Jun 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog


Testing Services

The Office of Testing Services provides testing services that help students determine placement in General Studies courses for their first year at MSU Denver.  All first-time students and transfer students who need to take General Studies courses in Written Communication and Quantitative Literacy are required to complete the writing and mathematics Accuplacer placement examinations prior to enrollment, unless they meet at least one of the following exemptions for each examination:

  • If the student has ACT or SAT scores within the past five years, some assessment tests may be waived if the following scores are met or exceeded: an ACT subscore at or above 18 in English (SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 470) and 19 or 20 in Math (SAT math of 460 or 480).
  • Students with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Level Examination Program test results may be exempt from certain placement tests. Students should contact the Transfer Services office at 303-556-3774 for more information. 
  • Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the General Studies requirements in Written Communication and Quantitative Literacy are exempt from the placement examinations. Students should contact the Transfer Services office at 303-556-3774 for more information.

For additional information, see the Testing Services website, msudenver.edu/testing, or call 303-615-1700.

Degree-seeking students whose records indicate that they require remedial coursework have at their disposal Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) options offered through MSU Denver or basic skills courses offered through the Community College of Denver and other community colleges in the region. Students are responsible for completing remedial coursework within the first 30 semester hours at MSU Denver. The Office of Testing Services is located in the Tivoli Student Union, Room 347.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is a required step for incoming degree-seeking students at MSU Denver. There are various options to complete orientation requirements including virtual and in-person sessions.

During orientation, incoming students have the opportunity to interact with current MSU Denver students and staff while they receive valuable information about academic advising, campus resources, and financial aid. Our virtual and in-person orientation programs include advising and registration support for the first semester of courses. Orientation Leaders also share some of their own tips for college survival, including how to utilize campus resources and how to get involved in campus activities.

For further information about orientation, visit the website, msudenver.edu/orientation, call 303-615-0770, or email orientation@msudenver.edu. The Orientation office is located in the Jordan Student Success Building, Suite 217.

Academic Advising

At MSU Denver, students are provided multiple sources of academic advising support from faculty and professional advisors. Services available to students include assistance with course selection, schedule planning, and registration techniques; help with long-term degree planning; and ongoing developmental advising, including assistance with the major/minor selection process, adjustment to college, and more. For additional information on advising, visit msudenver.edu/advising.