About University of Denver

Founded in 1864, University of Denver. is a Private college. Located in Colorado, which is a city setting in Colorado, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 5,754 full time undergraduate students, and 5,860 full time graduate students.

The University of Denver Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 722 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Denver include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate53%
Application Deadline
Application Fee65
SAT Range1110-1310
ACT Range26-31

Admissions at DU are considered Selective, with ,77% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 78% were in the top quarter, and 44% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Denver.

University of Denver REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    170 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    129 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    187 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    195 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    195 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    193 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    196 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    195 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Denver?

64 Students rated University of Denver

Ubaldo - 05/03/2024

I think its a great school and it has been my dream to go there for several years. I cant wait to spend the next four years of my life doing everything and anything to be involved in the Community on campus. I also can't wait to travel abroad with the opportunities the university gives me.

Shemar - 08/05/2023

My college experience was a rich tapestry of growth and resilience, defined by my profound connection with inspiring professors, engaging classes, and a nurturing community. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I found solace and joy in the academic environment. The heart of my enjoyment lay in the exceptional professors who ignited my passion for learning. Their dedication to teaching went beyond the curriculum, fostering a genuine curiosity and intellectual exploration within me. Their mentorship extended beyond the classroom, providing invaluable guidance that shaped my academic journey. My love for the classes was equally significant. The diverse range of subjects I delved into expanded my horizons and allowed me to discover unexpected interests. Each lecture was a captivating dialogue, stimulating my critical thinking and encouraging active participation. This interactive dynamic transformed education from a chore into a gratifying pursuit. Despite the adversity of COVID-19, the college community remained a source of strength. The camaraderie among students, even in the virtual realm, created a sense of togetherness. Collaborative projects and online study groups helped bridge the gap created by physical distancing, reminding me of the collective resilience we all shared. While the pandemic presented its share of obstacles, it also highlighted the power of adaptability and the importance of maintaining connections. Through the support of professors, the allure of intriguing classes, and the unwavering camaraderie of my college community, I emerged from this period with a deeper appreciation for the value of education and the resilience of the human spirit. My college experience, with all its facets, has indelibly enriched my life and propelled me toward a future defined by both academic passion and unwavering determination.

Eva - 12/29/2021

Culture is kind of toxic, administration needs to get their shit together. The professors are the best part of the school, they're all engaging and passionate. Classes are unique, small, and really just phenomenal. The food and dorms leave something to be desired for sure.

Amy - 09/20/2021

I feel that the school could do better by consolidating courses as many courses teach the exact same content under the guise of a different title. Tuition is outrageous. Internships are crap as we truly do not have a say in where we want to intern, the process in which to secure a internship is arduous. I completed all of my coursework but they could not place me in a internship that was geared towards what I wanted to do with my degree.

University of Denver FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Denver?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Denver is 53%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Study harder, you moron! I mean, really. Why did you let yourself slack off so much? Just because it was your senior year and you thought it would be a piece of cake to just skate by and get by on your "good looks" now you have to study harder in college and now you tend to quit when things get tough. You never applied yourself so now you pay for it by stuggling to write an essay and not knowing how to manage your time so you are not stretched thin. I pay for it now and I wish you had realized that a few years of hard work is nothing if it means a better life in the future. And quit eating all that junk food because now I have to struggle to keep the weight off after losing it because you loved potato chips and Twinkies! Geez. A little self love wouldn't hurt! And stop taking everything so seriously. Life is short. Lighten up and learn to enjoy yourself a little.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are well-off, polite, enthusiastic, and motivated.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It is a friendly environment.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The University of Denver has a smaller campus than the other schools I toured in Denver. It also has smaller class sizes therefore giving more of a personal learning environment rather than one where there are over 70 students in one class.

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    Overall I feel like the professors genuinly care about their students. I have had several professors e-mail me when I was sick to make sure I was doing ok and e-mail students extra powerpoints to view to clarify material. Most of my professors also made themselves available for office hours or by appointment and for the most part they really do want to help. The most unique class I took was 'movement improvisation': we would act with our bodies to impersonate objects, spell our names through movement with our bodies across the floor, and experimented with stillness, movement, dynamics, and working with partners. It was one of the strangest classes I have ever taken, but it really required me to think outside of the box challenge myself to be open and not care about what others think.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is that there is no football team. I say this because I feel that students have so much pride at the hockey games that could be used towards another sport. In the fall there is no big sport that the school gets excited about. Watching hockey games and being a part of the DU community is so great. If we had a football team I feel this pride would be even bigger.

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  8. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    DU is a fairly prestigious school, whenever I tell people I go there they say something like, "oh wow! That's a great school", and I agree to a certain extent. One thing that I wish I could change is where all of the money goes. It seems as though most of the money and attention are directed towards the business school. I have friends who are studying engineering and they said the engineering building wasn't even shown on the tour because it is that ugly. However, I do hear that they enjoy what they study. I also sometimes feel as though there isn't a lot of school pride and that not everyone feels connected as a community. It is great living in Denver-there are so many little food places to go to, parks, and the light rail is walking distance away to go into the city. Oh, one more thing--I wish the library would be remodeled-it is hideous, and as a major place where students study, I think DU can do a lot better.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    How beautiful the campus is. The advantages of relatively small class sizes. The location and surrounding areas. How great our hockey team is.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    I believe the school is best known for the academics and activities. University of Denver offers a fantastic education while putting some fun into it at the same time. Perosnally, I am involved with Alpine Club and Colleges Against Cancer. Those are just two of so many more. These extra activities help me relax and find other reasons to study even more.

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  11. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the study abroad program. It is one of the best in the nation and one that I plan to take full advantage of.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    What i wish i had known before i came to this school was how to access more scholarships

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  13. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are definitely a fair share of rich kids, but not all of them are stuck up. You will find that over breaks almost everyone goes on exotic vacations to Mexico, Europe, Africa, etc. like it is no big deal. But I have found some great friends-rich and average and everything in between.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    the students work hard and party hard. also that the students come from rich families.

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who values a smaller atmosphere with close relations to peers and teachers.

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  16. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The type of person that should not attend this school is a person who do not have a good work ethic, someone who is not willing to make friends and connect with others, and who does not enjoy a magnificent campus that rarely sees rain or clouds. University of Denver is a place that welcomes everyone with open arms. The academics and athletics are state of the art and do not stand for people who pick the easy way out. Not only does DU except everyone, but so do the students. Everyone loves to meet new people and share interests.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    People in the dorm I lived in (J-Mac) left their doors open most of the time and I felt like their was a great community. I have met my best friends in my dorm. Sororities and fraternities are fairly important-their are always sorority/fratenity sponsered bar parties and events. A fair share of the people I lived around partied very often. If you don't drink though it is possible to find great friends who are up for doing things other than drinking such as going downtown, going to movies, and many other random fun things you find to do.

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  18. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    So far there hasn't been anything frustrating about my school.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype at DU, to put it bluntly, is that most of us are rich, spoiled white kids. Part of this isn't very accurate -- more than 80{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of DU students are here on some sort of scholarship or financial aid, or both. A majority of students are white, however (roughly three-quarters). Another stereotype is that we're all Colorado kids who love skiing or snowboarding. Part of this isn't true at all -- only about 35{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of freshmen this year are from Colorado. The majority of students are from out of state, so you actually get a much wider variety of geographic backgrounds than this stereotype would suggest. And regarding the skiing -- I'd say it's mostly true that a majority of people here love to go up to the mountains on weekends, especially during Winter quarter, but I don't ski or snowboard, and I have personally met many people who aren't necessarily avid skiers or snowboarders. In any case, of all the stereotypes on DU, this one is probably the most true.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    I always spend my class time feeling curious. The professors I've had at DU inspire students to be interested in the topic as well. Classes are challenging, but rewarding. DU has a small class size, which make classes interactive, participatory, and conversational.

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I decided to go to DU, because it has one of the most beautiful campuses that I visited. I also really enjoyed how it is a smaller school. Coming from a small high school, it made it an easier transition moving to another smaller school. Last, I was really influenced by some of the theatre professors that made a big impression on me when I interviewed to attend the school.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

86% of students attending University of Denver receive some sort of financial aid. 18% were awarded federal grants. While 41% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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