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University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center


CU Online
Denver, Colorado

The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) is one of three institutions in the University of Colorado system and the only public university in the Denver metropolitan area. The University of Colorado at Denver was founded in 1965 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Distance Learning Program

CU Online is the virtual campus of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. Whether students are looking to take just a course or two or to complete a full degree program, CU Online provides the opportunity to complete courses without having to rearrange schedules, commute across town, find a place to park, or sit in a crowded classroom.

UCDHSC offers ten undergraduate and graduate degree programs and six certificate programs. Students can choose from more than 200 courses from both collegiate and professional development programs. CU Online connects them to diverse, virtual classrooms composed of international students and students from across the United States, including many Colorado locals.

Delivery Media

Professors use the latest technology in streaming audio and video and multimedia slide shows to present course materials. Live class discussions, guest speakers from across the country, Web conferencing, virtual animations, and simulations of course concepts are just a few ways faculty members deliver courses.

Programs of Study

Students can take courses in the liberal arts and sciences, arts and media, business, education, engineering, public affairs, and architecture and planning. Complete online degree programs include a B.A. in sociology, a B.A. in English writing, and master's degrees in business administration, early childhood education, eLearning and implementation, engineering (geographic information systems), finance, information and learning technologies, information systems, and public administration. Students can also complete short certificate and licensure programs, such as designing Web-based learning environments, early childhood special education, early literacy, international leadership and education, and nonprofit management. Students should check the Web site for the most recent updates. All of the courses may be applied to a degree program at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center or be transferred to a student's home institution, pending approval.

Special Programs

Hybrid-course offerings meet on campus only half as often as traditional courses, while students complete the remainder of the course online. Hybrid courses follow the same faculty governance policies as the established on-campus courses and have different fee structures than online courses. More information is available at

Student Services

Online student services and support allow students the advantages of a college campus—virtually. They can search the University catalog, register for courses, buy textbooks, receive guided advising, apply for financial aid, get tutoring, visit the library (which has online journals, online books, and subject guides) so they can achieve everything they strive for without missing the support or materials they need.

Credit Options

Credit, noncredit, and continuing and professional education courses are all available. Most online courses are measured through traditional letter grades. Some courses also offer the pass/fail option for students.


Four out of five full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees, and many have active rolls in their fields outside the classroom. CU Online faculty members are recognized scholars and researchers in their fields, with many years of teaching experience. Not only do they have real-world experience, but many are consultants, advisers, and partners with the leading organizations that hire CU Online graduates.


A smooth transition to the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center is the University's goal. Students living in the state of Colorado must apply and be admitted as either a degree-seeking or a non-degree-seeking student. Students living outside of the state of Colorado do not need to be admitted to the University to take CU Online courses; however, if they wish to complete their degree through CU Online, they need to apply and be formally admitted to the University.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates vary between colleges and depending on residency status.

Most undergraduate courses cost approximately $201–$290 per credit hour for resident students. There is a $100 course fee that is added to each online course, a $7 fee for technology resources, and a $10 fee for the student information systems. Students should visit the CU Online Web site for current cost information.

Financial Aid

The University's firm belief that finances should never stand in the way of motivated, talented individuals keeps its strong financial aid programs alive. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled as degree-seeking students at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. Students may contact the financial aid office for more information at 303-556-2886 or e-mail: [email protected]


Students can apply to the University online or by paper application. Admission requirements vary by college and school. To find specific information about applying to the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, students may visit the CU Online Web site.


For more information about CU Online, students should contact:
CU Online, Campus Box 198
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, Colorado 82017-3364
Phone: 303-556-6505
Fax: 303-556-6530
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

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