Gateway Program

The Gateway program provides a supportive academic environment and ensures equitable opportunity for higher education to those qualified students who have been historically denied access to university.We targets ethnic minority students, first generation college students, and students who are economically or academically disadvantaged. The Gateway program champions academic success and offers support to all who seek collegiate accomplishment.

Program Info

How does the MOSAIC Gateway program work? 
The MOSAIC Gateway program provides conditional admission to students in historically under-represented populations who do not qualify for traditional admission. Applications for the MOSAIC Gateway program are flagged by various college admission committees who have completed an additional review of the applicants; the MOSAIC Gateway program makes the final decision on admission. The program strives to support student's transition into strong academically and socially competent students. It is important that new students adapt, adjust, advance and achieve at UCCS.

Can I apply for the MOSAIC Gateway program?

The program director is available to work with students who feel that the academic performance, ACT/SAT score and GPA do not accurately reflect their true potential. Typically, applications are flagged by the credential examiners and the admission committee's during the admission review process.  You will be notified via email or phone call for additional assessment if your application has been accepted into the MOSAIC Gateway program? 

What happens if I've been accepted into the MOSAIC Gateway program? 

The MOSAIC Gateway advisor will ask you to submit additional information about your circumstances. If you have not submitted a separate essay with your application, that explains your unique circumstances, a set of questions that prompt you will be emailed to you. Questions can be directed to the program director, Anthony Cordova, at 719 255-3040

What conditions do I have to fulfill for the MOSAIC Gateway program? 

The conditions for admission vary. A well written and honest personal essay with your application will go a long way towards helping with your admission decision. Students, who are admitted, will be required to participate in two classes that they will be automatically enrolled in for their first semester, if they are a fall admit. Additional classes are chosen with the help of your academic advisor, according to your major and academic preparedness level. Students admitted for spring or summer semesters will need to work with the MOSAIC Gateway director on a case by case basis.

What are some ways I can increase my chances of being accepted to UCCS? 

While everyone's application is unique, there are some ways to strengthen it. Take the ACT or SAT more than once. The scores are an important assessment tool, no matter which school you are applying to. It is no secret that scores are influenced by your familiarity with the test and what you learn from one semester to another. GPA matters! Honors, AP and IB courses can bring your GPA down if you are not successfully completing them. A (D) or (F) appears as to a faculty member on an admission committee, as a student that did not learn the material. It does not matter that the course was considered advanced. A (C) average may appear as satisfactory to you but it appears to a faculty committee person as doing just enough work to pass the class. Faculty want to work with students who are motivated and engaged in the material they are passionate about.  Write a personal statement explaining why you are interested in attending UCCS and why you would make a good candidate for admission. Get letters of recommendation from mentors and leaders in your life and include them in your admissions packet. These steps won't guarantee your admission, but they can help. 

Who can I contact if I have more questions? 

The MOSAIC Gateway program is here to guide and assist in all of your endeavors. You can email Anthony Cordova, the director of the program, at or call 719 255-3040. 

Admission Info

Admission to UCCS is based on a combination of ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA. The tables below show admission info - for a more detailed explanation, visit the Admissions page. 

+ Freshman Admissions Chart

ACT SAT 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.0
18 840-870                      
19 880-920                        
20 930-960                            
21 970-1000                            
22 1010-1040                                
23 1050-1070                                  
24 1080-1110                                        
25 1120-1150                                        
26 1160-1190                                        
27 1200-1230                                        
28 1240-1270                                          
29 1280-1300                                          
30 1320-1340                                          
31 1350-1390                                          
32 1400-1430                                          
33 1440-1430                                          
34 1440-1480                                          
35 1500-1590                                          
36 1600                                        
  Weak Candidate   Possible Candidate   Strong Candidate


+ Assured Admission Criteria

College Business& Administration Engineering & Applied Science** Letters, Arts & Sciences Nursing & Health and Public Affairs Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences***
Class Rank Top 30% Top 30% Top 40% Top 30%
ACT OR SAT 24 Composite 25 Composite 24 Composite 24 Composite
School Code: 22 Math; 1120 Verbal + Math 1080 Verbal + Math 1080 Verbal + Math
ACT: 0535, 24 English      
SAT: 4874 1080 Verbal + Math      
Course Units (One unit is study in the same subject area for one year)
English 4 Including at least 2 yrs. of composition 4 Including at least 2 yrs. of composition 4 Including at least 2 yrs. of composition 4 Including at least 2 yrs. of composition
Math 3 4 3 3
  College Prep At least 2 yrs. of Algebra, 1 yr. Geometry & 1 yr. Advanced Math College Prep College Prep
Natural Science 3 3 3 3
  2 yrs. Lab Science 1 yr. Physics & 1 yr. Chemistry 2 yrs. Lab Science 1 yr. Chemistry
        1 yr. Biology
        1 yr. other Science
Social Science 2 2 2 2
    Government, History, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, etc. Government, History, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, etc.  
Foreign Language 2 2 2 2
  All units in single foreign language All units in single foreign language All units in single foreign language All units in single foreign language
Academic Electives 1 1 1 1
Total 15 16 15 15