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Vision & Values

Graduating citizens who make a difference in the world.

At the University of Denver, our culture is steeped in ethics and social responsibility. As a result, our faculty and students represent a wide array of perspectives and enjoy the healthy dialogue that grows out of diversity.

For all their differences, the members of our community are united by a common purpose: They're determined to confront society's most pressing challenges—everything from world health and the global economy to access to education.

To prepare our students for the challenges of productive citizenship, the University of Denver offers rigorous programs that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem solving and global experience. When you leave DU, you're ready to make a difference in your communities and in the world.

DU student receiving diploma at graduation
DU students on a service project
DU students in front of the capital building in downtown Denver


The University of Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good.


In all that we do, we strive for excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity and inclusiveness.


The mission of the University of Denver is to promote learning by engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought and generating knowledge. Our active partnerships with local and global communities contribute to a sustainable common good.


  • Community We will create a diverse, ethical and intellectually vibrant campus community to provide a challenging and liberating learning environment.
  • Learning We will provide an outstanding educational experience that empowers students to integrate and apply knowledge from across the disciplines and imagine new possibilities for themselves, their communities and the world.
  • Scholarship We will invigorate research and scholarship across the university to address the important scientific, sociopolitical and cultural questions of the new century.