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Admissions Eligibility

Admissions standards are established for undergraduate applicants for admission at public institution's of higher education in Colorado. The policy establishes state-level admission standards for both first-time freshmen and transfer students at each of the Colorado baccalaureate public institutions. The standards represent minimum requirements at four-year public institutions and not for the state’s community colleges, which are open admissions. Meeting the CCHE admission standards does not guarantee admissions as institutions consider a broad range of factors in making admissions decisions. There are three components of the Admission Standards Policy; the index, the Higher Education Admission requirements, and the transfer admission standards.

Higher Education Admission Requirements

All first time freshman applicants and some transfer applicants must meet the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR). HEAR requires applicants that graduate from high school in 2008 and 2009 to meet the Phase One coursework requirements; and applicants that graduate from high school in 2010 and later meet Phase Two requirements. These coursework requirements are in place to ensure that admitted students are prepared to be successful in college. For more information on the Higher Education Admission Requirements and what courses are required either view the Admission Standards PolicyPDF, the summary of requirements or the FAQ.

Index Score

The standards established by the Commission in 1987 for an entering freshman were based on the calculation of an admissions index. The index has two components: a student’s high school performance (i.e., high school grade point average (g.p.a.) or class rank) and performance on a standardized test.

To calculate your index score online, view our Index Score Calculator or view the index score matrixPDF.

Transfer Admission Standards

The transfer standard applies to all degree-seeking undergraduate transfer applicants with more than 12 college credit hours. No single scale comparable to that for the freshmen standard has been developed for transfer admission standards, but rather, the standards are based on grade point average from previous collegiate work, transfer hours, and high school record. Minimum Grade Point Average Requirement for Students Transferring from Another Institution with More Than Twelve Collegiate Semester Credit Hours

Receiving Institution Minimum GPA
Colorado School of Mines 2.70
University of Colorado at Boulder 2.70
Colorado State University 2.50
Fort Lewis College 2.40
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 2.40
University of Colorado at DHSC 2.40
University of Northern Colorado 2.40
Adams State University 2.30
Colorado State Global Campus 2.30
Colorado State University - Pueblo 2.30
Colorado Mesa University 2.30
Western State Colorado University 2.30
Metropolitan State University of Denver 2.30

 

Admission and Transfer Policy Review

The Admission and Transfer Policy Review task force will identify successes and gaps in the current Admission Policy, review high school graduation guidelines, other state admission and transfer policies and make policy revision recommendations to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education that align with Remedial Education policy.

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Remedial Education Policy Review

The Remedial Education Policy Review task force will assess retention rates for Colorado institutions of higher education, review best-practices and various other states remedial policies, and make policy revision recommendations to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education that align with Admission and Transfer Policy.

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PWR Endorsed Diploma Work Group

The PWR Endorsed Diploma Work Group will jointly adopt a high school diploma endorsement criteria indicating a student is Postsecondary and Workforce Ready (PWR).

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