DU Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for University of Denver
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into DU? The school has a 53% acceptance rate. Last year, 10,867 out of 20,322 applicants were admitted making DU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. University of Denver typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for University of Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1370
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Denver?

University of Denver typically requires applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1085. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1275 out of 1600. 33 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Denver admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >66%
1275 to 1370 Avg + 53%-66%
1180 to 1275 Avg - 40%-53%
1085 to 1180 Reach 28%-40%
Less than 1085 Low <28%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of Denver
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of Denver
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into DU?

Admission data indicates that DU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 76 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Denver.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Denver admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >68%
28 to 31 Avg + 53%-68%
26 to 28 Avg - 42%-53%
24 to 26 Reach 33%-42%
Less than 24 Low <33%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Denver. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Denver was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as DU accepts 53% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Denver students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 54% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

University of Denver admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,383 8,939 20,322
Accepted 6,211 4,656 10,867
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 53%
Enrolled 774 625 1,399
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 13% 13%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2018
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Denver and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Denver Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Denver
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=127060 IPEDS survey data for University of Denver.