International Students Undergraduate Admission

Explore DU’s International Community

With a proud representation of nearly 800 students from over 80 countries, including South Korea, China, Kuwait, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Vietnam, the University of Denver (DU) cultivates a thriving campus and a student body that celebrates diverse cultures, pursues inclusivity, and strives for academic excellence in all we do.

Whether you are a first-year student or transferring from another institution, you will find essential information on this page about application requirements, tuition and financial aid, living on campus, and much more. Your exciting academic adventure at DU awaits!

Why Apply to DU?

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    DU Prioritizes Career Readiness

    When our students graduate with bachelor’s degrees, they enter the workforce with well-developed practical skills, leading-edge expertise, and a passion to pursue excellence in their chosen fields. In fact, 92 percent of our undergraduates have a job or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation, demonstrating the quality of education DU students receive and the strong work ethic they embody.

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    Comprehensive Support for International Students

    Relocating to a new country to pursue your degree is a life-changing experience. To help you navigate these new challenges, DU offers services and resources, supports you through the admission process, and assists you as you transition to life in the U.S.

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    Affordable World-Class Education

    Ranked #72 among Best Value Schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2024), DU offers quality programs with generous scholarships available to international students. Additionally, our 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures students receive plenty of personal attention and stay on track to accomplish their goals.

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    Life in the Vibrant City of Denver

    As one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, Denver offers an active cultural scene and a professional network where you can build meaningful friendships and find new exciting professional opportunities. Furthermore, our campus is just a short drive from the towering Rocky Mountains, giving you easy access to discover Colorado’s unmatched natural beauty. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or an intrepid explorer, there is plenty here for you at DU.

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DU’s Undergraduate International Admissions Process

International First-Year Applicants

Applying to DU as a first-year student is simple. Along with completing the Common Application, you must submit supporting materials, provide optional test scores, and meet our English Proficiency requirements.

International first-year applicants must submit their application and all supplemental documents by the following deadlines:

  • Nov. 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action
  • Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision

Our Admission Committee looks forward to receiving and reviewing your application for admission! 

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International Transfer Applicants

We welcome international applicants who have taken or are currently taking any college-level coursework after completing their high school education to apply as a transfer student and finish their degree at DU. Transfer applicants should submit their Common Applications, transcripts, supporting documents, and test scores verifying English proficiency for review. 

International transfer applicants must send in their applications and all supplemental documents by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter: April 1 priority deadline, June 1 final deadline (late applications are considered on a space-available basis)
  • Winter Quarter: Oct. 15
  • Spring Quarter: Feb. 1 (limited space; applications are considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Summer Quarter: May 1

We’re excited to welcome you to DU and help you finish strong! 

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English Proficiency Requirements

International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency or qualify for an exemption. Learn more about testing requirements, how to pursue an exemption, and additional requirements.

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International Student Tuition & Scholarships

At DU, we strive to keep higher education affordable and accessible to all. That’s why we offer competitive tuition rates, various types of financial aid, valuable student resources, and staff support for our international students.

Visit DU’s Undergraduate Financial Aid to learn more about financing your education, the application process, and more. 


Scholarships for International Students

DU considers all international students for merit-based scholarships to provide additional financial support. Although not required, we recommend including your SAT or ACT scores and class rank with your application, which can help you stand out as a highly competitive candidate.


International Student & Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) works hard to help you flourish at DU. Our staff assists you in finding a program of study, securing your student visa, adjusting to life in the States, applying for student employment, and connecting you with essential resources.

Schedule an appointment with ISSS to discuss your move to DU and receive additional support

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Discover DU’s Academic Programs

Achieve greatness by earning your bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver. With more than 100 programs of study, you embark on an educational journey that challenges you, spurs new skill acquisition, and forges exciting new career paths. Additionally, you receive mentorship from our top-tier faculty, which personalizes your learning experiences and supports your professional development.

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Living at the University of Denver

To help you integrate more fully into our community, DU requires all first-year and transfer students to live on campus for the first two years so you have an immersive undergraduate experience. Through the hard work of our Housing & Residential Education department, we have cultivated a safe, inclusive on-campus environment where you can live, learn, and create lasting friendships. 

Explore our housing accommodations, dining options, student facilities, transportation, and more. 

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