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University of Denver

University of Denver Rating: 4.1/5 (11 votes)

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The University of Denver is located in Denver, Colorado right on the front range of the great Rocky Mountains. Outdoor activities abound, and Denver is a beautiful city with an endless supply of fabulous restaurants and cultural activities. The university offers over one hundred undergraduate programs and one hundred twenty graduate programs that offer both master’s and doctorate degrees. There are also several unique programs offered by the university including study abroad programs, dual degree programs, and numerous opportunities to participate in research studies and internships.

The Women’s College is specially designed to create an atmosphere of teamwork and scholarship in order to encourage women to be innovative, creative and successful in whatever area they may choose to study. It is proven that women who study in a single-sex institution have a higher rate of success and the University of Denver strives to make that happen.

Students attending UD will have the opportunity to gain a quality education from numerous fields in an environment that utilizes state-of-the-art facilities and equipment from top professionals in their fields of study. With a location ideal for outdoor sports and recreation of all kinds, the University of Denver is a wonderful place to pursue an education.


Undergraduate students at the University of Denver may choose to pursue traditional individual, interdisciplinary or dual undergraduate/graduate degrees in over one hundred programs of study in areas such as natural science, art, humanities, music and mathematics. The core curriculum encompasses a broad range of interdisciplinary subjects combined with classes that complement the individual major.

There are eight different colleges and schools from which students may choose a program and each school boasts classes that are taught by professors instead of assistants and provide access to modern technology and equipment. UD firmly believes that learning is greatly enhanced by real experience and undergraduate students frequently participate in research and academic publishing right along with professors and graduate students. Some of the schools at the university include Daniels College of Business, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Morgridge College of Education and the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree may choose from one hundred twenty programs that will teach critical thinking and prepare students to be top professionals in their fields. UD has state-of-the-art research facilities and has several research programs that are working to find solutions to current real life problems. Students may choose degrees from such areas of study as law, engineering, business, education and social work.

The University of Denver offers a unique dual degree program from which students may obtain both their undergraduate and master’s degree within about five years, which is much shorter than pursuing the degrees individually. Students may choose to pursue their graduate studies in such areas as law, social work and business.

Students wishing to study abroad have a wonderful support system that encourages them to do so. The University of Denver firmly believes that studying in different cultures prepares students to be successful professionals in a global society and offers the support of the Cherrington Global Scholars program. This program has developed a system that makes studying abroad affordable and efficient. Students typically spend a quarter abroad and may even receive scholarships to do so.

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Students applying for undergraduate programs at University of Denver may either complete the Pioneer Application or the Common Application online. After applying, the application fee may be submitted to the school either online or with a check or money order. Next, students will need to submit official high school transcripts or GED scores, ACT or SAT scores and a school counselor recommendation. These recommendations may be submitted by using either the Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation or the Common Application Secondary School Report. Finally, students may choose to submit a teacher recommendation but it is not required for admission consideration.

The university also recommends registering for the Hyde Interview at this point. Applicants should confirm that the university has received all of the required documentation via logging into webcentral.du.edu. Applicants will have to make a username and password in order to access the system.

It should be noted that there are additional or different application materials required for certain programs and adults that have been out of high school for more than three years so applicants should familiarize themselves with their program of choice prior to submitting applications.

Graduate Admissions

Each graduate school at the University of Denver has different application requirements, so students will need to contact their individual school of study to determine required documentation and deadlines. Typically, students can expect to have to complete an application and submit the application fee. Other documentation that may be required includes letters of recommendation, essays, personal statements, undergraduate transcripts and graduate school preparedness tests.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work study programs. There are also financial aid programs for graduate students. The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Financial Aid, which is available online starting every January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2155th for the average student loan amount.
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The Pioneers are an NCAA Division I athletics program that offers several varsity teams as well as numerous club sports and recreational clubs. The school offers both men’s and women’s varsity golf, skiing, lacrosse, swimming and diving, basketball, soccer and tennis. Men may also play hockey while women have the additional choices of volleyball and gymnastics.

Club sports include basketball, racquetball, rugby, soccer, cycling, dance and lacrosse. There are also several fun and interactive clubs such as the Alpine Club that travels around Colorado to participate in activities such as skiing and rock climbing. There are numerous separate clubs that participate in such exciting activities as snowboarding, volleyball, equestrian activities and kayaking. Denver University is situated right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, so activities abound.


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Ranks 2nd in Colorado and 190th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 10 0.08
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 12 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 15 0.13
Arrest 6 0.05

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

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
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 144th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $39,744 $39,744 $39,744
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $963 $963 $963
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
FT Graduate Tuition $39,744 $39,744 $39,744
FT Graduate Required Fees $294 $294 $294
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $56,077 $56,077 $56,077
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $54,901 $54,901 $54,901
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $43,821 $43,821 $43,821

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $40,710 $40,710
Law Degree — Required Fees $708 $708

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $37,833 $39,177 $37,833 $39,177 $37,833 $39,177
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000 $1,800
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,440 $10,818
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,478 $2,490
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,440 $10,818
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,287 $1,314
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,287 $1,314

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,735 (6,381 male / 7,354 female)
Admitted 10,539 (4,690 male / 5,849 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 1,413 (669 male / 744 female)
FT Enrollment 1,413 (669 male / 744 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment11,778

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

126th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 70%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30

SAT Test Admission

171st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 660
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1100 / 1320

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 Capacity2,422
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,780
Board Fee$4,300

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 365th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,493 ($98,141 male / $75,341 female)
Number of FT Faculty 673 (381 male / 292 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,372
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $20,706,652

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