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University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

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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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,758 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
30% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
726 full-time faculty
585 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Moderately residential: 45% of students live on campus.

School Location

Denver, Colorado.

Retention Fall 2015

86% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

77% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 2%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


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.

Other Information

University of Denver is a four-year independent, academically challenging university founded in 1864.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Animal Technology; Anthropology; Applied Computing; Art History; Asian Studies; Astronomy; Biological Sciences; Business Administration; Business Economics; Business Ethics & Legal Studies; Biochemistry; Chemistry; Cognitive Science; Communication; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Criminology; Construction Management; Creative Writing; Cultural & Critical Studies; Digital Media Studies; Ecology & Biodiversity; Biology; Economics; Electronic Media Arts Designs; Electrical Engineering; Engineering; English; Environmental Science; Finance; Finance/Marketing; Finance/Real Estate; Gender & Women’s Studies; General Business; General Engineering; Geography; History; Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management; Individually Structured Major; Information Technology & Electronic Commerce; Integrated Science; International Business; International Studies; Journalism Studies; Languages & Literatures; Literary Studies; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Molecular Biology; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Affairs; Real Estate; Religious Studies; Social Science Area; Sociology; Statistics; Studio Art; Textual Studies; Theatre.

More Distinctions

  • US News & World Report ranks the University of Denver among the top 100 national universities.

  • The 2005 Princeton Review named University of Denver as one of the "Best 357 Colleges."

  • Open Doors ranked DU 2nd nationally among doctoral and research institutions for percentage of students participating in study abroad programs during their undergraduate careers.

  • In recent years, DU has produced one Rhodes scholar, one Rhodes finalist, seven Rhodes Scholarship semifinalists, one Marshall Scholar, one Truman Scholar, 12 Fulbright Scholars, one Goldwater Scholar and four members of the USA Today All-Academic Team.


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.

study abroad

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.

service learning

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.

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.

accessible professors

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.

campus living

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.

student activities

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.


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.

dual degrees

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.

notable alumni

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


Admissions Fall 2015

15,036 Total Applicants 
10,938 Total Admissions 
1,426 Total Freshman Enrollment

72.75% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 550 660
SAT Math 560 660
SAT Writing 530 630
ACT Composite 26 30
ACT Math 25 29
ACT English 25 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $43,164
Fees $1,014
Total $44,178
Room and Board (on campus) $11,498
Room Only $6,958
Board Only $4,540
Estimated Total On Campus $55,676


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

85% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
44% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$25,047 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,466 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates