Before starting the application, be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) (see documentation requirements below), all of your test score results, and a credit card if you plan to pay the application fee upon submission.

Application Deadlines

Term Scholarship Consideration Preferred Deadline Final Deadline
Fall (August) January 15 March 15 May 15
Spring (January) September 15 September 15 October 15
Summer (June) N/A January 15 March 15

How to Apply


Submit Online Application

Be sure to write down the email that you use for your application as well as your password. You can submit the application before you have provided your test scores and documents.


Submit Secondary School Transcripts

You must provide complete transcripts from all high schools you have attended – even if you did not graduate from the school.

Translations Required

If your transcript was issued in a language other than English, you must also provide a certified English translation of the transcript. CU Denver does not have a preferred translation provider; we recommend that you use an ATA member company.

External Evaluations 

You do NOT need to provide an external evaluation of your transcript. International Admissions will evaluate your transcript during the application process. You only need to provide a translation.

Where to Submit Documents

Electronically: This is the preferred method of transcript submission. If sent via electronic delivery services, academic records should be sent through Parchment, Naviance, eScrip-Safe or SPEEDE/National Student Clearing House.


Regular Mail Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, etc.)
University of Colorado Denver
International Admissions
Campus Box 141
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA
University of Colorado Denver
International Admissions
1201 Larimer Street, Suite 1119
Denver, CO 80204, USA

Important Information

Unofficial and Official transcripts are required depending on the location of the school you attended. Please refer to the table below:

OFFICIAL Transcripts

OFFICIAL or UNOFFICIAL transcripts; however, we require OFFICIAL transcripts before the end of your first semester.
(Search Country-Specific Documentation Requirements)

If your high school education was completed outside of the United States, you will be required to submit documentation specific to your country. Please search the page below for more information:


Submit Test Scores

SAT or ACT scores are required only if you will graduate from a high school inside the US. Send your score to us using the codes below (scores reported on official high school transcripts are considered official test scores).

ACT codeSAT code




Citizenship Exemption

International applicants holding citizenship from the following countries do not need to prove their English language proficiency for admission to CU Denver.

 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 
Australia  Antigua & Barbuda 
Canada (except Quebec)  Australia 
 Commonwealth Caribbean  Barbados
 Ghana  Belize
 Ireland  Canada
 Kenya  Dominica
 New Zealand  Granada
 Singapore Guyana 
 South Africa Ireland 
 Zimbabwe  Jamaica
United Kingdom   New Zealand
   Saint Kitts & Nevis
   Saint Lucia
   Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
   Trinidad & Tobago
  United Kingdom

The Spring 2021 list is based on the United Kingdom government’s list of countries exempt from proving English ability when applying for a UK student visa.


Coursework Completion

International applicants may meet the English language proficiency requirement through previous coursework completed.


Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Graduate from high school in the US, with 1+ year of college-prep English coursework Graduate from high school in the US, with 1+ year of college-prep English coursework
Graduate from a US-accredited high school outside of the US Graduate from a US-accredited high school outside of the US
  Earn a high school credential (comparable to a high school diploma) at an exempt-country-accredited school located in a non-exempt country (see "Citizenship Exemption" above)


CU Denver ESL Academy (Level 5) Graduation

International applicants may meet the English language proficiency requirement for any program of study at CU Denver by successfully completing every class in level 5 at CU Denver’s ESL Academy.


English Language Proficiency Tests

Minimum Score Requirements

Note: The university minimum scores listed below apply to all undergraduate programs, with the exception of programs in the College of Nursing.

Application Term Fall
Overall Score 75 79 6.5 6.5 51 58
Reading 15 18 5.5 5.5 44 42
Listening 15 17 5.5 5.5 44 42
Speaking 18 20 5.5 5.5 49 42
Writing 17 17 5.5 5.5 47 42


(test dates after July 15, 2019)
100-point scale
(test dates before July 15, 2019)
Total Score 105 48

CU Denver will fully implement the Duolingo English Test for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, we are piloting the test for undergraduate admission (except for College of Nursing programs). The Duolingo English Test does not report sub-scores. International Admissions reserves the right to update our minimum requirements in the event that Duolingo starts reporting sub-scores. 

How to Submit Your Scores

Use the information below to submit your scores electronically:

TOEFL IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo


Search "University of Colorado Denver"


Additional Tests

Additional tests to meet ELP requirements will be accepted for Spring 2021 moving forward. International Admissions must receive the official score report.

 Test Required Minimum Subscore

- English

- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Advanced Placement (AP)
- English Literature and Composition
International Baccalaureate (IB)
- English A Literature (HL or SL)
- English A Language and Literature (HL or SL)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level
- English Literature
- English Language
General Certificate of Education (GCE) AS-Level
- English Language


LynxDirect Pathway Program

If you do not meet any of the English Language Proficiency requirements above, you may be considered for admission to the LynxDirect Pathway program through the CU Denver ESL Academy. To be considered for admission to this program you must meet the following score requirements on your ELP tests:

Comprehensive/Overall Band Score 70 6.0

Depending on the major you are applying to, you may have additional requirements.

Some majors have a two-step admission process: after being admitted to CU Denver, you must also complete additional requirements for the major of our choice. If you are applying for one of the following programs, please review their additional requirements: