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Application Checklist

Take these steps as a transfer applicant.

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  • Submit a completed Transfer Pioneer Application or Transfer Common Application (we accept either application).
  • 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 official transcripts from all college-level study attempted at previous and/or current institutions. These must be sent directly from each college via a secure password protected electronic transcript service (reference if requested). Transcripts cannot be accepted if received as an email attachment or via fax. If sending a paper transcript is the only option, request that it be mailed to Undergraduate Admission, University of Denver, 2197 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80208-9401.
  • Optional: Submit a teacher, professor or advisor recommendation.
  • Optional: 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.
  • If you have completed less than one year of college study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours), you must also submit:
    •  An official secondary school transcript
    •  Official results of the SAT and/or ACT. 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 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.

Additional or different steps are required for:

  • Adult Students - Applicants who are 24 years of age or older and have completed some college-level study at another institution may use the transfer version of either application and have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation from an employer.
  • 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 . Contact the Lamont School of Music at 303.871.6973 or with questions.
  • Business Majors - The Daniels College of Business requires a secondary application process to pursue a business major. Students transferring to DU from other institutions must work directly with the Undergraduate Admission transfer coordinator. A professional resume is required.