University of Colorado--Denver

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Campus Box 167 PO Box 173364

Denver, CO 80217-3364

Phone: (303) 556-5600
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Colorado--Denver is a public institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,103, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Colorado--Denver's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 190. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,494 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,006 (2012-13).

The main University of Colorado—Denver campus is located downtown, with the Anschutz Medical Campus situated a few miles east in the city of Aurora. Students at CU Denver, as it is known, can choose from more than 130 areas of study, including master’s degrees in business, engineering and education. CU Denver has several highly ranked health programs, including nursing and physical therapy, and its School of Medicine has top-ranked programs in family medicine and pediatrics. Students at CU Denver can benefit from their hard work in class when they visit the Scholarship Resource Office, which helps them track down scholarships, perfect their résumés and edit essays.

In their free time, CU Denver students can get involved in more than 100 campus organizations, as well as student government, ROTC, The Advocate student newspaper and volunteer opportunities. CU Denver students can also check out the outdoor opportunities offered by the Rocky Mountains and the festivals, rodeos, museums and sports teams of the city of Denver. CU Denver does not offer varsity athletic teams on campus, but students can join intramural sports and "healthy moves" classes such as Pilates and yoga.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

With 13 schools and colleges and more than 132 degree programs, the University of Colorado Denver offers a hands-on, real-world education in a vibrant city in the heart of the energetic west.

Health careers begin here, with top-notch undergraduate nursing and biology programs linked with medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and public health programs on our Anschutz Medical Campus in nearby Aurora. Students also build foundations for careers ranging from the music industry to the energy industry, from teaching to engineering and architecture. Our business programs, located in the heart of downtown Denver, attract up-and-comers and top executives alike, and many of the state's political leaders were trained in our public administration programs. Basic science and applied health research attracts more National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding than any other university in Colorado.

UC Denver attracts students, researchers and faculty who want to make a difference -- today.

UC Denver is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.

By 2020, UC Denver will be a leading public university with a global reputation for excellence in learning, research and creativity, community engagement and clinical care.

To be a university greater than the sum of its parts, UC Denver embraces excellence in:

Learning and Scholarship
UC Denver respects academic freedom and the rigorous quest for knowledge and understanding. We share knowledge and foster student success through a continuous process of inquiry, critical thinking, reflection, collaboration and application.

Discovery and Innovation
UC Denver fosters an energetic, collaborative and creative environment where we develop and employ new ideas and technologies. Our entrepreneurial culture enables us to expand the frontiers of knowledge and human experience.

Health and Care of Mind, Body and Community
UC Denver enriches the well-being and sustainability of communities and our cultural, living and natural environments. We promote healthy lifestyles, prevent, diagnose and treat disease and deliver high-quality and compassionate health care.

Diversity, Respect and Inclusiveness

UC Denver seeks the richness that an increasing diversity of our communities brings to our learning, research and service endeavors. Our common humanity leads us to create an inclusive and respectful ethos characterized by caring, empathy, compassion, nurturing, collegiality and mentoring.

Citizenship and Leadership
UC Denver serves Colorado and the world as a recognized source of talent, knowledge, informed judgment, exemplary health care and professional practice. We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us and utilize them with integrity for the betterment of our community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1912
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $282,813,097


When applying to University of Colorado--Denver, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 22. The application fee at University of Colorado--Denver is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 22

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Colorado--Denver is 17:1, and the school has 29.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Colorado--Denver include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 18%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6%

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Student Life

University of Colorado--Denver has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,103, with a gender distribution of 46.3 percent male students and 53.7 percent female students. At this school, 5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 95 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 22,396
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

University of Colorado--Denver offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Colorado--Denver also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Colorado--Denver.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $7,494 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,006 (2012-13)
Room and board $10,410 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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