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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.

Application Deadlines

It is important to begin the application process as early as possible, and all applicants must submit their applications by January 15.

Early Action deadline: November 1, applicants will be notified of their admission decision by early January.

Regular Action deadline: January 15, applicants will be notified of their admission decisions by mid-March.

Late Action: Applications submitted after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case, space-available basis.

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). 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.
    • 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 encourage 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.

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.