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Admission Process

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail the week following the review.

Admission Application Deadlines

Summer 2015 −
Fall 2015 −
Winter 2016 −
Spring 2016 −

Please note that all items must be received by posted deadlines.

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Summer 2015 −
Fall 2015 −
Winter 2016 −
Spring 2016 −

Please note that all items must be received by posted deadlines. The application deadline for international applicants is earlier to accommodate the extra steps required for evaluation and to allow admitted applicants to participate in the International Student Preparation Week.

Admission Criteria

Candidates for the undergraduate degree program at University College at the University of Denver are evaluated based on the following criteria. Entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT are NOT required.

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1. Students must have completed 40 quarter hours (27 semester hours) of transferable credits in academic subjects. Applicants with between 40 and 44 quarter hours must also submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).

If you do not meet the transfer credit criterion, please refer to our Priority Admissions Agreement for additional options.

If you haven't met the minimum transfer credit hours, University College is happy to help you develop an action plan to meet admission requirements, through our Priority Admissions Agreement program (PAA) and Priority Admissions Agreement form. To learn more about this program, contact academic advising at 303-871-2291.

2. Students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in previous undergraduate work.

3. Students must have at least three years of work experience beyond high school. Preference will be given to candidates with more than three years work with substantial and increasing levels of responsibility.

4. The applicant's professional commitment and written language skills are evaluated through the Statement of Purpose and Commitment, submitted as part of the admission packet.

5. We consider any special situation or circumstances that may have influenced your previous academic performance; feel free to address these in your admission essay.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for candidacy to the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at University College, please contact academic advising by calling 303-871-2291. For a preliminary transfer credit evaluation, contact the BACP Admission Coordinator at 303-871-6148.

International student requirements

Non-U.S. citizens or non-native English speakers who wish to pursue a Bachelor's degree must meet additional requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

Three general factors affect the transferability of credits: the subject matter, the institution where the credits were earned, and the course grade. Although certain occupational or technical courses may not transfer, no time limit applies to the courses that do transfer. Only courses where a grade of C (2.0) or better was earned will be eligible for transfer. A grade of C- (1.7) or below will not transfer.

In addition, the following specific transfer guidelines apply:

  1. A maximum of 135 quarter hours of credit may be transferred. The final 45 credits must be earned at the University of Denver.
  2. All credits will be transferred as electives with one exception: Students who have between 96 and 135 quarter hours of credit may be able to apply some credits toward the Common Learning curriculum and Major.
  3. A maximum of 90 quarter hours may be transferred from a community college or other two-year college or institution.
  4. Semester/Quarter hour conversion: 1 semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter hours.
  5. Transfer credit may be awarded for Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Courses must be in academic disciplines applicable to DU degrees and evaluated by the American Council on Education. (Maximum of 10 ACE credits can be transferred.)
  6. Only grades received at DU will be used to calculate the overall grade point average.
  7. Official transcripts (those received in sealed envelopes from the school) are required before an admissions application will be reviewed and a decision rendered. Unofficial transcripts, however, can be submitted for a preliminary transfer evaluation.
  8. A signed application and application fee of $75 must be received before final transfer credit evaluation can be done. A general overview of previous coursework can be reviewed by a University College academic advisor prior to applying.
  9. All transfer credit requests must be made during the student's first quarter of enrollment at the University College.

Steps To Apply

1. Application Form

Apply to University College

Watch this short video for instructions on how to apply

To begin the online application:

  • a. Go to
  • b. Select "apply for admission".
  • c. Create a new ID and PIN.
  • d. The first page asks you to select the college to which you are applying. Select "University College".
  • e. You are then prompted to enter a degree. Select "BA - Bachelor of Arts".
  • f. Select a major.
  • g. Fill out all sections of the application thoroughly.
  • h. Submit the application and pay the application fee online.

You should receive an email from our Admission Office within a week of submitting your application online confirming receipt of your application, and reminding you of any missing application materials

2. Application Fee

A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay online or by phone with a credit card or via mail by check or money order.

3. Statement of Purpose and Commitment

Statement of Purpose and Commitment: A personal statement (two pages double spaced) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. Sharing personal experiences, abilities, achievements, and goals is encouraged. This document has considerable influence in the decision to admit applicants with attention given to written communication skills.

4. Two References

Please provide the name, phone number, and email addresses of two people who can be contacted for letters of recommendation if necessary. References can be from academics, professionals, community leaders, or colleagues with whom you have worked closely and who can give specific information about your abilities and potential. These can be listed within the application, identified on your résumé, or emailed to our Admission Office at

5. Résumé

Submit a résumé listing your current employers and professional experiences, as well as your personal and community involvement. It should include at least 3 years of work or related experience. Résumés should be submitted at the same time as the online application.

6. Official Transcripts from Each Post-Secondary Institution Attended

Submit one official transcript from each college or university where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credits earned as transfer work and study abroad. Transcripts may be submitted electronically or by mail. The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution if it meets the criteria outlined by the Office of the Registrar. If sent by mail, official transcripts must arrive at University College unopened and in the original package in which they were mailed.

Please send transcripts to the following address:
University of Denver
University College
ATTN: Bachelor of Arts Completion Program
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

Applicants with less than 45 quarter hours of college study must also submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).

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7. Approved Degree Plan

Once the Admission Coordinator has completed an evaluation of your transfer credit, you will receive a degree plan to sign. This will reflect how many transfer credits you will bring into the program, and which courses you have left to complete. Once you have received your degree plan, it is a good idea to meet with your academic advisor to discuss which classes to take first, and address any questions you may have.

To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please call our advising line at 303-871-2291 or 800-347-2042 (option 6) and tell them you are applying to the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program.

8. Interview

At the University of Denver, we may ask applicants to participate in a personal interview so that we can learn more about you and the qualities and experiences that you bring to your studies. The interview is another opportunity for you to get to know us and determine if University College is the right fit for you.

9. Additional Requirements

Non-U.S. citizens or non-native English speakers who wish to pursue a Bachelor's degree must meet additional requirements.

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Applications and fees are valid for one year, after which point you may be asked to submit an updated application and fee to reactivate your application file.

All materials submitted as part of any application for admission to the University of Denver become property of the University. Materials will not be copied, returned or released to the applicant or any third party.

Contact Information

University College Building
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

Admission: 303-871-6148, 800-347-2042, or

Advising: 303-871-2291 or 800-347-2042
Student Support Center: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042 (option 1), or

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