It’s easy to see why the University of Denver is a popular choice for students nationwide. This private, mid-sized university is located in the residential University Park neighborhood of the Mile High City and is home to nearly 5,000 undergraduates. The campus is very picturesque with lots of green space. It has its own on-campus light rail stop, which makes downtown Denver easily accessible. The Rocky Mountains are less than an hour away as is the airport.
The University of Denver is on the quarter system, with an optional summer term. Each quarter is ten weeks long. DU also offers a mini winter break term; many courses during this term have a travel or research component. Studying abroad ranks high, with over seventy-percent of students choosing to study abroad during their undergraduate experience.
Standout academic programs are business (ranked number one in the Rocky Mountain Region), international studies, biology, psychology and performing arts. Many students double major, and there are several five year degrees. Freshmen wanting to study business begin their DU experience on a pre-business track and then apply to the Daniels College of Business in the fall quarter of their sophomore year. The Lamonte School of Music is strong. Non-music majors can take private music lessons and be part of DU’s music ensembles.
Our tour guide was from Colorado and chose DU because of its strong theater program. She brought us into the gorgeous concert hall, which is a replica of the Vienna Opera House. The acoustics are amazing. Lots of building is happening on campus. A new addition to the computer and engineering building was in full swing.
All students are required to live on campus their first two years. DU offers traditional dorms and living and learning communities. Members of fraternities and sororities may opt to live in Greek houses beginning their sophomore year.
There are lots of nearby apartments and houses for rent for upperclassmen.
The students we saw seem down to earth and have lots of pride in their school. Students were wearing preppy clothing, DU clothing and athletic wear. DU students are active outside the classroom too. Athletes compete in DI sports and lacrosse games draw lots of spectators. With the Rocky Mountains nearby, it’s no surprise that the Alpine Club is the most popular club on campus. Members can participate in skiing, hiking, snowboarding, cycling, and other outdoor activities. Fraternities and sororities are active. There are eight fraternities and eight sororities. Rush takes place the third week of fall semester freshman year.
Learning Support Services
I met with the coordinator of the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) during my visit. LEP is a comprehensive fee-based learning support program for students with learning differences and/or ADHD. Approximately 250 students are accepted into the program each year. Students meet with an academic counselor each week and have access to 50 professionally trained tutors. Most students opt to remain in the program all four years because of outstanding tutoring services. Students interested in the program must apply using a separate application when applying to the university. Each participant must commit to the program for one year and must sign a three quarter contract (one year).
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students may apply to the University of Denver ED I, ED II or RD using the Common Application or the Pioneer Application (DU’s own application). DU super scores the ACT and SAT. Students interested in majoring in music must audition on campus. Although all students are considered for merit aid, students wishing to compete for visual or performing arts specific merit aid must submit a portfolio or audition. Transfer students are eligible for merit aid too. Families are encouraged to use the Net Price Calculator on DU’s website, which includes merit aid.
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