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DU Receives High Marks in Princeton Review’s Annual College Rankings

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Jon Stone

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Jon Stone

University of Denver among the top 20 colleges in four categories

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Once again, the University of Denver has received high marks in the Princeton Review’s Annual College Rankings Guide. For the guide’s 2017 edition, DU is among the top 20 colleges in four categories, up from only two categories in 2016.

DU’s highest ranking came in the category of “Most Popular Study Abroad Program,” finishing eighth overall. Students surveyed by Princeton Review recognized the benefits of DU’s Cherrington Global Scholars program, which allows students to study abroad while not straying from their majors or incurring additional expenses.

DU took the No. 18 spot in two categories: “Best College Library” and “College City Gets High Marks,” which is based on the city or town where the school is located. Students surveyed liked the proximity of DU to downtown Denver, but still appreciated the school’s “campus feel.” They also liked the “outdoorsy” environment of the campus and the music scene in Denver. “Red Rocks Amphitheatre is – no exaggeration – the best music venue on the globe,” said one student.

The University of Denver finished in the 19th spot for “Impact Schools.” This category recognizes colleges for their community-service opportunities, student government, sustainability efforts and on-campus student engagement. Also taken into consideration is’s percentage of alumni who report having “high job meaning.”

“We deliver on our promise of robust intellectual engagement through problem-based learning and service in our communities and beyond," said DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “Seeing our students rank us so highly affirms our commitment to our students, our faculty and our society.”

In addition to being ranked in four of the 62 categories listed by the Review, the University also received a 92 for “Quality of Life,” an 87 for “Admissions” and “Financial Aid,” an 86 for “Green Rating” and an 84 for “Academics.” These ratings are based on a scale from 60-99.

The rankings are based on surveys completed by 143,000 students from 381 schools. The Princeton Review has published these rankings since 1992.