form is included with each student's acceptance letter. Completed documentation should be mailed directly to the Immunization Office or it can be hand delivered to the Immunization Office located in Plaza 149. Visit the health center website for additional information.


Access Center

Students with mental health, hearing, visual, physical, chronic health and learning disabilities are encouraged to contact the Access Center in the Plaza 122. Students are provided assistance in coordinating a full range of support services.

You will receive your "Student ID" the 9-digit "900" number in your acceptance letter. You will be identified in our system by your student ID number. 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. You can set up your account through your Student Hub, the University's official means of communication with students. Set-up your account (http://www.msudenver.edu/myfirstlogin/), and Log in to your Student Hub. Call the MSU Denver ITS Help Desk at 303-352-7548 if you have any problems logging in. 

Colorado resident students qualify for a College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend which may pay a portion of in-state tuition. Complete the COF application form. You need to “authorize” the COF stipend your first semester when you register for classes through your Student Hub.

 

For more information about admissions, visit (http://www.msudenver.edu/admissions/after/) .

 

Transfer Students



Congratulations on your acceptance to MSU Denver!

Now that you've transferred to MSU there are a few steps you need to take before you're ready for the upcoming semester! These steps are listed below.



After being admitted, and confirming your intent to enroll you will want to have your transfer credits evaluated. You can have a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits by emailing transferquestions@msudenver.edu and include the following information:

  •     First and Last Name
  •     Mailing address
  •     Birth Date
  •     Name of institutions for all transcripts to be evaluated along with a copy of each transcript.
  •     Anticipated start term

Official school transcripts from previous Colleges/Universities should be mailed to the following location:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 16, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217

These transcripts can also be emailed to: transcripteval@msudenver.edu

As a transfer student, you have the option of 2 different orientation sessions.

Transfer Orientation

Transfer Student Orientation sessions are 3 hour sessions designed to meet the needs of our students transferring to MSU Denver. Session information includes Academic Requirements, Financial Aid, Policies, and Student Support.

Online Orientation

Online Orientation is offered ONLY to transfer students. Online orientation encompasses the same information as a Transfer Student Orientation session in an online format. Online orientation consists of 9 modules students need to read and then pass the Final Review with an 8/9 or better to successfully complete Online Orientation.

Either orientation is acceptable for you as a transfer student, just remember that you must complete an orientation before you will be able to register for classes.


To register for a Transfer Orientation visit the New Student Orientation website, scroll to the bottom of the page, find and then click the orange Transfer Student button. At the bottom of the next page will be the options for Transfer and Online orientation, click which one you prefer and then follow the on screen instructions to register.

You must attend an orientation session before registering for classes. At your transfer orientation you will get information regarding Academic Requirements, Financial Aid, Policies, and Student Support. You will also get information about First Year Success Learning Community Options.


But why, as a transfer student, should you join a First Year Success Learning Community?

  • Guaranteed enrollment for high-demand general studies classes.
  • ‌Opportunity to interact and network with other students.
  • ‌‌Convenient scheduling options and academic support.  
  • ‌Major and career guidance and interest groups.
  • ‌Enhanced academic and social opportunities.
  • ‌Greater involvement in learning.
  • ‌Exciting service opportunities.

 

Learning

First Year Success (FYS) provides students with a wide selection of high demand general studies courses where collaborative learning and community-building are encouraged.  Classes are often paired and/or have dedicated peer support to facilitate student success.  Most FYS classes range between 22-24 students to encourage community-building and an individualized academic experience.

 

‌Community

FYS was created to increase student persistence, success and a passion for lifelong learning in a nurturing scholarly community. The program serves the needs of students through collaborative, engaging methods that:

  • Foster on- and off- campus relationships;
  • Connect learning to compelling issues;
  • Are culturally relevant.

 

Academic and Peer Support

Most FYS course offerings are assigned either a Supplemental Instruction Leader or a Math Recitation Mentor.  Each is a successful college student who facilitates study and review sessions.  In addition, learning communities are assigned a Peer Ambassador who conducts outreach regarding relevant events, activities, and resources on campus. 

After completing either Transfer or Online orientation you may start registering for classes. You can begin registering for classes by logging onto your Student Hub.


If you haven’t already, go see Financial Aid in the Student Success Building. Getting in touch with financial aid is an easy step in the right direction as they handle scholarships, grants and loans.

Click here to visit their website for more information.


If you are already declared in your Major it’s good to see an Advisor specific to your department. They can give you information that might not be given at Orientation, especially about Major specific classes.

How to join a First Year Success Learning Community

FYS is open to all entering MSU Denver students and transfer students with 0-29 credits. To join, FYS students must complete an orientation* and meet with an academic advisor. Prior to the beginning of the semester, students will participate in the official New Student Convocation.

*Students MUST have completed all required assessment tests prior to attending an orientation session. For more information on assessment tests, call the Office of Testing and Assessment at 303-556-3677. Upon completing tests, call the Office of New Student Orientation at 303-556-6931 to schedule your orientation session


Student ID Number

This number is your identification number within our system. You will receive your 9-digit 900 number in your acceptance letter. Please make sure to know and even memorize this number, as you will need it when contact any MSU Denver department. If you could not locate your Student ID number please contact the Office of Admissions, as they can also tell you your ID number. You can contact them here.


Activate Your Student Hub Account

Student Hub is the official means of communication, whether it is other students, your professor or a department at MSU Denver. Log onto the Student Hub website and follow the instructions for "New User". If you have any questions please contact the Information Technology Call Center Help Desk at 303-352-7548. Please also contact them if you have any problems logging in on your first try. There are available computers at the Auraria Library and the Tivoli Student Union.


Colorado State Residents

As a Colorado resident student you qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. This stipend may pay for a portion of in-state tuition. Complete the COF Application form, and you will need to "authorize" the COF stipend your first semester of classes. You can authorize this through Student Hub.


Books/Supplies/Student ID

After you have registered for classes you can purchase books and other supplies at the Tivoli Station, located in the Tivoli Student Union, the MSU Denver section is located on the 1st floor. Located on the floor above in the Tivoli Station is where you receive your student ID and RTD pass. To receive your ID you will need $20 (cash or credit/debit), a valid photo ID, and a copy of your class schedule. Should you choose to participate in a SOAR orientation, you will be able to get your student ID at the end of the day, once you have registered for classes.


Tuition

Tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. This is true for all semesters, including the summer. You can pay your tuition through Student Hub or at the Cashier's Office (Student Success Building 140)


Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement

All students (undergraduate/graduate) taking nine or more credits in a semester are required to submit proof of health insurance that meets the University 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 College-offered health insurance that meets the college compliance standards. Non-compliant students will have a registration "hold" placed on their account preventing future registrations. For questions, call the Student Health Insurance Office at 303-556-2525, stop by the office in Plaza 149 or visit the Student Health Insurance Office website.


Mandatory Immunization Requirement

All students are required by the University to submit immunization documents upon acceptance to the University. Otherwise, an account "hold" will be placed on a student's account. The required immunization form is included with each student's acceptance letter. Completed documentation should be mailed directly to the Immunization Office or it can be hand delivered to the Immunization Office located in Plaza 149. Visit the health center website for additional information.


Access Center

Students with mental health, hearing, visual, physical, chronic health and learning disabilities are encouraged to contact the Access Center in the Plaza 122. Students are provided assistance in coordinating a full range of support services.

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