Founded in 1864, the University of Denver (DU) is a midsize private university in the Rocky Mountain region, blending the friendliness and personal attention of a small college with the resources and intellectual diversity of a large research institution.
Denver, Colorado, is located on Colorado’s high plains just a few kilometers from the base of the Rocky Mountains. World-class ski resorts and recreation areas are a 90-minute drive from the University of Denver campus. With rainfall averaging only 40 centimeters annually, Denver enjoys a semi-arid climate characterized by 300 days of sunshine a year. In fall, winter, and spring, Denver gets short-lived snowstorms of just a few inches to a few feet. Temperatures range from an average of about 30 degrees Celcius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in mid-summer to an average of about 7.2 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. Because temperatures can fluctuate dramatically in a few hours, students should plan a wardrobe conducive to layering.
Type of school: Independent, non-sectarian, coeducational, comprehensive
Size of Campus: Tree-shaded 125-acre campus in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains
Number of Students: Undergraduate: 5,754; graduate: 5,860 (9% undergraduate international population)
Number of Faculty: 678 full-time instructional faculty members, 90% with the highest degrees in their fields
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
(See listing in separate box)
Geographic Diversity: States represented: 50; Colorado: 39%; West and Southwest: 21%; Midwest: 18%; Northeast: 11%; Southeast: 3%; international: 12%
International Student Services:
Undergraduate Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Majors and Programs of Study:
Arts and Humanities: Art History, English, French, German, History, Italian, Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, Music, Music Composition, Music Performance, Music Recording and Production, Philosophy, Pre-art Conservation, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre
Daniels College of Business: Accounting, Finance, Hospitality Management, Information and Business Analytics, International Business, Management, Marketing, Real Estate and Built Environment
Engineering and Computer Science: Applied Computing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Game Development, Mechanical Engineering
The Josef Korbel School of International Studies: Global Political Economy and International Politics, International Development and Health, International Organizations, Public Policy, Security and Human Rights
Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Ecology and Biodiversity, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Integrated Sciences, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics
Social Sciences: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Criminology, Economics, Film Studies and Production, Journalism Studies, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Strategic Communication
Interdisciplinary Programs: Asian Studies, Cultural and Critical Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Individually Structured Major
Dual-Degree Programs: Integrated undergraduate/graduate programs allow students to complete both a bachelor’s (in almost any major) and a master’s degree in five years or less. The University of Denver offers dual-degree programs in Art History, Business, Education, Engineering, Geographic Information Science, International Studies, Law (JD), Public Policy, and Social Work.
International Student Budget: (2017–2018)
Tuition and Fees $48,573
Living Expenses (estimated)$12,564
Books/Supplies/Health Insurance (estimated)$4,221
Financial Aid: All applicants are considered for academic or merit scholarships; no separate application is required. Awards range from $13,000–$25,000 per year all four years and are renewable. Admitted students are notified of scholarship awards in their admission letter. For more information on cost and scholarships, see du.edu/apply/admission/apply/international/tuition.
Test Score Requirements: TOEFL: 80 iBT with no subscore below 20 or IELTS: 6.5 with no band scores below 6.0; students who will graduate with a US secondary/high school diploma are generally exempt from TOEFL/IELTS. English Conditional Admission is available. SAT or ACT scores are required only from US- or Canadian-educated applicants.
Application Deadlines and Fees:
January 15; application fee of $65 (no waivers or deferrals)
Undergraduates pursue studies in everything from the arts and social sciences to business and engineering. Since 1998, DU has invested nearly $500 million in new and renovated facilities, including Anderson Academic Commons, the University’s library and main centerpiece for technology-infused teaching, learning, and engagement; Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, an innovative school that will be part of the University’s new interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative; and the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex, the home of the renowned Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
DU’s welcoming community offers diverse opportunities for students to develop as leaders, including a student senate, more than 100 clubs and organizations, and a student programming board that books speakers, arranges film screenings, and schedules entertainment. Many DU students participate in club sports, and all students can take advantage of our impressive recreation center and indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.
First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Modern residence halls typically include common areas and kitchens. DU also offers themed Living and Learning Communities, where individuals with common interests benefit from a common residence space and related academic programming.
DU welcomes students from all over the world and provides services to help international students adapt to campus life. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services hosts an orientation program and offers immigration advising, cross-cultural adjustment assistance, advocacy, and general support. In addition, the English Language Center offers comprehensive language instruction for students who need extra preparation for academic success. At the University’s International House, students can mingle and feel at home. In addition, the annual Festival of Nations allows students to celebrate the many cultures represented on campus.
Choosing the University of Denver is about rewards and value; it is about investing in a tomorrow that holds great promise. The select group of determined, talented students who enroll here benefit from a wealth of resources. The faculty are renowned for their commitment to teaching, interest in students, and original research. Small classes encourage discussion and critical thinking. An already stunning campus has undergone dramatic improvements in the past decade to even better serve the needs of its students. Downtown Denver lies within easy reach, and some of the world’s finest skiing and other recreational opportunities await in the mountains not much farther away.
When our students graduate, their degrees tell the world that they are accomplished problem solvers, ethical thinkers, and people with comprehensive, real-world experience who can make valuable contributions to the world.
International Student Services
The International House at 2200 S. Josephine Street is where you will find the Office of International Student and Scholar Services—your “home away from home.” Here you can get advice regarding visa issues, attend receptions for international diplomats, check your e-mail, get a free lunch on the second Tuesday of every month, help organize international events on campus, and play ping-pong, foosball, and Xbox. The staff serves the needs of more than 1,400 international students, faculty, staff, and researchers at the University of Denver, providing immigration advice, cross-cultural adjustment assistance, advocacy, and general support. Their goal is to help our international guests have an enjoyable and productive stay at the University and in Denver. See du.edu/isss.
The English Language Center (ELC) at 1958 S. Josephine Street houses DU’s own intensive English program. The ELC prepares international students with the skills necessary to be successful undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Denver or other US institutions of higher education. In addition to providing high-quality, intensive English-language instruction, the ELC assists students with cultural adjustments and provides students with the necessary services to ensure maximum learning and well-being. The ELC’s cozy, home-like atmosphere is the perfect first stop for many of DU’s international students before they begin their degree programs. See du.edu/elc.