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Application Checklist for Undocumented & DACA First-Year Students

Take these steps as an undocumented or DACA first-year applicant.

The University of Denver accepts applications from all students, regardless of immigration status.

All non-U.S. citizens who are ineligible to apply for federal financial aid are considered international students at the University of Denver. Therefore, undocumented and DACA-mented applicants must apply through the International Student Admission office.

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)

January 15th

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

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

Learn more about the 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.*

*English Conditional Applicants are not eligible to apply for Early Decision. In order to be eligible to apply Early Decision, applicants must meet English Proficiency requirements before the supplementary materials deadline.

ED I and ED II are both binding – they simply have different deadlines. Applicants are reviewed similarly for all rounds of admission. 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.

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 merit scholarship information soon after they receive notification of their acceptance.

If accepted, 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.

Learn more about the application requirements

  • A completed application, including essay, to the University of Denver through the Common Application or the DU Pioneer Application.
  • Pay a $65 non-refundable application fee (check, money order or online payments accepted). If financial hardship is present, fee waivers are granted upon request on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with appropriate personnel at your school to assess applicability. We will accept fee waiver forms from reputable sources (NACAC, for example).
  • Official transcripts from each secondary/high school attended must be received by the Office of International Student Admission in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  • One letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher. If possible, these letters should include class rank and other quantitative educational information. Limit: two letters.
  • SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACTs (American College Test). For fall 2017 applicants, we prefer students submit the Redesigned SAT, but we will accept both the old and the Redesigned SAT (and will have a concordance table to help us evaluate the results). For fall 2018, students need to submit the Redesigned SAT. View the SAT Score Converter for further information.
  • One of these test scores is required for the following applicants only:
  • Students who have completed, or will complete, a U.S.-style secondary/high school program (including IB, AP), either in the United States or overseas or a Canadian-style secondary/high school program, either in Canada or overseas.
  • Students wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarships are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT results.
  • Students who receive an application fee waiver have the option to upload ACT and/or SAT test scores to your application status page. Simply log into your account to choose the "Student Submitted Test Score" material upload type and send your official test scores through our site. You may also email us at Once we verify the score report, we will complete the test score requirement for your application. Please note this process may take 24-48 hours to complete.
  • Please note: English proficiency exams are generally not applicable to Undocumented/DACA-mented applicants.
  • If applying EDI or EDII, submit your Early Decision Agreement Form.
  • DU students are active and involved outside the classroom; they're leaders, volunteers, artists, musicians, athletes, actors and people who lend a helping hand to benefit others. That's why we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service designed to help students bring their application to life. Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application. Sign up at Please note that this is a completely optional part of your application and will be used only to further support our holistic review process.

Financial Aid

Undocumented and DACA-mented applicants are eligible for University of Denver merit-based aid consideration for up to $25,000 per year for each year of their undergraduate study. However, undocumented and DACA-mented students are not eligible for federal financial aid or University of Denver need-based aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are undocumented students?

There are approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduating from high school in the United States every year. They are youth who have resided in the U.S. from a young age, but were born abroad and are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S., do not hold a visa to reside in the U.S., and have not applied for legal residency in the U.S. They are sometimes referred to as "Dreamers" – a term derived from the proposed "Dream Act." Within this population, there is a small group of students who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. (

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and who is eligible?

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a process for undocumented individuals who arrived to the U.S. as young children (alongside other guidelines) to request consideration of deferred action from deportation for a period of two years, subject to renewal. DACA status does not provide an individual with lawful status; however, recipients of deferred-action status may obtain work authorization. The USCIS website lists the following as criteria to be eligible for DACA status:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching 16 years of age;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making a request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
  • The applicant never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or that
  • Any lawful immigration status or parole that was obtained prior to June 15, 2012, but had expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Does the University of Denver (DU) accept applications from undocumented and DACA-mented students and if so, what is the application process?

Yes, we welcome all students to apply. Undocumented and DACA-mented students are considered international students at DU and follow the international student admission application process.

What is Colorado ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow)?

Colorado ASSET allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado's public colleges and universities as long as they meet certain criteria (

  • Must have attended a public or private high school in Colorado for at least three (3) years immediately before graduation or completed a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Colorado.
  • Must be admitted to a Colorado college or university within 12 months of graduation from a Colorado high school or completion of a Colorado GED OR show continuous physical presence in Colorado for 18 months.
  • Apply for COF (College Opportunity Fund) and complete an affidavit with COF indicating that you have applied for legal presence or will apply as soon as you are eligible to do so.
Does the University of Denver (DU) accept Colorado ASSET?

DU is a private institution and therefore, ASSET cannot be applied.

Are undocumented or DACA-mented students eligible for federal student aid?

No. Please visit for most up to date information regarding undocumented and DACA-mented student's eligibility.

Are undocumented and DACA-mented Students eligible for in-state tuition?

As of October 29, 2015, eighteen (18) states have passed laws allowing undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in their state of residence: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Please visit for updates.

Does the University of Denver offer institutional aid to undocumented and DACA-mented students?

Qualified undocumented and DACA-mented students are eligible to be considered for merit-based aid. Every applicant is automatically considered scholarships up to $25,000 a year for First-Year Applicants, once they apply. However, undocumented students and DACA-mented students are, like international students, not eligible for institutional need-based aid such as: DU loans, grants, or employment.

Does the University of Denver offer in-state tuition for undocumented and DACA student?

DU is a private institution – tuition is the same for all students regardless of residency (in-state or out-of-state).

Is it necessary that I disclose my immigration status to the University of Denver?

No. However, choosing not to disclose your immigration status will result in automatic classification as an international student.

What outside scholarships are available to undocumented and DACA-mented students?

Please visit Keeping the Dream Alive Conference, United We Dream, and MALDEF websites for more resources.

Are there any opportunities to get connected to other DU undocumented and DACA students or other support networks?

For information on a new student group developed for undocumented and DACA-mented DU students, please contact Alfredo Gallegos at

Other ways to get involved include Pioneer Pathways Program (P3), Excelling Leaders Institute (ELI), or various student alliances.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding admission, campus engagement, financial aid, etc.?