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University of Denver is a private institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,453, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 125 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of Denver's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 83. Its tuition and fees are $39,177 (2012-13).
Whether a student is looking for outdoor recreation, a bustling urban lifestyle, or a hometown team to support in every major professional sports league, he or she will likely find it at the University of Denver. Known as DU, the school is settled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the state’s capital city. Students who want to explore Denver’s surrounding areas can join in on group trips through the school’s Alpine Club, which organizes more than 20 outdoor excursions a year. There are more than 100 other student clubs and organizations to check out, too, including about 15 fraternities and sororities. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus unless they are older than 21. Student athletes compete on the Denver Pioneers sports teams, members of the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. The school’s ski team has won more national championships than any other program in the country, and the hockey team is notoriously competitive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. On the professional level, Denver has a team in each of the four major sports leagues: the Denver Broncos in the NFL, the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL, the Denver Nuggets in the NBA, and the Colorado Rockies in the MLB. For creative entertainment, students can check out musical, theatrical, and innovative performances in the on-campus Newman Center. Many of the shows are free. The university campus also hosts the Pen and Podium series, which brings in several famous authors and poets to speak each year. To explore downtown Denver, students can hop on the city’s LightRail system, a network of monorail trains that stops on campus and goes to more than 30 other locations. The city is known for its revitalized urban areas, including Lower Downtown, or LoDo, a hub of shopping, dining, and nightlife that is 8 miles from campus.
Female students can opt to enroll in the school’s Women’s College, which offers single sex classes and organizations. Female students in the Women’s College will graduate with a DU degree. DU is also home to the Sturm College of Law, which ranks in the first tier of law schools. Notable alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; comedian David Adkins (known as Sinbad); and Coors Brewing Company CEO Peter Coors.
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At the University of Denver, we strive to empower greatness in our students. Undergraduate choose from a diverse array of programs that provide uncommon access to faculty members known internationally for cutting-edge work. Every student benefits from an innovative curriculum that emphasizes writing, quantitative reasoning, experiential learning and cross-disciplinary inquiry. Our Cherrington Global Scholars program offers study-abroad options on six continents at no additional cost, allowing 70% of students to participate in this transformative experience. In preparation for hosting the 2012 U.S. presidential debate, we have incorporated opportunities for civic learning and engagement into the curriculum and student activities. Outside the classroom, DU students enjoy NCAA Division I competition, the region's vast recreation opportunities and the campus' rich cultural offerings. When they leave DU, our students are ready to make a difference in the world.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to University of Denver, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at University of Denver is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.7 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||68.2%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Denver is 8:1, and the school has 59.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Denver include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.
University of Denver has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,453, with a gender distribution of 43.8 percent male students and 56.2 percent female students. At this school, 44.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56.0 percent of students live off campus. University of Denver is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of Denver offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of 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). Of the students at University of Denver, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Denver.
|Students who have cars on campus||20%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of Denver, 43.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,182.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,177 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,818 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data