UCCS: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 89%. Founded in 1965 and located at the foot of Pikes Peak, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is the youngest of the three universities in the University of Colorado system. Undergraduates can choose from 50 degree programs with professional fields in business, communications, and nursing among most popular. In athletics, the UCCS Mountain Lions compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). 

Considering applying to UCCS? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Colorado Colorado Springs had an acceptance rate of 89%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 89 students were admitted, making UCCS' admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 10,834
Percent Admitted  89%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

UCCS requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 620
Math 510 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UCCS' admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UCCS scored between 510 and 620, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Requirements

UCCS does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UCCS participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UCCS requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 30% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 25
Math 19 26
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Colorado Colorado Springs' admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UCCS received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

University of Colorado Colorado Springs participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. UCCS does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Colorado Colorado Springs' incoming freshmen class was 3.47, and 53% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.50 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UCCS have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

University of Colorado Colorado Springs, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions pool with above average grades and test scores. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs generally admits applicants with a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above, and a minimum ACT score of 20 or higher, or a minimum SAT score of 1070 or above. Applicants who do not meet the school's average grades and scores can still be considered for admission to UCCS. The admissions committee will consider additional information including letters of recommendation and an essay explaining grades or events that affected academic performance.

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