ADMITTED STUDENT NEXT STEPS

Admitted Student Next Steps

Helpful things to have done before attending New Student Orientation 

Admitted Student Next Steps

Congratulations on being admitted to UCCS. You’re on a path to success, and we’re happy to be part of your bright future. The next steps you take, such as orientation, are a passageway to your first days on campus, selecting your housing, your classes and so much more.

Attend an Admitted Student Event

As a special welcome, our Admissions team invites you and two guests to join us for a complimentary meal to get to know our Admissions Staff and other incoming students.


Register for Orientation

New students are required to attend New Student Orientation before their first semester. During orientation, new students meet with their academic advisors and enroll in classes for the fall semester. The earlier date you attend, the better. 

  • Registration forms for the Spring semester are available on October 1.
  • Registration forms for Summer or Fall semester will be available on March 1. 

Students that are out of state have the option of attending orientation on-campus, out-of-state in California, Texas, Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, or Minnesota, or completing an online orientation.


Claim Your UCCS Student Account

Once you are admitted, it will take the IT department 1-2 business days to create your new student account. You will need a myUCCS account to apply for scholarships, view your holds and to-do list items, and register for classes.

You will need your Student ID number listed on your acceptance letter. If you do not know your number, contact Records (719-255-3361). Once you have your Student ID number, click here and select Claim Your Account.

Follow the instructions to retrieve your UCCS username and set your password. Contact the I.T. Helpdesk at 719-255-4357 with any issues you encounter.


Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA application determines if you will qualify for need-based scholarships, grants, work-student jobs, and student loans. 

The UCCS Code is 004509.

If you have submitted the FAFSA, please log in to your MyUCCS portal and view your My Action Items and To-Do list to ensure our Office of Financial Aid does not need additional information. 

Please contact our Office of Financial Aid at finaidse@uccs.edu or 719-255-3460 if you have any questions.  

Complete your FAFSA between October 1 - March 1


Apply for UCCS Scholarships

The scholarship application is located within the myUCCS portal. From the UCCS home page select the Current Students tab. Under the quick links, you can select the myUCCS Portal. Once you are in your portal navigate to the student center and click on the scholarship application link under the Finances heading.

You will then be asked to answer a series of questions before entering the scholarship application. Scholarship applications will ask for a variety of materials ranging from resumes to essays. The winter break is a great time to work on scholarship applications! More information about our scholarships can be found at https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/scholarships

Most scholarships have a deadline between Feb. 1 and March 1. Please contact our scholarships office at scholarships@uccs.edu or 719-255-3390 if you have any questions.  

Complete your scholarship application between December 1 - March 1


Apply for On-campus Housing

New freshmen under the age of 20 are required to live in UCCS' state-of-the-art residence halls located in our scenic Summit Village and Village at Alpine Valley locations. Colorado residents of El Paso county may qualify for an exemption to this requirement.

All freshmen, however, are strongly encouraged to live on campus to experience our exceptional residence life accommodations to enhance their overall college experience. Either a housing application or an exemption form must be submitted.

Applying for Housing
Students are required to submit a $600 advanced payment with their application which includes a $100 housing application fee, a $300 housing prepayment which will be deducted from their Fall tuition bill, and a $200 security deposit which is returned to the student once they move off campus if there is no damage to the room.

If you can demonstrate financial need, for example, if you are Pell Grant eligible according to the FAFSA, you can email finaidse@uccs.edu to determine if you qualify for a pre-payment waiver request. 

Please contact our housing office at housing@uccs.edu or 719-255-4042 if you have any questions.  

Complete your scholarship application between February 1 - April 1


Review Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Students that have submitted a completed FAFSA receive their Financial Aid award letters in the mail and their UCCS Student Portal. 

Once you log in to your portal, click on the Financial Aid tab and select the Accept/Decline Awards tab to view your financial aid package. If you submitted a completed FAFSA after March 1, you should receive your award letter about two weeks after your submission date. 

Letters typically arrive between late February and March.


Review Your Housing Assignment

The first round of housing assignments will be emailed to students that submitted a complete housing application by March 1. The second round of housing assignments will be emailed in June.

Students that have submitted a housing application and paid the $600 application fee/deposit/pre-payment have until May 31 to tell housing that they will not be living on-campus and still receive a $500 refund.


Understand or Take Placement Tests before Orientation

Only certain majors require placement in math courses. UCCS uses a student’s ACT and/or SAT math subtest scores for placement into the following math courses. To view math requirements for your major, please refer to the placement test website. If you have any questions regarding alternative placement options, please contact MPT@uccs.edu

Math Placement Scores (Effective Fall 2019) 

Course 

ACT Score 

SAT Score 

New 

SAT Score Old 

Accuplacer Score 

Math 090 

No required score 

Math 099 

19+ 

520+ 

490+ 

265+ on Next Gen Quant. Alg. Stats Test 

Math 1040 

College Algebra 

22+ 

570+ 

540+ 

245 on Next Gen Advanced Algebra and Functions Test 

Math 1050 

Elementary Functions for Calculus 

25+ 

610+ 

590+ 

280 on Next Gen Advanced Algebra and Functions Test 

Math 1120 

Calculus for Business and Economics 

25+ 

610+ 

590+ 

280 on Next Gen Advanced Algebra and Functions Test 

Math 1330 

Calculus for the Life Sciences 

27+ 

640+ 

620+ 

Passing score on “local test” 

Math 1350 

Calculus 1 

27+ 

640+ 

620+ 

Passing score on “local test” 


Submit Your Immunization Records before Orientation

After you register for orientation, please upload a copy of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization records to the UCCS Wellness Center portal.

If you will be living in on-campus housing, you must upload a certified record showing proof of a Meningococcal ACWY vaccination to the UCCS Wellness Center portal. If you opt not to receive the vaccine, you must sign a waiver that can be found here.


Colorado Residents: Sign Up for the College Opportunity Fund

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) allows Colorado Residents a will allow for a reduction in their tuition when they enroll in classes.

  • When you enroll in your classes at orientation, you will authorize your COF stipend to be paid to UCCS.
  • You have the option of authorizing COF each semester when you enroll in classes, or you may choose the Lifetime Authorization (you only authorize once, that authorization stays in effect until you change it).
  • If you do not apply for and authorize COF, you will pay full tuition.

For questions about authorizing COF, please contact the Bursar Office at 719-255-3391.

For questions about COF-eligible courses and lifetime COF hours, please contact the Registrar's Office at 719-255-3361


Send in Your Final Transcripts & AP or IB Scores

If you are still taking classes in high school, send in your final transcript showing you have graduated. If you are currently taking, or have taken, classes at a different college, send in a final transcript showing all of the classes you have completed. If you took an AP and/or IB test, you will need to ensure that the scores for those tests are sent.

If you have questions, contact us at ugapp@uccs.edu. An official version of the pdf transcript can be emailed to ugapp@uccs.edu or mailed to:

UCCS Office of Admissions
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918.


Explore Student Employment Opportunities

Students are eligible for Student Employment positions once enrolled in at least six credit hours. Work study and hourly student employment jobs that are on and off-campus are posted approximately one month before each semester starts.

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