Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 16, PO Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217
Denver, CO 80217
(303) 556-5000
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

This urban land grant university was established in 1965 to provide Denver residents with an accessible education no matter where they were in life. Today, MSU Denver offers one of the lowest tuitions of all Colorado’s four-year institutions, 20% of in-state students choose it to earn their bachelor’s degrees, and 72,000ÿgraduates call it their alma mater, according to the university fact sheet. With three locations and online options, this institution prides itself on offering students an individualized, relevant education with an average class size of 22 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Programs Offered

MSU Denver offers 55 majors, 90 minors, three master’s degrees, and 40 certificate programs through three schools — School of Business, School of Professional Studies, and the School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. In order to create educational opportunities for the nontraditional student, this school also provides a degree completion program through their Extended Campus for those who need to finish their education through evening and weekend classes. Correspondence courses are also available to those who want to take additional courses but don’t have the time to attend class. In addition, all general studies classes can be taken through online, mostly online, and hybrid courses. Six complete majors can even be completed entirely online.


MSU Denver is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, and has been since 1971. In addition, the university has specialized accreditation from agencies such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which can be verified by College Navigator.


According to undergraduate admission requirements, first-time freshmen applicants with a score of 76 or higher on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education index will be considered for admission, and those with a score lower than 91 are encouraged to also submit a personal statement and submit letters of recommendation. They must also submit ACT or SAT results and official high school transcripts that provide GPA and class rank. Transfer students who have completed at least 30 transferable credits, including remedial course work, in which they achieved a minimum 2.3 GPA will be automatically admitted. Those who have less than the specified number of transferable credit hours and minimum GPA will still be considered for admission. They also must submit ACT or SAT scores, official high school transcripts with GPA and class rank, and official college transcripts, and are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation. MSU Denver is unique in that it admits all applicants over the age of 20 who have graduated from high school or received their GED, regardless of their academic achievement. Application deadlines for undergraduate students differ by semester and classification.

Those seeking admission to master’s programs at MSU Denver must complete the following requirements: complete a graduate application, submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, and test scores as required by program. Most graduate programs have an application deadline of July 1 for the fall semester and Nov. 1 for the spring semester, although specific deadlines differ by program.


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