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ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment) is a fifth-year high school program where students can take classes at MSU Denver tuition-free. Students can remain in their school district for one year following 12th grade, attend classes at MSU Denver, and the school district will pay for the tuition. Students must have completed, or are on track to complete, 12 credit hours of college level classes, meet the minimum MSU Denver course prerequisites, meet their high school’s standards, and be selected by their high school for participation.

How to get started with ASCENT

  • Complete the MSU Denver Undergraduate Admissions Application. To waive the $25 application fee, use code the ‘concurrent’.
  • Register for and attend the First-Time to College Students Orientation.
  • Your school/district will determine if you receive an ASCENT slot, and the College Credit in High School team will reach out to students directly.
  • Complete the ASCENT_AGREEMENT_FORM_2021, and submit to [email protected]
  • Plan to attend the half-day College Credit in High School ASCENT kickoff event that takes place in late summer.
  • Contact College Credit in High School at [email protected] for questions about ASCENT.

School partners

We’re proud to bring college credit classes to many school districts across the state, including:

  • Adams12 Five Star Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Cherry Creek School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • GOAL Academy
  • JeffCo Public Schools
  • Pinnacle Charter School
  • Two Roads Charter School
  • Westminster Public Schools

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Phone: 303-615-1234

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building
3rd Floor – #330
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:
MSU Denver
Innovative and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 6
Denver, CO 80217-3362