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

Registration and Records

All continuing students in good standing and all applicants accepted to MSU Denver are eligible to register each semester.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their address and phone number on file with the university are correct and up-to-date. Address changes may be made through the Student Hub.

Information on the registration procedure, registration dates, and student responsibilities and obligations related to registration is available at the Student Hub.

For additional information regarding registration and records, click on a link to be taken to the entry below.

Changes in Registration

Enrolled students may adjust their schedules by dropping and/or adding classes. Students must drop classes before the drop deadline (census date). It is the student’s responsibility to follow proper drop or withdrawal procedures in the event that they do not attend a class. Students who do not officially drop their classes will be assessed tuition and fees.

Drop, refund and withdrawal deadlines are located on the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub.

Students who reduce their course load after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline will receive a “W” notation for each course from which they have withdrawn. Refer to the withdrawal notation policy in the university catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures .

ALL STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS. Students are also responsible for following all drop and withdrawal deadlines.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

Every eligible Colorado resident who will be a student must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) in order to authorize payment of the state’s contribution toward tuition at any public college or university in the State of Colorado, including Metropolitan State University of Denver.

These funds, called “stipends,” will be applied to a student’s college account each semester and are available for up to 145 credit hours of college-level, undergraduate study. The actual value of the stipend will be determined by the Colorado Legislature each year.
Students must apply online for the stipend here. Students must authorize the use of the stipend each semester during registration in the Student Hub.

The COF application requires students to submit their legal name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and Driver’s License Number only once in a student’s lifetime. The application must be completed before the stipend can be credited to a student’s tuition and fee bill.

Students who do not apply for and/or authorize COF will not be eligible for the stipend and will be responsible for paying the total in-state tuition - both the student’s share and the state’s share.

Eligibility: In-state, undergraduate students will be eligible for the stipend, up to 145 credit hours of college-level, undergraduate study, regardless of age, income or financial aid status. If a student goes over the 145-lifetime-credit hour cap, the student may apply for an institutional one-time, waiver for (3) consecutive terms.

For more information, visit the university’s Q&A section on COF.

Emergency Withdrawal

Students who must withdraw during a semester due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances, including state or national emergency, should see the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will make the final determination for administrative withdrawal on a case-by-case basis according to the administrative withdrawal policy. Students who request an administrative withdrawal may also request a tuition refund by filing a Tuition and Fees Appeal through the Office of the Bursar.

Office of the Registrar, Student Success Building, Suite 160 (#3), 303-556-3991, Regquery@msudenver.edu.

Office of the Bursar, Student Success Building, Suite 150, 303-615-0070, bursar@msudenver.edu.

Falsified Transcripts and Diplomas

Altering, modifying, tampering with, or in any way falsifying an official Metropolitan State University of Denver transcript or diploma is a crime. The university has implemented multiple measures to detect such conduct. To protect the integrity and value of an MSU Denver degree, the Attorney General will vigorously prosecute, through the criminal justice system, those who commit these crimes.

In addition, students found responsible for falsifying an official MSU Denver transcript or diploma will face a university judicial hearing and appropriate sanctions may be imposed, including suspension, dismissal, and loss of credit, which could affect the student’s permanent record.

Definition of Full-time and Half-time Status

The following number of semester hours required for undergraduate students to meet full-time and half-time status for fall, spring, and summer semesters:




 12 or more semester hours


 9-11 semester hours


 6-8 semester hours

 Less than Half-time

 5 hours or less

To complete a degree in four years or eight semesters, students may need to take at least 15 semester hours per semester.  For financial aid purposes, 12 semester hours is the full-time standard for the summer semester. To be eligible for health insurance coverage, students must be enrolled in nine or more credit hours in the fall or spring semester.

Legitimate Academic Interest to Attend a Course

To attend a class, students must have a legitimate academic interest (e.g., be officially registered, waitlisted, auditing a course, enrolled through CU Denver pooled program, etc.). Individuals may not attend a class if they do not have a legitimate academic interest. Officially registered means that students have been accepted for admission by the university, and that the Course Reference Number (CRN) for the class is entered on the student’s registration record. The deadline to register for a full-semester class is the census date, specified on the Academic Calendar . There are pro-rated deadlines for all other courses outside of the full-term courses. Undergraduate students who qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) and register after the census date will not be eligible to receive the COF stipend.

Mandatory Participation Verification

To comply with Title IV regulations for federal financial aid, MSU Denver must determine if a student earned and maintained eligibility for their financial aid funds.  Financial aid eligibility is determined based on a student’s participation in an academically related activity during the first two weeks of full-term courses.  For shorter-term courses like Winterim, Maymester, and Parts of Term, participation will be collected on the published Census Date for that term or course.

Beginning of Term Verification

On the Census Date for all terms and parts of term, Faculty will be required to indicate if a student failed to begin participation in the course. Participation means that a student engages in an academically related activity (see below).

When Faculty submits information that the student has not participated, the student will be administratively dropped by the Registrar’s office from the course. Financial aid will be prorated or canceled.  This may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid already released to them. The student will no longer appear on the class roster.

Students who demonstrate that they did participate in an academically related activity and were inadvertently dropped, have the option to request reinstatement into the course(s) with instructor(s) permission.

Note: an administrative drop from a course or courses may also impact eligibility for other programs such as Veterans Education Benefits, students attending MSU Denver on F-1 Visa, etc.

Participation will be defined by the faculty, and will be listed in the syllabus for each course.

Per federal guidelines, faculty and students are encouraged to consult the latest federal definitions for Last Date of Attendance  to establish a clear understanding of participation requirements. 

Grades and Last Date of Participation

When submitting final grades, for any students receiving a failing grade (F grade), Faculty will be required to indicate if the student completed the class, did not attend at all, or has not participated in an academically related activity since a specific date.  For students who have not participated in an academically related activity since a specific date, entry of a last date of participation will be required.

Military Leave for Students Active or Inactive Duty

Members of the State or National Guard, Reserve, or active United States Military, who are called to active or inactive duty (e.g. drill, annual training) will not be academically penalized for that service. When a military student is notified of being called to duty, the student must notify all instructors and Veteran and Military Student Services.

Students activated may have different options, depending on the time of semester the student is called to duty and length of duty. In consultation with the student’s faculty member, options may include:

  • Completion of any missed work without penalty to their grade provided that satisfactory academic progress is being made,
  • Drop
  • Withdrawal
  • Administrative Withdrawal
  • Incomplete

The student is required to present proof of training schedule, official orders or letter from the service member’s unit to Veteran and Military Student Services. Veteran and Military Student Services will then contact each instructor and obtain the requirements for course completion. The requirements will be sent to the student and kept on file.

Veteran and Military Student Services, Tivoli 215, 303-615-0440, veterans@msudenver.edu.

Official Transcripts (Official Academic Record)

The official transcript is a certified copy of the student’s permanent academic record. It contains the official signature of the Registrar and the official seal of the university. Students may order transcripts by creating an account with our transcript vendor, Parchment. More information can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage. Requests may be delayed, depending on end-of-term grading and the posting of degrees. Transcripts must be requested by the student. The following information will be needed to create an account/request: 

  • Student’s full, legal name as recorded while attending MSU Denver
  • Student’s identification number, if known
  • Birth date
  • Last four (4) digits of student’s Social Security Number (if student does not have a social security number, enter 0000)
  • Last term of attendance, if known

Preferred Name

MSU Denver is aware that many of its students use a first name other than their legal name.  As part of being a welcoming and inclusive campus, MSU Denver will implement changes to increase the use of the preferred first name. However, a student’s legal first name will continue to be necessary in certain records and communications; therefore, both the legal first name and preferred name (if desired) will be stored within primary information systems. A student can add/update a preferred first name in their Student Hub.

Priority Registration

Priority registration is designed to enhance the university’s ability to help students achieve graduation status. The priority registration system allows students who have earned a certain amount of credits to register prior to other students who are further from graduation. Only passing grades and transfer credit are included in this calculation.

Priority registration also accommodates students with special circumstances that impact their ability to access the classes they need to maintain satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree.

Priority registration is structured as follows:

  1. Graduate students, NCAA, students with disabilities requiring accommodations approved with the Access Center, honors students, Veteran students who received VA benefits, and tuition assistance or scholarship programs stipulating priority registration.
  2. Seniors
  3. Juniors
  4. Sophomores
  5. Freshmen
  6. Non-degree-seeking students
  7. Newly admitted students

Selective Service Registration Certification

The proof of Selective Service Registration is still required for men born after December 31, 1959 for certain federal employment (such as roles in the executive branch of the federal government and the U.S. Postal Service), state employment, certain security clearance levels for contractors, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and immigrant men residing in the U.S. who failed to register when they were at least 18 but not yet 26 years old (unless they entered the U.S after the age 26). Full information for each state can be reviewed here: https://www.sss.gov/register/state-commonwealth-legislation/.

Special Registration

Pooled Registration

MSU Denver and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) have formed a common pool of courses available to students at each institution. Students must register for pooled courses through their home institution.

MSU Denver Students:

  • Must comply with all MSU Denver policies, procedures and deadlines when registering for, withdrawing from or dropping CU Denver pooled courses;

  • May not be placed on a wait list for any CU Denver pooled course; and 

  • Must comply with CU Denver course prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are provided at CU Denver.

CU Denver pooled course titles and grades will appear on the MSU Denver transcript and will count in the GPA and hours toward graduation; however, CU Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for degrees from MSU Denver. This restriction applies to the residence requirements of the overall degree (30 semester hours minimum), the major (8 upper-division semester hours minimum), and the minor (3 upper-division semester hours minimum). This restriction does not apply to Physics (PHY) courses.  Credit for CU Denver pooled courses will not count towards the 50 resident semester hours required for Honors.

Interinstitutional Registration

Interinstitutional registration applies to MSU Denver students taking courses at the Community College or Denver (CCD) and to CCD students taking courses at MSU Denver. Interinstitutional application deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar . During any semester, a student may not be registered interinstitutionally for more than 50% of the total number of hours carried for that term.

For MSU Denver students:

MSU Denver students may register interinstitutionally for a maximum of 9 credits (6 credits in Summer) and may not register for more interinstitutional credits than they are taking at MSU Denver.

MSU Denver students wishing to enroll at CCD must complete the Interinstitutional Application.

MSU Denver students are restricted from registering for:

  • Certain Colorado Community College (CCC) Online classes at CCD
  • Remedial classes through the interinstitutional registration process

Interinstitutional courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for a degree from MSU Denver. Only courses transferable to MSU Denver will apply toward a degree.

For CCD students:

CCD students must be degree-seeking. Courses taken at MSU Denver must be transferrable to CCD and apply toward their degree.

CCD students may not place their names on waitlists for closed classes at MSU Denver.

CCD students are restricted from registering for CU Denver Pooled Courses.

Interinstitutional students enrolled at MSU Denver will be charged all extra fees such as additional class fees, etc.

Community College of Denver (CCD) - Basic Skills Courses

The Community College of Denver offers college Basic Skills Classes available to MSU Denver students needing additional preparation in the area of mathematics.

CCD basic skills courses will not apply toward MSU Denver degree requirements or GPA.

MSU Denver students registering, withdrawing or dropping CCD basic skills courses are expected to comply with all MSU Denver policies and deadlines.

  • Prior to registering for any preparatory CCD classes, students must consult with their MSU Denver academic advisor to determine appropriateness of the class(es). 

  • Students taking CCD courses are required to take the Accuplacer test and to place into the appropriate courses based on their test results. 

  • Classes will be posted on your MSU Denver academic record and will include semester hours and the grade/notation earned. CCD will also post the course, semester hours and grade earned on the CCD academic record.

  • Tuition and fees for these classes will be paid to MSU Denver.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer credits are accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Credit must have been earned at an institution of higher education holding full regional accreditation unless there is a current Articulation Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between that institution and MSU Denver on file with the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Grades earned must be a “C-” or better. Courses with “D,” “F” or similar grades are not transferable. Also, courses graded with C.E.U.s (Continuing Education Units) will not be accepted. A summary of transfer credit from each institution is indicated on the MSU Denver academic record. Neither transfer course grades nor previous grade point averages are indicated or affect the MSU Denver grade point average.
  • Course content must be similar to that of MSU Denver courses.
  • No preparatory, remedial, or developmental courses are applicable toward an MSU Denver degree.
  • MSU Denver will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer.  Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Once transfer credits are evaluated, the total number of these credits applicable to a degree will not be reduced unless the student repeats already-awarded transfer credit at MSU Denver or interrupts MSU Denver enrollment for three or more consecutive semesters and readmits to the university under more restrictive transfer credit evaluation policies.
  • If a student repeats a course, including transferred courses, the credit for only one of the course attempts counts towards degree requirements, with the exception of repeatable courses.
  • In accordance with policies established by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education regarding students transferring between Colorado public institutions, MSU Denver has instituted procedures for resolving transfer credit disputes. Questions regarding these procedures may be directed to the Transfer Services at 303-556-3774.
  • Students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university have the following:
    • A transfer credit block of 90 credit hours and senior standing.
    • Satisfaction of MSU Denver’s minimum General Studies requirements.*
  • Students who have earned a Degree with Designation accompanying an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a College public college of university have the following:
    • Guaranteed admission to MSU Denver.
    • Junior standing at MSU Denver, provided all courses included in the degree carry a grade of “C-” or better and, based on the course-by-course evaluation, otherwise meet minimum MSU Denver transfer credit standards.
    • Satisfaction of MSU Denver’s minimum General Studies requirements.*
    • No more than 60 remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements in the corresponding baccalaureate degree program outlined in the DWD agreement.
    • Students may need to complete MSU Denver lower-division requirements.
    • Students may need to complete courses labeled as general studies courses for their specific major, minor, certificate, or university requirement.
  • Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a Colorado public college or university have the following:
    • Guaranteed admission to MSU Denver.
    • Junior standing at MSU Denver, provided all courses included in the degree carry a grade of “C-” or better and, based on the course-by-course evaluation, otherwise meet minimum MSU Denver transfer credit standards.
    • Satisfaction of MSU Denver’s minimum General Studies requirements.*
    • The Bachelor’s degree completed in 60 hours unless additional courses are required for specialized accreditation or licensure as outlined in the Statewide Transfer articulation agreement
    • Students may need to complete MSU Denver lower-division requirements.
    • Students may need to complete courses labeled at general studies courses for their specific major, minor, certificate, or university requirement.
  • Students who have completed the Colorado gtPathways core curriculum from a Colorado public college or university have the following:
    • Satisfaction of MSU Denver’s minimum General Studies requirements.*
    • Students may need to complete MSU Denver lower-division requirements.
    • Students may need to complete courses labeled as general studies courses for their specific major, minor, certificate, or university requirement.
  • Students may need to meet additional university requirements, such as an Ethnic Studies & Social Justice (ESSJ) course, Senior Experience, etc.
  • *Metropolitan State University of Denver’s General Studies include the following degree requirements:
    • Written Communication
    • Quantitative Literacy
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Oral Communication
    • Historical
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Global Diversity


Course waitlists be available from the start of registration through the first week of class but varies by department. When an opening occurs in a course, the first person on the waitlist will be automatically enrolled into the open seat. The student will receive an email notification once they have been enrolled. This means that:

  1. The student needs to check msudenver.edu email account every day while on a waitlist.
  2. The student needs to check with the department regarding specific waitlist policies.
  3. Once the student has been enrolled, if they decide they do not want to remain in the course, they will be responsible for dropping themselves by the prescribed deadlines from the course. 
  4. Students will be responsible for tuition and fee charges associated with courses enrolled from a waitlist if they do not drop themselves by the prescribed deadlines.