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Students who thrive at the University of Denver have a strong character, a drive to achieve and a dedication to improving our society. Highly motivated, intellectually curious, physically active and possessing a worldview that transcends borders, these students find their place at DU, get involved and make a difference.

If this describes you, then we welcome you to apply for admission to the University of Denver.  To learn more about the academic factors considered in our admission process, please review our standards for admission.

Your first step in the application process is deciding when to apply. Please review the following information to learn more about your options:

Undergraduate, First-Year Admission to DU - Dates and Deadlines

November 1st

Early Action AND Early Decision 1 deadline
(Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)

If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application
by November 15th.

January 15th

Regular Decision AND Early Decision II deadline
(Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)

If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application
by February 1st.

  • Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a case-by-case, space-available basis.

Learn more about the Financial AId Application Process

If you are admitted and you applied for financial aid at the same time, you can expect to receive your official financial aid award within a similar timeframe as your admission notification.

If you decide not to apply for admission and financial aid simultaneously, you should still apply for financial aid as soon as your schedule allows. We will continue to send award letters to admitted students on a weekly basis after the initial notification timelines.

We cannot guarantee that you will receive a financial aid award prior to May 1st if we receive your financial aid application after March 15th.

Learn more about the Admission decision options

What's the difference between Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision? Which application round should I choose?

Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) are nonbinding application processes. You are allowed to apply to as many schools as you would like under Early Action and Regular Decision. Should you be admitted to DU as an EA or RD applicant, you will have until May 1st to weigh your options and submit a deposit.

If you are 100% sure you would like to attend the University of Denver, apply Early Decision (ED). This is a binding contract you are entering into with the University. You are only allowed to apply Early Decision to one college/university. If you are accepted to DU as an Early Decision applicant, you will be expected to withdraw your applications to all other colleges or universities and commit to joining our incoming first-year class.

ED I and ED II are both binding – they simply have different deadlines. Students who are comfortable with their current academic record and test score/s are encouraged to apply ED I. Applicants who are considering the submission of seventh semester grades and/or updated ACT/SAT scores should wait until ED II.

**Applicants are reviewed similarly for all rounds of admission.**

What are the benefits of applying ED I or ED II?

You’ll not only be committing to DU – we’ll be committing to you as well. ED I and ED II applicants will receive their initial financial aid package and merit scholarship information soon after they receive notification of their acceptance.

If admitted, you won’t have to worry about submitting endless applications or waiting on acceptance letters – you’ll know DU is where you are going to spend your next four years.

What if I'm unsure of finances and/or would like to apply for financial aid?

We encourage all applicants to submit both the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. If you are applying ED I or Early Action, we require submission of the FAFSA & CSS PROFILE by November 1. If you are applying ED II or Regular Decision, we require submission of the FAFSA & CSS PROFILE by January 15th. If these documents have been submitted, candidates will receive an award package soon after their acceptance.

Before making a decision about applying EA, RD, or ED I/II, we also encourage the use of our Net Price Calculator, an online tool that allows applicants and families to receive a breakdown of the costs associated with a DU education.

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