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First-time undergrad students

Run your own road

MSU Denver is the best choice for undergraduate students looking to change their lives and their communities. At MSU Denver, you'll be part of the most diverse student community in the state of Colorado. You'll study and learn in an urban setting. And, you'll get an affordable degree that will qualify you for an above-average salary after you graduate.

All you have to do to take advantage of all MSU Denver has to offer is apply.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • We encourage students to apply early for quicker processing times and best selection of courses.
  • Applications and any required credentials (official transcripts, test scores, etc.) must be received in the Office of Admissions by our application deadlines.
  • Applications and transcripts are typically processed in one to two weeks from the time of submission, although this can vary during peak times.

Questions?

Location: Student Success Building, Counter 1
Ph: 303-556-3058
Email: admissions@msudenver.edu
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants who are 19 years old and younger on September 15 for either the summer semester or the fall semester, or February 15 for the spring semester, will be classified as traditional applicants and will be considered for admission using the requirements described below. To be eligible for admission, students must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the semester and must have either graduated from high school or received a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

CCHE and HEAR Requirements

Effective for applicants who graduate from high school in 2008 or later, resident and non-resident freshman must meet both and have completed the Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR).

Applicants with a CCHE index score of 92 or greater will be admitted. 

Applicants with index scores of 70 to 91 will be evaluated by our Admissions Review Committee for admissions eligibility and are strongly encouraged to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement along with their application at least four months before classes begin, otherwise they will be considered for the following term. These students may also be required to take our assessment tests as part of the review process. Those denied admission may appeal this decision by sending a letter to the chair of the Admissions Review Committee and submitting additional academic information, such as test scores, updated transcripts, etc. Students who decide not to appeal or have their appeal denied will be encouraged to enroll at a community college.

HEAR-required courses

Academic Area 2008/2009 Graduates 2010+
Graduates
English** 4 units 4 units

Mathematics (3 years must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or equivalents)***
3 units 4 units
Natural/Physical Science (2 years must be lab based)*** 3 units 3 units
Social Sciences (At least one year must be U.S. or World History) 3 units 3 units
Foreign Language Not required 1 unit
Academic electives**** 2 units 2 units
Total Units 15 17

Note: One unit is the equivalent of one year of a high school course.

**Two units of ESL English may count for HEAR requirements when combined with two units of successfully completed college preparatory English.
***College-preparatory ESL mathematics/science courses that include content and academic rigor/level comparable to other acceptable courses may satisfy HEAR requirements.
****Acceptable Academic Electives include additional courses in English, mathematics, natural/physical sciences and social sciences, foreign languages, art, music, journalism, drama, computer science, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses, and appropriate CTE courses.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must request that the following information be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the high school or testing agency before an admissions decision can be made:

  • ACT or SAT test results
  • Official high school transcript with GPA and class rank
  • This information may be submitted at the end of the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester of high school, but no later than six weeks before the expected term of enrollment. An official final transcript with date of graduation must be on file with the Office of Admissions before the start of the semester at the University and students will not be permitted to register for a second semester until this credential is received. Students must request the transcript and verify that the high school transcript with date of graduation sent by the high school and has been received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Beginning in 2008, students 19 and under who earn a GED and apply to a four year institution must meet the HEAR academic requirements. If a student’s transcript does not meet the Higher Education Admissions Requirements, he/she may be admitted provisionally.
  • ACT or SAT results are not required with a GED. Official GED certificates must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the issuing agency before an applicant can be accepted.

Applicants who are 20 and older on September 15 for either the summer semester or the fall semester, or February 15 for the spring semester, will be considered for admission using the following requirements:

  • Applicants will be admitted to the college upon indicating on the Application for Admission that they have graduated from high school or that they have received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the equivalent. A GED issued through the military will be considered on an individual basis. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • By submitting the Application for Admission, degree-seeking applicants are certifying that they will request either a high school transcript with date of graduation or GED test scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Degree-seeking students will not be permitted to register for a second semester until this credential is received. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • The ACT or SAT is not required for admission, but is highly recommended for advising purposes.

Application Checklist

  • Three first time undergraduate studentsIf you meet our requirements, complete your MSU Denver application online and submit a $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Request official high school transcripts with graduation date, official GED scores, or official college or university transcripts with at least 30 transferable credits be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • If you are 19 years of age or younger, take the SAT or ACT and have your official test scores sent directly to the Office of Admissions. (MSU Denver's SAT code is 4505; the ACT code is 0519.) The ACT or SAT is not required for applicants with a GED or for applicants 20 years of age or older.

Use this address for all application related materials:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 16, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362


See What Your Chances of Admission Are

For students 19 years of age or younger, it's possible to determine your CCHE Index Score. This score will be used to determine your eligibility to be admitted to MSU Denver.


ASSET/DACA

Did you know that DACA and Undocumented Students qualify for in-state tuition at MSU Denver? In 2013, the Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) bill was passed, which allows U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA and undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition in the state of Colorado. 

Apply for in-state tuition by following the steps for ASSET or DACA students on our Residency page.

Questions?

For more resources, contact Luis Sandoval at lsando19@msudenver.edu or (303) 352-7202.


Melissa Escobedo

First time undergraduate Melissa Campos

"MSU Denver has transformed my life by allowing me to achieve and believe that anything is possible. What I appreciate the most about my experience here is having the support that I never had before. The professors are here because they care about the students. I wouldn't be so close to graduating if it weren't for the support here at MSU Denver."

- Melissa Escobedo
Dual major: Criminal Justice and Modern Languages

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