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Chances of getting into University of Denver

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
58.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of Denver
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into DU and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in Colorado for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,345 out of 21,028 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 24 percent. University of Denver typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

DU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
56%
SAT Scores for University of Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for University of Denver
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

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 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Colorado for highest average SAT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Denver admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >71%
1260 to 1350 Avg + 59%-71%
1170 to 1260 Avg - 46%-59%
1080 to 1170 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 1080 Low <33%
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DU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for University of Denver
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of Denver
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

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. The school ranks #4 in Colorado for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Denver.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Denver admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >73%
28 to 31 Avg + 59%-73%
26 to 28 Avg - 48%-59%
24 to 26 Reach 38%-48%
Less than 24 Low <38%
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DU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.67
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Denver?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into DU. 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. The school ranks #3 in Colorado for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as DU accepts 59% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

76% of University of Denver freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Denver students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 76%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Denver admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,980 9,048 21,028
Accepted 7,124 5,221 12,345
Acceptance Rate 59% 58% 59%
Enrolled 771 580 1,351
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 11% 11%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Denver and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of Denver prefer SAT or ACT?

56% of students submit their SAT scores to DU. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Denver?

59% of those who apply are granted admission to DU. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Denver?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1170 and 1350. 56% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Denver?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.