Academic Requirements

Academic Advising

We encourage all students to meet with their academic advisor before registering for classes. Academic advising is a critical part of your academic success. Academic advisors are here to help you achieve your educational goals every step of the way.

Each academic program has unique ways of handling student advising. Undergraduate students in Pre-majors need to see an academic advisor in the Academic Success and Advising Center.

Academic advising is conducted on a department-by-department basis for undergraduate and graduate programs. Please see the appropriate links below for Undergrad and Graduate Advising.

Undergraduate Advising:

Please visit: Undergraduate Advising Home

Graduate Advising:

Graduate Advising is completed individually by each college/school and sometimes academic program. The link below will connect you on how to contact your department for academic advising.

Please visit Contact Graduate Advising Groups.



How To Register For Your Courses

  1. Go to the Bursar's Office

    (Student Commons 5th Floor) to pay a registration advance payment of $200. If you have a third-party sponsor, please take your sponsorship letter to the Third-Party Sponsor Office. If you are a continuing student at CU Denver, you do not have to pay the deposit before registering.

  2. Log into: UCDAccess

  3. Once logged in, go to the Student tab, under the “Student Center” link, and enroll in courses for the current semester. If you need more details on registering or enrolling in classes, please see this document.

* Please note that there are specific dates for registration for each student based on their completed hours; check out the date of when to register for classes.



Enrollment Requirements For F-1 & J-1 Students

As an F-1 or J-1 student you may NOT take ONLY online classes at CU Denver | Anschutz.  It is required that you maintain full-time status through a minimum number of credit hours, and of those credit hours you are required to enroll in a certain number of in-person or hybrid classes. See below rules for the individual semester requirements.

Fall/Spring Semester Requirements

All F-1 and J-1 international students must be enrolled full-time at CU Denver during the Fall and Spring semesters. For additional information on how to maintain status, please see our page on Regulations & Procedures. Students in their last semester may apply for a Reduced Course Load if fewer credits are required to graduate. Review the information above on your requirements.

Fall/Spring Minimum Credit Hour Requirement

Undergraduate Enrollment Requirement:
  • 12+ Credit Hours
    Of the 12 credit hours, 9+ must be in-person or hybrid.
Graduate Enrollment Requirement:
  • 5+ Credit Hours
    Of the 5 credit hours, 3+ must be in-person or hybrid.

Summer Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for first and last-semester students

Summer semester is not a required semester unless it is your first semester at CU Denver | Anschutz on an I-20 or DS-2019.  If you are a continuing student, you are not required to enroll in summer.  IF you enroll in your first or last semester at CU Denver | Anschutz, you must follow the rules below.

Undergraduate Enrollment Requirement:
  • 6+ Credit Hours
    Of the 6 credit hours, 3+ must be in-person or hybrid.
Graduate Enrollment Requirement:
  • 3+ Credit Hours
    Of the 3 credit hours, 3+ must be in-person or hybrid.

Enrollment Exceptions for Dissertation students

IF you are a PhD student enrolled in Dissertation credit as determined by the university catalog, any number of dissertation credits are counted as full-time for immigration purposes. Enrollment is still required to maintain your immigration status, but any number of dissertation credit enrollment will meet the requirements

International Student & Scholar Services

International Students

CU Denver

Student Commons Building

1201 Larimer Street

Suite 1119

Denver, CO 80204

International Scholars

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Suite 932

Denver, CO 80204

International Students & Scholars

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Ground Floor: STE. EG305, EG305A, and EG306

Aurora, CO 80045

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