University of Colorado at Denver

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About the University of Colorado at Denver

The University of Colorado at Denver, commonly known as CU Denver, is a public research university that's part of the University of Colorado educational system. The university consists of the Denver campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus, situated in Aurora, which includes healthcare facilities and research centers.

Denver Health's trauma center received recognition as the top trauma center in the U.S. from the American College of Surgeons in 2008 because of its high rate of patient survival. The University of Colorado at Denver is also recognized for its contributions and involvement with the development of ethical practices in human testing.

CU Denver is also popular among active duty military and veterans, having earned recognition on the 'Military Friendly Schools List' posted on G.I. Jobs, which placed it within the top 15% of educational institutions noted for having a high enrollment of military students in 2011.


There are 13 schools and colleges at the University of Colorado at Denver that offer more than 130 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The most popular field of study at both the bachelor's and master's degree level is business administration and management. Pharmacy and medicine top the list for doctoral programs.


Criteria used in the admissions process include a student's high school class rank and GPA as well as his or her ACT or SAT scores. Letters of recommendation and a personal essay can be beneficial components of the application package, but they're not required. The university uses admissions eligibility index numbers to score potential applicants and considers an index of 93 or higher to be within the preferred range for general admission; an index of 103 or higher is within the ideal range for business or engineering applicants.

Applications must be submitted by July 22 for admission to the fall semester, by December 1 to enroll during the spring semester, and by May 1 to start during the summer semester. The university processes applications on a rolling basis, and students can expect a decision of notification within approximately 2-3 weeks.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition and fees for undergraduate Colorado resident students were $7,204 for freshman and sophomores and $7,684 for juniors and seniors. Nonresident undergraduate students paid $20,716 in tuition and fees for the same period. Additional estimated costs that apply to all students, regardless of residency status, included $1,800 for books and supplies, $2,232 for health insurance, and $12,850 for on-campus living expenses.

During the same academic year, Colorado resident graduate students were charged $4,864 for tuition and fees and approximately $900 for books and supplies, $2,232 for health insurance, and $11,511 for living expenses. Nonresident graduate students paid $13,648 for tuition and fees; other estimated costs were the same as for resident students.

CU Denver provides a variety of options to help students fund their education, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study opportunities are available to qualifying students. The school also takes part in various college savings plans, including Section 529 Plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 9,727 undergraduate students and 4,718 graduate students enrolled at the Denver campus in fall 2011*
Student Housing Housing available at the Campus Village Apartments at Auraria; first-year students are required to live on campus*
Schools and Programs 13 colleges and schools; over 130 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (339)
Master's: Business administration and management (326)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (156)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 17% in four years
43% in six years
48% in eight years**
Admission Rate 60% in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% (full-time students)
56% (part-time students)**
Entering Class Size Approximately 1,111 undergraduates at Denver campus in 2012***
ACT Scores for Middle 50% of Admitted Students Composite: Between 20 and 25 in 2010**
Undergraduate Application Due Date July 22 for fall enrollment*
Decision Notification Date Decision notifications from admissions within 2-3 weeks of receipt of application*
Tuition Colorado residents: freshman and sophomores paid $6,384, juniors and seniors pay $6,864; Nonresidents paid $19,896 (cost for 2012-2013, excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (34%), state and local government grants/scholarships (33%), institutional grants/scholarships (42%), federal student loans (37%), other student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Colorado in Denver, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Colorado Denver, Office of Admissions, PO Box 173364, Campus Box 167, Denver, CO 80217-3364
  • Phone: (303) 556-2704
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