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Application Checklist

Take these steps as a first-year applicant.

Mary Reed

First-year students: please note we are no longer accepting late applications or deposits for fall 2017. Our incoming class is now full and we look forward to welcoming them in September. Transfer students: please visit our transfer admission page for more information.

  • Submit a completed application for admission. We accept both the Pioneer Application and Common Application - please use the form that is most convenient for you. Please note that the Common Application will be available beginning August 1 and the Pioneer Application will become available at the end of August.
  • Submit an essay (included in the application form).
  • Pay a $65 non-refundable application fee (check, money order or online payments accepted). If financial hardship is present, fee waivers are granted upon request on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with appropriate personnel at your school to assess applicability. We will accept fee waiver forms from reputable sources (NACAC, for example).
  • Submit an official secondary school transcript or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Send the official results of your SAT and/or ACT directly from the College Board or ACT. The DU code for the SAT is 4842; the ACT code is 0534. The writing components for both the SAT and ACT as well as the SAT subject tests will be accepted for review but will not be used for admission decisions. For students who submit results from multiple test dates, we will mix and match the individual section scores to create a composite "superscore." For fall 2017 applicants, we prefer students submit the Redesigned SAT, but we will accept both the old and the Redesigned SAT (and will have a concordance table to help us evaluate the results). For fall 2018, students need to submit the Redesigned SAT. View the SAT Score Converter for further information.
  • 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.
  • Submit a counselor recommendation (counselors can use the Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC form or a personal letter). Counselors can submit documents securely through SENDedu or the Common Application website.
  • While not required, you may submit a teacher recommendation to speak further about your academic abilities.
  • DU students are active and involved outside the classroom; they're leaders, volunteers, artists, musicians, athletes, actors and people who lend a helping hand to benefit others. That's why we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service designed to help students bring their application to life. Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application. Sign up at Please note that this is a completely optional part of your application and will be used only to further support our holistic review process.

Additional or different steps are required for:

  • EDI and EDII Students - Submit your Early Decision Agreement Form.
  • Adult Students - Applicants who have been out of high school for three years or longer and who have no previous college-level study must use the Common Application and have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation from an employer.
  • Home Schooled Students - Applicants who have been home schooled must submit the same items listed above. Please note that the recommendation needs to come from a non-family member (former counselor, teacher, employer, community leader, etc).
  • GED Students - Applicants submitting the results of the GED examination also need to send a copy of the high school transcript showing coursework completed, if applicable. We require one recommendation and would prefer it to come from a former teacher or counselor.
  • Music Majors - Music majors are required to complete the Lamont School of Music supplemental application. Once music students submit the Pioneer Application or Common Application, they will receive additional information about the music application and audition/portfolio requirements. All music students will be reviewed during Regular Decision due to the music audition timeline. Contact the Lamont School of Music at 303.871.6973 or with questions.
  • Art/Design Majors - BFA programs require the submission of a portfolio. Information on submitted portfolios will be supplied to admitted students for scholarship consideration. Contact the Art Department at 303.871.2846 or with additional questions.
  • Business Majors - The Daniels College of Business requires going through a secondary application process after your first year of study at DU in order to pursue a business major.