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Application FAQs

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

1. When is a good time to apply to the University?

The earlier the better! The UCCS Admissions Office strongly encourages you to apply at least ninety days before the first day of the semester you wish to enroll.

2. How long do I have to wait after I apply to know if I've been accepted?
Once an application has been submitted and all required supporting materials have been received we attempt to evaluate files within two weeks. In some cases an admissions file may be referred to committee for additional review and a final decision may include additional time for committee proceedings. Graduate application processing is managed by individual departments and applicants should contact those programs to determine expected processing time. Individuals are informed via email, postal mail, and posted in their GoUCCS portal. For more information on undergraduate admission, seehttp://www.uccs.edu/futurestudents/admissions.html
3. When can I register?

After a student has been admitted to UCCS, and a new student orientation session has been completed, the student should be eligible to register. Times and details of registration and orientation information may be found at http://www.uccs.edu/~orientation Graduate application processing is managed by individual departments and applicants should contact those programs for assistance with registration.

4. I have been accepted but cannot attend right away. How long is my acceptance good for?

Your application may be updated for one calendar year.

5. The application states that listing my social security number is optional. If I don't list it, will my application process be affected?

Your social security number is not a factor in an admission decision. However, the UCCS Financial Aid Office requires your SSN to be on file for award purposes; and, to assess your eligibility for the College Opportunity Fund (COF). If you are seeking financial aid, it is in your best interest to list your SSN on your application.

6. Is an essay required as part of the admission process?

An essay is not required.

7. I want to apply to each university in the CU System (Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs).Do I need to submit a separate application for each school?

Yes. You need to fill out a separate application for each campus within the CU system.

8. I only want to enroll in one course and I don’t want to be degree seeking. How do I apply?

You should fill out the Non-Degree Seeking Application.

9. I was admitted to UCCS as a non-degree/unclassified student, but now I want to be degree seeking. What do I need to do and will I need to pay the application fee?

You will need to fill out a degree seeking application (either freshman or transfer student application) and pay the application fee.

10. I attended UCCS more than three semesters ago. Do I have to re-apply to UCCS? Do I have to pay the application fee again?

Yes, you will need to reapply. If you have attended another college or university since you last attended UCCS you will need to pay the application fee again.

Transcripts and Test Scores
11. Do I need to submit SAT or ACT scores? If I did not take either exam, what are my options?

If you have never taken the ACT or SAT, you must then meet transfer admission criteria to be admitted or you must have graduated from high school prior to 1988. Otherwise, we require ACT or SAT test scores for all freshman applicants. A supplemental ACT is offered through the UCCS Testing Center.

12. I graduated from high school a really long time ago. Do I need to submit an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to UCCS?

If your high school graduation was 1988 or later and you are applying to enter as a new freshman, you must submit an official high school transcript with graduation date to the UCCS Admissions Office. ACT and/or SAT scores must also be submitted. These can usually be obtained by contacting your high school or directly from testing sources. If you have completed at least 12 hours of college coursework and meet transfer admission criteria you will be evaluated for admission based on submission of post-secondary transcripts and test scores are not required.

13. What are MAPS, and what if I haven't completed all of the MAPS requirements?

MAPS is an acronym for Minimum Academic Preparation Standards for undergraduate students. (For full explanation of MAPS requirements, see http://www.uccs.edu/futurestudents/admissions.html Freshmen and transfer students who have graduated from high school in 1988 or later are subject to MAPS requirements. Students may be considered for admission even though they have not met all the MAPS requirements, but all MAPS deficiencies must be completed prior to graduation from UCCS.

Residency and Tution:

14. How do I qualify for residency?

In order to qualify for residency, a student age 23 or older must have an established domicile in the State of Colorado for at least one year, with the intent to remain in Colorado permanently. Residency for students under the age of 23 is based upon the established domicile of their parents or legal guardians. When petitioning for residency, factors that affect the decision include, but are not limited to: home ownership or home rental agreement in Colorado, Colorado vehicle registration, Colorado driver's license, Colorado voter registration, and payment of Colorado income tax. http://www.uccs.edu/admrec/tuition.html

15. I am a veteran. How do I qualify for resident tuition?

Unique tuition benefits are available for veterans and active duty military. Contact the Office of Veterans and Military Student Affairs Office for more information http://www.uccs.edu/~military/

16. What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and how do I qualify?

The Western Undergraduate Exchange is a program in which students from specific western states may enroll at UCCS with a reduced tuition level equal to 150% of the institution's regular resident tuition. This rate is available to qualified students from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii. UCCS’ Beth-El College of Nursing does not participate in WUE.

Transfer Students

17. When will I know what coursework has transferred from my last college?

You may find additional information about transfer course credit at http://www.uccs.edu/~transfer/ Most course evaluation will be completed one week after admission. This information will be posted in the student’s portal to see how credit transferred and applies to the new UCCS degree. Some courses may not be able to be articulated and the department will review the courses in question. In most cases, lower-division courses will be reviewed and articulated in the one-week time. International transcripts will also take longer to be fully evaluated.

18. I transferred to New University from Old College. My Old College coursework is reflected on my New University transcript. Do I still have to submit an official transcript from Old College?

You must submit an official transcript from any and all institutions of higher education that you have attended, even if transfer and current coursework is listed on another transcript.

19. Do I need to list a college or university on my application that I attended only for one non-credit class?

Students must list all institutions of higher education they have attended on the application. If you completed coursework at an institution of higher education, but it cannot be reflected on an official transcript, a formal letter on letterhead from that institution verifying that no credit was awarded must be submitted to the UCCS Admissions Office .

20. I do not want to transfer all of my previous credits due to grades; do I have to list this on my application?

You must submit an official transcript from any and all institutions of higher education that you have attended, even if transfer and current coursework is listed on another transcript.

Military Students

21. Will I get credit for my military training?

Credit for military schooling is evaluated upon receipt of forms DD 295 and DD214. Evaluation of credit is in accordance with the American Council on Education's credit recommendation and is generally considered as elective credit.

22. I am a veteran. How do I qualify for resident tuition?

Unique tuition benefits are available for veterans and active duty military. Contact the Office of Veterans and Military Student Affairs Office for more information http://www.uccs.edu/~military/

23. I am active duty military. How do I qualify for resident tuition?

Active duty military personnel, and their dependents, may qualify for resident tuition by submitting a Military Certification Form. The form can be obtained from the Education Center on Post or on Base. The form must be certified by Education Center staff and submitted with a photocopy of your military ID.