Admissions Criteria


Admissions Criteria


College Business & Administration Engineering & Applied Science** Letters, Arts & Sciences, Education, & Public Affairs Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing Nursing Prep Majors*** Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing  Health Sciences Majors
GPA 3.25 or higher 3.2 or higher 2.5 or higher 3.8 or higher 2.5 or higher
Class Rank Top 50%        
Additional consideration factors Meet HEAR/CU MAPS standards. Completion of higher level math (trig, pre-calc, calc, etc.) and higher level sciences (chem., physics, etc.) with grades of B- or higher. Attention will be paid to cumulative GPA, strength of curriculum, grade trends, and academic course rigor (HEAR/CU MAPS). 3.50-3.79 with demonstrated success (A grades or higher) in  Biology, Chemistry, and Antomy/Physiology.  3.0-3.49 demontrated success in enhanced academic curriculum (example: Honors/ AP/IB/Dual College Credit/etc). Attention will be paid to cumulative GPA, strength of curriculum, grade trends, and academic course rigor (HEAR/CU MAPS).


ACT 21 Composite 25 Composite 21 Composite 24 Composite 18 Composite
SAT 1150 Composite 1190 Composite 1070 Composite 1150 Composite 920 Composite

***Applicants with the above ACT/SAT minimums may be eligible for admission with lower GPAs upon review of academic rigor and strength of curriculum.***

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Additional Information

Additional Sources of Credit-By-Exam
UCCS accepts additional sources of credit-by-exam in the form of A-Level exams and specific Great Books programs. Please visit the Credit-By-Exam website for more information.

Applicants Without Approved High School Graduation
An applicant who has not graduated from high school must submit satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development Test (GED) or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and a Certificate of Equivalency from any state department of education, and SAT or ACT entrance examination scores. The minimum SAT score is 1000 (prior to March) or 1070 (after March 2016). The minimum ACT score is 20. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.

Students Not Granted Admission
An applicant who is not granted admission as an entering freshman may wish to consider a transfer to the university after one or two years of study elsewhere (see transfer requirements section). In the best interest of students pursuing educational goals for which they lack some academic preparation, the Letters, Arts and Sciences/Campus Admissions committee often recommends that such applicants complete at least one full year of college level coursework at a regionally accredited college. The personal attention and the appropriate courses there will prepare the student for an eventual successful experience at the University of Colorado.

High School Dual Enrollment
High school juniors and seniors with proven academic abilities may be admitted for one term at a time with approval from the admissions office at the direction of the admission director. Credit for courses taken may subsequently be applied toward a university degree program. For more information and application instructions, contact the Office of Admissions.