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

If you're applying to transfer to DU, you'll need to submit a full application and some supplemental materials. Though we evaluate transfer applications on a rolling basis, spaces are limited and fill up fast. Make sure you submit your application as soon as possible.

Application Checklist

Submit Your Application

Choose your deadline

  1. Fall Quarter: April 1 priority deadline, June 1 final deadline (late applications are considered on a space-available basis)
  2. Winter Quarter: October 15
  3. Spring Quarter: February 1 (limited space; applications selected on a case-by-case basis)
  4. Summer Quarter: May 1

Fill out your application

  1. We accept the transfer Common Application.
  2. The application includes an essay requirement.

Submit the application fee

  1. The application requires a $65 application fee.
    • To pay online, please log back into your Common Application account.
    • You can also pay by check or money order, made out to the University of Denver and delivered to Undergraduate Admission.
    • The fee is nonrefundable, but we accept requests to waive it on a case-by-case basis. We grant fee waivers for active-duty military and veterans, those currently involved with Phi Theta Kappa honors society, and those involved with TRiO. Otherwise, the fee waiver request must demonstrate a financial need. If you feel you may qualify for a fee waiver, please email your request to Make sure you submit your fee waiver request through an official source, such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Submit Your Supporting Materials

Test scores (Optional)

Academic performance is the most important factor in our admission process. However, we are a test-optional university, and submitting test scores is your choice. If you choose to submit your SAT and/or ACT scores, they will be considered along with your other application materials for both admission and merit scholarships.

  1. Submit your test scores (optional) via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
    • SAT Code: 4842
    • ACT Code: 0534
  2. We do not consider subject test or writing sections.
  3. 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.
  4. 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'll 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 transcript(s) of all the college-level coursework you've attempted. Your Registrar's Office can send your official transcript through a secure electronic format.
  2. If you have completed less than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours, send your official high school transcript and/or your GED scores. Your high school counselor can send your transcript electronically through Naviance or the Common Application.

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

Optional materials

You're welcome to submit:

  1. Recommendation letters from those that know you best and can speak to your academic abilities and personal qualities (a teacher, a coach, an employer, etc.)
  2. A professional resume (required for business majors and highly recommended for students with work experience).
  3. You can also 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, videos 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

Apply for need-based aid

  1. Complete the CSS Profile application. Our school code is 4842.
  2. Request a Federal Student Aid ID.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 001371.

Learn more about the process to apply for need-based aid on the Financial Aid website.

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 student, submit your deposit online to confirm your spot.

Submit your deposit

Extra Steps

  • Students over 24 years old

    If you're 24 or older and you've completed some college coursework after having graduated from high school or obtaining a GED, then you can use the transfer version of the Common Application. You also have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation from an employer.

  • Returning student

    If you were a DU student and left before completing your degree and you have been away from DU for more than 5 years, you will need to apply as a transfer student, even if you have not taken additional courses elsewhere. If you are within the 5-year period, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further instructions on the re-entry process. In addition, please email us at to give permission to view your DU student record.

    Office of the Registrar

  • Music majors

    The Lamont School of Music requires students intending to major in music to submit a supplemental application. You'll receive information about this requirement once your Common Application has been submitted.

    There is also an audition requirement for music majors at Lamont, which you'll need to complete before your application can be considered. Contact for more information.

  • 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

    For entrance into the Daniels College of Business, you'll initially be reviewed for admission to the University based upon all application materials. If admitted, you'll then be considered for direct admission to Daniels based upon the submission of a professional resume highlighting your unique strengths and accomplishments, as well as the successful completion of the following prerequisite coursework: Calculus, English Composition 1 and 2, Macro Economics and Statistics

    If you're not admitted directly into Daniels, then you'll start at DU as a pre-business student. You'll work with advisors in the Daniels College of Business to make sure you're ready to apply Daniels upon successful completion of designated prerequisite courses and professional development requirements.

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Transfer Student Guidelines

Download a printable version of our transfer guidelines.