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University of Denver Overview

University of Denver is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Denver, Colorado. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of Denver Known For?

1,626 Undergraduate Awards
$45,468 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at DU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at DU.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, DU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,500 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average DU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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University of Denver Rankings

DU holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

DU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#32 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#148 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#354 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at DU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Social Work Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Natural Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards DU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#25 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#34 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#46 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#71 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Denver?

Location of University of Denver

Contact details for DU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2000
Website: www.du.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uofdenver/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/uofdenver

How Do I Get Into DU?

You can apply to DU online at: https://www.uofdenver.org/web

Admission Requirements for DU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into DU?

58% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 58%, DU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 57%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 33% of students accepted to DU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Denver  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Denver  ( 570 to 670 )
200
800
DU received ACT scores from 76% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of Denver  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Denver  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Denver  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Denver?

$45,468 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of DU is $45,468. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At DU, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,504 a year. That adds up to $34,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DU is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Denver Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,478 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,774 undergraduate students at DU, with 5,478 being full-time and 296 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  DU

There are also 7,157 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,478 full-time undergraduates at DU, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  DU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Denver students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of DU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 200
Black or African American 117
Hispanic or Latino 626
White 3,754
International Students 372
Other Races/Ethnicities 409

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at University of Denver. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 102 countries are represented at DU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at University of Denver

1,604 Took All Classes Online
2,231 Took At Least One Class Online
7.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at DU. In 2017-2018, 2,231 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at DU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 13th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of DU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Denver was 7.2%. This is the #1,508 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of DU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 20%
Communication & Journalism 17%
Communication & Media Studies 20%
Computer & Information Sciences 0%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 32%
Health & Physical Education 43%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 32%
Natural Resource Management 9%
Natural Resources & Conservation 15%
Natural Resources Conservation 42%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 43%
Public Administration & Social Service 2%
Social Work 3%
Taxation 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at DU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at DU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Taxation #6
Natural Resource Management #7
International Studies #8
Legal Professions (Other) #8
Legal Research #12
Real Estate #13
Natural Resources Conservation #17
Natural Resources & Conservation #22
Geography & Cartography #26
Social Work #48
Communication & Media Studies #65
Health & Physical Education #67
Legal Professions #72
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #78
Human Resource Management #87
Curriculum & Instruction #88
Communication & Journalism #97
Computer Information Systems #104
General Business/Commerce #110
Social Sciences #127
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #135
Public Administration & Social Service #136
Educational Administration #176
Health & Medical Administrative Services #204
Computer & Information Sciences #240
Criminal Justice & Corrections #253
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #289
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #309
Liberal Arts General Studies #309
Education #419

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Denver Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Social Work 0 59 294 5 358
Law 0 0 0 238 238
Communication & Media Studies 99 15 78 5 197
General Business/Commerce 46 0 147 0 193
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 18 109 49 176
International Relations & National Security 89 1 81 2 173
Finance & Financial Management 148 0 14 0 162
General Psychology 147 0 6 5 158
Computer Information Systems 5 36 107 0 148
Marketing 102 0 38 0 140
Accounting 45 0 94 0 139
Educational Administration 0 50 61 17 128
Natural Resource Management 0 21 103 0 124
Curriculum & Instruction 0 51 55 7 113
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 48 0 64 0 112
Geography & Cartography 22 59 28 2 111
Business Administration & Management 5 12 68 0 85
General Biology 67 0 9 3 79
Real Estate 22 0 52 0 74
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 68 0 0 3 71
Computer Science 47 0 18 0 65
Music 24 7 33 0 64
Economics 37 0 22 0 59
Other Psychology 0 0 54 0 54
Political Science & Government 52 0 0 0 52
General English Literature 37 0 3 11 51
Mechanical Engineering 37 0 10 3 50
Romance Languages 45 0 0 0 45
Human Resource Management 6 11 27 0 44
International Business 39 0 1 0 40
Mathematics 25 0 6 6 37
Taxation 0 0 35 0 35
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 11 24 0 35
Hospitality Management 34 0 0 0 34
Library & Information Science 0 0 34 0 34
Fine & Studio Arts 21 0 13 0 34
Criminology 31 0 0 0 31
Electrical Engineering 10 0 10 9 29
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 28 0 0 0 28
Writing Studies 0 3 24 0 27
Legal Research 0 0 26 0 26
Natural Resources Conservation 26 0 0 0 26
History 23 0 0 0 23
Public Policy 13 0 10 0 23
Anthropology 9 0 12 0 21
International Studies 3 4 13 0 20
Sociology 20 0 0 0 20
Design & Applied Arts 18 0 2 0 20
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 8 11 0 19
Journalism 18 0 0 0 18
Religious Studies 2 0 7 9 18
Special Education 0 10 7 0 17
Chemistry 9 0 6 2 17
Information Science 0 0 16 0 16
Ethnic Studies 15 0 0 0 15
Philosophy 15 0 0 0 15
Physics 9 0 3 3 15
Other Engineering 0 0 13 1 14
Health & Physical Education 0 0 14 0 14
Educational Assessment 0 0 5 8 13
Computer Systems Analysis 12 0 0 0 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 10 0 12
Drama & Theater Arts 12 0 0 0 12
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 10 0 0 0 10
Information Technology 0 0 10 0 10
Biological & Physical Science 10 0 0 0 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9 0 0 0 9
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 8 0 8
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 8 0 8
Computer Engineering 4 0 2 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 5 0 5
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 5 0 5
Public Administration 0 0 3 0 3
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 2 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 1 2
General Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Management 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Statistics 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,626 378 1,922 389 4,315

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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