University of Denver

University of Denver


The University of Denver offers a dynamic learning environment that prizes innovation, interdisciplinary exploration, inclusive excellence and adventurous learning partnerships between students and faculty. Students are groomed to excel in their life’s work and to confront the great issues of the day. With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, University of Denver students enjoy meaningful and life-changing interactions with faculty mentors. This rewarding relationship with professors continues through the undergraduate experience, with students collaborating with faculty members on research projects, fieldwork and creative endeavors. With the personal attention offered at a small liberal arts college and the resources of a large research institution, the University of Denver is the perfect choice for students looking to join other adventurous learners.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Volunteers in Partnership (VIP)

VIP collaborates with students, parents, faculty and staff from Denver West High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Pinnacle Charter School, the Denver Center for International Studies, the Denver School of Science & Technology and Kepner Middle School. VIP is committed to the promotion of self-esteem in students, to encouraging students to complete high school, to assisting with the transition into higher education and to providing scholarship funding to DU when possible. Learn more about Volunteers in Partnership (VIP)

Pre-College Summer Experience Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute

A three-day summer campus experience, the Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute is designed for high-achieving African American and Latino/a high school juniors and seniors to have a dynamic learning opportunity on the University of Denver campus. Travel stipends are available. Participants who are admitted and enroll at DU will receive a DU Pathways Scholarship valued at a maximum of $7,500 per year for four years. Learn more about Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute

First-Year Experience & Transition Pioneer Pathways Program (P3)

P3 provides support to incoming students as they transition into the DU Pioneer community. Through this program, P3 scholars explore and critically analyze aspects of power and privilege, while concentrating on academic enrichment and college success. P3 also provides guidance and skills to students over their four-year college career as they prepare for Master’s and Doctorate Degrees at DU or at other institutions. The program has a cohort model in which each incoming class of P3 scholars engage in a five-day pre-collegiate experience prior to orientation and continued quarterly programming throughout the P3 scholars’ tenure at DU.

First-Year Experience & Transition Excelling Leaders Institute

Excelling Leaders Institute students complete one week of on-campus training focusing in the areas of academic preparation, interacting with faculty, learning the campus physical layout, meeting as many individuals and resources on campus as possible and most importantly, creating a tightly knit community of support for themselves and other incoming students. Participants are also offered a wide range of benefits not offered to all students. Learn more about Excelling Leaders Institute

Student Life & Support Cherrington Global Scholars Study Abroad Program

Currently ranked the #3 university in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad, international initiatives are an integral part of the DU experience. Through the Cherrington Global Scholars Program, eligible juniors and seniors can study abroad at no additional charge to the cost of studying on campus in Denver. Learn more about Cherrington Global Scholars Study Abroad Program

Student Life & Support The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL)

The Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) has opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to contribute to the University of Denver’s Public Good vision. Students can participate across CCESL’s four interconnected initiatives, which are grounded in community engagement and community organizing principles, and include service, civic development, community-engaged scholarship & learning. Learn more about The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL)

Student Diversity

  • 5,643
  • 46/54
  • 16%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%

Student Success

  • 87%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 78%
    Six-year graduation
  • 72%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 93%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 47%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 696
    Full-time faculty
  • 131
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Social Sciences, Biology, Communications, Visual and Performing Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Student Alliance (ASA), Belay, Black Student Alliance (BSA), Latino Student Alliance (LSA), Native Student Alliance (NSA), Out for Business, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc., Pioneer Veteran Students, Queer Straight Alliance, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.


Cost of Attendance

  • $45,228
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,134
    Required Fees
  • $12,021
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $83,739,859
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $34,450
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 15%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 42%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 38%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 15,032
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • 3.72
    Average HS GPA
  • 28
    ACT Composite
  • 550—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—660
    SAT Math
  • 510—620
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1, 1/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date