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University of Denver Admissions

If you want to apply to University of Denver, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Considering Applying Early to University of Denver?

University of Denver offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! University of Denver will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Denver is 43%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 61%. Last year,, University of Denver admitted 172 of the 402 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Denver?

University of Denver is amoderately difficult school to get into. University of Denver evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, University of Denver **accepted 61% of students, around 13,785 of the 22,723 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Denver, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, University of Denver waitlisted 480 students. Of those, 180 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does University of Denver Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Denver

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Denver Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of Denver must submit the following items. Double check with University of Denver's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Denver?

Students admitted to University of Denver have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At University of Denver 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 74% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Denver, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 31%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 4%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
University of Denver does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of Denver is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 49% of University of Denver's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Denver?

To be competitive with other University of Denver applicants, you should strive to earn between 1180 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Denver 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Denver student is 1260.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Denver students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Denver students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Denver?

To be most competitive at University of Denver, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Denver's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Denver students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Denver

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Denver.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Denver during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

University of Denver Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Denver?

Students who are admitted to University of Denver must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does University of Denver accept transfer credits?

University of Denver accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Denver accepts:

ACE recommendations for credit

Does University of Denver accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of Denver accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Denver?

No, University of Denver is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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University of Denver Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

61%

How hard is it to get into University of Denver? University of Denver is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Denver acceptance rate is 61%. This means that the institution accepts 60 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above

Good

26 to 31

Avg

26 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1350

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Math SAT Range

580 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above

Good

1180 to 1350

Avg

1180 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Denver students is 1260. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Denver, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Denver.

University of Denver GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.72

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Denver, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.72. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

13,856

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

61%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$54,819

Out-of-State

$54,819

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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