Published: March 8, 2016

Western Undergraduate Exchange student Lizzie McDermidMany students at CU Denver, including many in CLAS, participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, and they may be getting one of the best educational bargains in the country. WUE is available to admitted full-time freshmen and transfer students who are legal residents of 14 states and the Commonwealth of North Mariana Islands.

For students around the country who dream of going to college in a different state, WUE could make that dream possible. "It's a fantastic deal for students from out of state who want to study at CU Denver," said Catherine Wilson, director of Undergraduate Admissions. "WUE students pay 150 percent of what a Colorado resident would pay for tuition, which saves them more than $6,000 a year off the regular non-resident tuition rate."

Lizzie McDermid (pictured) hails from Soldotna, Alaska (about three hours south of Anchorage) and is majoring in Chemistry. She says, "Staying in Alaska wasn't an option because I wanted to get a better education. The chemistry department at CU Denver taught me to formulate study strategies I never would have discovered in a non-challenging chemistry program, and it’s enabled me to find my niche in chemistry. It's helped me grow as a chemist and as a person." Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to contact