Application Checklist

Make sure you're on track

Use our application checklist to make sure you have everything you need. If you have questions, you can always contact Undergraduate Admission by email at or phone at 303-871-2036. You can also request additional information from your admission counselor

Application Checklist

Submit Your Application

Choose a Deadline

  1. Nov. 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action
  2. If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Nov. 15
  3. Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision
  4. If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Feb. 1

What's the difference between the deadline options?

  1. Early Decision is a binding agreement between you and the University that you will attend DU if you're accepted. You can only apply Early Decision to one school, and if you're accepted to DU via Early Decision, you must withdraw your applications from other institutions. You should only apply Early Decision if you're sure you want to be a Pioneer.
  2. Early Action and Regular Decision are non-binding applications, and you can apply to as many schools as you like for these deadlines.

Fill out your application

  1. We accept both the Pioneer Application and the Common Application. You can fill out whichever application is easier for you, and we review both application types with equal attention.
  2. Both application types include an essay requirement.

Submit the application fee

  1. The application requires a $65 nonrefundable application fee.
    1. Pay online
    2. You can also pay by check or money order, mailed to Undergraduate Admission.
    3. If you're facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. We grant these on a case-by-case basis, and you should speak with your high school counselor to determine if you're eligible. We accept waiver forms from reputable sources like NACAC.

Submit Your Supporting Materials

Submit your test scores

  1. We require scores from either the SAT or the ACT. You are free to submit both, but this is not required.
  2. Submit your test scores via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
    1. SAT Code: 4842
    2. ACT Code: 0534
  3. We accept the writing portions of both tests. However, these scores won't be used in final admission decisions.
  4. Superscore: If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best subscores to create your best possible composite result.
  5. If you receive an application fee waiver you have the option to upload ACT and/or SAT test scores to your application status page. Simply log into your account to choose the "Student Submitted Test Score" material upload type and send your official test scores through our site. You may also email us at Once we verify the score report, we will complete the test score requirement for your application. Please note this process may take 24-48 hours to complete.

Send your transcript

  1. Send your official high school transcript or verification of a GED.
  2. Your high school counselor can send your transcript electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the Common Application.

Alternatively, your counselor can mail your transcript to this address:
Undergraduate Admission
University of Denver
University Hall
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9401

Send your letters of recommendation

  1. We'll need to read a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.
  2. Counselors can use DU’s Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, the Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC form or a personal letter.
  3. You're welcome to submit additional letters from those that know you best and can speak to your academic abilities and personal qualities (a teacher, a coach, etc.). These letters are optional.
  4. A ZeeMee profile (a free service designed to help students bring their application to life by highlighting your personal story via photos, videos and text). Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application.

Additional Steps

Apply for need-based aid

  1. Complete your CSS PROFILE (available October 1)
  2. Request a Federal Student Aid ID
  3. Submit the FAFSA (available October 1)
  4. Submit a copy of your parents' latest W2 and tax return transcripts

Check your application status

You can use our online tool to check the status of your application.

Pay your deposit

If you've been accepted to DU and you want to join us as a Pioneer, submit your deposit online to confirm your spot.

Submit your deposit

Extra Steps

  • Early Decision applicants
  • Students over 24 years old
    If you've been out of high school for three or more years and you don't have any previous college credit, you can apply through either the Pioneer Application or the Common Application. You also have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation from an employer.
  • Home schooled students
    If you're a home schooled student, you can use the application process listed above. However, you will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
  • GED students
    Please submit a copy of your high school transcript that shows all completed coursework. You need to submit one letter of recommendation, preferably from a former teacher or counselor.
  • Music majors
    If you're applying to be a music student, you'll need to submit a supplemental application from the Lamont School of Music. You'll receive this after you've submitted your Common App or Pioneer App. You will also be required to submit an audition or portfolio. All music applicants must apply for the Regular Decision deadline. Contact the Lamont School of Music with any questions.
  • Art/design majors
    If you're applying to a BFA program, you must submit a portfolio. Contact the Art Department if you have questions.
  • Business majors
    The majority of students interested in attending our Daniels College of Business will be directly admitted to the program of their choice. Some students will be asked to submit a secondary application to the Daniels College after the completion of their first year on campus.



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