Education without discrimination
We strive to foster a diverse and welcoming campus community for all students, regardless of background, race or immigration status. As part of that commitment, we welcome and encourage applications from students with an undocumented immigration status.
If you're an undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, we invite you to apply using our international student admission process.
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
As with all students accepted to DU, we consider all undocumented college students for up to $26,000 per year in merit-based financial aid. These scholarships are considered on an individual basis, and the amount you can receive is based on your academic record.
We also reward exceptional talent in the arts and athletics through several specialized scholarships. These have separate requirements and criteria from merit-based scholarships and are typically renewable on a yearly basis.
Undocumented college students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Please see our Financial Aid section for more information on how to ease the financial stress of paying for college.
Submit Your Application
- Nov. 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action
- If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Nov. 15
- Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision
- If interested in need-based aid, submit your financial aid application by Feb. 1
What's the difference between the deadline options?
Early Decisionis 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 Pioneer.
Early Actionand Regular Decisionare non-binding applications, and you can apply to as many schools as you like for these deadlines.
- The application requires a $65 nonrefundable application fee.
- Pay online
- You can also pay by check or money order, mailed to Undergraduate Admission.
- If you're facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. We grant these on a case-by-case basis, and you should speak with your high school counselor to determine if you're eligible. We accept waiver forms from reputable sources like NACAC.
Submit Your Supporting Materials
- We require scores from either the SAT or the ACT. You are free to submit both, but this is not required.
- Submit your test scores via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
- SAT Code: 4842
- ACT Code: 0534
- We accept the writing portions of both tests. However, these scores won't be used in final admission decisions.
- Superscore: If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best subscores to create your best possible composite result.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 official high school transcript or verification of a GED.
- 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:
University of Denver
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9401
- We'll need to read a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.
- Counselors can use DU’s Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, the Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC form or a personal letter.
- 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.
- A ZeeMee profile (a free service designed to help students bring their application to life by highlighting your personal story via photos, videos and text). Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application.
- Center for Multicultural Excellence
Our Center for Multicultural Excellence, together with our students, provide support services for undocumented students attending DU. We'll help you navigate the transition to college life and make sure that you have the resources you need for a successful college career. With academic advising, career support and organizations committed to welcoming undocumented students, the CME is here to help from your first day through graduation.
- Additional Scholarship Options
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are undocumented students?
Undocumented students are young people just finishing high school who were born outside the United States and do not hold a visa or legal residency status. Most have resided in the United States from a young age, and some have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
- I'm a Colorado ASSET student. Can I use this at DU?Colorado ASSET is a program that allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado's public universities. Unfortunately, because DU is a private university, ASSET status does not apply.
- What is DU's policy on admitting undocumented students?We welcome all students to apply regardless of residency and immigration status. If you are an undocumented or DACA college student, you should apply using the international student application process.
- Are undocumented college students eligible for federal financial aid?No. Please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information about financial aid eligibility.
- Am I required to inform DU of my immigration status?No. If you choose not to disclose your immigration status, you will be classified as an international student.