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. You can demonstrate English proficiency with a qualifying test score, or by qualifying for an exemption.
If you have any questions, contact your admission counselor.
Early Decision Applicants
Submit your Early Decision Agreement Form.
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 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 are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores with your application.
- Due to COVID -19, we will evaluate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis for students unable to take a standardized test.
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 Application. 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.
If you are applying to a BFA program, you must submit a portfolio. Contact the Art Department if you have questions.
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 start at DU as a pre-business student, and to apply to the Daniels College after the completion of their first year on campus.
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 email@example.com.
- For applicants inside the US, we may accept additional fee waivers from reputable sources like NACAC.