UC-DEN Admissions

No matter where you are in the application process, you and your student have a lot to think about. Let UniversityParent help you find the information necessary to support your student as they make this big decision. Taking a campus tour or visiting campus can be one of the best ways to get to know University of Colorado at Denver.

At a glance
Student population: 22,396 (13,103 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1

Important UC-DEN Admissions Links for Parents

For current admissions information, check the following links:


As your student prepares to apply for universities check out the cost of applying, find out the school's acceptance rates, and make note of the required and recommended information that should be included with your student's application. This chart shows information from UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS FALL 2012.

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of applicants2,8431,2751,568
Percent admitted74%68%79%
Percent admitted who enrolled43%46%41%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2011 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading480590
SAT Math490620
ACT Composite2026
ACT English2026
ACT Math1926

* Source for data is College Navigator
** Year data reported: 2012-2013
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition, fees and living expenses can change from year to year. Use the ESTIMATED EXPENSES FOR FULL-TIME BEGINNING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS from the past four years at the university to get an idea of how much college will cost your family and start preparing your budget.

Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-2013% change
2011-2012 to
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,801$1,779$2,076$1,832-11.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,140$9,790$10,090$10,4103.2%
Off Campus
Room and board---$9,062 -
Other---$4,929 -
Off Campus with Family
Other---$4,781 -
Total Expenses2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-2013% change
2011-2012 to
On Campus$19,828$20,984$21,774$24,66513.3%
Off Campus$8,458$8,993$9,470$23,317146.2%
Off Campus with Family$8,458$8,993$9,470$14,10749.0%
On Campus$32,860$33,896$34,950$38,1779.2%
Off Campus$21,490$21,905$22,646$36,82962.6%
Off Campus with Family$21,490$21,905$22,646$27,61922.0%
Estimate the total tuition and fee costs over the duration of a typical program.
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2012-2013
In-state tuition$6,248
In-state fees$1,110
Out-of-state tuition$19,566
Out-of-state fees$1,110
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan

* Source for data is College Navigator
** Year data reported: 2012-2013
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The makeup of the student body at the university can have a huge impact on your student’s college experience. Looking at the school's demographic information from FALL 2012 can be a great place to start in determining if the university is a good fit for your student.

Fall 2012
Total enrollment
Undergraduate enrollment
Graduate enrollment
Undergraduate Attendance Status
Undergraduate Student Gender
Full-time: 59%
Part-time: 41%
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Residence
Graduate Attendance Status
Full-time: 43%
Part-time: 57%
Undergraduate Online Education Status
Graduate Online Education Status

* Source for data is College Navigator
** Year data reported: 2012-2013
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General Information

Find the basic information you need about the university, including the type of institution, major learning opportunities and student services offered, kinds of outside credit accepted, and student-to-faculty ratio.

Name:University of Colorado at Denver
Address:University of Colorado Denver, 1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400, Denver, CO, 80217-3364
General information:(303) 556-5600
Type:4-year, Public
Awards:Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree - research/scholarship, Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:City: Large
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:22,396 (13,103 undergraduate)
Student to faculty ratio:17 to 1
* Source for data is College Navigator
** Year data reported: 2012-2013
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Q: Should my student attend a large or a small university?

Various student body sizes produce drastically different college experiences, so it is important to help your student figure out what size suits them according to their personality and academic ambitions. Large schools can provide a huge variety of activities and clubs as well as a wider stage for your student, whereas smaller schools can be great for students who want to personalize their education or are looking for a smaller, tight community. For more relevant factors, see the full article.

Q: How should I help my student prepare for college?

One way you can help your student prepare for college by encouraging them to take a summer or online college course or getting a summer job. Taking a course before starting at the university can help them get used to the demands of college-level courses in a setting where they have your support. Getting a job can help them develop time and money management skills that can be essential in the college world. For more tips, read the full article.

Q: What do I need to know about my student’s first semester at college?

Preparing for your student’s first semester of college may be stressful, but UniversityParent can help. Check out these three checklists that guide new college parents through the time before, during, and after your student’s first days at college.

Q: How can I help my student best prepare for the ACT/SAT?

Encourage your student to set up a regular study schedule since studying a little each week will be more affective and less stressful than studying all at once. Make sure they get plenty of sleep and maintain a healthy diet before the test. For more ideas and some tips for understanding what your student can expect in the test see the full article.

Q: What should my student focus on in their college essay?

Knowing what admissions counselors are looking for can be a great advantage as your student writes their essay. Making their writing clear and concise, showing a deeper level of reflection about themselves and their experience, and showing a specific academic interest or passion are a great place to start. For more tips read the full article.

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