University of Colorado School of Medicine
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is the medical school of the University of Colorado
system. It is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, one of the four
University of Colorado campuses, six miles east of downtown Denver at the junction of Interstate
225 and Colfax Avenue.
University of Colorado School of Medicine History
The school was founded in 1883 in Boulder. In 1924, the school relocated to a new campus at Ninth
Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Denveron land donated by Frederick G. Bonfils. This campus also
contained a new Colorado General Hospital. By the 1990s, the school was outgrowing its aging
facilities. In 1999, the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora closed and between 1999 and 2008
the school of medicine moved to the site, which was renamed the Anschutz Medical Campus for the
Anschutz Foundation. The Ninth Avenue campus is currently being redeveloped. The new Anschutz
Medical Campus also contains the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, the University
of Colorado College of Nursing, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and the
Colorado School of Public Health, as well as University of Colorado, Denver graduate school
programs. The University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado have relocated to
the campus, along with the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Achievements
The school and its affiliates have a distinguished record of clinical and research achievements.
The University of Colorado Cancer Center is designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the
National Cancer Institute and is ranked 15th in the country by U.S. News and World Report; Overall,
the University of Colorado Hospital is ranked as the 15th best hospital in the country. Children's
Hospital Colorado is routinely ranked in the top 10 in the country by the same publication. The
school receives approximately $500 million in research awards annually and is ranked 8th among
public medical schools in NIH funding. Major accomplishments include developing the
international standard for classifying and numbering human chromosomes by Theodore Puck, the first
successful human liver transplant by Thomas Starzl, the first description of toxic shock syndrome
by James K. Todd, the first description of ARDS, and the discovery of the T-cell receptor.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Affiliations
The school's major teaching affiliates are the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital
Colorado, Denver Health, and the Denver VA Medical Center. With the opening of the new $1.7 billion
Denver VA Medical Center in 2018, all of these institutions except for Denver Health are adjacent
on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Other significant affiliates include National Jewish Health, Saint
Joseph Hospital, and Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Students
The school has admitted men and women on an equal basis since its founding. The school received
about 7,500 applications for the MD program for the 2017-18 academic year. There are 184 students
accepted each year, including 24 assigned to new Colorado Springs branch. There is a Medical
Scientist Training Program. The school also operates physical therapy, physician assistant, and
other degree programs which enrol several hundred more students.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Program Description
The Research Track is a four-year program. Students leave medical school prepared to continue their
research into residency, fellowship and throughout their academic careers.
The Research Track also serves the dual purpose of fulfilling students' Mentored Scholarly Activity
requirement. The SOM Research Track provides students with in-depth long-term exposure to research.
This is an open and competitive program for all first-year medical students. Students admitted the
- Work with a mentor to build a research plan
- Carry out that plan through their four years of medical school
- Receive a stipend over the summer between Phase I and Phase II
- Receive a second stipend during the 4th year of medical school
- Have multiple opportunities to present their findings
- Present their research at the Western Student Medical Research Forum in Carmel California
- Present their research at a national meeting in their specialty
- Submit a first-author manuscript prior to residency
University of Colorado School of Medicine Acceptance Rate
University of Colorado, School of Medicine receives nearly 10,000 applications and interview
650-700 applicants each year for 184 positions in the entering class.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Requirements
- CU School of Medicine requires all prospective students to apply through the American Medical
College Application Service (AMCAS) based in Washington, DC.
- The AMCAS on-line application usually opens in early June. Normally there is a
three-to-four-week delay before the school receives the application from AMCAS due to transcript
verification. Students are encouraged to apply EARLY.
- The CUSOM requires that students have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
university prior to matriculation.
- The CUSOM recognizes that the experiences and undergraduate academic experience of our
applicants varies greatly. We encourage applicants to explore a diverse, interdisciplinary and
balanced undergraduate education, encompassing the necessary foundational knowledge in the
biomedical sciences and humanities. Students need to be adequately prepared in the scientific
underpinnings of modern medicine and also understand the psychosocial elements that are critical
to its practice.
- Accordingly, students should provide evidence to demonstrate competencies in the life sciences,
social sciences, physics and mathematics, based on the AAMC-HHMI Scientific Foundations for
Future Physicians and AAMC-Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians.
These competencies, representing the cumulative knowledge, skills and commitment to scholarship
needed to undertake training as a future physician, can be met through traditional and/or
interdisciplinary courses of study in an accredited institution of higher learning, or by other
educational, employment, service or life experiences.
- Competitive applicants should demonstrate in-depth competency in each of the following areas of
study, as reflected by their academic achievements and letters of recommendation.
- Biology: Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of molecular and cellular biology,
genetics, and the principles underlying the structure and function of organ systems and the
regulation of human physiology.
- Chemistry/Biochemistry: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the basic principles of
chemistry as it pertains to living systems, and knowledge of how biomolecules contribute to the
structure and function of cells and organs.
- Mathematics/Statistics and Physics: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the basic
principles of physics and mathematics underlying living systems and must be able to apply
quantitative reasoning, statistical principles, and appropriate mathematics to describe or
explain phenomena in the natural world. A basic understanding of statistics or biostatistics is
required to comprehend the quantitative aspects of medicine and biomedical research.
- Social Sciences and Communication: It is important that applicants demonstrate competence in
the humanistic understanding of patients as individuals and members of a families, communities,
and society. Applicants should be aware of factors that influence individual, community, and
societal decisions regarding health and health care delivery. Applicants are expected to speak,
write, and read English fluently.
- Students are encouraged to consider additional coursework in biochemistry, computer sciences,
genetics, humanities, and social sciences.
AP and CLEP courses, as well as on-line courses, are viewed with a degree of comparability to
college courses, as long as the US accredited degree granting institution includes these credits
on their transcript as fulfilling certain institutional requirements. Students who have AP or
CLEP credit in the basic sciences are encouraged to take upper-level courses in these areas.
Courses taken abroad are treated comparably to traditional courses, as long as these credits are
included on the transcript of a U.S. accredited degree-granting institution.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees have been established by the Board of Regents, the governing body of the
University of Colorado, and are subject to change at any time.
For tuition rates above 18 credit hours, please contact the Student Service Center at 303-315-1800.
Tuition for Non-Degree Undergraduate Students
Tuition is charged at the resident rate for non-degree undergraduate students who are Colorado
residents. Tuition is charged at the standard non-resident undergraduate rate for non-degree
undergraduate students who have not established in-state residency.
Tuition for Courses Taken for No Credit
Tuition for courses taken for no credit (NC) is the same as for courses taken for credit.
Fractional credit is regarded as 1 hour in assessing tuition and fee charges.
Please Note: The tuition rates below do not apply to or include Extended Studies credit hours.
Tuition for each Extended Studies course is charged in addition to tuition for any "Main Campus"
credit hours and is established by the individual university department/college offering the
course. For questions about the tuition rate for a particular Extended Studies course, please
contact the offering department/college.
Mandatory Student Fees
Students are subject to FULL student fees when enrolled for both online and on-campus courses
(courses with an in-person component).
Students enrolled in online courses only, are responsible for paying the Information Technology and
Student Information System (SIS) fees (as well as the matriculation and international student fees,
Students enrolled in Continuing Education courses that are off campus are only assessed the
Information Technology and Student Information System (SIS) fees. However, students who are
enrolled in courses taught on campus or concurrently enrolled in both Continuing Education and
Denver main campus courses located on campus are subject to full student fees.
Out of State Online Only (OOSOO)
Out of state Denver campus students (students who do not reside in state) that are taking online
courses only, may be eligible for a tuition rate that is 120% of the resident rate for that course.
This rate applies to main campus courses only.
In addition to tuition, OOSOO students are responsible for the Information Technology and Student
Information System (SIS) fee.
Students who believe they qualify for this rate must apply at the Registrar's office by completing
this application and affidavit.
How can I avail the tuition fee waiver?
Fee waivers are automatically granted to applicants who have an AMCAS fee waiver (now
obtained through the AAMC Fee Assistance Program). This information is forwarded to us by
AMCAS. FAP is the only fee waiver accepted and the University of Colorado does not have an
additional fee waiver program.
How many letter of recommendations do I need?
All letters must be transmitted electronically through AMCAS. Please do not submit any
paper or electronic letters of recommendation to the Office of Admissions. Please visit
the AMCAS website, for information on how to submit letters of recommendation through
Applicants are required to obtain letters to support their candidacy for admission. We
require three to five letters; letters can come from a faculty member, clinical
experience, research experience, or a current job. Please see Thoughts from the Admissions
Dean on Letters
Are residents of Colorado given higher preference?
As a state institution, Colorado residents are a high priority; however, we also encourage
applicants from other states to apply. Every new class is a mix of Colorado residents and
Are all applications accepted?
Application updates are NOT accepted. If you are invited for an interview, interview day
would be the best time to update the Admissions Committee regarding changes to your