Who We Are and What We Do
Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Will Simpkins, Ed.D., we are a group of professionals dedicated to ensuring the success of the whole person - mentally, physically and emotionally - both in the classroom and out. The three main areas of Student Affairs consists of:
Read on to further explore how each of these areas can support you with the various resources they have to offer:
The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub provides career development programs and activities for all MSU Denver students. We strive to embed experiential learning and career engagement into the full Roadrunner experience. Our exploratory advisors support students who have not yet chosen a major to map out an academic plan aligned to their career aspirations. Students can develop important leadership skills by serving as a Peer Mentor while also supporting fellow Roadrunners in navigating the campus and virtual environment. As a student, you have access to a variety of online resources including resume review tools and our database, Career Link, of employment and internship opportunities. The C2 Hub team is ready to support your journey toward a fulfilling career.
Career Engagement Team provides support to tailor your job search both for today and for the future of work. We offer a variety of workshops and activities to help you develop your application materials including resume, cover letter, salary negotiation and more. Additionally, this team works to ensure professional development is part of the student employment experience for work-study positions.
Scholar Support & Retention
Scholar Support & Retention works with our scholarship recipients to ensure students receive holistic support throughout their academic journey.
Student Engagement and Wellness is an array of departments and services that help students be their best selves, stay the course, and succeed in school, career, and life. We believe that wellness is more than just good grades or a good job, it also means taking care of our minds, bodies and spirits. We also recognize that life happens, so our team of professionals has you covered so you can get suport and stay the course. And lastly, college is the perfect time to try something new, make new friends and explore new activities and interests, so we have a wide variety of programming designed with you in mind.
Campus Recreation provides high-quality and innovative co-curricular experiences through comprehensive recreation, fitness and leisure services that foster personal, academic and professional success for the students, faculty and staff of MSU Denver and the Auraria community. Their purpose is to foster individual and community well-being through the power of engagement, leadership, partnership and recreation. They envision a community where healthy living and lifelong learning intersect to support personal, professional and institutional success.
Center for Equity and Student Achievement
The Center for Equity and Student Achievement's (CESA's) mission is to support and educate students throughout their MSU Denver journey and to advocate for a campus community that promotes equity and inclusion. To achieve this, the center supports a wide variety of support programs and programming, such as:
- The Center for Multicultural Excellence and Inclusion (CMEI), which empowers students of color through mentorship, academic support and programming to thrive at MSU Denver. CMEI also houses Fraternity & Sorority Life, Met Media, Racial Equity & Leadership Programs and Student Organizations.
- LGBTQ Student Resource Center, a tri-institutional office available to all students for exploring issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Immigrant Services, an academic and social support program for undocumented, DACA, immigrant and refugee students at MSU Denver.
- TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS), which is committed to creating a campus community where students' goals are nurtured through individualized support and the development of an inclusive culture.
- Veteran and Military Student Services helps to maximize veteran’s education benefits, transition from military to student life, and much more.
- First-Generation Initiatives, who’s goal is to create a sense of family among first-generation students and support them through their college journey.
- College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which is a grant-funded scholarship program by the US Department of Education that’s meant to support the completion of the first year of college for eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children. The program provides comprehensive outreach and enrollment assistance, academic support, financial aid and social opportunities.
Balancing the demands of college life can be difficult. In addition to academic requirements, there are financial pressures, relationship issues, and job stressors that can leave you feeling beat up and worn out. The Counseling Center staff can help you find ways to manage difficult times and provide you with a comforting place to examine your life and learn more about yourself so you can realize your potential. The center provides mental health counseling, crisis intervention assistance, sexual assault resources, individual counseling, therapy and support groups, workshops (substance abuse, academic, personal effectiveness and diversity), mind and body activities and self-help resources.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office provides student support and is committed to student safety and well-being while fostering a University community of integrity and respect. It is a hub for students who need support with personal matters or difficult situations impacting their University experience. The office provides referrals and resources for students in need, helps students navigate University processes, offers students conflict resolution services, addresses student behavior via the Student Code of Conduct, coordinates the CARE Team and more! Be engaged in the MSU Denver experience and have your voice heard through participation in the Student Input Panel.
Health Center at Auraria
The Health Center at Auraria offers both medical and mental health services, and is open to all AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff regardless of their insurance plan. From primary care and preventative care to care for illnesses and injuries, the Health Center at Auraria provides comprehensive medical and mental health services. We are committed to enhancing student success through innovative health services and the services provided are designed to keep students, faculty and staff healthy so that they can thrive personally and professionally.
Student Care Center
The Student Care Center houses MSU Denver's case management services. The Student Care Center provides holistic, non-clinical case management support to MSU Denver students who are facing challenging life circumstances that may prevent them from otherwise pursuing their educational goals. Case managers do outreach out behalf of the CARE Team, while the Center also supports:
- The Roadrunner Food Pantry, which provides assistance to students who are struggling to pay for snacks or food for meal preparation. They are also available to discuss and complete SNAP applications to get food assistance.
- The Student Emergency Fund, an emergency stipend for students dealing with unanticipated and/or catastrophic life events.
- The Epic Scholars Program, which provides academic and personal supportive services to students with experience in different systems of care, (foster care, kinship care, legal guardianship, division of youth services), and students who self-identify as unaccompanied youth, emancipated minors, and independent students through the Financial Aid office.
- Housing and Commuter Resources, which provides information about housing, finding a roommate, transportation and other resources, including a renter's rights and tenant laws, legal services and advice and a Denver neighborhood guide.
The Office of Enrollment Management brings together the functions of the Admissions, Registrar, Testing Center, Financial Aid and Orientation, Transition and Retention offices. Together, they recruit and admit undergraduate and graduate students from various multicultural backgrounds, as they are committed to attracting, enrolling, retaining and graduating an empowered student body. They are a student-centered, evidence-based, technology-driven division that collaborates with internal and external partners to support the University’s mission and commitment to access, academic quality, diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Office of Admissions & Outreach is responsible for all new and transfer undergraduate student admission and recruitment to the institution. Admissions has implemented Auto-Admit (2019), the Common Application (2020) and uses the Slate platform to recruit, communicate with and admit students. The Admissions office also houses the Crew In Blue which maintains the Welcome Desk and is in charge of campus tours, the Excel program which helps high school seniors in the college process and building connections while in high school, TRIO High School Upward Bound which helps high school students study and improve their grades, and the Center for Urban Education which partners with DPS to strengthen the preparation of prospective teachers for the unique challenges of working in urban schools.
The Office of the Registrar supports the University’s mission on the vision of Community-Access-Diversity-Respect-Entrepreneurship. In so doing, this office is the steward of monitoring the University’s academic policies and maintaining student records with integrity and security in the pursuit of student academic achievement. The Registrar can assist you with records and registration (requesting official transcripts, administrative withdrawal, enrollment verification and grades), transfer evaluation (transcript evaluation status and CLEP/AP/IB status), international student support, and graduation information (degree progress reports, degree status and diplomas).
The mission and goal of the Office of Testing Services is to offer placement testing services to the MSU Denver student body. All first-time college students (and transfer/adult students without the appropriate transfer credits) are required to take a series of exams before registering for their first-semester classes if their ACT or SAT scores are below state cutoff scores. The exams measure college entry-level skills in writing and mathematics and are used by advisers to help determine the selection of appropriate courses.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships assists you and your family by providing information on ways to pay for education. The office can help you explore student aid options, learn about campus-specific financial aid programs, give advice on borrowing, help you complete the FAFSA/DAIA application, obtain any aid forms you need and assist you with applying for scholarships, including providing scholarship essay help. Financial Aid also houses the Enrollment Management Call Center and new ChatBot. The Call Center is the phone point of contact for the Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and the Office of the Registrar and answers more than 125,000 calls each year with the goal of providing accurate information to callers in a professional and friendly manner.
Orientation, Transition and Retention
The mission of Orientation, Transition and Retention is to support students in transition through high-quality orientation programs preparing them for success at MSU Denver. The office facilitates intentional and purposeful programs to meet a variety of student and family needs, integrating students and families into the University community, developing and empowering student leaders and collaborating with key internal and external partners. They serve all students, including; first-time freshman, transfer students, non-traditional students (23 and older), student veterans, parents/families and student leaders. They connect students to MSU Denver by getting them excited to be an MSU Denver Roadrunner, to their academic advisors who help them register for their first set of classes and to financial aid and other relevant campus resources.