Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Test Optional FAQ

On May 25, 2021, Governor Polis signed House Bill 21-1067 into law. Effective immediately, this bill makes it optional for Colorado's public four-year colleges and universities to require or not require national test scores in the admission process. CU Denver has determined it will offer test-optional admissions. It is up to the applicant if they want their test score to be considered in the admission process. Applicants who choose not to submit a test score for admission will be considered the same as students who submit test scores.

The following will be considered in making an admission decision without test scores:

  • high school grade point average;
  • number and mix of academic courses;
  • rigor of courses like honors and higher level math courses;
  • college level courses (like Concurrent Enrollment) completed while in high school;
  • AP/IB courses and exam scores;
  • work experiences including pre-apprenticeships, job shadowing and more;
  • volunteering experiences;
  • leadership experiences; and
  • fit to the college campus (interest in offered majors, research into the institution, etc.).

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