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Application Checklist for International First-Year Students

Take these steps as an international first-year applicant.

When you apply to the University of Denver, your educational background is carefully analyzed on the basis of your school records and the educational system of the country where you were educated. We will conduct evaluations to ensure that international applicants to DU have an educational background comparable to that required of U.S. students.

A printable version of deadlines and checklist items for undergraduate international applicants can be found here.

Undergraduate, First-Year Admission to DU - Dates and Deadlines

November 1st

Early Action AND Early Decision 1 deadline
(Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)

January 15th

Regular Decision AND Early Decision II deadline
(Submit either the Pioneer Application or Common Application)

  • Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a case-by-case, space-available basis.

Learn more about the decision options

What's the difference between Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision? Which application round should I choose?

Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD) are nonbinding application processes. You are allowed to apply to as many schools as you would like under Early Action and Regular Decision. Should you be admitted to DU as an EA or RD applicant, you will have until May 1st to weigh your options and submit a deposit.

If you are 100% sure you would like to attend the University of Denver, apply Early Decision (ED). This is a binding contract you are entering into with the University. You are only allowed to apply Early Decision to one college/university. If you are accepted to DU as an Early Decision applicant, you will be expected to withdraw your applications to all other colleges or universities and commit to joining our incoming first-year class.*

*English Conditional Applicants are not eligible to apply for Early Decision. In order to be eligible to apply Early Decision, applicants must meet English Proficiency requirements before the supplementary materials deadline.

ED I and ED II are both binding – they simply have different deadlines. Applicants are reviewed similarly for all rounds of admission. Students who are comfortable with their current academic record and test score/s are encouraged to apply ED I. Applicants who are considering the submission of seventh semester grades and/or updated ACT/SAT scores should wait until ED II.

What are the benefits of applying ED I or ED II?

You’ll not only be committing to DU – we’ll be committing to you as well. ED I and ED II applicants will receive their merit scholarship information soon after they receive notification of their acceptance.

If accepted, you won’t have to worry about submitting endless applications or waiting on acceptance letters – you’ll know DU is where you are going to spend your next four years.

Learn more about the application requirements

Application Checklist
    • A completed application, including essay, to the University of Denver through the Common Application or the DU Pioneer Application.
    • 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).
    • Official transcripts from each secondary/high school attended must be received by the Office of International Student Admission in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
    • One letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher. If possible, these letters should include class rank and other quantitative educational information. Limit: two letters.
    • SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACTs (American College Test). 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.
      One of these test scores is required for the following applicants only:
      1. Students who have completed, or will complete, a U.S.-style secondary/high school program (including IB, AP), either in the United States or overseas or a Canadian-style secondary/high school program, either in Canada or overseas.
      2. Students wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarships are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT results.
    • Students who receive an application fee waiver 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.
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. For additional information on score requirements, please visit the English Proficiency section of the website. Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted at least one month prior to enrollment.
    • Interview (recommended): Applicants who submit a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS exam are encouraged to complete an interview. To help us better assess your English proficiency and interest in enrolling at the University of Denver, we recommend that applicants complete one of the following interview options:
      1. CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI), available in China (14 sites); Seoul, South Korea; and Taipei, Taiwan. Applicants who earn a score of at least a 3.0 on the CAI are most likely to be offered Regular Admission. To learn more about the interview click here.
      2. InitialView, available globally. Because there is no formal scoring system for the InitialView, interviews will be evaluated by our staff to determine appropriate placement. To learn more about the interview click here.
    • If applying EDI or EDII, submit your Early Decision Agreement Form.
    • 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.

English Conditional Admission (ECA)

Any undergraduate student who successfully completes the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center prior to enrolling in a degree program will not be required to present a TOEFL/IELTS score. Completion of an intensive English program other than the University of Denver's English Language Center does not satisfy this requirement.