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First-Time College Students

Run Your Own Road

MSU Denver is proud to offer a high-quality education at an affordable cost for students looking to transform their lives and communities. Join our urban campus and be part of one of the most diverse student communities in Colorado.

 

 

What you should know:

  • Apply early for quicker processing times and the best selection of courses.
  • Submit your application and any required items by the application deadlines.
  • Processing typically takes 1-2 weeks from the time you submit everything, but this can vary during busy times of the year.

How Do I Start?

  1. Apply.
  2. Submit your official high school transcripts.
    • Printed: must be in an official sealed envelope from your high school.
    • Electronically: your high school can send this directly to MSU Denver.
  3. Request your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).
  4. Optional: Submit a personal statement and/or letters of recommendation.

 

Admissions Requirements

At MSU Denver, we review students in a multi-faceted, holistic approach. You’re not just one thing!

 

What we look at:

  • Academic record: Grades, classes attended, etc.
  • HEAR Requirements  
  • ACT and/or SAT test scores
  • Additional Factors:  MSU Denver considers other things that may have influenced how you did in high school.  We will look at your student and community activities, but feel free to share anything else you think is important.

 

MSU Denver Average Student Profile*

 

Mid-50% GPA range
of admitted students
(4.0 scale – includes weighted GPA)

Mid-50% ACT range
of admitted students
(composite score)

Mid-50% SAT range
of admitted students
(Evidenced Based Reading and Writing + Math)

2.61 – 3.41

18 - 23

1010 - 1200

 

*If you are below or on the lower end of one or more of the ranges listed, we highly encourage you to submit the following so we can make the best admission decision for you:

  • Personal Statement: Write approximately 500 words on the following:
      • Why is MSU Denver a good fit for your educational goals?
      • If applicable, explain any circumstances that may have affected your academic performance.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Ask a counselor, teacher or administrator who can write about your academic abilities and/or your potential for contribution to the community.
  1. Apply.
  2. Submit your GED transcript (scores must be included).
  3. Optional: Request your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).
    • If less than 5 years old, these scores can be helpful for advising purposes.

 

Admissions Requirements

As a GED recipient, your admission to MSU Denver is simple!

 

What we look at:

GED scores: must be 145 or higher on all four sections.

  1. Apply.
  2. Submit your official high school transcripts.
    • Printed: must be in an official sealed envelope from your high school.
    • Electronically: your high school can send this directly to MSU Denver.
  3. Optional: Request your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).
    • If less than 5 years old, these scores can be helpful for advising purposes.

 

Admissions Requirements

As a student age 20 and over, your admission to MSU Denver is simple!

 

What we look at:

Completion of High School

OR

Qualifying GED scores (see GED Recipient tab)

I've Finished My Application. Now What?

If you completed your application and submitted all of the required items listed above, please give the Office of Admissions 1-3 weeks to review your file. You will receive an email and a mailed letter with your admission status.



First time undergraduate Melissa Campos "MSU Denver has transformed my life by allowing me to achieve and believe that anything is possible. What I appreciate the most about my experience here is having the support that I never had before. The professors are here because they care about the students. I wouldn't be so close to graduating if it weren't for the support here at MSU Denver."

Melissa Escobedo

Dual major: Criminal Justice and Modern Languages


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