University of Colorado Denver
Transfers lead the way
Thinking of transferring to CU Denver? You're not alone. Transfer students represent the majority of our undergraduate student body and we have the resources and experience needed to help you transfer here successfully. As Colorado's only public urban research university, our faculty combines rigorous academics with experiential learning to prepare you to enter the job market on day-one.
Education your way: urban, flexible, lifelong
Founded in 1973, the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) offers a modern, comprehensive urban education with multiple paths to success—in life and career—delivered how, when, and where you want it. CU Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university, offering more than 100 degree programs in seven schools and colleges and across a spectrum of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional and continuing education options. Research, internship, and apprenticeship experiences are a hallmark of a CU Denver education, giving learners an excellent education and real-work skills and job experience along the way.
CU Denver offers challenging classes and supportive professors in a vibrant city setting. Our downtown Denver location makes us different from other colleges. It connects us with local businesses and cultural organizations. It is also convenient for students who commute to school or work nearby. Additionally, our location enables us to collaborate with Colorado companies headquartered downtown. These alliances often benefit our graduates entering the workforce.
We have an inclusive campus community that attracts students of all ages and backgrounds. With 49% first-generation college students and 42% students of color making up our student body, we are the most diverse research university in Colorado.
Major in what matters.
With more than a hundred degrees and programs offered throughout our seven schools and colleges, our students are majoring in what matters and you will too. Flexible class schedules and innovative learning options have made CU Denver a favorite destination for transfer students with more than fifty degrees and programs offered exclusively online.
With fourteen 4 + 1 programs available through the graduate school, you can earn both your bachelors and masters degrees in just five years. Wherever you want your career to take you, CU Denver will help you get there.
Life at CU Denver
Life as a CU Denver Lynx is about seeing the possibilities—and being brave enough to follow your instincts. In the heart of the city, opportunities surround you. For employment and enjoyment, Denver offers more to do than anywhere else in the state.
Concerts at the Pepsi Center. Shows at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Games at Mile High Stadium. Trips down the 16th Street Mall. Many of the best things to see and do in the city are only steps (or a light rail stop) away from our campus.
To get the most out of studying and living downtown, eligible students can choose to live in student housing at Lynx Crossing or in our new student housing at City Heights.
Whether you live on campus or off, you can easily connect with other students. Whatever your interests are, we want you to do what you love. We will help you discover new interests, too. There are more than 120 student groups and clubs to join, and dozens of club sports and intramural teams. All CU Denver students can use our Student Wellness Center and its services to stay happy and healthy.
CU Denver is nestled near the heart of downtown Denver—Colorado’s capital and biggest city. Known as the Mile High City, Denver is known for its 300 days of sunshine, high-tech startups, local shops and restaurants, a unique music and arts scene, and its proximity to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. You are sure to find something you love in one of the country’s fastest growing cities, and we are located at the center of it all.
68% undergraduate + 32% graduate
of undergraduates are students of color
alumni from more than 100 countries
of undergraduates are first-generation college students
undergraduate majors & minors
schools & colleges
bachelor’s degrees / 59 master’s degrees
doctoral degrees/numerous online & noncredit offerings
economic impact contributed to Colorado’s economy
faculty and staff supporting student success
average undergrad student-to-faculty ratio