Admissions Policy

Students seeking admission to the Community College of Aurora should submit an application for admission online at and click on Getting Started and then the Apply for Admission link. Staff are available to assist students in completing the application on site in the Admissions, Registration and Records office, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A116 and at the Lowry Campus at the Welcome Desk in the West Quad.

The college practices an "open door" admissions policy, which means that entry is generally unrestricted; however, the college reserves the right to place students in classes on the basis of academic advising, testing, pre-enrollment interviews, and past educational achievement. Certain college programs have specific admission requirements as well. The following minimum requirements are used as guidelines for admission:

  1. All individuals, 17 years of age or older, who have a high school diploma, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or who have not completed high school and do not intend to complete high school or a GED are admitted.
  2. Students younger than 17 must complete a Request for Waiver of Admission Requirements form, obtained from either the Admissions, Registration and Records office or Lowry Student Services. This form must be approved by a Pathway Advisor and the College President. An admission decision will be based on a student’s academic history, determination of ability to benefit from college level instruction, and overall educational goals.
  3. All new students must take the CCA approved assessment test or have appropriate ACT or SAT scores from a test taken within the last five years. State Board Policy requires that colleges assess their students to determine their levels of English, mathematics, and reading, and if needed, that students take developmental courses within their first 30 hours at the college.

All new students must meet Assessment Requirements which can be met in one of the following ways:

  • Evidence of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree or higher
  • Evidence of a C or higher in prior College Level English and Math courses (Please note that English courses taken outside the United States do not meet the Assessment or Transfer guidelines)
  • Qualifying ACT or SAT scores that are less than 5 years old
  • Qualifying approved assessment scores that are less than 5 years old
  • English speaking ability is also required. If English is not your native language, you may be required to take the LOEP exam

ACT, SAT and college placement scores will be used to determine placement in both college-level and developmental education courses as appropriate. Please see the current class schedule for placement and prerequisite requirements.

All degree or certificate seeking students must meet Assessment Requirements. All students seeking to register for a course with prerequisites must meet Assessment Requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status). All students under the age of 20 must meet Assessment Requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status).

Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance of a student into a particular course or program. Some students may need to enroll in certain courses to compensate for scholastic deficiencies or to meet established prerequisites. The college reserves the right to review and revoke the enrollment of any person who appears to be unable to profit from further education, as well as of those persons whose enrollment would not be beneficial to them or to the college and in accordance with Board Policy BP 4-10. The policy is online at Students who enroll in an occupational program, who receive financial aid, or who are on F-1 or M-1 student visa status must declare their degree or certificate program at the time of registration. Any changes in the declared degree or certificate must be recorded with the Admissions, Registration and Records office, and if the student is a financial aid recipient, with the Financial Aid office.

The Community College of Aurora does not require physical examinations as a condition for admission. Students who have a disability or who otherwise have special needs are encouraged to contact the Accessibility office located in the Library, CentreTech Campus, Student Centre Building, Room S202, 303-361-7395 (V/TDD). This office provides academic support and accommodations to students with documented disabilities at no cost.



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