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DU at a glance

The Institution

A overhead view of the gorgeous DU campus

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region.

We enroll about 11,600 students in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Carnegie Foundation classifies DU as a research university with high research activity.

University-wide rankings

  • DU is among the nation's top 100 universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

    U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings for undergraduate education, released in September 2016, ranked DU 86th, tied with Marquette University and the University of Tulsa, among others. The publication also placed DU #53 in its Best Colleges for Veterans rankings.

Students in the Daniels College of Business skate in Magness Arena
  • DU is 4th in the U.S. among doctoral and research universities for the percentage of its undergraduates studying abroad, according to the 2015 Open Doors report.
  • In their inaugural college rankings, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked DU 89th in the nation, best in the state of Colorado.
  • In their 2017 rankings, the Princeton Review rated DU among the top 20 in four categories:
    • Most Popular Study Abroad Program (8th)
    • College City Gets High Marks (18th)
    • Best College Library (18th)
    • Impact Schools (19th)
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated us 64th in the country for best value among private universities in 2015.

Program Rankings

Daniels College of Business

The Daniels College of Business is one of the nation's top business schools.

US News & World Report placed Daniels at #94 on its Best Business Programs list. Daniels also landed at #40 on the list of Best Online Business Programs (non-MBA).

Businessweek ranks Daniels (2013):

  • 3rd among part-time MBA programs in the southwest region
  • 54th among part-time MBA programs in the nation, the only business school in Colorado to make the list
  • 67th among the nation's top undergraduate business programs—the highest-ranking undergraduate business program in Colorado
  • Among U.S. undergraduate programs: 4th in ethics, 10th in business law, 12th in academic quality and 40th among private universities

CEOWORLD Magazine named the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the Daniels College of Business 8th in the world for hospitality and hotel management schools (2016).

Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW)
  • The Graduate School of Social Work, the oldest school of social work in the Rocky Mountain region, was named 17th among the nation's best master of social work programs in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings (2016).

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies offers one of the world's best master's degree programs.

  • Foreign Policy Magazine ranks Korbel's master's degree in international studies 11th in the world (2015).
Morgridge College of Education

U.S. News & World Report ranked Morgridge College of Education 20th in the nation for Education Administration and Supervision (2017).

Sturm College of Law

The Sturm College of Law's degree programs rank within the nation's top 20.

U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Graduate Schools report ranked the Sturm College of Law 72nd in the nation. Sturm also was ranked:

  • 6th for its trial advocacy program
  • 7th for its legal writing program
  • 7th for its part-time law degree program
  • 14th for its clinical program
  • 15th for its environmental and natural resources law program

National Jurist ranked the Sturm College of Law 9th in the nation for practical training in the spring of 2016.

University College

Two University College programs were ranked nationally in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of best online programs

  • The Bachelor of Arts Completion Program ranked #48 in the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs category (2017 rankings).
  • The online master's degree in information and communications technology program ranked #25 in the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs category (2016 rankings).
Athletics and Club Sports

DU Athletics and DU Club Sports varsity hopefuls and recreational enthusiasts with award-winning, notable programs.

  • DU Athletics boast:
    1. 8 Director's Cup trophies from 2008-2016, as the top NCAA Division I-AAA athletics program without football
    2. 31 NCAA Division I national championships.
    3. 58 Olympians
    4. 114 individual championships
    5. 369 All-Americans
  • All 17 sports achieved an NCAA Academic Progress Rate score of 925 or higher for five consecutive years.
  • About 22 percent of DU undergraduate students participate in our 28 club sports teams, compared to a  participation rate of about 7 percent at other Colorado universities.

New Places to Research, Study and Learn

Students gather inside the Anderson Academic Commons, with the Perched Classroom in the background

Environmental Initiatives

A DU student gets one-on-one culinary lessons from a professional chef

DU has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050 and commits to environmental conservation and sustainability efforts. Some examples:

  • We offset 31 percent of campus energy use through renewable energy credits. This makes DU the largest wind-energy buyer among Colorado colleges and universities. DU students started the renewable energy credit program, and they help fund it through student fees.
  • Between 2006 and 2015, the University shrank its carbon footprint by 27 percent, even as campus square footage grew by 9 percent. 
  • We use vehicles that run on clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). In fact, we operate the only CNG fueling station on a Colorado college or university campus.
  • We offer a minor in sustainability, which students can tailor to meet their needs and complement any major.