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Colleges / University of Denver

University of Denver

Denver, CO 4-Year Private

About University of Denver

University of Denver is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Denver, CO, less than an hour from Denver.

Founded in 1864, University of Denver currently enrolls around 13,856 students a year, including 5,699 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

University of Denver's endowment was valued at $772,073,079 in 2021. The school spends $17,516 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About University of Denver

Acceptance rate: 61%

Average GPA: 3.72

Mean ACT score: 29

Mean SAT score: 1260

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 15

What is University of Denver's acceptance rate?

Admission to University of Denver is moderately difficult. Around 61 percent of all applicants are admitted to University of Denver each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.72 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into University of Denver is 1260. The mean ACT scores is 29.

In 2021, 480 applicants were waitlisted and 53 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is University of Denver a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

About 84 percent of students who start at University of Denver return the next year. Out of the 1,415 students who started at University of Denver as first-time freshman, 952 graduate within four years.

Around 76 percent of students who started at University of Denver earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 61 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $51,598 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $31,488 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Denver sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is University of Denver a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to University of Denver for Fall 2022 is January 15. All applicants should hear back from University of Denver by March 15.

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College Info

2199 South University Boulevard Denver, CO 80208

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Denver Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Denver is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Denver is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Denver ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Denver is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Denver. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Denver SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

580 - 680


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

University of Denver Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Denver is like? There are approximately 12,931 students enrolled at University of Denver, including 5,774 undergraduate students and 7,157 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from CO and 63% percent of students are from other states.


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