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Connect with peers from Colorado and across the world while taking small classes on MSU Denver's downtown campus.

57% of MSU Denver students are first generation

First-Generation Students

57% of students at MSU Denver are the first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree.

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students of color comprise 48% of MSU Denver's student body

Students of Color

48% of undergraduate students MSU Denver identify as a student of color

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Apply Online In One Of Two Ways – It’s Fast, Free and Easy

  • Roadrunner Application: This is the online application specific for MSU Denver.
  • CommonApp: MSU Denver accepts the Common Application (CommonApp) in which students can apply to multiple colleges and universities with one application.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2023: No Longer Accepting Applications

Spring 2024: Next Priority Deadline- November 1, 2023

Summer 2024: Next Priority Deadline- April 1, 2024

Fall 2024: Next Priority Deadline- November 1, 2023

Students who are 19 years old or younger.

Guaranteed Admission

You will be guaranteed admission to MSU Denver if your cumulative, unweighted high school GPA is 2.0 or higher.

Secondary Admission Review

If your GPA is below 2.0, you will be required to provide additional documents before a decision can be made. Provide these items as soon as possible.

  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • A Personal Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)

What We Look for in Your Application

Academic Record:  high school grades, GPA, classes taken, etc.

HEAR Coursework: completing Higher Education Admissions Recommendations (HEAR) courses is strongly encouraged.

Additional Factors

ACT or SAT scores aren’t necessary for admission. Learn more about Colorado’s Test-Optional Policy.

MSU Denver considers other things that may have influenced your academic performance in high school. We will look at your student, family and community activities. Please share additional information you feel is important.

Students who are 20 years old or older

Guaranteed Admission

You will be guaranteed admission to MSU Denver if you are 20 years old or older and have earned a high school diploma or have qualifying GED scores (see below).

ACT or SAT scores aren’t necessary for admission. Learn more about Colorado’s Test-Optional Policy.

Students who have completed their GED

MSU Denver accepts GED Scores with scores of 145 or higher on all four sections.

Future Student Information Request

Apply without the application fee! Request more information and get a fee waiver today.

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We are so excited to welcome you to the Roadrunner community at MSU Denver!

The Office of Admissions is still here to help as you get closer to enrolling at MSU Denver. Please feel free to contact your admissions counselor for any questions that arise.

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Next Steps Checklist

Enrollment and financial aid may be impacted if you do not complete these next steps in a timely manner, so be sure to work through this checklist soon!

Set up your MSU Denver student account
Access your MSU Denver NetID to set up your student email account and the Student Hub, by using the My First Login tool.
You will need your Student ID number, which can be found in your electronic and mailed acceptance letter, or within your Application Status Portal.

Submit Official and Final Transcripts

MSU Denver makes admissions decisions with unofficial and self-reported academic information. When you applied to MSU Denver, you may have uploaded unofficial transcripts to your application account. After admission, official transcripts are required for review and record keeping. Please request your official GED scores or official high school transcript to be sent to our office. Additionally, once your final grades and date of graduation are posted, please request your final official transcript to be sent. Learn more about how to send your transcripts to MSU Denver.

Take or Submit Assessment Exams
Test scores are optional, but if you have transfer credits or ACT/SAT test scores, you may be exempt from an assessment exam in Math and/or English. If you are required to take assessment exams, you should complete them before registering for Orientation. Learn more about testing requirements.

Register for and attend Orientation
As a new student, you are required to attend an orientation session before you are able to register for classes. Sign up early to secure your spot!

Meet with an academic advisor
You will meet with an academic advisor during your orientation session in order to select classes; however, if you would like additional advising following orientation, you can find your advisor and make an appointment.

Register for classes
You will register for classes during orientation. If you are unable to register at that time, you may register for classes on your Student Hub, which is where you can edit your schedule, too.

Apply for and check your financial aid and scholarships
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using MSU Denver’s school code 001360. MSU Denver also offers scholarships awards based on academics, achievement and financial need. Undocumented and DACA students should complete the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) for state aid. Access your financial aid and scholarship award in your account on your Student Hub. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] for any questions.

*Changes are coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA and CASFA called the FAFSA Simplification Act. The 2024-25 application will open in December 2023. 

Authorize the COF Stipend
Colorado residents qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend which pays for a portion of the in-state tuition on every course credit you take.

Get Your Books and Student ID
Visit the Tivoli Station Bookstore and purchase books and supplies as well as get your Student ID card.

Pay Your Tuition
Pay tuition and fees via the Student Hub or at the Cashier’s Office located in the Jordan Student Success Building, by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin.

Health Insurance and Immunizations
Health Insurance is a mandatory fee. Those with alternate coverage can waive this fee if you are paying out of pocket.

All students are also required to submit their immunization records. Review the Immunization Requirements.

Selective Service System

In accordance with federal law, all male-assigned at birth students must register for selective service.

Next Steps for International Students

International students are required to complete additional steps prior to enrolling at MSU Denver. Review the checklist and be sure to submit documents by the deadline.

Admitted Student Facebook Group

You are invited to join a Facebook Group designed for newly admitted Roadrunners. Meet your peers, ask questions and get connected before coming to campus!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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