Metropolitan State University of Denver Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Metropolitan State University of Denver

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is a comprehensive public university situated in downtown Denver. Students can choose from 55 majors, and 90 minors offered through the college’s three schools. Students are backed by a robust 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.  The MSU Denver Roadrunners play in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 20,192 (19,437 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male/53% Female
  • 65% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,666 (in-state); $20,847 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,400
  • Room and Board: $11,547
  • Other Expenses: $6,098
  • Total Cost: $26,711 (in-state); $39,892 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 73%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55%
    • Loans: 36%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,973
    • Loans: $5,829

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 65%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 8%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 28%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Metropolitan State University of Denver Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 59%, MSU Denver is somewhere between selective and accessible. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • MSU Denver Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 460/560
    • SAT Math: 440/550
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 17/23
    • ACT English: 16/23
    • ACT Math: 16/23

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for MSU Denver, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If MSU Denver is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for MSU Denver, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

California State University Northridge, Clark Atlanta University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than MSU Denver. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Liberty University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University

Applying to MSU Denver

Application Deadline: July 1

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