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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver Rating: 3.8/5 (18 votes)

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Introduction

University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver or CU Denver) is one of the top public urban research universities of the United States. The university offers comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and health sciences programs for the students through two campuses: Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

The history of the university dates back to the year 1912 when the Denver campus was set up as an extension center for the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1969, the academic offerings at the Denver campus grew to 34 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2004, the University of Colorado Regents ordered the merger of the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver Campus.

The University of Colorado Denver is located on an area of 151-acres in Auraria Campus. The campus is shared with two other institutions—Metropolitan State College of Denver and Community College of Denver. The university offers more than 130 programs spanning 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students and figures at 34th position on Forbes Magazine’s Public Colleges list. The University of Colorado Denver comprises seven schools and colleges, namely: College of Architecture and Planning, College of Arts & Media, Business School, School of Education & Human Development, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Public Affairs.

The University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academics

University of Colorado Denver offers a range of baccalaureate majors, master’s, doctoral degrees, and certificate programs.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of Colorado Denver are: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). The top undergraduate majors are biology, business, and psychology. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Geography, and History. The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Nursing (RN to BS), Public Health, and Physics.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The University of Colorado Denver offers masters degrees in Arts, Sciences, Education, Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design. The university also offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Admissions to the University of Colorado Denver are primarily granted on the basis of academic performance, educational preparation, standardized test scores, high school coursework, and extracurricular activities. The application deadlines are July 22 (fall semester), December 1 (spring semester), and May 3 (summer semester). Prospective freshmen applicants are recommended to complete four units of mathematics, three units of social sciences, four units of English, three units of natural science, one unit of a foreign language, and two units of academic electives. To seek admission in University of Colorado Denver, students are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts (including class rank, if possible), and ACT/SAT (Reasoning Test) test scores. The students who are admitted to the university are required to attend the orientation and advising sessions and subsequently register for courses.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the international application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, certificates/provisional diplomas, and SAT/ACT score reports. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year. The application deadlines for international undergraduate applications are March 15 (fall semester), October 1 (spring semester), and January 15 (summer semester).

Financial Aid

University of Colorado Denver provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of Colorado Denver. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, CLEAP (Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership), Colorado Student Grant, and UC Denver Need Grant. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Perkins loan, Federal Direct Student loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), Federal Parent PLUS loan, and Federal Graduate PLUS loan. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include H.A. Arnold Merit Scholarship, Pinnacle Scholarship, Regents’ Scholarship, Barney Scholarship, The Denver’s Downtown Marriott Courtyard Arts Scholarship, Deloitte & Touché Scholarship, and Marti Barrett Scholarship.

FAFSA

To apply for financial aid from University of Colorado Denver, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of Colorado Denver recommends a priority deadline of April 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4816th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

University of Colorado Denver believes in providing an atmosphere for the students where they are challenged to learn and grow outside the classroom. The university provides an academic advisor to all the students who face difficulty in selecting a major. There is a Learning Resources Center which promotes student success, retention, and graduation. The services provided by the Center include tutoring, supplemental instruction, and ESL support services. The Career Center provides guidance to the students in assessing their career paths, searching jobs, and developing career plans. The Student and Community Counseling Center provides mental health counseling services for the students to help them cope with the stress associated with college life. The university encourages students to get involved in out-of-class learning activities and recreational opportunities. The University of Colorado Denver has more than 100 student groups and organizations and students have the option of either joining an existing club or forming a new one based on their area of interest.

University of Colorado Denver: Housing and Dining

University of Colorado Denver offers on-campus and off-campus housing support for the students. All first year freshmen and first time international students are required to live on campus in the Campus Village Apartments at Auraria which offer suite-style units.

Dining facilities are available for the students at the Bookstore Brew that comprises four University run cafes and coffee shops. The food options include lunch, snacks, coffee and espresso drinks, and whole leaf tea service.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

University of Colorado Denver offers an Early Learning Center in the Auraria campus for providing child care services for the children of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Colorado Denver.

The campus also features the Auraria Campus PE/Event Center which has a 2,800-seating facility for team and individual sport events, academic programs, and events and conferences.

Bibliography

  • University of Colorado Denver. About CU Denver. 19 December 2011.
  • University of Colorado Denver. Academics. Web. 19 December 2011.
  • University of Colorado Denver. 2011 Essential Facts University of Colorado Denver . 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 10th in Colorado and 854th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Colorado and 20th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.02
Robbery 6 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 70 0.31
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.04
Arrest 70 0.31

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,135 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 34 0.01
Forcible Rape 396 0.06
Robbery 1,143 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,868 0.80
Larceny 14,040 2.30
Vehicle theft 3,587 0.59

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District801

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 706th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,768 $6,768 $20,892
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,165 $1,165 $1,165
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $282 $282 $871
FT Graduate Tuition $6,462 $6,462 $20,160
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,165 $1,165 $1,165
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $359 $359 $1,120
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,555 $24,555 $38,679
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,799 $24,799 $38,923
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,431 $14,431 $28,555

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $33,663 $83,290
Medical Degree — Required Fees $267 $267
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $30,889 $69,652
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $267 $267
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $24,614 $38,891
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $267 $267

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,394 $7,494 $7,394 $7,494 $20,570 $21,006
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000 $1,800
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,240(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,698 $4,842
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712 $8,901
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,716 $4,842
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,572 $4,698

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,075 (1,409 male / 1,666 female)
Admitted 2,333 (974 male / 1,359 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 991 (464 male / 527 female)
FT Enrollment 926 (435 male / 491 female)
PT Enrollment 65 (29 male / 36 female)
Total Enrollment22,206

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

579th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

437th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 605
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1205

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity685
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$7,110
Board Fee$3,400

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 339 143 370 275 24 2,738 263 4,186
Accounting 7 2 2 2 49 4 67
Anthropology 1 4 5 1 21 1 33
Applied Mathematics, General 1 5 6
Architecture 4 2 2 2 75 6 91
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 3 2 6
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 1 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 12 17 45 124 8 212
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 9 10
Biometry/Biometrics
Biostatistics 1 2 1 2 6
Business Administration and Management, General 64 15 63 61 2 497 40 743
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 3 22 12 38
Chemistry, General 1 4 3 10 3 21
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 9 2 2 2 1 44 2 63
Civil Engineering, General 6 4 5 3 39 7 64
Computer and Information Sciences, General 26 1 3 6 1 5 1 43
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 2 2 2 46 6 59
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 19 3 43 4 72
Curriculum and Instruction 5 4 20 3 2 122 21 177
Dental Clinical Sciences, General 2 1 2 10 3 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 4 34 3 43
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4 6 33 6 49
Economics, General 73 3 8 8 27 2 121
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 19 3 26
Educational Psychology 1 2 2 1 51 14 71
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 31 4 2 8 20 2 67
Engineering, General 1 2 1 14 2 20
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 7 2 62 6 80
Environmental Science 3 1 1 10 16
Epidemiology 2 2
Finance, General 14 1 2 15 4 36
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 6 3 5 60 4 80
French Language and Literature 1 1 6 8
Genetic Counseling/Counselor 2 3 5
Geography 1 2 33 2 38
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 3
Historic Preservation and Conservation 1 1 3 1 6
History, General 2 4 48 3 57
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 13 14
Information Science/Studies 3 2 3 16 3 27
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4 1 5 2 12
International/Global Studies 3 10 6 26 2 48
Landscape Architecture 6 3 1 18 1 29
Library and Information Science 1 5 36 5 47
Management Science 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 7 1 9 3 20
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics, General 3 1 4 1 1 8 1 20
Mechanical Engineering 10 3 5 9 28 1 56
Medical Scientist 2 1 7 1 11
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 16 1 25
Music, General 4 9 5 1 71 3 93
Music, Other 1 1 2 1 6
Nursing Administration 1 2 4 4 2 93 2 108
Organizational Behavior Studies 3 1 2 20 2 28
Philosophy 1 5 1 5 1 13
Physician Assistant 2 3 36 2 43
Physics, General 1 1 7 9
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 2 11 10 49 74
Political Science and Government, General 2 2 10 4 3 47 4 73
Psychology, General 2 11 23 11 1 83 6 140
Public Administration 14 4 5 5 89 15 133
Public Health, General 3 10 8 10 2 97 9 141
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 22 11 1 172 12 232
School Psychology 1 1 8 10
Social Sciences, General 1 8 2 11
Sociology 7 12 2 1 35 2 60
Spanish Language and Literature 1 6 1 14 2 25
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 20 3 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 16 7 17 8 89 2 141
Writing, General 4 4 2 36 2 49

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 321st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $93,765 ($97,704 male / $75,233 female)
Number of FT Faculty 831 (440 male / 391 female)
Number of PT Faculty 3,646
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $60,174,693

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