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Experiential Communities

Our educational approach emphasizes learning through engagement with a close-knit, diverse community of students, scholars and educators. Purposeful living meets passionate study in residential experiences and student groups that combine academic innovation with advocacy, creativity and support.

The range of experiential communities found on our campus allow our students to make a seamless transition to college life, reach new academic heights and develop their skills as leaders. They provide support for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, help ensure our schools and programs are inclusive, culturally aware and diverse, and, most of all, strengthen the relationships that define our campus community.

You'll find your niche among the many communities that make DU a hub for entrepreneurship, cooperation and social change — all you have to do is come forward and join us.

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DU Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Discover how we support the needs and aspirations of students and faculty of all backgrounds.

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Living & Learning Communities

Home is where you find your people. Our Living and Learning Communities, among the only residential student programs of their kind, highlight our focus on collaboration and hands-on experience. Undergraduate students can choose from any of five communities based on interest, from environmental issues and social justice to entrepreneurship, wellness, and intercultural exchange. You'll collaborate with like-minded faculty and peers to stimulate change while specializing your degree studies according to your passions.

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Student Life Organizations

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1GenU

The 1GenU program provides mentorship and guidance to support first-generation college students through the opportunities and challenges unique to their experiences. 

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JETT

Powered by the Learning Effectiveness Program, JETT provides students with the opportunity to move into University residences early and get a head start on the transition to college life.

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GlobalRes

GlobalRes is a diverse living community committed to fostering cultural awareness and peer relationships for domestic and international students through residential life activities and cultural programming.

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Academic Excellence

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DU Honors Program

Through advanced scholarship and close individual work with faculty, the DU Honors program offers ambitious students the chance to push themselves with challenging studies and meaningful experiences. Students explore complex topics through rigorous coursework and lively debate, all backed by the resources and opportunities of a premier research institution.

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E-STEM

Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics advocates for students from underrepresented backgrounds as they work to launch successful careers in STEM. A part of DU's commitment to inclusive excellence, E-STEM helps students navigate the transition to college life and science pathways.

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Pioneer Leadership Program

Students of the Pioneer Leadership Program lead the charge to transform our global and local communities. PLP empowers the next generation of leaders by combining a supportive residential community with the advantages of a specialized minor program, professional networking and civic engagement opportunities.

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Success Stories

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Women's Leadership Scholars

Providing academic and financial support to 12 women from first-generation and/or underrepresented populations, the Women's Leadership Scholars program blends coursework and community-based learning. With workshops, job-shadowing, mentoring and a four-year sequence that supports community impact, this program prepares leaders for a more gender-inclusive 21st century.

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Excelling Leaders Institute

Helping create an open and inclusive campus, the Excelling Leaders Institute helps over 150 students to cultivate their strengths while developing their leadership skills. The Institute supports students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as they become active change agents through academics, professional growth and social engagement.

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