The MSCD financial
aid program provides assistance and advice to students who would be unable
to pursue their education at the college without such help. Scholarships,
grants, loans and part-time employment are available singly or in various
combinations to meet the difference between what the student and the student's
family could reasonably be expected to provide and the expected cost of
The 2001-2002 academic year expenses will be as follows for a student
not living with parents:
|Tuition and Fees
|Room and Board
|Books and Supplies
Tuition and fees are set by The State Colleges in Colorado
and are subject to change without notice. All students are placed on a
single-person budget. Additional allowances may be made for students with
day-care costs for dependent children and for expenses related to disabilities
not paid by another agency (P.L. 99-498).
To qualify for financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or
eligible noncitizen; be registered with Selective Service (if required);
have financial need; be degree-, licensure-, or certificate-seeking; be
making satisfactory academic progress; and not be in default on a federal
education loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant.
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) each year to determine financial aid eligibility. Entering college
freshmen should obtain application forms from their high schools or from
MSCD's Office of Financial Aid. Most students who completed a 2001-02
FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA will receive a PIN (personal identification number)
from the Federal Processor between November, 2001 and January, 2002. This
PIN is used for completing the 2002-03 Renewal FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For quicker processing, we strongly recommend that returning, transferring
and entering students complete their FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on the Web
Students should complete and submit the
FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to the federal processor as early as possible (after
January 1st), preferable no later than mid-February, and submit all requested
documents to the MSCD Office of Financial Aid by April 13th.
Detailed information concerning application
procedures is provided in the Financial Aid Handbook and Scholarship
Guide available in the MSCD Office of Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Programs
The amount of funds made available to students depends on the maximum
award allowed by regulation of each program, the student's established
financial need, duration of the student's enrollment, and funds allocated
to the college by the state and federal governments.
Grants are gift money from the federal or state government and do
not have to be repaid.
Federal Pell Grants are federal
funds and awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet received
a bachelor's degree and who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
The amount of the award is based on each student's financial eligibility
and the number of hours for which the student is enrolled. The amount
of Federal Pell grant awards for the 2001-02 academic year will range
from $400 to $3,750 for those students who qualify. Full-time, half-time,
or less than half-time students may qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
Grants (FSEOG) are federal funds awarded to undergraduate students
who have not yet received a bachelor's degree and are U.S. citizens or
eligible non-citizens. This grant is awarded to students who demonstrate
exceptional need. The amount of FSEOG awards range from $100 to $600 per
fall and spring semesters.
Colorado State Grants (CSG) are
state funds awarded to Colorado residents with demonstrated financial
need. Eligible students have no prior bachelor's degree, are U.S. citizens
or eligible non-citizens, and are enrolled full- or part-time (at least
six credit hours for the fall and spring semesters) at MSCD. The amount
of the CSG award ranges from $50 to $600 per fall and spring semesters.
Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance program
(CLEAP) are a combination of federal and state funds awarded by the
same criteria as CSG.
Students must be enrolled at least half-time, be degree-, certificate-
or licensure-seeking, be making satisfactory academic progress, and not
be in default on a federal education loan or owe a repayment on a federal
grant to receive a scholarship.
Presidential Scholarships: These
scholarships include four-year scholarships for entering high school students
and two-year scholarships for transfer students. This scholarship covers
up to the cost of tuition and mandatory fees per semester for up to 15
Colorado Scholars Awards: Scholarships
of up to $500 per semester, not exceeding the cost of resident tuition
and mandatory fees per academic year, are available through the academic
departments. Recipients must be Colorado residents. Interested students
should contact their departments for applications.
Athletic Scholarships: MSCD has
a limited number of athletic scholarships. Applications and additional
information are available from the MSCD Intercollegiate Athletics Office.
Private Scholarships: Students
should refer to the MSCD Financial Aid Handbook and Scholarship Guide
for information regarding scholarships and the free online scholarship
Receipt of a scholarship may affect a
student's financial aid award because students receiving federal and/or
state aid are limited in the maximum amount of aid which can be received.
A student whose full need has been met by other types of financial aid
prior to receipt of a scholarship will have that aid reduced by the amount
of the scholarship. If the student's full eligibility has not been met,
the scholarship will be allowed to satisfy the unmet need. Each student's
situation is treated individually. All scholarships are based on the student's
continued eligibility and available funding.
Federal Perkins Loans are long-term
federal loans that are awarded based on the student's need and MSCD's
available funds. Federal Perkins Loan can range from $100 to $1,500 per
semester. Repayment of the loan begins nine months after the student graduates
or ceases to be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester. The
interest rate is 5 percent and interest begins to accrue at repayment.
All first-time borrowers at MSCD are required to attend a Perkins Loan
Entrance Interview before loan funds can be released to them.
Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL)
include Federal Stafford Loans, unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, and
Federal PLUS Loans, which help students and/or their parents to borrow
funds to help meet educational expenses. To borrow these funds, students
and/or their parents must complete and submit, in addition to the FAFSA,
a separate lender application to the MSCD Office of Financial Aid. Loan
applications may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid or the lender
of the student's choice. Students must be enrolled at least six credit
hours each semester and be degree-, certificate- or licensure-seeking.
Interest rates vary depending on the type of loan and the date the student
borrows the first Federal Family Education Loan. For further information
on interest rates, check with the MSCD Office of Financial Aid or the
lender. First time borrowers at MSCD are required to attend a Loan Entrance
Interview before loans funds can be released to them.
Federal Stafford Loans: Eligibility
for the Federal Stafford Loan is based on the student's need as determined
by the MSCD Office of Financial Aid. The annual loan limits are $2,625
for freshmen, $3,500 for sophomores and $5,500 for all other undergraduates.
Interest does not begin to accrue until six months after the student graduates
or ceases to be enrolled in school at least half-time (six credit hours
Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans:
These loans have many of the same terms and conditions as the Federal
Stafford Loan. The main difference is that the students are responsible
for the interest that accrues while they are in school and during the
six-month grace period after they graduate or cease to be enrolled in
at least six credit hours. Students who do not qualify for a Federal Stafford
Loan, based on need, may qualify for the unsubsidized Federal Stafford
Loan. Contact the MSCD Office of Financial Aid concerning annual loan
Federal PLUS Loans: These loans
are available to parents of dependent students. Applications are available
from the MSCD Office of Financial Aid or from lenders that participate
in the program. Applications must first be submitted to the Office of
Financial Aid for processing. At MSCD, parents of dependent students may
borrow up to the cost of education minus the amount of financial aid received
by the student from other sources each year.
Please refer to the MSCD Financial
Aid Handbook and Scholarship Guide for more detailed information regarding
The State of Colorado, the federal government and MSCD provide part-time
employment programs for students. The maximum work-study award is $2,500
per semester. The maximum hours a student may work is 30 hours per week
while classes are in session and 40 hours per week between semesters.
Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester to
receive a work-study award. The majority of all work-study awards are
need-based, however, there are a limited number of positions offered directly
through various departments/offices on campus that are no-need awards.
The Financial Aid Package
Once student eligibility is determined, an aid package
is developed based on the availability of funds and the eligibility of
the applicant. To facilitate financial aid packaging requirements, applicants
must obtain all requested information and forms from designated sources
and submit them to the MSCD Office of Financial Aid before the established
After the Office of Financial Aid has determined the type and amount
of aid for which a student qualifies (aid package), the student is mailed
an Award Notification. The Award Notification and enclosed information
stipulate the conditions of each award.
- Awards are based on full-time
enrollment. If a student is enrolled for less than 12 credit hours each
semester, the award may be reduced/prorated. The final award adjustment
occurs on census date (about the 12th day of school each fall and spring
semester and the 8th day of the summer semester).
- Grants, Scholarships and Student Loans: All financial
aid awards (with the exception of out-of-state loan checks, consortium
checks and some scholarship funds) are disbursed into the student's
account. The Business Office deducts any outstanding balance owed, including
current tuition and fees, and issues a check for the remaining funds.
This check is either mailed to the student or the student can pick it
up at the Cashier's Office. This check can be used to purchase books
and pay other educationally related expenses.
- Parent Loans: Federal PLUS checks are mailed from
lenders to MSCD's Office of Financial Aid. Eligibility is verified and
then the check is mailed to the parent borrower.
- Work Study: Work-study earnings are paid bi-weekly
and are treated as wages earned. Outstanding balances owed to MSCD are
not deducted from these earnings; however, students are strongly advised
to pay any outstanding balance as soon as a work-study check is received.
Please refer to the MSCD
Financial Aid Guide and Scholarhip Application for information regarding
proration of aid disbursements.
Students who receive financial aid and withdraw from MSCD prior to
completion of a term may be required to repay a portion of financial aid
and scholarships. All required financial aid repayments must be made to
MSCD before the end of the current academic year or before additional
Title IV funds can be disbursed to the student, whichever occurs first.
Repayment is made to the MSCD Business Office. Please refer to the Class
Schedule for more specific information.
Financial Aid as a Form of Payment
Please refer to the current Class
Schedule for information regarding payment of tuition and fees
with awarded aid.
AND PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS
At MSCD students are provided
multiple sources of academic advising support. Continuing students with
declared majors receive advising assistance from their academic departments.
New students and students without declared majors receive advising support
from the Academic Advising Center, CN 104. Services available to students
in the Center include the following: assistance with course selection,
scheduling and registration; help with long-term degree planning; identification
of degree enhancement strategies; and ongoing developmental advising,
including assistance with the major-minor selection process, adjustment
to college, etc. For additional information call 303-556-3680.
Located in the Administration Building, the Office of Alumni Relations
works with the College, the Alumni Association and the MSCD Foundation,
Inc., to provide services and support to all alumni and students. Services
include: career development, health insurance programs, discount internet,
MSCD credit card, alumni directory and numerous volunteer/mentoring opportunities.
The Alumni Association, Inc., is committed
to advancing the College's welfare by creating and maintaining a spirit
of fellowship and goodwill among all alumni and to encourage alumni involvement
with the College. The MSCD Alumni Association's mission is to work in
concert with the College, the Foundation and others to:
- Elevate and enhance the reputation
of the College
- Inspire alumni to leverage their pride
in their MSCD experience
- Establish mentoring opportunities to
help others soar and expand their horizons.
Inquire about participation with the Alumni
Association, the ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) Real-World Career Counseling
Program, the ADVANCE Admissions Recruitment Program or other programs
to connect with the College and MSCD alumni. If you are interested in
linking up with a Metropolitan State College of Denver alumnus/a in your
degree area, or are interested in one of the Alumni Relations programs,
contact the Alumni Relations Office at 303-556-8320 or visit our web site
Auraria Campus Police
The Campus Police and Security Division is fully certified and authorized
to provide police services to the Auraria campus and is proud to maintain
its reputation as one of the safest in the state.
In addition to a police chief and 20 full
time officers, the Campus Police and Security Division employs state certified
security officers and communication personnel. Officers patrol the campus
24 hours per day, seven days per week, on foot, bicycles or golf carts,
and in patrol cars.
The Campus Police and Security Division
also provides additional services to the campus community such as vehicle
unlocks, crime prevention programs, emergency responses, and environmental
health and safety.
The Campus Police and Security Division
is located at 1201 Fifth Street. Routine calls - 303-556-3271; EMERGENCY
CALLS - 911 (or use one of the many emergency phones located around campus).
Auraria Child Care
The center provides high quality early childhood care and education
to the children of students, staff and faculty. A discovery, child-oriented
approach is provided by a professional teaching staff to children ages
12 months to 6 years. Preregistration is required. Please call 303-556-3188
and Transportation Services
Parking Services Department
Daily Fee Parking: (in-and-out privileges in Lot
E only): daily fees range from $1.50 to $10.00. Several lots are unattended
and require purchasing a receipt from the vending machine. Make sure the
parking receipt is placed face-up on the driver's side of the dashboard.
Receipts are valid only on the day and in the lot where purchased and
are not transferable from one vehicle to another. For easy entrance/exit
to the Parking and Transportation Centre and lot D, a reusable debit card
can be purchased for $1.00 and a cash value can be encoded on its magnetic
strip. Debit cards are available on the second floor next to the ATM machine
in the Tivoli Student Union and on the first floor of the Parking and
Permit Parking: Parking permits
are available on a semester basis. They go on sale on the first day of
registration. Contact the Parking Office at 303-556-2000 for more information.
Motorist Assistance Program: Personnel
will help jump-start dead batteries and assist in changing tires. Jumper
cables, bumper jacks, tire tools and gasoline cans are also available
at no cost to campus parkers. Call 303-556-2000 for assistance. The Parking
Services Department is located at 777 Lawrence Way (first floor of the
parking garage). Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Handivan Services: The wheelchair-accessible
handivan provides free on-campus transportation for students, faculty
and staff from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday -Thursday and from 7:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
Nightrider: The Nightrider is a
free security escort service for any campus parking lot. Service is available
from dusk to 10:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday during fall and spring semesters.
The Office of Career Services helps students and alumni
in developing, evaluating and implementing career plans. Specific services
include Career Assessment Workshops; Employer Forums/Employer Workshops
addressing resume writing, job search strategies and interviewing skills;
and Career Connections, which offers candidates and employers a high tech
resource to connect MSCD seniors and alumni candidates to entry level
Career fairs and seminars are sponsored
jointly during the fall and spring terms with employers, student groups,
faculty and a consortia of colleges and universities.
The Career Library houses print and electronic
resources including directories and employer profiles, job vacancies,
salary surveys, job profiles and graduate school information. The Colorado
Career Information System (COCIS) offers occupational information based
on employment characteristics of Colorado and the nation. A touch screen
computer kiosk provides a direct link to federal job opportunities as
identified by the United States Department of Personnel Management.
For assistance, call 303-556-3664 or access
the Website http://www.mscd.edu/~career
Center for the Visual
Located off campus in the heart of LoDo, the Center for the Visual
Arts was created in 1990 by Metro to serve the college and the Rocky Mountain
region. Open all year, the Center organizes and hosts exhibitions of culturally
diverse artists of national and international significance, which would
otherwise be unavailable to the college community and state populace.
Past exhibitions have included works by Picasso, Ansel Adams, Romare Bearden
and the diverse art of Haiti, West Africa, Australia and Japan. The Center
hosts Metro's Senior Thesis exhibition featuring the works of the college's
most outstanding art students every year and a biannual exhibition of
the Metro art faculty.
Education and community outreach is an
important facet of the Center with more than 6,000 students and 25,000
members of the general public visiting the Center each year. Visitors
can take advantage of the many lectures, tours and workshops available
in conjunction with the exhibitions. An outreach program, providing art
workshops and activities for Denver's at-risk youth is another element
of the Center's education program and commitment to community involvement.
Work-study positions, internships and volunteer opportunities are only
a few ways that Metro students can become involved at the Center. The
Metropolitan State College of Denver Center for the Visual Arts is located
at 1734 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202; Telephone: 303-294-5207, Fax:
The Child Development Center provides exemplary, on-campus children's
programs. During the fall and spring semesters, the center offers pre-school
programs; in the summer it provides a Summer Enrichment Program for elementary
age children. Available to the Auraria campus and to the Denver community,
these programs are part of the college's teacher education program.
The classrooms are under the direction
of master teachers who are trained and experienced in either early childhood
or elementary education. The master teachers plan an age-appropriate program
to provide quality learning experiences that meet the developmental needs
of the children. MSCD teacher education students also work in the classroom
providing a high adult/child ratio with opportunities for small groups
and individual attention.
The preschool program is accredited by
the National Academy for Early Childhood Education. There are two preschool
classes available: 8:30-11:15 a.m. for children 2 1/2 to 4 years old and
12:30-3:15 p.m. for children 4 to 6 years old. There is also child care
available before and after each preschool class: 7:30-8:30 a.m., 11:15-12:30
p.m., and 3:15-6:00 p.m.
The Summer Enrichment Program is academic
in content, but recognizes children's needs for fun and different learning
experiences in summer. There are two classrooms: one for children entering
first or second grade in the fall and one for children entering third
or fourth grade in the fall. There is a Day Program from 8:30 a.m. to
4:15 p.m. and an Extended Program from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:15 to
6 p.m. Call 303-556-2759 for more information.
The Combined Computer Access Center (CCAC) assists and trains students
with disabilities to minimize the impact of their disabilities, while
accessing the computer keyboard and monitor. The goal of the CCAC is to
help students with disabilities achieve academic goals, attain vocational
goals and improve employability through the use of adaptive technology.
The CCAC serves students with all types of disabilities, including, but
not limited to: blindness, low vision, hearing impairments, learning disabilities,
neurological disabilities and orthopedic disabilities. The Combined Computer
Access Center is located in the Auraria Library, room 115, 303-556-6252.
(See Disability Support Services.)
The Counseling Center staff provides services to currently enrolled
Metropolitan State College students at no additional charge beyond student
fees. The staff is ethnically and culturally diverse. Services include
personal therapy, support groups, stress management, and crisis intervention.
The Center also coordinates an active Peer Education Program. Students
may request an appointment for their first visit in advance. Follow-up
appointments are made to accommodate class schedules. The staff also provides
consultations to faculty, staff, and student groups upon request. Faculty
are encouraged to invite Counseling Center staff to address mental health
issues in their classes. The Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For additional information call 303-556-3132.
Advocacy and support services are provided through the Office of Disability
Support Services located in room 177 of the Arts Building. Services include
but are not limited to: priority registration, assistance in identifying
notetakers, alternative testing, access to assistive technology, referrals
to outside service agencies, sign language interpreters and assistance
with any general needs or concerns. Students with special needs are encouraged
to utilize these services. For assistance or information, please call
303- 556-8387 (voice) or 303-556-8484 (TDD). (See Combined Computer
Degree programs and fully accredited courses, as well as orientation
and assessment testing, are offered at two convenient locations in the
Denver metro area: Metro South, 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Englewood,
303-721-1313 and Metro North, 11990 Grant Street, Northglenn, 303-450-5111.
Extended Campus offers evening, weekend and accelerated classes. In addition,
it offers a variety of formats including telecourses, online courses and
correspondence courses. Extended Campus schedules are available each semester.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Trans Student Services at Auraria
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans (GLBT) Student Services is open to all
Auraria students as a resource for exploring sexual orientation issues.
This program offers a variety of support, education and advocacy services
for the entire campus community:
- support for members of the campus
community who may have questions about their own sexual orientation
or that of a friend or family member
- advocacy for students experiencing discrimination
or harassment based on a real or perceived gay, lesbian, bisexual or
- speakers for events, workshops and classes on various
aspects of sexual orientation
- training programs and workshops about combatting homophobia
and working with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities
- library of books, videos and resource files available
for research and leisure
- events such as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans Awareness
Month and other forums providing information and dialogue about gay,
lesbian, bisexual and trans issues
The GLBT Student Services office is located
in the Tivoli Student Union, room 311, and is staffed by a director
with the support of student employees and volunteers. Input and involvement
from the entire campus community is welcomed. For additional information
High School Upward
This program is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary
for success in and beyond high school for youths who are low-income and
first-generation college-bound students. The program provides intensive
academic instruction during the school year, as well as a six-week summer
session. A full range of academic skill preparation in reading, writing
and mathematics is part of a comprehensive counseling and enrichment program.
This program develops creative thinking, effective expression and positive
attitudes toward learning. The students are recruited at the beginning
of their sophomore year in high school from five target-area high schools
located in Denver County (East, Lincoln, Manual, North and West High Schools).
The Immigrant Services Program provides assistance to students
whose first language is not English. The program offers intensive academic
and personal advising, assessment, tutoring, assistance with the financial
aid application process, and monitors student progress. Because the program
does not offer ESL classes, students with limited English proficiency
are referred to the appropriate curricula. For more information call 303-556-3676.
Information Technology at Metropolitan State College of Denver provides
you with the opportunity to use the most current information technologies
on campus or from home. Metropolitan State College of Denver offers 30
computer laboratories for use by all current students. The laboratories
range from specializing in computer graphics to the most current engineering
software. Information on the location and operating hours of student labs
is available in the current class schedule, the student computing handbook
or at http://www.mscd.edu/~complabs/online. MSCD students needing adaptive
equipment or additional assistance with technology due to a disability
can visit the Combined Computer Access Center (CCAC), Library room 115.
The CCAC lab currently has software to assist students with hearing, learning,
visual and orthopedic disabilities. Further information is available at
303-556-2441 (General Information).
The MSCD homepage (http://www.mscd.edu) provides many online services
for students including:
Institute for International
and Intercultural Education
- online registration
- online admissions
- orientation and assessment
- financial aid
- course catalog, and
- class schedules
APPROPRIATE USE POLICY
Before any student receives an email account, they are required to read
and agree to the "Appropriate Use Policy." This policy is
in place to protect all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the
stability of the computing environment. It is important to be familiar
with the terms of the "Appropriate Use Policy." Misuse of
computing resources at MSCD may include suspension of computing privileges,
referral to an appropriate authority on campus and referral to a law
enforcement agency. Disciplinary action by the College may include suspension,
expulsion and requirements to make financial restitution. The policy
is listed in the student computing handbook and online at www.mscd.edu/tech/policies/
Information Technology at MSCD is committed to providing students with
the best possible computing service on campus and from home. Further
assistance is available in the student labs.
The college provides assistance to visiting faculty and students. Important
information and counseling is offered on visas, school transfers, work permission,
housing, banking, and cultural and academic adaptation. The office also
provides assistance to students who wish to arrange individualized study-abroad
opportunities. The institute organizes numerous conferences and lectures
on international issues throughout the year.
The institute also provides information
on cross-disciplinary individualized degree major and minor programs in
international studies, international courses offered by various departments,
and intercultural courses. For information, contact the director of International
and Intercultural Education at 303-556-4004.
Metro North and Metro South
Please see Extended Campus.
Resource Center (SFRC)
The Student Finance Resource Center offers the following services
and professional development opportunities:
- financial planning
- individual budgeting sessions
- emergency student loans
- student travel grants
The SFRC is committed to providing students
with the means to solve temporary and long-term financial problems by
guiding and educating them on personal finances (i.e., budgeting, debt
counseling, financial planning, and emergency funding). The Student Travel
Program offers travel grants to clubs, student organizations, and individual
students attending and/or presenting papers at professional conferences
and educational events within the domestic United States. Additional information
and applications are available in the Program office located in Tivoli
311 or call 303-556-3559.
Health Center at Auraria
All MSCD students are entitled to medical services at the Health Center.
Student health insurance is NOT required to use the Health Center.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical assistants
staff the facility. Students will be asked to complete a sign-in sheet
and show a current semester ID card each time they check in.
Services include treatment of illness
and injuries, lab testing, medications, physicals, annual GYN exams, sexually
transmitted disease information/testing, birth control information/services,
minor surgery, cholesterol screening, immunizations, HIV testing, blood
pressure checks, casting, suturing and X-ray. Payment is required at
the time of service except for students who participate in the Student
Health Insurance Program.
Walk-in services begin at 8 a.m., Monday
- Friday. Access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in access
varies daily, contingent upon when all patient slots have been filled;
thus, the daily closure time for walk-in care is variable. Patients are
encouraged to check in as early as possible. The Health Center at Auraria
is located in the Plaza Building, room 150, on the lower level. Brochures
with additional information are available at the Health Center or go to
our website at http://www.mscd.edu/student /resources/health/. For further
details call 303-556-2525.
Student Intervention Services (SIS) monitors and tracks three cohorts
of the student population at MSCD. SIS assists and serves all students
who are admitted by the alternative admissions' process. Our goal is to
assist the student to be successful by providing comprehensive and individualized
services that will lead to improved student retention. The second cohort
of students tracked are the students whose cumulative GPA has fallen below
a 2.0 for one, two or three semesters. Students are notified by mail of
their status, and encumbrances are placed on their registration. SIS also
coordinates the Early Warning System, providing mid-term grade assessments,
support and referral services to students. For those students who are
in academic difficulty, SIS provides an in-depth strategy for success
including assistance with graduation plans, scheduling, advising and referrals.
The office is located in Central Classroom Building, Room 102, 303-556-4048.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services at Auraria is a student-fee funded program
that serves registered students from The Metropolitan State College of
Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver and the Community College
of Denver. The program is staffed by licensed attorneys who assist students
with landlord-tenant problems, criminal prosecutions, traffic/DUI cases
and family/domestic issues. Specifically, the attorneys engage in a problem-solving
process with the student to develop and explore various legal strategies
and options. If a case requires legal representation and/or is beyond
the expertise of the program's attorneys, the office will provide to the
student information about community resources that may provide legal representation
either on a no-cost or low-cost basis, depending upon the substantive
area and the availability of attorneys. Because the program's budget only
allows for 50 hours per week of the attorneys' time, the office should
be contacted to ensure an office visit or phone interview. Please note:
this office is unable to advise on issues arising between students or
involving any of the three institutions as this creates a conflict of
interest. The attorneys can neither represent the student nor make a court
appearance on the student's behalf. The office is not staffed to respond
to emergencies. More information is available at the Tivoli Student Union,
room 262, or call 303-556-6061.
The Student Support Services program is designed to improve
the retention and graduation rates of first generation, low income students
and students with disabilities. Students enrolled in the program receive
tutoring, personal counseling, academic advising, assistance in obtaining
financial aid and opportunities to participate in cultural enrichment
activities. The program also provides support services including educational
and graduate school workshops, computer assisted instruction and basic
skills instruction in reading, writing, math and science. The program
administers two scholarship programs and houses a computer lab for participants'
use. The Student Support Services office is located in Central Classroom
201. For more information call 303-556-4722.
Summer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program, managed by the Student Development Center,
facilitates the transition and prepares first-time college students for
their freshman year at The Metropolitan State College of Denver. The program
provides an opportunity for students to get a head start on their college
education and become familiar with the college experience on the Auraria
Campus. Students receive a scholarship for tuition and fees for two college-level
courses. Additionally, students have an opportunity to participate in
enrichment workshops and activities that further encourage their connection
to MSCD. The goal of the Summer Bridge Program is to provide students
with the tools and strategies that will maximize their chances for academic
success and personal growth and development. The office is located in
the St. Francis Center on the second floor, 303-556-4023.
The Spring International
Language Center at Auraria
Intensive English classes at the Spring International Center focus
on all language skills: grammar, reading, writing and listening/speaking,
in addition to special electives that students can choose each term, such
as TOEFL preparation, vocabulary building and pronunciation. Five nine-week
terms are offered throughout the year to enable students to complete their
English study quickly. Students are placed at one of the six levels, with
standardized evaluation tests at the completion of each level. Spring
International Language Center is located on the fourth floor of the Tivoli
Student Union, Room 454. For more information call 303-534-1616.
As one component of Student Auxiliary Services that includes the Auraria
Child Care Center, Auraria Book Center, Campus Computers, Auraria Reprographics,
Clicks Office Supply and four copying centers, the Tivoli Student Union
serves as the heart of campus culture, services and social activity at
The Tivoli Student Union conveniently
houses the offices of Student Life/Activities and Student Government for
the Community College of Denver, The Metropolitan State College of Denver,
and the University of Colorado at Denver. Additionally, offices for Metro
Athletics, UCD Career Counseling, Spring International Language Center,
MSCD Counseling Services, MSCD New Student Orientation office, Student
Legal Services at Auraria, all three school newspapers, Tivoli Tickets
(TicketMaster), ClubHub, student ID program, Auraria Book Center, two
credit unions, student study lounges, a number of specialty shops, atrium
food court, restaurants and Sigi's Pool Hall and Arcade.are located in
the Tivoli Student Union. For information phone 303-556-6330.
Tivoli Conference Services, located in
room 325, will help you with obtaining conference and meeting space in
the Tivoli as well as outdoor table rentals. Telephone 303-556-2755 for
The Tutoring Program provides free tutoring assistance to all students
enrolled at the Metropolitan State College of Denver in an effort to promote
academic success. The program is structured to accommodate the needs of
culturally diverse students. Students may be referred to the Tutoring
Program by an instructor or can seek assistance on their own. Trained
peer tutors will help students reach their educational goals. Group and
individualized tutoring is available. The office is located in the St.
Francis Center on the second floor, 303-556-6438 or 303-556-3411.
The Veterans Services Office assists students in procuring
their GI Bill entitlement. The Veterans Services Office acts as the liaison
between the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the veteran/dependent
student. Different VA classifications provide different types of entitlement.
Student veterans/dependents may be eligible for tutorial assistance, VA
work-study, advance payment, emergency student loans, etc. The office
also certifies and tracks the academic progress of entitled veterans.
If there are any questions or problems regarding eligibility, payment,
tutoring, etc., please speak with a representative in CN 105 or call 303-556-2993.
Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed
to identify, recruit and motivate veterans to pursue their personal career
goals through higher education.
Veterans Upward Bound provides refresher
courses and tutorial help so that survival in academic or vocational/technical
programs is maximized. This is accomplished during a 12-week semester.
Ancillary services such as career counseling, financial aid advisement,
college counseling and job placement are also provided for participants.
The Institute for Women's Studies and Services is committed to the
empowerment of women through education. To help students have a positive
college experience, women's services provides referrals to campus and
community resources, information about scholarships, assistance with the
process of entering MSCD, advocacy services for students dealing with
harassment or discrimination, and programs and events that focus on issues
of particular concern to women. The institute houses a small library with
a variety of books and other resource materials on women's experiences,
histories and contributions to society. Students who need assistance should
make an appointment with the associate director of the Institute for Women's
Studies and Services.
The Writing Center staff of composition instructors and trained writing
tutors is committed to working with students in developing their writing
abilities. Tutors help students identify problem areas and provide instruction
on how to eliminate them. Through one-on-one instruction, tutors teach
students to generate, organize, and develop ideas; to revise and edit
with confidence; and to handle issues of format and documentation. For
more information contact the Writing Center at 303-556-6070.
The Office of Student Life offers students
a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance classroom experiences
and encourage campus involvement. Services include Judicial Affairs, Student
Problem Action Network (SPAN); Student Activities; student clubs and organizations;
Student Publications; Counseling Center; Campus Recreation; Health Center at Auraria; Student Legal Services at Auraria; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and
Trans Student Services; Student Government Assembly (SGA) , New Student
Orientation and the Student Finance Resource Center. These student-fee-funded
programs exist to provide a diverse range of experiences in leadership
development and programs that encourage cultural, recreational, educational,
and social interaction. The Office of Student Life is located in the Tivoli
Student Union, room 311. Our web site is http://www.mscd.edu/~studlife/.
Student Affairs Board
(SAB) - The Student Affairs Board enables students to have a continuous
voice in the use and allocation of their student fees. The SAB is comprised
of student, faculty and administrative representatives.
Action Network (SPAN) - The SPAN Program helps students resolve problems
on campus. This program involves trained advisors who can assist students
in defining their problem, formulate a strategy of reaching a solution,
and inform them about the institutional process for resolving the issue.
This program is part of the judicial affairs area and is staffed by volunteer
faculty and campus personnel. For additional information, please refer
to the Student Handbook or come to the Tivoli, room 311.
The Office of Student Activities provides opportunities for student
development and growth through a variety of programs that link students'
academic lives with their lives outside the classroom. Student Activities'
programs are educational, cultural, social and recreational, and give
students an opportunity to enhance their social responsibility and leadership
Student Activities has four distinct functions
to help students get connected and involved in campus life: programs,
events and co-curricular opportunities; student organization services;
Metro Cool (service learning); and leadership education. These functions
are designed to:
- enlighten, stimulate and entertain
the campus community,
- promote student self-worth and dignity,
- develop self-confidence,
- help students become better prepared for life-long
learning and increased organizational and social complexity,
- teach students fiscal responsibility,
- provide developmental experiences for students to
help them take responsibility for program and service delivery, and
- teach responsible citizenship and an ethic that encourages
responsible social action.
The office is located in the Tivoli Student
Union, room 305, 303-556-2595. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday
Through channels of advocacy and outreach with faculty and administration,
the Student Government Assembly (SGA) members work with and on behalf
of individual students and the MSCD student population as a whole to ensure
that students' voices are heard and that the best interest of all students
is considered. SGA members are committed to enhancing opportunities for
student involvement and success in their campus life. The SGA office is
located in the Tivoli Student Union, suite 307, 303-556-3312.
The student newspaper, The Metropolitan,
is published by the Office of Student Publications, Tivoli, room 313,
303-556-2507. The newspaper offers students the opportunity to explore
fields such as journalism, web page design, advertising sales, video and
audio production, marketing, graphic arts, photography, business and accounting
through work experience. The Metropolitan and companion web site, Metropolitan
Online, are written by and for MSCD students. Both are published weekly
during the fall and spring semesters and monthly during the summer semester.
Students interested in working on the paper or web site should contact
the student editor at 303-556-8353.
Metrosphere is the annual student literary and arts publication and is
distributed each spring semester. It contains poetry, fiction, nonfiction,
art, photography and graphics. The Metrosphere also produces an interactive
multimedia CD-ROM containing further art, poetry and writing. It is written,
composed and produced entirely by students. Submissions are accepted during
the fall semester. Copies are distributed free to students and are available
in Tivoli room 313. For more information, call the student editor at 303-556-3940.
A weekly streaming video news program, Met On-Air, is broadcast from the
Office of Student Publications. Plans are under way for a campus webcast
radio station, Met Radio. To volunteer for Met On-Air or Met Radio, call
303-556-2507 or stop by Tivoli 313.
The office also produces the Student Handbook and provides graphic art
services at reduced costs to on-campus offices, departments, organizations
and individuals. To access all online student publications, go to http://www.mscd.edu/~themet.
The Campus Recreation at Auraria program is among the most affordable
ways that students have found to enjoy themselves, and it is among the
best recreation programs offered in Colorado. The program is composed
of the Drop-In Program (informal recreation), Intramurals, Club Sports,
Outdoor Adventure and the Physically Challenged Program. Student membership
is free with a current, validated student ID.
The Drop-in Program provides group and
individual activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests.
Facilities include four basketball courts, 12 tennis courts, volleyball
courts, a 25-yard indoor pool, eight handball/racquetball courts, two
squash courts, a weightroom, a fitness center, a dance studio, a baseball
field, softball fields and a track. In addition, Campus Recreation offers
high- and low-impact aerobics, step aerobics and aqua aerobics daily.
The Drop-in Program also offers a new instructional component, Healthy
Lifestyles, which consists of a variety of noncredit instructional workshops,
clinics and seminars. Check the Drop-in Program schedule in room 108 of
the Physical Education Building or call 303-556-3210 for a listing of
The Intramural Program consists of individual
and team activities open to all students, faculty and staff members. The
emphasis of the program is on participation, sportsmanship and social
interaction. Whenever possible, competitive and recreational divisions
are offered to ensure participation for all ability levels. Activities
include flag football, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, racquetball
and squash leagues, as well as tennis and golf tournaments.
Club Sports provides students, faculty
and staff members the opportunity to develop their individual athletic
abilities in an organized group setting. The present clubs, which are
all student initiated, include aikido, fencing, men's lacrosse, men and
women's rugby, men's volleyball, coed waterpolo, badminton, ski/snowbashers
and tai chi.
Outdoor Adventure provides the opportunity
to experience the beauty and challenge of nature through organized trips.
The program provides outdoor recreational experiences emphasizing skill
acquisition, social interaction, environmental awareness and safety. Some
of the many adventures offered are biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing,
downhill skiing, family-fun outings, hiking, ice climbing, kayaking/rafting,
naturalist outings, rock climbing and sailing. The program also provides
rental equipment, including camping and hiking gear, canoes, cross-country
skis, mountain bikes and roller blades. The office is located in the basement
of the Events Center.
The Physically Challenged Program offers
a variety of sporting, recreational, and fitness opportunities for students
with physical or learning limitations. The adaptive programs/services
encompass one-on-one or group sessions that assist in using the recreational
facility. Information on planned group activities or individual help sessions
is available in the Events Center, room 108, 303-556-3210.
The Intercollegiate Athletics program plays an integral role in campus
life at The Metropolitan State College of Denver. MSCD offers 10 intercollegiate
sports programs: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's
soccer, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and
diving, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's volleyball.
The teams, nicknamed the Roadrunners,
compete at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA). The Roadrunners are members of the 14-member Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference (RMAC), which was founded in 1909 and features modest-sized
schools with limited athletic budgets.
Scholarships are available for each of
the 10 intercollegiate sports. They are disbursed by individual coaches
on the basis of merit, athletic ability and team needs. Scholarships are
awarded on a yearly basis.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Office is
located in the Tivoli Student Union, room 355, 303-556-8300.
Credit for Prior Learning
Successful completion of special examinations,
completion of a prior learning portfolio, or assessment of nonaccredited
training programs through published guides, may be used to award credit
or may permit placement in advanced courses. A student may earn up to
60 semester hours of credit toward degree requirements using prior learning
credit options. This type of approved credit will be posted to the student's
record after the completion of 8 semester hours of residency credit. Prior
learning credit may not be used toward the last 12 semester hours of a
degree program, does not substitute for residency requirements, and cannot
be used to challenge prerequisite courses for courses already completed.
Students are advised that letter grades are not assigned for such credit,
and some institutions may not accept transfer credits that do not include
letter grades. Additional information is available from the offices indicated
in each section below and from the Center for Individualized Learning,
Central Classroom 106, 303-556-8342.
Students who have performed satisfactorily in special
college-level courses while in high school, and who have passed appropriate
advanced placement examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination
Board, may have official AP scores submitted directly to the Office of
Admissions for consideration for college credit. This office, in consultation
with the appropriate department chair, determines the amount and nature
of the credit and/or advanced placement granted. AP credit is awarded
after the completion of eight credit hours at MSCD. (See following chart.)
Course Credit Awards For Advanced
||BIO 1080-3 &
BIO 1080-3 &
|BIO 1080-3 &
|Computer Science (A)
|Computer Science (AB)
|English (Comp & Lit)
|English (Lang & Comp)
|Gov't & Politics (U.S.)
|Gov't & Politics (comparative)
|Math (Calc AB)
|Math (Calc BC)
|Physics (C-Magnetism, Elec.
|| SPA 1020-5
MSCD recognizes the greater potential for success of international baccalaureate
students. Accordingly, academic departments may award credit for demonstrated
proficiency on a case-by-case basis. Students who have international baccalaureate
results at the higher level may have an official transcript sent directly
to the Office of Admissions for consideration for college credit.
CLEP consists of two series of national standardized examinations:
the general examinations and the subject examinations. They are designed
to evaluate nonaccredited college-level learning in order to award credit
for successful demonstration of this knowledge.
The general examination series includes five separate examinations covering
the areas of English composition, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics
and social science/history. Based on the results of these examinations,
the College may award up to a maximum of 24 semester hours of credit in
the freshman General Studies requirement areas. Thus, the successful student
may test out of many of the traditional courses required during the freshman
year. Students are advised to check with their major departments for information
on specific General Studies requirements that may not be met by CLEP examinations.
MSCD does not allow CLEP credit for ENG 1020, the Freshman Composition:
Analysis, Research and Documentation course.
The subject examination series consists of more than 45 examinations that
apply to specific college courses. MSCD allows credit for some of these
examinations. Thirty (30) semester hours of credit also may be awarded
under this series, making a total of 54 semester hours of credit obtainable
under a combination of the two series of examinations.
- Credit earned through the general examinations
may be applied only to General Studies requirements. Credit earned through
subject examinations may apply to any required course work unless otherwise
- Credit earned will be entered on the
student's transcript with the title of the examination(s), without reference
to a specific MSCD course(s). CLEP examinations are recorded without
reference to a letter grade and are not figured into the student's GPA.
Credit earned through CLEP examinations does not count towards residency
credit requirements, and therefore, may not be awarded as part of the
last twelve credit hours applicable to a degree.
- Credit earned through CLEP examinations
will not be recorded on the student's permanent record until the student
has earned 8 hours in residency credit at MSCD.
- In order to evaluate CLEP examination
or military examination (DANTES) results, the student should have a
copy of the official score report sent to the following address: The
Metropolitan State College of Denver; Office of Admissions, ATTN: Transfer
Evaluation; Campus Box 16; P.O. Box 173362; Denver, CO. 80217-3362.
- All CLEP examinations will be subject
to the statement of policy in place at the time the scores are submitted,
not the policy in place at the time the examination was taken.
- Credit awarded through CLEP examinations
at other colleges or universities will be re-evaluated at MSCD according
to the MSCD policy in place at the time the test scores are submitted.
Students are advised to have an official copy of their score(s) sent
to MSCD in order to have that credit evaluated.
- MSCD will not grant credit for a CLEP
examination if prior to the semester the exam is taken, a student has
completed, or was enrolled in, college courses equivalent to, or more
advanced than, the subject material of the exam. Credit will not be
recorded on a student's permanent record until all official transcripts
from other regionally accredited colleges and universities attended
by the student have been received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
- Any exception to these policies must
be approved through the Board on Academic Standards Exceptions (B.A.
S.E.). Information about filing an appeal through B.A.S.E. is available
from the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Failure to achieve the required score(s)
listed will not be entered on the permanent record. However, a copy
of the CLEP score report will be retained in the student's file.
- Any general or subject examination
may be repeated 6 months after the date of the previous examination.
For advising assistance with CLEP examinations and information about
other prior learning credit options such as departmental credit by examination
and portfolio assessment, students may contact the Center for Individualized
Learning, CN 106, 303- 556-8342. Additional information about the content
and format of CLEP examinations is available through the College Board
web site at http://www.collegeboard.org/clep. Examinations may be taken
through the Community College of Denver Test Center, 303-556-3810, South
Classroom Building 232. Other testing centers within the metropolitan
area and within Colorado can be found through the College Board web
site listed above.
The scoring of general examinations will change with computer-based
testing from a scaled score of 200-800 to a scaled score of 20-80. A
scaled score of 50 will be required before credit can be awarded for
computer-based general examinations, available July 2001.
CLEP General Exam
Minimum Score for MSCD
No Credit for Prior Enrollment-2
English Composition with
Arts and Letters
ENG 1100, 1110 or ENG 1120
Social Science and History-1
The exams listed below are the only
ones that MSCD accepts.
No Credit for
ENG 2210, 2220
Interpretation of Literature-1
ENG 1100, 1110,
ENG 2310, 2330
CHE 1800, 1810
History of the
History of the
Systems and Computer Applications
CMS 1010, CSS
- Although the general examinations and the subject examinations
are essentially independent, where there is overlap between the two
series, credit may be obtained by completing only one of the two overlapping
- If during or subsequent to the semester the exam is taken,
the student earns credit in a course(s) in column 5 of the table that
outlines General Examinations accepted at MSCD, the credit value of
the course(s) will be subtracted from the corresponding CLEP credit
- The Psychology Department does not allow CLEP credit
toward the total number of semester hours required for a Psychology
major or minor; extra course work is necessary to make up the difference.
However, CLEP can count toward the degree.
- The minimum required score for credit at MSCD for computer-based
CLEP General Examinations (available July 1, 2001) will be 50 rather
than 500. This reflects a change in the scoring format, not a change
in the knowledge required. Subject examination scores required for granting
credit may also change as test formats change.
Any student may take attainment examinations in some departments for
the purpose of waiving specific graduation requirements. Passing such
an examination, although not reducing the number of credits required for
graduation, entitles students to substitute their own choice for the required
subject. The examination is approximately the equivalent of the final
examination in the course.
In special cases, a department may grant students credit toward graduation
for college courses that they request and pass special college examinations.
Under this provision, a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be
awarded by the college. There is a charge for this service.
Examinations for credit must be based
on work equivalent to a regular course offered by the college (omnibus-numbered
courses are excluded). The credit granted will be for the corresponding
course, provided the student has no previous collegiate enrollment for
a similar course and the credit is applicable toward the student's graduation
requirements. Evidence of work justifying an examination for credit must
be presented to the department chair no later than the third week of classes
in a semester. Permission for such examination must be secured in advance
from the appropriate dean upon recommendation of the department chair.
No application for credit by examination
will be approved for a student who is not currently enrolled in good standing
in a degree-seeking curriculum in the college. Credit by examination will
not be approved for a student who is within 12 classroom semester hours
of completing degree requirements. No credit by examination can be obtained
for a course that a student has been officially enrolled at MSCD or at
another institution, whether or not the course has been completed and
a grade awarded. Credit by examination cannot be obtained for college
courses attended as a listener, visitor or auditor.
If a student has completed a more advanced
course than the course for which examination credit is desired, permission
to take the exam will be granted if approved by the appropriate department
chair and dean. If a student has already completed a sequence of courses,
no examination credit can be given for courses lower in number than the
highest-numbered course taken by the student. If a student has registered
for a higher-numbered course in a sequence, the exam for the lower-numbered
course must be completed within the first three weeks of the semester.
Exceptions must be appealed to the Board of Academic Standards Exceptions
following endorsement of the department chair or dean. Examinations cannot
be taken to raise grades, to remove failures or to remove "NC," "SP" or
"I" notations. Credit by examination is not applicable toward academic
Examination for credit will be taken at
a time specified by the department after the special examination fee has
been paid. No examination for credit in a college course may be repeated.
A grade equivalent to "A" or "B" must be attained on the examination in
order to receive credit, but credit so earned for the course will be recorded
without grade reference on the student's permanent record. Credits in
courses for which credit is earned by examination are not considered in
computing college grade point averages. Credit by examination will be
posted after a student has completed 8 semester hours of credit at MSCD
and after an evaluation of all possible transfer credits has been completed.
Students may apply for credit for college-level learning gained through
experience by preparing and submitting a prior learning portfolio. Credit
is awarded on the basis of a careful assessment of the prior learning
portfolio by faculty in the department from which credit is sought. Portfolio
assessment is available in many, but not all, academic departments.
The portfolio is developed with the assistance of the Center for Individualized
Learning, Central Classroom 106, 303-556-8342. Portfolio assessment may
be used to apply for credit for specific courses listed in the Catalog.
Students may also apply for credit for omnibus courses through portfolio
assessment with the permission of the appropriate academic department.
Applicants for credit through portfolio assessment will generally be required
to take EDS 2680-1, The Portfolio Development Workshop.
There is a charge of one-half the part-time student tuition is charged
for credit awarded through portfolio assessment; $40 per requested course
is due prior to the assessment of the portfolio by faculty and is nonrefundable.
The remainder is due if and when credit is awarded. Policies which govern
credit for prior learning options apply to credit awarded through the
Contact the Center for Individualized Learning for assistance and further
information at 303-556-8342, Central Classroom 106. Information sessions
about portfolio assessment and other credit for prior learning options
are held on a regular basis.
Credit for Military
Training and Other Training Programs
Military training and other educational programs, including DANTES,
that have been assessed for college credit by the American Council on
Education will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions for transfer credit
at MSCD. For formal military training, copies of training certificates
and a copy of the DD-214 should be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
For other training, official ACE transcripts should be submitted. Credit
limit is 30 semester hours.
The Cooperative Education Internship Center places students in work
experiences related to their academic major. The purpose of the internships
is to integrate academic training with actual work experience. This combination
allows students to make realistic career decisions, gain valuable work
experience, obtain recommendations for graduate school and earn money
to help defray college expenses.
Students work in large corporations, small
businesses, government and nonprofit agencies throughout the metropolitan
area. Most co-op students are paid by their employers, but in those professional
fields where co-op salaries are not available, volunteer internship placements
are offered to help students gain essential work experience.
Co-op internship placements are available
in most academic majors and minors. Students must complete 30 semester
hours of college coursework with a minimum 2.50 GPA and have a declared
major to be eligible for registration with co-op. No fees are charged
to the student or employer for participation in the program, and each
student's interests and job requirements are discussed individually with
a professional coordinator.
Students may choose from three different
work schedules based on the academic calendar. The alternating plan provides
full-time periods of work every other semester with intervening semesters
spent in full-time study. The parallel schedule places students in a job
while they simultaneously attend school. These positions are usually part-time.
The short term/summer plan allows students to elect a work experience
that lasts for no more than one semester.
The college awards academic credit for
supervised cooperative education placements. Students must complete a
credit application, available from the co-op office, and this application
must be approved by a faculty member from the department in which credit
is to be granted. No more than 15 semester hours of cooperative education
credit will be applied toward MSCD degree requirements. Credit earned
for the co-op education work experiences are not applicable toward General
Studies requirements. Additional departmental restrictions may apply to
The Service-Learning Program combines classroom experience with service
to the metropolitan community. Participating students receive credit for
appropriate public service, which is beneficial to the community and expands
student horizons in intellectually and personally meaningful ways.
Emerging from a wide variety of disciplines,
service-learning courses are structured by faculty to weave service into
community-based and government agencies, with classroom reflection and
analysis of the learning offered through these experiences. The courses
are also designed to address real needs in our multicultural world, such
as homelessness, at-risk youth, domestic violence, the environment, culture
and the arts, and mental illness. Agencies that have provided service
opportunities include Fort Logan Mental Health Center, the Denver Commission
on Aging, Big Sisters, the Colorado Historical Society, the Rape Assistance
and Awareness Program, and numerous elementary and high schools, senior
centers, and nursing homes.
Service-learning credit is available in
most academic majors and minors. Prerequisites and other requirements
vary with each department. To learn how to participate in this program,
including discussions of placement options, students should contact or
visit the Service-Learning Program office to schedule an interview.
The First Year Program
The First-Year Program is designed to unify
and coordinate college efforts to help entering students achieve a successful
first year. The program provides intensive advising, course selection
guidance and academic monitoring throughout the first year, as well as
coordinating academic support services for first year students. Additionally,
the program offers a First-Year Seminar course, XXX 1190, which provides
appropriate readings and written work enabling students to discuss and
write about current issues including the value of higher education. A-ll
first-time MSCD students may enroll in the First-Year Seminar course and
other appropriate courses as determined by assessment at entry. The program
furnishes an environment where problem solving, creativity and peer interaction
are encouraged. For additional information call 303-556-8447.
The Honors Program
The Honors Program provides an academic program for highly
motivated students with broad academic interests. The program provides
honors sections of General Studies courses and unique interdisciplinary
courses. Honors courses are small in order to encourage class participation
and a close relationship between students and faculty. Honors classes
are designed to promote independent thought and creative inquiry. The
director of the Honors Program and the honors faculty provide academic
advising and serve as mentors to students as they consider their post-graduate
goals. The ultimate mission of the Honors Program is to create a community
of scholars. It sponsors an Honors Club, an annual Honors Conference,
and study-abroad courses which allow students to explore ideas outside
the classroom. Students who complete 27 semester hours of honors courses,
including a thesis, will receive an honors designation on their transcript.
An Honors application form may be obtained from the Honors Program Director.
Since the Honors Program participates in the Colorado Scholarship Program,
students admitted to the Honors Program are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Additional information on the Honors Program is available by calling 303-556-4865
or by inquiring in West Classroom Building, Room 147.
Required Honors Core Semester Hours
|Required Honors Core
||The Legacy of Arts and Letters I*
||The Legacy of Arts and Letters II*
|Students must take at least nine (9)
hours from the following:
||History of Science
||Development of Experimental Science
||The Art of Critical Thinking*
||Revolutions and Social Change I*
||Revolutions and Social Change II*
||American Culture I*
||American Culture II*
|Honors students must choose three (3)
elective courses with an Honors prefix in consultation with the Honors
*Approved General Studies courses.
The Individualized Degree Program (IDP) offers students the opportunity
to design and propose a major, extended major or minor to meet specific
educational goals when other majors or minors listed in the Catalog cannot
meet the student's educational objectives. Either a bachelor of arts or
a bachelor of science degree in Individualized Studies may be sought.
Each student will work with an advisor in the Center for Individualized
Learning and with a faculty mentor to develop a proposal for his/her degree
program. A practicing professional in the student's field of study may
also be invited to serve as a community consultant to assist the student
and the faculty in the development of the program of study. Because careful
and thoughtful planning is essential to designing a coherent and congruent
program of study, students are encouraged to begin developing their proposals
early in their enrollment at MSCD.
Interested students should contact the Center for Individualized Learning,
Central Classroom 106, 303-556-8342, for assistance and for complete information
regarding the policies and procedures for the development and approval
of an Individualized Studies major or minor. Information sessions are
held throughout the year.
Each Individualized Studies major or minor will be approved by the department
chair from the academic department from which the majority of credit is
drawn, the appropriate dean and the director of the Center for Individualized
- All requirements that apply to any bachelor's
degree from MSCD apply to Individualized Studies.
- A grade of C must be earned in each
course included in the student's major or minor, and students must have
a GPA of 2.5 before an Individualized Studies program may be approved.
- The title for each student's program
will be Individualized Studies with a concentration in ______.
- Majors may not include courses in Level
II General Studies that have the same prefix as the department from
which the majority of credit is drawn for their major.
- No more than 30 hours of credit out
of the total of 120 credit hours may be included in the student's degree
plan from the School of Business.
- Each Individualized Studies major or
minor must include courses that have not yet been completed at the time
the proposal is approved. See each IDP option below for the specific
number of credits that must be completed after the proposal is approved
by the department chair.
Proposals may be submitted for:
- An Individualized Studies MAJOR, which
requires a minimum of 40 credit hours, including 21 hours of upper-division
credit. Fifteen (15) hours must be completed after the proposal is approved
by the department chair. A minor chosen from the Catalog is required.
- An Individualized Studies MINOR, which
requires a minimum of 20 credit hours, including 6 hours of upper-division
credit. Six (6) hours must be completed after the proposal is approved
by the department chair. A major chosen from the Catalog is required.
- An Individualized Studies EXTENDED MAJOR
may be proposed when the student's field of study requires more in-depth
study or courses from multiple disciplines that cannot be accommodated
in an IDP major. An extended major requires a minimum of 60 credit hours,
including 27 hours of upper-division credit. Twenty-one (21) hours must
be completed after the proposal is approved by the department chair.
No minor is required.
Institute for International
and Intercultural Education
The Metropolitan State College of Denver is committed to providing
all students with a strong educational foundation that enhances their
understanding of the total human experience and enables them to maximize
their potential for growth and development in a rapidly changing world.
Through the programs of the Institute for International and Intercultural
Education, students and faculty have opportunities to develop and participate
in activities designed to promote a greater understanding and expertise
in global issues. The Institute also seeks to maintain a positive environment
that enhances the learning experiences of international students attending
MSCD. The Institute is located in the Rectory Building, room 204, and
can be reached at 303-556-4004. The following programs reflect the mission
of the Institute.
Students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary major
or a minor in international studies may do so under the Individualized
Degree Program (IDP). The IDP allows students, in close consultation with
and approval of a faculty mentor, to design a course of study that best
meets their needs. Students may choose from a wide range of courses dealing
with international topics that are regularly offered to complete a major
or minor. Contact the Institute for International and Intercultural Education
at 303-556-4004 or the Center for Individualized Learning at 303-556-8342,
Central Classroom 106.
The Institute coordinates a variety of short-term and
semester-long study abroad courses each year. During the past several
years, these courses have been held in Mexico, England, Germany, France,
Spain, Italy, Central America, Russia and Egypt. These courses are generally
directed by full-time MSCD faculty, are two to five weeks in duration
and are available to eligible students. Assistance is provided to students
who choose to participate in study abroad courses offered by other U.S.
or foreign universities.
The college operates two semester abroad
programs in Guadalajara, Mexico and London, England. These are offered
in cooperation with the University of Guadalajara and the American Institute
for Foreign Study/Richmond College partnership. Students must be in good
academic standing in order to participate in these programs.
Contact the Institute for information
regarding the latest offerings.
The Institute maintains a resource bank
of information on:
- a multitude of study-abroad programs
offered by other universities and organizations
- international internship opportunities
- graduate programs in international studies
- faculty seminars and conferences
- internationalization of curricula
- international employment opportunities
International Student Services
The Institute provides a variety of services to international
students attending MSCD. These include counseling on visas, school transfers,
work permission and housing; conducting academic and cultural orientation
sessions; assisting with immigration issues; providing information to
embassies and sponsors; advising on academic issues; and organizing social
and cultural events.
The Institute places a high priority on enabling interested
faculty to enhance their international experiences and, consequently,
enrich their curricula. The faculty are regularly informed of professional
development seminars, international conferences, exchange opportunities
and fellowships. International faculty teaching at MSCD are given assistance
with immigration and related matters in accordance with college policies.
The Institute regularly organizes conferences, seminars
and lecture series to promote intellectual discourses on issues affecting
the contemporary world.
The Institute maintains links with numerous local and
national organizations and professional associations dealing with international,
educational, economic, social and cultural activities with a view to strengthen
college-community partnerships and to remain current with the latest developments
in the area of international education.
Language and Culture
The Language and Culture Institute was established in
1976 to organize study and travel abroad. The institute currently operates
a summer program in Mexico, a summer intensive language institute in Germany,
and a winter study and travel program in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and
in Central America. The institute offers credit through the Modern Languages