#4 Best Public Universities in Colorado

University of Colorado Denver

Denver, Colorado

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University of Colorado Denver overview
Location Denver, Colorado
Online ucdenver.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Colorado Denver overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), located in the heart of Colorado's capital, offers a city-centric educational experience that combines urban convenience with a substantive academic environment. Founded in 1912, this public institution has evolved into a research university that accommodates a wide array of programs through its thirteen schools and colleges. CU Denver's diverse offerings are particularly recognized in areas such as business, engineering, and health sciences. Varied housing options are available for students who wish to immerse themselves in campus life, though the university does not require on-campus living. With a campus that showcases modern architectural styles, CU Denver integrates effectively into the vibrant fabric of downtown Denver. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process and has been identified for its comprehensive educational approach, fostering a dynamic and diverse learning community.

In the most recent statistical year 15,631 prospective students applied, and 11,658 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,698 enrolled in the school.  12,435 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 11,309 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,736 plus fees of $826. CU Denver is ranked 387 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CU Denver is rated within the top 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Colorado Denver overview
SAT 1030/1260
ACT 21/27
Estimated GPA 3.46

Applications Accepted

University of Colorado Denver overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Colorado Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Colorado Denver
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$826
Room and Board $14,230
Budget for Other Expenses$6,336
Total One Year Cost$31,588

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Colorado Denver
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,460
Other Fees$826
Room and Board $14,230
Budget for Other Expenses$6,336
Total One Year Cost$48,844

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$68,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Colorado Denver students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Social Sciences 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Health Professions 11%
Psychology 10%

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