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Jon Stone

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Jon Stone

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Welcome Class of 2026

Today is move-in day for first-year students at the University of Denver. Approximately 1,650 students and their families are arriving on campus and moving into the residence halls.

This year, 47 states and 29 different countries are represented in the incoming class. A majority of students in the Class of 2026 will require at least a daylong drive or a plane ticket before making it to campus; 75% of students will be traveling from outside of Colorado.

  • 25% from Colorado
  • 17% from the West
  • 10% from the Southwest
  • 20% from the Midwest
  • 8% from the Southeast
  • 16% from the Northeast
  • 3% are international

In selecting the class, staff and admission counselors from Undergraduate Admission worked diligently to evaluate applications from more than 21,150 prospective students, spending several months evaluating each applicant to ensure that DU admits the right mix of students.

The University of Denver continues to recruit a diverse class of students, with 26% identifying as a member of an ethnic group other than white. First-generation students make up 16% of the incoming class.

This is the third year that DU has offered a test-optional application process; 58% applied using this option. The average ACT score of those submitting test results was 29.64, while the average SAT score was 1,305. The class had an average high school GPA of 3.78 and includes four Boettcher Scholars and nine Daniels Fund recipients.

In addition to the first-year students, about 150 transfer students will begin at DU this fall.