How to Apply
If you are applying to DU as an international student, there are a few steps you will need to take to make sure your application is complete. We will review your academic performance in the context of your home country's educational system and make sure that you have the necessary background to study here at the University of Denver. We want to make sure that you are prepared for success, and we are here to help you through every step of the application process.
If your native language is not English, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to your other application materials. If you are uncertain about your language skills, we also offer the option to study at our English Language Center to improve your proficiency.
If you have any questions, contact your admission counselor.
New for prospective students
Gaokao scores now accepted!
We are excited to announce that we are inviting students who have taken the Gaokao during Summer 2019 to use their Gaokao score to apply to the University of Denver with studies starting as early as Fall 2019. We have teamed up with InitialView to help with the administration of applications from students who have taken the Gaokao. In order to apply, students only need to provide their official Gaokao score along with a certified translation and then schedule an interview. There is a nonrefundable, all-inclusive US$50 application fee that includes participation in the interview. The University of Denver also reserves the right to request further documentation from applicants as needed.
We will let you know the result of your admission application within five days of completing your interview. For more information about the application process through InitialView, please visit https://initialview.com/gaokao. Please note that all decisions about each applicant are made within our admission office; InitialView does not make any decisions about the students who are applying.
Early Decision Applicants
Submit your Early Decision Agreement Form.
- Students over 24 years old
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 and you will be required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
Students attending a non-graded school
If you are attending a non-graded school, you can use the application process listed above. However, you will be required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
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.
If you are applying to be a music student, you will need to submit a supplemental application from the Lamont School of Music. You will 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
The majority of students interested in attending the 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 Daniels after the completion of their first year on campus.