Adult Students

Invest in a lifetime of opportunity

Have you ever missed out on a job or been passed over for a promotion because you didn’t have your bachelor’s degree?

Education opens doors to opportunity, and Metropolitan State University of Denver has a program for virtually every adult student’s goal. Whether you want to grow in your career, finish college to set an example for your kids, switch professions, or just take classes to learn new skills, we offer more than 200 major, minor, concentration and certificate options so you can earn an education as unique as your ambitions.

Adult students feel at home at MSU Denver, where they are welcomed by our supportive faculty and given individualized attention in our small classes, which average just 20 students.

Research shows that not going to college can cost about half a million dollars in lifetime career earnings. That means the price of not pursuing a college degree is greater than the cost of earning one! With low tuition cost and access to multiple financial aid options, MSU Denver makes it easy for adult students to make the jump into college. By choosing us, you are getting the biggest return on your educational investment. 

Top Reasons to Choose MSU Denver

Over one third of MSU Denver’s 19,000 plus student population is over the age of 25. Here are the main reasons why adult students pick us over other universities:

  • MSU Denver offers the lowest tuition of the state’s five largest universities.
  • Affordable Colleges Online ranks MSU Denver 34th in the nation among “low-cost colleges with high starting salaries for graduates.”
  • College Measures and the Colorado Department of Higher Education report that MSU Denver graduates start their careers with higher salaries than degree holders from most other institutions in Colorado.
  • Life experience can be worth college credit: you may be able to “test out” of courses and earn credit for prior learning.
  • MSU Denver is conveniently located on the Auraria campus. We are just minutes away from I-25, 6th Avenue and downtown Denver.
  • We have an extended campus location in the Denver Tech Center.
  • All general studies classes can be completed online. 

Contact Us Today

Connect with an MSU Denver admissions professional at 303-556-3058 or [email protected] to learn how you can maximize your lifetime of earnings and opportunity—at Metropolitan State University of Denver.


Applicants who are 20 and older on September 15 for either the summer semester or the fall semester, or February 15 for the spring semester, will be considered for admission using the following requirements:

  • Applicants will be admitted to the college upon indicating on the Application for Admission that they have graduated from high school or that they have received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the equivalent. A GED issued through the military will be considered on an individual basis. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • By submitting the Application for Admission, degree-seeking applicants are certifying that they will request either a high school transcript with date of graduation or GED test scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Degree-seeking students will not be permitted to register for a second semester until this credential is received. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • The ACT or SAT is not required for admission, but is highly recommended for advising purposes.