Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements

Why Colorado?

Top three reasons to choose Colorado as your education destination in the U.S.:

  • #2 Most Educated State: Colorado is ranked 2nd in educational attainment behind only Massachusetts.
  • #1 For Business: Colorado is ranked #1 in Overall State Economy (U.S. News & World Report) and #1 in State Job Market (Wallet Hub).
  • More than 300 Days of Sunshine: On average, Colorado has more annual days of sunshine than either San Diego or Miami Beach.

Learn about the State of Colorado from the StudyColorado webpage.

Why Colorado Springs?

Colorado Springs is ranked as #2 best place to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report (2018)

Located in the foothills of Pikes Peak, one of the most spectacular mountains in the U.S., Colorado Springs is a haven for outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, white water rafting, biking, etc. It has very distinguished four seasons with the average temperature of 62.1F in summer and an average temperature of 35.8F in winter. Colorado Springs, a mid-sized city of greater than 500,000 residents, is small enough to still be friendly, but large enough to attract nationally known performers, speakers and events. The city also features plenty of outdoor activities all year long.

(You can see a glimpse of Colorado Springs by watching VisitCOS videos.)

We invite you to apply and see for yourself how exciting, fulfilling and affordable your educational journey can be!


If you are pursuing an undergraduate degree or plan to take some undergraduate level classes, please fill out the international undergraduate online application here

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.

International undergraduate applicants who do not meet the UCCS English proficiency requirement can still be admitted after they gain proficiency or through an UCCS approved partner language training centers. Undergraduate international students who are seeking conditional admissions should fill out the undergraduate international application.

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 International Affairs Office page here for admissions details.


Upon submission of the application you will have the option to pay by credit card (USD60). If you did not pay by credit when you submitted the application the application fee is payable by check or money order (made payable to UCCS). Checks or money orders can be mailed to UCCS. Students can also pay the fee online by credit card (If the link doesn't work in Chrome please use it in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer). If submitting a check or money order, include your full legal name and date of birth. We recognize some students may be faced with financial constraints in paying the application fee so please talk with your Admissions Counselor if you need assistance.

You can fulfill the English proficiency requirements by submitting a passing test score or by qualifying for one of our exceptions. You can email these documents (in PDF format) to UCCS at ugapp@uccs.edu.

Accepted Tests

  • TOEFL (ETS code: 4874)
  • ELS Level 12
  • PTE Academic
  • SAT I
  • ACT
  • Duolingo (DET)
  • WAEC
  • Cambridge English (CPE and CAE)

Learn more about English requirements


Upload a copy of the secondary school/high school transcripts (final three years), language school transcripts, and post-secondary/college/university transcripts during the application process. We require transcripts from each and every collegiate institution attended during and after graduation from high school. Upon the successful completion of your online application, you will receive a private link to upload your foreign high school transcripts and/or post-secondary transcripts for evaluation. This service is free of charge for UCCS applicants. More details will be communicated to you via emails. Please make sure to check your email for the uploading instructions.

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 score 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.

A transfer student is a student who has completed 24+ credit hours of transferable college-level coursework. Whether you are transferring from a community college or a four-year institution, we are here to help you transition to UCCS! If you are a transfer student, please check out the transfer criteria here.


International Student Application

UCCS is welcoming of all international students. We’re excited to have you on campus. Please read this guide for our new international students, which will answer some of your questions prior to your orientation.

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International Student Checklist

Check out our guide for new international students, which will answer your questions before orientation.

For further assistance, please contact the Admissions Office.

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