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About the University of Denver

The University of Denver, also known as 'DU', is located a few miles south of downtown Denver. DU was founded in 1864 and is classified as a doctoral/research university with high research activities by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 83rd among the best national universities and 13th among up-and-coming schools in the nation. The university's Pioneers athletics department is home to 17 NCAA Division I sports teams.


DU operates eight undergraduate schools and colleges that offer more than 170 programs. In 2011, the most popular majors among undergraduate students were offered by the school's Daniels College of Business. The average undergraduate class size is 21 students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to study abroad, an opportunity in which more than 70% of students participate.

DU also operates a graduate division that consists of 14 schools and colleges offering about 120 programs. There are also two distinct colleges within the university that cater to part-time working students: the University College and the Women's College. The University College offers online learning for students at every degree level.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in research opportunities. To that end, it operates more than 50 research centers and institutes, including ones focusing on Jewish culture, politics and policy, international relations, human-animal connections and public policy. Moreover, in addition to the main Penrose library, the campus hosts music, research, theology and law libraries.


Prospective undergraduate students must submit their common or Pioneer application by November 1 for early admission decisions or January 15 for regular admission. Early applicants receive admission notification in early January, while regular admission applicants receive admission notification by mid-March. The deadline for accepting admission is May 1.

Applicants must submit high school or transfer transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, essays and letters of recommendation. Applicants may also participate in the Ammi Hyde interview process, in which they can interview with alumni, faculty or staff at cities throughout the nation. Requirements for admissions into the graduate school vary and are specific to each college or program. The Women's College and University College also have separate application and admissions processes.

In the fall of 2011, 68% of the undergraduate applicants were accepted and 17% enrolled at the school. In the 2012-2013 school year, the school's student body hailed from 46 states and 20 countries. The incoming freshmen class consisted of just over 1,200 students who had an average high school GPA of 3.74 and an average SAT score of 1232 out of 1600.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees were $38,232 and $945, respectively. Room and board costs were estimated at $10,818 for that same year. Books, transportation and personal expenses are estimated to cost about $4,290 each year. Tuition for students attending the Women's or University College was $11,664 for the 2012-2013 school year. Graduate school expenses are similar to those for undergraduate students, but vary slightly depending on the program.

Students may qualify for grants, loans or federal work-study programs. DU considers all students for merit-based scholarships and grants. In 2011, for the 41% of students who received them, the average undergraduate loan amount was $7,600. Students can pay an extra $50 to enroll in a 3-, 6- or 9-month payment plan.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters (however, the law school is on semester system)**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 5,453 undergraduate and 6,344 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing First and second year undergraduate students must live on-campus, apartments are available for third and fourth year students as well as graduate students**
Schools and Programs 170 undergraduate degree programs offered through eight schools and colleges
120 graduate degree programs offered through 14 schools and colleges**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificate: education (51)
Bachelor's: business, management, marketing (582)
Master's: business, management, marketing (769)
Doctorate: legal studies (287)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 78% of students who began their studies in fall 2005*
Admission Rate 68% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size Around 1,200 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates for Students Beginning Study in 2010 89% of full-time students*
80% of part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In fall 2011:
Middle 50% SAT: 1150-1320 (out of 1600)**
Middle 50% ACT: 25-30**
Application Due Date November 1 for early action and January 15 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Early January for early action and mid-March for regular decision**
Tuition (2012-2013 academic year) $49,995 for tuition, fees, and room and board for undergraduate students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010: federal grant aid (27%), state/local grant aid (10%), institutional grant aid (83%), loans (41%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% of first year students in 2010*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Denver, ***NCES IPEDS Data Center.

University of Denver Contact Information

  • Address: University of Denver, 2197 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208
  • Phone: 303-871-2036 / 888-525-9495
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