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University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

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University of Denver overview
Location Denver, Colorado
Online du.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Denver overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Denver, located near the heart of Denver, Colorado, is a private institution that combines a liberal arts ethos with major research endeavors. Established in 1864, it's the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. The campus, known for its Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, covers 125 acres and offers a scenic environment complemented by the nearby Rocky Mountains. The University enrolls a diverse student body and provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in business, international studies, and psychology. Housing is provided for students with the majority of undergraduates living on campus. The University of Denver maintains a selective admissions process. Athletically, the university is recognized for its notable men's ice hockey team, known as the Denver Pioneers, which competes in NCAA Division I.

In the most recent statistical year 19,342 prospective students applied, and 15,024 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,638 enrolled in the school.  8,637 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,097 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $55,260 plus fees of $1,179. DU is ranked 82 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












DU is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
University of Denver overview
SAT 1220/1400
ACT 28/32
GPA 3.72

Applications Accepted

University of Denver overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Denver
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,179
Room and Board $15,470
Budget for Other Expenses$3,150
Total One Year Cost$76,059

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$63,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

78% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Denver students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 42%
Social Sciences 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Communication 7%
Psychology 6%

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