First-Year Applicants

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.

Application Checklist

Submit Your Application

Choose a deadline

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

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 DU student.
  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 the Pioneer Application and the Common Application. You can submit 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. To pay online, please log back into your Common Application or Pioneer Application account.
    2. You can also pay by U.S. check or money order, made out to the University of Denver and mailed to Undergraduate Admission.
    3. If you're facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. These are granted on a case-by-case basis and require a school official to verify that paying the application fee would be a burden on you and your family. To apply for a fee waiver, fill out the top part of the fee waiver form. Next, have your school official (counselor, teacher, principal, etc.) fill out the bottom part and send it to our office via e-mail at
    4. For applicants inside the US, we may accept additional fee waivers from reputable sources like NACAC.

Submit Your Supporting Materials

Submit your test scores

  1. If you have completed or will complete a U.S.- or Canadian-style secondary or high school program (including International Baccalaureate [IB] and Advanced Placement [AP]) either in the United States, Canada or overseas, we encourage you to take the SAT and/or ACT standardized tests. Once you receive your results, if you think your scores are an accurate representation of your ability, please send them our way. If you ultimately think that your test scores do not represent your abilities and potential, feel free to choose our test-optional process. Please be sure to review exceptions on this site.
  2. We understand the unique challenges this year in terms of scheduling and taking the ACT and/or SAT. If for any reason you have chosen not to take one of these tests this year, or have been unable to test due to cancellations, you may opt for the test-optional path. Please know your application will not be penalized in any way, and you will receive full consideration for both admission and merit scholarships. If you have a test score to submit and you believe your scores are an accurate representation of your ability, please send them our way – we will consider them along with all other materials in your application file.
  3. If you choose to include a test score, we require scores from either the SAT or the ACT. You are free to submit both, but this is not required. Students seeking merit scholarships are strongly encouraged to send test scores.
  4. Submit your test scores via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
    1. SAT Code: 4842
    2. ACT Code: 0534
  5. We do not consider subject test or writing sections.
  6. Super score: If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best sub-scores to create your best possible composite result.
  7. 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. Contact each of your secondary schools or high schools to have them send your official transcripts to International Student Admission in separate sealed envelopes.
    1. We require you to include certified English translations if your transcript is in a different language.
  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:
International Student 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 teacher or school counselor. If possible, please make sure these letters include information on your class rank and other helpful academic measurements.
  2. Counselors can use DU’s Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, the Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC Secondary School Report 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. You can submit a ZeeMee profile with your application (ZeeMee is a free service designed to help students bring their application to life by highlighting your personal story via photos, video and text). This is optional, but if you'd like to include it, simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application.

Additional Steps

English Proficiency Requirements

  1. We accept scores from one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    3. CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
  2. Please ensure you send your test scores at least one month before enrollment.
  3. English Conditional Admission: Are you worried about meeting our English proficiency requirement? You can still be accepted to the University through English Conditional Admission. If you're accepted through English Conditional Admission, you will be required to study at our English Language Center full time until you have successfully completed the LAUNCH Curriculum.
  4. For more information, visit our English Proficiency page.


You have the option to complete an interview after submitting a successful English proficiency score. This helps us better evaluate your English proficiency and learn more about you as a student and a person. We believe in a whole-person approach to admission decisions, and we want to know as much about you as we can. You can choose from two options for completing your interview:

  1. Vericant
  2. InitialView

Check your application status

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

Pay your deposit

If you have been accepted to DU and you want to enroll as a student, 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 and you may apply to DU with or without SAT and/or ACT standardized test scores. However, you will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member.

  • Students attending a non-graded school

    If you are a student attending a non-graded high school that does not provide a letter or numerical grade, you can use the application process listed above and you may apply to the University of Denver under our test-optional policy. However, for merit-based scholarship consideration, submission of a standardized test score is required.

    • Due to COVID -19, we will evaluate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis for students unable to take a standardized test.
  • 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 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

    If you are applying to a BFA program, you must submit a portfolioContact the Art Department if you have questions. 

  • Business 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. 

  • Fee Waivers

    If you're facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. These are granted on a case-by-case basis and require a school official to verify that paying the application fee would be a burden on you and your family.

    To apply for a fee waiver:

    1. Fill out the top part of the fee waiver form.
    2. Next, have your school official (counselor, teacher, principal, etc.) fill out the bottom part and send it to our office via e-mail at
    3. For applicants inside the US, we may accept additional fee waivers from reputable sources like NACAC.
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Office of International Student & Scholar Services

English Proficiency Assessment Contacts

TOEFL (School Code: 4842)