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CU Denver Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into CU Denver? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 5,808 out of 8,615 applicants or 67% were admitted making CU Denver a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores. University of Colorado Denver typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 5,235 3,380 8,615
Accepted 3,654 2,154 5,808
Acceptance Rate 70% 64% 67%
Enrolled 803 569 1,372
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 24%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Colorado Denver and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that CU Denver regularly accepts students with ACTs of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Colorado Denver.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1050 1290
SAT Reading 540 670
SAT Math 510 620
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT English 20 26
ACT Math 19 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >79%
22 to 25 Avg + 67%-79%
20 to 22 Avg - 57%-67%
18 to 20 Reach 46%-57%
Less than 18 Low <46%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >78%
1170 to 1290 Avg + 67%-78%
1050 to 1170 Avg - 54%-67%
930 to 1050 Reach 41%-54%
Less than 930 Low <41%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need above average high school grades to get into University of Colorado Denver. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Colorado Denver was 3.43 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CU Denver accepts 67% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 33% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 17% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 16% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Colorado Denver and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=126562 IPEDS survey data for University of Colorado Denver.