University of Denver
Find Your Place
The only campus in the country to require a face-to-face interview for every admission candidate, University of Denver is focused on admitting students who are most likely to succeed at DU. Offering exceptional preparation for the professional world, lively and energetic students from across the globe, and the opportunity to make lifelong connections with faculty and fellow students, the University of Denver is the perfect choice for students looking to join a community of adventurous learners.
Get to know University of Denver
IF THE SCHOOL FITS…
DU strongly encourages all applicants to complete a Hyde Interview, an interview program in which students have a conversation with one to three members of DU’s community (including faculty, staff and alumni) in more than thirty cities each year. Though grades and test scores play the largest role in admission decisions, the interview helps DU admit students who are motivated, honest, and open to new ideas. The interviews also serve to show prospective students that personal attention is more than a catchphrase at DU—it is a practice.
DU has a strong commitment to internationalizing undergraduate education, sending students abroad to every continent except Antarctica. For qualified students, the Cherrington Global Scholars program offers undergraduates the chance to study abroad in their junior or senior year at no cost above normal DU tuition, room, and board. DU also pays for additional expenses such as transportation costs, visa application fees, mandatory insurance abroad, application fees, programs fees, and the International Student Identity Card. Through this program, students can take courses at one of eighty universities around the globe, and have their credits transferred back to DU. Over 70 percent of students study abroad, ranking DU second out of all doctoral/research institutions for undergraduate participation in study abroad.
Each year, about 1,500 DU students participate in service learning courses. From courses on philosophy and social justice to intensive Spanish language and Mexican/Mayan cultural immersion, students can choose from a broad range of topics. Some service learning courses are travel courses, while others serve the city of Denver.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 68%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
A TEAM EFFORT
DU encourages active learning as opposed to the lecture-test format. Group dialogue is encouraged, and professors bring technology into the classroom. All students are required to have a laptop. DU students complete foundational courses, core curriculum requirements, and courses from their chosen major and minor, equipping them with sophisticated thinking skills and cross-disciplinary knowledge.
Undergraduate students benefit from experienced professors who also teach graduate students and do not solely rely on textbooks, but rather bring their own knowledge and experiences into the classroom. Professors are genuinely involved in students’ educations and are accessible outside of the classroom. Some DU professors further extend their accessibility by printing their home phone numbers on class syllabi.
PARTNERS IN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
DU’s Partners in Scholarship (PinS) program pairs students with professors on research projects, making the opportunity to perform collaborative research with a faculty partner available to students of all majors. PinS supports undergraduate research, creative projects, and funding for travel by distributing quarterly grants through an application process. Students can also present their work in a symposium held for students. Some students are even invited to participate in national symposia or to publish their work.
DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES
DU faculty have created a digital media studies program, combining communications, computer science, and art. A graduate of this program was hired to do graphics for The Matrix Reloaded. Another similar program, animation and game development, is offered through the division of engineering and computer science.
LIVING AND LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY
Located in a residential community eight miles from downtown, DU offers a 130-acre campus and a scenic view of the mountains. Students can make the fifteen-minute drive downtown or hop on the light rail, which has a station on campus and is free for DU students and faculty. Popular for its location and rigorous academics, DU also offers a people-friendly campus and an openly caring environment. Great weather and mild winters draw students to DU.
About 55 percent of students come from out of state, providing a variety of perspectives on campus. DU places a strong emphasis on the diversity of its students and the various attributes they bring to campus. Students are required to live on campus during their first two years. Housing options include two residence halls for first-year students. In addition, students can join one of six living and learning communities, dedicated floors where students share common interests and take a number of courses together throughout the year.
Students can attend or participate in Division I athletics, the school’s national championship-caliber hockey program, the performing arts, or any of DU’s one hundred clubs and organizations. There are also nine fraternities and six sororities on campus. Around 15 percent of DU students have joined these Greek organizations, and those who have are very involved. Greek life boosts the social scene on campus through their events that are open to all students. In addition to on-campus activities, some students take advantage of the great Rocky Mountains to bike, hike, ski, or snowboard.
NCAA Division I, Sun Belt Conference. 17 varsity sports (9 men’s: basketball, diving, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis; 10 women’s: basketball, diving, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball), 23 club sports, and 18 intramurals.
Around 70 percent of DU alumni had participated in internships before graduating. DU’s location provides internship options in a number of disciplines, and the Denver metro area includes 39,000 DU alumni.
DU offers a dual-degree program in some disciplines, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in only five years. These programs allow students to carry their undergraduate merit and financial aid awards through their fifth year.
Some of DU’s notable alumni include:
- Condoleezza Rice, U.S. secretary of state
- Peter Morton, founder of the Hard Rock Cafe
- Andy Rosenthal, assistant managing editor of the New York Times
- Emily Cinader Woods, cofounder of J. Crew
- Gale Norton, former U.S. secretary of the interior
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 590 | 75th Percentile: 680
25th Percentile: 580 | 75th Percentile: 680
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