Undergraduate Admission

Discover yourself at the University of Denver (DU). As a premier private university in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, DU offers an undergraduate education unlike any other. From our classrooms and labs in downtown Denver to our one-of-a-kind Kennedy Mountain Campus, you embark on a 4D Experience that supports your holistic growth and helps you reach your full potential. 

Why DU

With small classes taught by expert faculty, a focus on experiential learning, and top-ranked study abroad programs, you build the skills, knowledge, and perspective to make a difference in our world and create lasting change. 

First-Year Applicant

Almost 1,400 first-year students say yes to DU each year and start along their path to success. Take the first step toward joining our ever-evolving community and apply as a first-year applicant.

To help you navigate the admission process, we compiled essential resources, including an overview of our admission standards and the first-year student application checklist.

First-Year Applicants

Transfer Applicant

If you have already completed high school and have taken college-level coursework at a community college or another university, we encourage you to apply to DU as a transfer applicant. Here, you can build upon your previous college education and reach new levels of potential through our immersive education, tight-knit campus community, and culture of innovation. 

Preparing to start the transfer process? Please review the admission standards and our application checklist for all the essential information you need to make your move to DU. 

Transfer Applicants

International Applicant

With almost 10 percent of our students choosing to relocate to DU from outside the United States, we proudly stand as an international education hub. Our international students make a significant impact on our campus community and the success of our institution, and we work hard to ensure the application process runs smoothly. 

Because the admission process for international students involves additional steps, supplemental documents, and requirements, we created comprehensive resources to support our international applicants.

Please review our application checklist for international applicants, transfer guidelines, visa Information, and English proficiency requirements.

International Applicants


Undocumented Student

At DU, we believe higher education should be accessible to all. We welcome applications from anyone who wants to participate and invest in our community of learners and doers, regardless of immigration status. 

To spur our undocumented students' academic success and continual growth, we offer various student resources and support services, including help navigating financial aid, scholarship opportunities, grants, and more.

Undocumented Applicants

High School Counselors

As a high school counselor, you are essential to a student’s academic success and application process. To help you and your students stay informed and on track, we provide a variety of resources, including:

Whatever you need, our admissions counselors are here to help! 

High School Counselors

Family Members

Preparing to send your student to college is a major milestone. We want to ensure that, as a parent, guardian, and another family member, you have access to all essential information so you can guide and support your student during the admission process. 

Want to see DU in person? Join us for a Families Orientation!


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Picture Yourself at DU

Want to see what life at the University of Denver looks like? With our custom viewbook tool, you can create a personalized resource with all the essential information on academics, student life, housing, and more to help you prepare.

Create Your Custom Viewbook

Discover Your Next Steps to Begin Your DU Journey

Admitted Student

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Denver! We look forward to welcoming you into our student body and beginning your studies.

As a first step, we recommend submitting your deposit to save your spot as your first step toward your DU education. Next, we’ve outlined how to schedule campus visits, apply for housing, secure financial aid, and take other essential steps to begin your DU experience. 

Admitted Students

Deposited Students

Welcome to DU! We’re thrilled you’ve decided to embark on your college journey with us and join our ever-growing student community. 

Once you’ve secured your place, you can begin planning for your time at DU. Find information on applying for classes, orientation, and housing, and start familiarizing yourself with student life.

Deposited Students

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Investing in Your DU Degree 

As you prepare to begin your studies at DU, we want to help you invest in yourself and your degree with confidence. That’s why we compiled various resources about available types of aid, estimating the cost of attendance, and outside funding opportunities to help you sail through the financial aid process. 

Have questions along the way? Our dedicated staff supports you with every step, answering questions and connecting you to all the information you need.

Learn More about Financial Aid

Additional Undergraduate Admission Resources

Non-Degree Students

Interested in enrolling in DU courses without committing to a full degree? DU offers you the option to apply as a non-degree student, allowing you to pursue your academic passions, bolster your skill sets, and elevate your career trajectory without going through the entire formal application process.

Non-Degree Students


Bachelor’s Completion Program

Looking to finish your degree? DU’s University College is here to help. Our Online Bachelor’s Completion Program allows you to transfer up to three years of college credit to earn your DU degree. With flexible learning formats and competitive tuition rates, DU helps you finish strong. 

Want to learn more? Explore our available academic programs and review our application checklist.


DU’s College Prep Programs

It’s never too early to start preparing for your DU undergraduate journey. Discover how we empower high school students to kick-start their college experience and elevate their education

Pioneer Prep Leadership Institutes

Created to cultivate diversity and inclusion in the DU community, the Pioneer Prep Leadership Institute brings the needs of Black/African-American and Latinx communities to the forefront and discusses access to higher education, leadership, diversity, and other crucial subjects.

Pioneer Prep welcomes high school juniors and seniors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate and enrich their cultural awareness, connect to DU’s vibrant community, and qualify for our Pathways scholarship. 

Pioneer Prep Students

High School Early Experience Program

DU’s Early Experience Program helps ambitious high school juniors and seniors get a head start by earning college credits as they pursue their high school diplomas. During the program, students enroll in college-level courses, allowing them to explore their interests and look into the world of higher learning.

Early Experience Program

See DU for Yourself

Can’t wait to explore DU? Take a virtual tour of our academic buildings, student facilities, housing accommodations, green spaces, and other campus resources, and get a sneak peek at your new home.

Seated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver campus invites you to encounter endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. We routinely host in-person tours, group visits, and other events to show off all DU offers.

Visit DU

Living on Campus

To help you fully integrate into our on-campus community, DU requires all first-year, second-year, and transfer students to live on campus for the first two years of their undergraduate experience. 

Our Housing and Residential Education (HRE) department strives to cultivate a safe environment where you and your peers can build life-long bonds, deepen the knowledge you gain in our classrooms, and find your confidence. With a range of student accommodations, meal options, and valuable resident resources, HRE ensures your transition to living on DU’s campus is simple. 

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Student Life

Life on DU’s campus brims with daily excitement and adventure. From rock climbing and hiking to fighting climate change and promoting diversity, you're sure to find your passion and forge meaningful connections along the way. With over 120+ student organizations across campus, you can uncover new interests and find your place in our thriving student community while taking in the beauty of Denver, Colorado.

Student Life at DU

Study Abroad

At DU, we believe immersive, cross-cultural education can transform your worldview. That’s why we promote robust study abroad experiences, with 120 programs in more than 50 countries. Our students encounter new cultures through these opportunities and embark on self-discovery while pursuing their degrees.

The Office of International Education helps over 70 percent of DU students study abroad as undergraduates, bringing home experiences and perspectives that shape their lives.

Study Abroad


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