University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Are you ready to REACH HIGHER? By clicking on the sections below, you will learn about how we look at candidates for admission to UCCS. Questions on your status? Contact us at 719-255-3084 or go@uccs.edu

Submission of the UCCS application for admission is advised as early as possible during the applicant's senior year in high school. Submitting an application early and subsequently being admitted by December 1st ensures the earliest opportunity for students to be able to apply for UCCS scholarships and on-campus housing.  Therefore, we urge applicants to consider December 1st as a priority application date.

However, UCCS adheres to a rolling admission process which means there is not an absolute deadline after which applications will no longer be considered.  A significant number of student applications are received and admitted between December and May 1st.  Applying and subsequently being admitted by May 1st ensures that students still have a number of UCCS Orientation sessions from which to choose in order to register for classes. Applications received after May 1st are considered on a space available basis.

Students should submit the UCCS application for admission along with a $50 application fee (a fee waiver option exists for students with financial need), and provide a copy of their high school transcript and ACT or SAT (or GED scores if applicable).  Once the application, transcript and test scores are all received, the admission file is completed and reviewed to determine admissibility.  UCCS considers high school courses taken, GPA, class rank, and ACT or SAT as parts of a holistic review to determine admissibility.  A holistic review means no single one of these parts alone necessarily determines admission since students demonstrate academic preparedness in different ways. However, the chart and course requirements ("MAPS") listed below may assist you when moving through the application process.

Admissions Criteria Chart

Transfer students are encouraged to submit an admission application at least one full semester prior to the semester at UCCS in which they plan to enroll. However, UCCS adheres to a rolling admission process which means there is not an absolute deadline after which applications will no longer be considered. For Fall or Summer enrollment, applying and subsequently being admitted by May 1st ensures that students still have a number of UCCS Orientation sessions from which to choose in order to register for classes. Applications for Fall and Summer received after May 1st are considered on a space available basis. For Spring enrollment, applying and subsequently being admitted by December 1st is advised for students intending to start at UCCS for the Spring semester. Applications for Spring received after December 1st are considered on a space available basis.

Transfer applicants need to submit a UCCS-specific transfer application, a $50 application fee, official college transcripts from all academic institutions ever attended. (Students with fewer than 30 credit hours of transfer course work must submit a high school transcript with a graduation date or copy of GED certificate with scores.)  If a transfer student has less than 13 hours of transferable coursework, then submission of ACT or SAT test scores is required.  UCCS also asks for any student with previous military experience to submit any Joint Services or Community College of the Air Force transcripts related to military education. After submitting these transcripts, military students must fill out the Military Transfer Review form.

Transfer admission is primarily based on a student's transfer GPA from all previous completed college coursework. Typically, a 2.4 transfer GPA qualifies an applicant for admission to UCCS in general.  Additionally, each of UCCS's Academic College will have a minimum GPA for admission into that specific college as outlined below:

UCCS Specific College GPA Requirements:

College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences: 2.4 cumulative GPA

College of Business: 2.7 cumulative GPA*

College of Education: 2.4 cumulative GPA

College of Engineering & Applied Science: 3.0 cumulative GPA**

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences (Nursing major) -   GPA of 3.0 or above

Helen and Arthur E. Jonson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Science (Health Sciences major) -  GPA of 2.5 or above

School of Public Affairs: 2.4 cumulative GPA

*Students must also have completed ENG 121 and MAT 121 with a C- or better prior to admission.

**Completion of Calculus I and Calculus-based Physics and/or College Chemistry is highly encouraged.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for the College of Business, College of Engineering, and Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science can be considered for admission into the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and work with their academic advisor to be considered for admission after at least one semester of work at UCCS. Any student with a minimum GPA of 2.4 will be considered for the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.  Students with a GPA between 2.0 - 2.4 are encouraged to submit a personal essay detailing their academic history.
Non-degree seeking students are students who wish to take courses at UCCS but are not planning on completing a degree with UCCS.  This status also applies to high school students who want to take courses at UCCS at the same time they are completing their high school coursework.

Students admitted with this designation are admitted on a special set of criteria different from our standard admission policies for one semester and must reapply each semester they wish to enroll with this designation.  An applicant submits a specific non-degree application and a $25 application fee.  Transcripts are not required for this process but may be needed to prove completion of pre-requisite courses to enroll in desired courses.
Understanding Concurrent Enrollment at UCCS

Concurrent enrollment is a special designation within UCCS' Non-Degree Seeking admission policy.
A Non-Degree Seeking student is an Office of Admissions classification for a student that is not enrolled in a UCCS degree program and catalog year. Students admitted with this designation are admitted on a special set of criteria different from our standard admission policies. Below are ways for a student to concurrently enroll with UCCS:

High School Concurrent Enrollment
High school students, often in the junior or senior year, will enroll concurrently at UCCS and take college classes while completing their high school coursework. Participating school districts will have individualized rules and policies for how this is implemented for students in that district. Apply with this application.

Ascent Concurrent Enrollment
High school students who have completed all graduation requirements but are remaining with their high school for a 5th year. These students will complete and submit the State of Colorado Ascent paperwork and UCCS non-degree application for special enrollment. Call UCCS Extended Studies at 719-255-3498 for more information.

CU Succeed
UCCS has partnered with a number of Colorado school districts to provide college-level coursework in specific high school classes. Learn more by going to our CU Succeed information. Learn more here.

Colorado Community College Dual Enrollment
UCCS has specific programs with Colorado Community Colleges for dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment for RN-to-BSN Nursing programing. Learn more here.

UCCS/PPCC Engineering Concurrent Enrollment
UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College have a special partnership specifically for concurrent enrollment for Engineering majors. Learn more here or by contacting UCCS Extended Studies at 719-255-3498.

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