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Test Optional FAQ

CU Denver is test-optional and does not require test scores for admission consideration. 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. There is no penalty for not submitting a test score. The following can be considered in making an admission decision without test scores:

  • High school grade point average (GPA)
  • Number and mix of academic courses
  • Rigor of courses such as honors and higher-level math courses
  • College-level courses (concurrent enrollment) completed during high school
  • AP/IB courses and exam scores
  • Work experiences, such as pre-apprenticeships, job shadowing, and more
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Leadership experiences
  • Campus fit (interest in offered majors, interest in the institution, and more)

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