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Bachelor’s Degree Admission Process

It’s time to finish what you started. We’re looking for motivated learners who have completed at least one year of undergraduate credit. Applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Ready for your fresh academic start?

 

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Students
International Students

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at University College are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Completed 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of transferable credit in academic subjects from a regionally accredited institution. If you have between 24 and 44 quarter hours, you may need to submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) for financial aid verification purposes.
    • Don’t meet the transfer credit criterion? Speak to our Bachelor of Arts Completion Program academic advisor to learn about your options to get started.
  • At least three years of employment/professional experience.
  • Professional commitment and written language skills, as evaluated through the Personal Statement
    • We consider any special circumstances that may have influenced your previous academic performance; feel free to address this in your statement

Want to know what credits will transfer in before you apply to the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program? Submit a copy of all your unofficial transcripts to our academic advisor.

FREE PRELIMINARY TRANSCRIPT REVIEW

International students applying to the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at University College are evaluated based on the following criteria.

    • Completed 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of transferable credit in academic subjects from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution. If you have between 24 and 44 quarter hours, you may need to submit high school transcripts for financial aid verification purposes.
      • Don’t meet the transfer credit criterion? Speak to our Bachelor of Arts Completion Program academic advisor to learn about your options to get started.
    • At least three years of employment/professional experience.
    • English Proficiency
      Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test (DET), or C1 Advanced are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or C1 Advanced score is received. The TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, and C1 Advanced scores are valid for two years from the test date and are considered official only when received directly from the testing agency.
      • The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (pBT). Applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. When requesting official TOEFL scores, please refer to institutional code 4842 and department code 01 for graduate admissions.
      • IELTS: The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.5. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher.
      • C1 Advanced: The minimum C1 Advanced score accepted by the University is 176.
      • Duolingo English Test (DET): The minimum Duolingo English Test score accepted by the University is 115. Each individual subscore must be 105 or higher for Literacy, Comprehension, and Conversation and 95 or higher for Production. Official Duolingo scores must be received for admission review.
      • English Language Exemption
        Exemptions: Applicants are generally exempt from the English proficiency test requirement if they have any of the following:
        • Secondary/high school diploma from a school where the language of instruction is English.
        • 30 semester credits of coursework from a university or college where English is the sole language of instruction and examination.
        • The admission committee reserves the right to request English proficiency scores when reviewing an admission application.
    • Professional commitment and written language skills, as evaluated through the Personal Statement
          • We consider any special circumstances that may have influenced your previous academic performance; feel free to address this in your statement

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students
International Students

At University College, applications are accepted throughout the year with four deadlines. Submit your online application by the deadlines outlined below to start in your preferred enrollment term.

Enrollment Term Application Deadline
Summer 2024 May 28, 2024
Fall 2024 July 26, 2024
Winter 2025 November 22, 2024
Spring 2025 February 14, 2025

You can expect a decision via email within two to three weeks after submitting a completed application.

At University College, applications are accepted throughout the year with four deadlines. Submit your online application by the deadlines outlined below to start in your preferred enrollment term. The application deadline for international applicants is earlier to accommodate the extra steps required for credential evaluation.

Enrollment Term Application Deadline
Summer 2024 February 23, 2024
Fall 2024 June 4, 2024
Winter 2025 September 9, 2024
Spring 2025 December 9, 2024

You can expect a decision via email within three to four weeks after submitting a completed application.

Application Checklist

Domestic Students
International Students
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Application Form

Start a new application using your email address, name, and birthdate (you will receive a temporary PIN) at gradadmissions.du.edu/apply. Applications for the University of Denver must be submitted online.

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Application Fee

The $75 application fee is currently being waived for all applicants. The fee waiver will automatically be assigned once your application is submitted.

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Personal Statement

A personal statement (two pages double-spaced, 450-500 words) written in your own words and unique voice, without the help of AI-based assistance, is required and should be submitted via the application status page. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance professional and educational goals. Please include one example illustrating when you have been faced with a challenge and how you have overcome the challenge drawing on resources and personal strengths. In addition, please identify any obstacles that may stand in your way toward completion and ideas you have for managing these obstacles.

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Résumé

Submit a résumé via the application status page listing your current employers and professional experiences, as well as your personal and community involvement.
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Official Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from each college or university where academic credit was earned. Send electronically to ucolba@du.edu or send unopened, official transcript package to:
University College
University of Denver
Attn: Undergraduate Admission
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208
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Application Form

Start a new application using your email address, name, and birthdate (you will receive a temporary PIN) at gradadmissions.du.edu/apply

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Application Fee

The $75 application fee is currently being waived for all applicants. The fee waiver will automatically be assigned once your application is submitted.

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Résumé

Submit a résumé via the application status page listing your current employers and professional experiences, as well as your personal and community involvement.
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Personal Statement

A personal statement (two pages double-spaced, 450-500 words) written in your own words and unique voice, without the help of AI-based assistance, is required and should be submitted via the application status page. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance professional and educational goals. Please include one example illustrating when you have been faced with a challenge and how you have overcome the challenge drawing on resources and personal strengths. In addition, please identify any obstacles that may stand in your way toward completion and ideas you have for managing these obstacles.

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Official Transcripts

You should submit official transcripts printed in the official language of instruction of your institution. Official transcripts must be submitted via postal mail. In order to be considered "Official" transcripts must arrive in an unopened envelope that has been sealed by the issuing university. Official transcripts can be sent to:

University College
University of Denver
Attn. Admission
2211 S. Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80208
USA

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English Proficiency

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency regardless of citizenship and/or U.S. residency. See admission requirements above for score requirements.
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Photocopy of Current Passport

Please provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. This can be uploaded and attached to your online application. If you currently do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver (the government document that allows a student visa to be granted). If you are submitting the online application prior to obtaining a passport, please email a copy of your passport to ucolba@du.edu once you have received it.

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Financial Verification Form

If it is your intention to apply for a student visa, we will also need a financial verification form in order for the University to issue you an I-20. This typically takes the form of a copy of an official bank letter or bank statement and is used to verify that the student has enough financial resources available to cover the cost of attendance. If the bank documents are not in your name, please also submit a financial verification form. Please contact the international admission counselor for the cost of attendance.

The admission committee reserves the right to request a phone interview, letters of recommendation, or other relevant documentation when reviewing an admission application. Applications and fees are valid for the term for which you have applied, after which point you may be asked to submit an updated application and fee to re-activate your application file. All materials submitted as part of any application for admission to the University of Denver become property of the University of Denver. Materials will not be copied, returned, or released to the applicant or any third party.

Transfer Credits

Past credits do not expire, but must meet three general criteria to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program.

1) The Subject Matter (the course must be comparable to a course taught at the University of Denver).

2) Accreditation (the institution where the credits were earned must hold regional accreditation, the highest level of accreditation offered or recognized internationally).

3) The Grade Earned (only courses where a grade of C-/1.7 or better was earned will be eligible for transfer.

FAQ

Domestic Students
International Students
What is a preliminary transcript evaluation?
Our team will evaluate your unofficial transcripts from domestic institutions and determine an estimate of how many credits will transfer into the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program based on University of Denver requirements.
How many credits can I transfer into the program?
A maximum of 135 quarter hours (90 semester hours) of credit may be transferred. A maximum of 96 quarter hours (63 semester hours) may be transferred from a community college or other two-year college or institution. The final 45 quarter hours must be earned at the University of Denver.
What is the minimum number of credits I need to have for admission consideration?
You must have completed 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of transferable credits in academic subjects. Applicants with between 24 and 44 quarter hours must also submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).
How do semester and quarter hours convert?
1 semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter hours.
Will you accept transfer credit from educational experiences in the armed forces?
Yes, transfer credit may be awarded for educational experiences in the armed forces. Courses must be in academic disciplines applicable to DU degrees and evaluated by the American Council on Education. A maximum of 10 ACE credits may be transferred.
How will my GPA be calculated once I'm in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program?
Only grades received at DU will be used to calculate the overall grade point average. We know how important it is to get a fresh start.
Can you conduct a preliminary transcript evaluation for international transcripts?
International transcripts must undergo an internal international credential evaluation. The cost of the evaluation is covered by the $75 application fee. For this reason, we are unable to offer free preliminary transcript evaluations for international students.
How many credits can I transfer into the program?

A maximum of 135 quarter hours (90 semester hours) of credit may be transferred. A maximum of 96 quarter hours (63 semester hours) may be transferred from a community college or other two-year college or institution. The final 45 quarter hours must be earned at the University of Denver. Syllabi or course descriptions may be requested in order to approve international transfer credit.

What is the minimum number of credits need to have for admission consideration?

You must have completed 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of transferable credits in academic subjects. Applicants with between 24 and 44 quarter hours must also submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).

How do semester and quarter hours convert?
1 semester hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter hours.
Do I need to attend orientation?

Students who are not citizens of the United States and will be attending the University of Denver on an F-1 or J-1 must attend International Student Orientation AND complete Immigration Check-in.

Admission Support

Admission Team
University College Building
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

 

ucolintl@du.edu (International Applicants)