Guidelines for University Transition
These guidelines were developed by the Name-Change Transition Team to help the University make the transition to a new name and visual identity.
From July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, we will be in transition from our previous name, Metropolitan State College of Denver, to Metropolitan State University of Denver. “University of Denver” cannot stand by itself in text.
Use this site for guidelines and information about how to transition your office/departmental materials to the new name and logo.
Timeframe and university nomenclature
The name change became effective on July 1, 2012. This means that the institution is now officially Metropolitan State University of Denver. The University’s shortened name is MSU Denver, a moniker that emphasizes the “U” in “university” and our urban location in the city of Denver.
Use of materials with the name Metropolitan State College of Denver is permitted until June 30, 2013, though the preferred name is Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Domain name and email address
As of July 1, our new domain name is msudenver.edu. The deadline for for all departments, divisions and programs to update their web pages with the new name is Dec. 21, 2012.
Our new email address—email@example.com—will be launched for faculty and staff Outlook Exchange accounts and for student Google accounts on Aug. 6. Prior to that date, emails sent to msudenver.edu will be undeliverable and will not bounce back. Starting Aug. 6, emails sent to @mscd.edu will be redirected to @msudenver.edu through June 30, 2013.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to include a postscript on their emails about the change in email address.
New MSU Denver logo
MSU Denver has refreshed, modernized formal and informal logos and a University seal that reflect the institution’s aspirations for national preeminence. These visual identity elements replace the M bird, M logos and former college seal.
More information about logos >>
You may continue to use already-printed publications with the name Metropolitan State College of Denver associated with the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. However, any reprints or new publications printed after July 1, 2012, must specify Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Please make sure to avoid mixing materials when communicating with external audiences. For example, Metropolitan State University of Denver letterhead should not be used with a Metropolitan State College of Denver envelope.
The Auraria Bookstore, licensed distributors and other approved retailers may sell clothing bearing the name Metropolitan State University of Denver now that the name is official.
Vendors and Professional Associations
University departments should contact vendors and professional associations to request they update their records to reflect the University name change.
Records update request for Vendors (17 KB)
Many items throughout campus displaying the institution’s past names will remain unchanged as these are important symbols of MSU Denver’s history.
Students who graduated spring 2012 will receive both Metropolitan State College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver diplomas. It is anticipated that University diplomas will be available for these graduates in late August or September.
University diplomas will also be available to alumni. Please check back for more information.
Please submit questions or concerns associated with the institutional name change here.