University of Denver

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2199 S. University Boulevard

Denver, CO 80208

Phone: (303) 871-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Denver is a private institution that was founded in 1864. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,394, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 91. Its tuition and fees are $40,707 (2013-14).

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, with some exceptions.

Student athletes compete on the Denver Pioneers sports teams, members of the NCAA Division I Summit League. The school's ski team has won more national championships than any other program in the country. 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. 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 40 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 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 DU alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; comedian David Adkins (known as Sinbad); and Peter Coors, chairman of the board of MillerCoors.

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

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. To correspond with hosting the 2012 U.S. presidential debate, we 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.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1864
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $373,395,434


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 $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 84.4 percent.

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

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.6%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Denver is 11:1, and the school has 58.5 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; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 61%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 44%
Social Sciences 15%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

University of Denver has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,394, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. University of Denver is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,656
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At University of Denver, 43.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,917.

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 $40,707 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,080 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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