University of Colorado Denver Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

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University of Colorado Denver Admissions Overview:

Admission to the University of Colorado Denver is not overly selective, but successful applicants will need solid grades and standardized test scores to get in. About a quarter of applicants will not be admitted. Admission decisions are based largely on an index of grades, class rank, and ACT scores / SAT scores. You will not need to write an essay for the UCD application.

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Admissions Data (2016):

University of Colorado Denver Description:

UCD, the University of Colorado Denver, is one of the three institutions that make up the University of Colorado system. Over 80% of students come from Colorado. The university offers over 140 degree programs through its 13 schools and colleges. The university frequently ranks well among public universities in the west, and the health and biological fields are particularly strong.

At the undergraduate level, business and nursing are the most popular majors, and the university offers some on-line options. Campus life is active, and students can participate in any of the more than 100 clubs and organizations, ranging from academic clubs, to honor societies, to performing arts groups.

The university has many athletic facilities but does not compete in an NAIA or NCAA conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 23,960 (14,622 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 58% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,228 (in-state); $24,924 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,205
  • Other Expenses: $5,193
  • Total Cost: $27,426 (in-state); $43,122 (out-of-state)

University of Colorado Denver Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 73%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55%
    • Loans: 40%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,381
    • Loans: $5,506

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: - %
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Profiles of Other Colorado Colleges

Adams State | Air Force Academy | Colorado Christian | Colorado College | Colorado Mesa | Colorado School of Mines | Colorado State | CSU Pueblo | Fort Lewis | Johnson & Wales | Metro State | Naropa | Regis | University of Colorado | UC Colorado Springs  | UC Denver | University of Northern Colorado | Western State

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University of Colorado Denver Mission Statement:

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"The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world."

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