Colorado Public Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR)

The admissions policy of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) recommends the completion of a precollegiate curriculum for admission to a four-year Colorado public college or university for students graduating from high school beginning 2008.

Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 college-level semester credit hours and students transferring within the same institution must also demonstrate academic preparation comparable to HEAR if they graduated from high school in 2008 or later. Such preparation can be demonstrated by completing the pre-collegiate curriculum in high school and/or by successfully completing (with a grade of C- or higher) a college-level course in each core area (English, mathematics, natural sciences, foreign language and social sciences) where the high school unit requirements have not been fulfilled.

For students who graduated in 2010, or later, high school course or unit requirements include:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics (algebra I or higher)
  • Three years of social studies (including one year of U.S. or world history)
  • Three years of natural science (two of which are lab-based)
  • Two years of academic electives
  • One year of foreign language

Additional details are available from the CDHE website.