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- Founded in 1864, only six years after the city of Denver in what was then the Colorado territory
- Nickname: Pioneers
- Tagline: “A private university dedicated to the public good”
- Currently enrolls 12,000 students, with an equal number of graduate and undergraduate students.
- Average class size: 22 students, student-faculty ratio of 11:1
- Has 10 schools and colleges and offers more than 100 undergraduate degree programs
- 17 varsity sports in NCAA Division 1 (Men’s basketball, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis; Women’s basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball)
- DU athletic teams have won 33 NCAA championships, including 8 national ice hockey titles and 24 skiing titles, the most of any university.
- 35% of students are from Colorado
- Currently led by Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, who joined the University in 2014 as its first female chancellor
- DU is home to students and faculty from over 90 countries.
- DU is Colorado’s oldest university, and the oldest independent higher education institution in the Rocky Mountain West
- First female graduate earned her degree in 1886
- DU is the #4 school in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad--70%. They can choose from 150 program sites in 55 countries
- Famous alumni include Condoleeza Rice, Michelle Kwan, George W. Casey Jr., Mohammad Javad Zarif, Roger Birnbaum, Peter Coors, Sinbad and Gregg Popovich.
- DU’s campus is designated as an arboretum and is home to 2100 trees representing nearly 300 species and varieties.