Understand the College Admissions Process in Colorado.
According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (2015), "Admission standards are established for undergraduate applicants seeking admission at public institutions of higher education in Colorado. These standards are approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and established state-level admission standards for both first-time freshmen and transfer students at each of the Colorado baccalaureate public institutions. The state's community colleges are open admission, and, as a result, do not have admission standards requirements."
The College Admissions Index
The College Admissions Index will be used through the Fall 2019. It has two components: a student's high school performance (grade point average) and performance on a standardized test (i.e. ACT or SAT). See the chart below for Colorado's Admission's Index (CCHE Admission Eligibility Index, 2013).
Higher Education Admission Requirements
According to the Colorado Department of Higher Education (2015), "all first-time freshman applicants and most transfer applicants with less than 30 college-level credit hours must meet the Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR)". HEAR requires applicants that graduate from high school in 2010 and later to meet the requirements shown below. These coursework requirements are in place to ensure that admitted students are prepared to be successful in college. If you are planning on attending a four-year institution of higher learning, double check to make sure you have met these minimum requirements.