Fresh Start Program

The University of Colorado Denver believes that sometimes it’s nice to have a fresh start. We designed our Fresh Start program to provide previous CU Denver students who left the university with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 or on academic probation or suspension with the opportunity to return to CU Denver to complete their degree. Students re-admitted under this program will start a new CU Denver GPA. This program is only applicable to CU Denver courses and only on the CU Denver campus.

Am I eligible?

Previously enrolled undergraduate degree-seeking CU Denver students who left the university with lower than a 2.0 cumulative GPA and who have been away from the university for three consecutive academic terms (e.g., spring, summer, and fall) are eligible to apply for the Fresh Start program.

How does it work?

  1. You take at least one full academic year (three terms—e.g., spring, summer, and fall) away from CU Denver in order to gain perspective and reflect upon your previous experience.  During your time away, you will have readied yourself to return to CU Denver with a fuller understanding of the challenges you faced and strengthened priorities to move you forward.

  2. Submit a degree-seeking application for admission.

  3. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive communication from the Office of Admissions that will direct you to your academic advising office.

  4. You will then discuss your next steps to Fresh Start and select courses for your intended major with your advisor. In the meantime, please review the Fresh Start and Financial Aid (link above).

  5. After meeting with your advisor and reviewing the Fresh Start and Financial Aid document, you will opt into the Fresh Start program by submitting the Fresh Start Statement of Understanding Form, which you will receive from your advisor. If you anticipate needing financial aid support, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a financial aid advisor before opting into the program.


    University application deadlines for the 2023-24 academic year are listed below.  All application materials must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for that academic start term.

    • Spring 2024: January 2, 2024
    • Summer 2024: May 29, 2024
    • Fall 2024: July 31, 2024

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