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College is a major undertaking and we're here to help you succeed. With a wealth of undergraduate programs designed to help you find a career after you graduate, DU is a great place to discover your interests, develop your skills and explore the world of possibilities available to you. While here, you'll be a part of a welcoming, inclusive community built on intellectual curiosity and exploration. You'll have the chance to work with your friends and professors while you pursue what inspires you, all from the beautiful setting of Denver.

Come discover with us. With two application options and the full support of our admission office, we'll make sure the process is smooth so you can focus on your future.

Application Types
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    Pioneer Application

    The Pioneer Application is DU's specialized college application. It's unique to DU, and you can use it to submit all your materials at once.

    Pioneer App

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    Common Application

    You can also apply with the Common Application, a standardized application that is accepted across multiple institutions. If you're applying to several Common App schools, this might be the best choice for you.

    Common App


Tuition & Aid
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    Financial Aid

    We know how complicated financial aid can be, so we have a single page that can help you locate the information you need.


    You're automatically considered for merit scholarships once you complete your application for admission. These scholarships and grants are awarded based on your record of academic achievement and the strength of your application. We provide over $156 million in aid each year.


    To be considered for need-based aid, submit your FAFSA and CSS Profile, check your application status, and apply for outside scholarships if you're interested.


    Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Academics, Community & Experience

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Why DU?

Our students finish a step ahead of the pack. 91 percent have secured their post-graduation plans within 6 months of graduation, and 84 percent participate in an internship or research experience during their time here.  Add that to a vibrant campus community and support from top-tier faculty, and you can see why our students are proud to call DU home.

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Academic Programs

Choose from over 100 undergraduate areas of study or work with us to create a program tailored to your interests. From our nationally-ranked business school to an array of options in the arts, sciences, engineering, and humanities, you'll be able to forge a path to take you anywhere you want to go.

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Start Here. Explore Abroad.

Discover new worlds

We're proud to offer one of the nation's best study abroad programs, with over 72 percent of DU students spending at least a quarter outside of the US during their undergraduate years. Choose from 150 programs in 52 countries and spend significant time immersing yourself in a truly global experience. Our study abroad program greatly simplifies the process, meaning students only have to pay their typical on-campus tuition for off-campus exposure.

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