University of Colorado Colorado Springs

International students, you are welcome here! The University of Colorado Colorado Springs values the talent, culture and contributions shared by our international faculty and students. With more than 42 countries represented at UCCS, the world comes to Colorado Springs through UCCS, providing our resident students a truly international experience at home. It is an experience we believe will last students a lifetime in our increasingly global society.  

If you are not a US citizen or you do not yet hold US Permanent Resident status, you should apply as an international student. Review the descriptions below and select the one that fits you best to review the application steps.

We invite you to apply to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs! Please define your application type:  

  • Undergraduate International Applicant: International undergraduate applicants are students applying to an undergraduate program for a Bachelor's degree as freshmen or transfer students. International freshman and transfer applicants should also fill out the same international application. Please review the admissions recruitments below. 
  • Graduate International Applicant: International graduate applicants are students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a higher degree at the master or doctoral level. International graduate applicants should fill out the graduate application. Click here for Graduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Conditional Applicant: International undergraduate applicants who do not meet the UCCS English proficiency requirement can still be admitted after they gain proficiency through our Intensive English Program or UCCS approved partner language training centers*. Undergraduate international students who are seeking conditional admissions should fill out the international application. Click here to learn more about UCCS' Intensive English Program
  • Non-degree Seeking Exchange Applicant: International applicants who are not seeking a degree from the UCCS but are nominated as exchange students by their home institutions. Contact your international office to determine if an exchange partnership exists between your home institution and the UCCS. Nominated exchange applicants, please visit the Global Engagement Office page here for admissions details.  

Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements  

To be reviewed for admission to UCCS, prospective undergraduate international students must submit all of the following:

All students will be reviewed in the order their application file is completed.  A completed application file consists of the submitted application and receipt of official required documents such as transcripts and proof of English proficiency.
Payable by check or money order (made payable to the UCCS) after you submit your application. Checks or money orders can be mailed to UCCS. ( If submitting a check or money order, include your full legal name and date of birth. 
Official secondary school transcripts certified and translated to English (final three years).  We require transcripts from each and every collegiate institution attended during and after graduation from high school.  In addition, applicants with course-work from any foreign college must submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation by a NACES member in order for such course work to be considered for transfer credit at UCCS. (Please note: Official evaluations received directly from WES and ECE credential agencies may enable more efficient review and processing of transfer credit by UCCS.) 

TOEFL: Students must receive a minimum score of 75 on the iBT within the past two years (UCCS code: 4874)
IELTS: Students must receive a minimum score of 6.0 within the past two years
PTE: Students must receive a minimum score of 51
KITE: Students must receive a minimum score of 460 or better (The KITE test result has to be within the past two years. Students (both UCCS students and non-UCCS students) are allowed to take the test no more than once per academic semester (fall, spring, summer). To make an appointment for testing, email international@uccs.edu )
A-level: An IGCSE or A-level result of C or better on the English/First Language exam. Test results must be official and not predicted to be considered for direct admission.
West African Senior School Certificate Examination: WAEC/WASSCE grade of B3 or better on the English language.
Cambridge CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; CPE)
  • The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is C.
Cambridge CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; CAE)
  • The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is B.
* Exempt countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

English Language Proficiency Exemptions

  • U.S. College or University: Completed a minimum of one year (two full-time semesters) of academic coursework at a U.S. college or university including completion of English Composition I with a grade of C or higher.
  • AP: Completion of English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition with a score of 4 or better.
  • IB: Completion of English A Literature HL, English A Language & Literature HL, or English A Language & Literature SL with a score 4 and higher.
  • SAT critical reading score or 400 or better. (UCCS code: 4874)
  • ACT English sub-score of 14 or better. (UCCS code: 0535)
  • Citizen of a country whose first/official language and the language of instruction are English and has completed all secondary or post-secondary schooling in that country.
  • Applicants from Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
UCCS requires that you submit an official score report for either the SAT I or the ACT. Scores will be considered official if submitted electronically by the testing agency or if they are included on the official high school transcript. We receive electronic transmissions of ACT and SAT I scores from the testing agencies each week, and we will automatically update your application with any new scores received by our application deadlines.
Your highest scores are used in the admission decision. If you take the same test more than once, we combine your scores on each subsection to give you the highest overall composite score.
UCCS's ACT code is 0535 and the SAT code is 4874.

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Still have questions? Please email Ms. Ruby Cheng, International Services and Recruitment Coordinator at ycheng@uccs.edu or call 719-255-7218. 

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