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University of Colorado Denver

A diverse urban university and leader in health sciences, the University of Colorado Denver has two campuses — the Auraria Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. It is one of the three institutions in the University of Colorado System and the second largest with more than 20,000 students. According to the UC Denver Fact Sheet, it is the largest research university in the state with more than $421 million in sponsored research in Fiscal Year 2010-2011. It is also one of the most diverse universities in the state, as 32% of undergraduates are students of color. In addition, it is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among national universities and the top public schools.

Programs Offered

More than 130 degree programs are offered through UC Denver’s 13 colleges and schools for arts and media, business, education, engineering, liberal arts, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, and public health. UC Denver is also home to the only architecture and dental schools in the state, as well as the largest graduate schools for business and education. With nearly 60 graduate programs, UC Denver also awards more graduate degrees that any other in Colorado. U.S. News & World Report has recognized UC Denver in its best grad school rankings for its programs in the biological sciences, healthcare management, math nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, public affairs, and more. CU Online offers 17 degree programs and 11 certificates in the areas of business, engineering, nursing, liberal arts and sciences, education, arts and media, and public affairs. U.S. News ranks it within the 25 top online nursing programs for factors like admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, and student services and technology.


Since 1970, UC Denver has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. In addition, 12 programs have specialized accreditation from agencies such as the Council on Education for Public Health, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and more, which can be verified on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen and transfer students must apply for the summer semester before May 1, by July 22 for the fall semester, and by Dec. 1 for the spring semester. Undergraduate admission requirements vary by applicant. First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, official copies of high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores. Admission is granted based on the following factors: quality and number of high school courses attempted, numeric score on the admission index (calculated by high school GPA, class rank, and standardized testing scores), and optional personal essays and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of college-level course work. Admission requirements depend on the number of credits completed and may require applicants to provide information regarding their high school GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, college GPA, and mid-term progress report if applicable. Specific GPA requirements vary by the college or school in which one is seeking admission. Those applying to master’s degree programs at UC Denver must submit an application for admission, two official transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and/or other material as requested by academic department. Individual program application requirements and deadlines differ by graduate program.

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