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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's 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 2015, ranked DU 86th, tied with Marquette University and the University of Tulsa.

Students in the Daniels College of Business skate in Magness Arena
  • DU is first in the U.S. among doctoral and research universities for the percentage of its undergraduates studying abroad, according to the 2014 Open Doors report. The report found that 72% of DU undergraduates study abroad, compared to the national average of less than one percent. Learn more

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance rated us 64th in the country for best value among private universities in 2015.
  • In 2013 the Huffington Post named us #15 among the most collaborative small colleges in the United States. Read more.

Program Rankings

Daniels College of Business

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

U.S. News & World Report ranks Daniels (2015):

  • 22nd in the nation for the best online graduate business programs
  • 79th in the nation for best undergraduate business programs
  • 91st in the nation for best part-time MBA program among accredited business schools 

Businessweek ranks Daniels (2013):

  • 3rd among part-time MBA programs in the southwest region (2013)
  • 54th among part-time MBA programs in the nation, the only business school in Colorado to make the list (2013)
  • 67th among the nation's top undergraduate business programs—the highest-ranking undergraduate business program in Colorado (2013)
  • Among U.S. undergraduate programs: 4th in ethics, 10th in business law, 12th in academic quality and 40th among private universities
Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW)
  • Already considered one of the best in the nation, the Graduate School of Social Work rose another 10 points in rankings released in March 2012 by the U.S. News & World Report.

    The oldest school of social work in the Rocky Mountain region, GSSW is ranked number 26 among the nation's best Master of Social Work programs, placing it in the top 11 percent of all nationally accredited programs.

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).
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 2015 Best Graduate Schools report ranks the Sturm College of Law 67th in the nation. Sturm also was ranked:

  • 7th for its legal writing program
  • 10th for its part-time law degree program
  • 14th for its clinical program
  • 19th for its trial advocacy program
  • 22nd for its environmental program
  • 24th for its tax program
Athletics and Club Sports

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

  • DU Athletics boast:
    1. 6 Directors' Cup trophies from 2008-2014, as the top NCAA Division I-AAA athletics program without football
    2. 28 NCAA Division I national championships.
    3. 57 Olympians
    4. 109 individual championships
    5. 308 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 University club sports, as opposed to a participation rate of about 7 percent at other Colorado universities.
Campus clubs and organizations

Our campus clubs and organizations have received numerous accolades. In October 2012, the University of Denver's Mortar Board Chapter received two major accolades:

  • the Golden Torch Award—presented to the most exceptional chapters of Mortar Board for significant results in managing their chapters and contributing meaningful service to their institutions
  • a regional group award for its work on a clean-up project of the Colorado Springs attraction Garden of the Gods—a collaborative effort among DU, Colorado College, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming

New Places to Research, Study and Learn

Students gather inside the Anderson Academic Commons, with the Perched Classroom in the background
      • In 2013 we opened the Anderson Academic Commons, an energy-efficient academic services hub that's home to DU's main library.
      • The new home of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science will open in 2015.
      • We've opened 19 new academic, residential and administrative buildings since 1997.
      • The newest residence building, Nagel Hall, opened in August 2008.
      • We opened the SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in August 2009.
      • In September 2009, we opened a new soccer stadium.
      • Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, which houses the Morgridge College of Education, the Learning Effectiveness Program and the Disability Services Program, opened in 2010.

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.
    • In 2008, DU established a Sustainability Council composed of faculty, staff and students.
    • 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.