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University of Denver

Denver, CO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%

University of Denver Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Denver. Around 78% of applicants get into University of Denver each year. Out of 19,342 applications received in 2023, 15,024 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to University of Denver, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee is $65.

Students who apply to University of Denver for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 15.

University of Denver Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Denver's admissions stats.

University of Denver 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 41%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23%
Waitlist Yes

University of Denver Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Denver.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 20
Early Action Yes November 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 15

Want to Apply 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 20.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Denver will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Denver is 62%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 78%. In 2022, University of Denver admitted 139 of the 224 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on University of Denver Admissions

Transferring to University of Denver

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Denver

University of Denver has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Denver?

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

Admissions Factors at University of Denver

What does University of Denver consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Denver for more information on admission factors.

University of Denver 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) – – √ –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2 – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

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

Students admitted to University of Denver have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 8% submitted a class rank. At University of Denver 41% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 68% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Denver, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 45%
3.75 and 3.99 23%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 9%
3.00 and 3.24 5%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Denver directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 27% of University of Denver's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Denver?

To be competitive with other University of Denver applicants, you should strive to score between 1240 and 1390 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Denver 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1390 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Denver students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Denver students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Denver, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Denver's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Denver students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

More Information on Transferring to University of Denver

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Denver. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Denver during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

University of Denver Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Denver?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Denver.

Does University of Denver accept transfer credits?

βœ… University of Denver accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… University of Denver accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

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

❌ No, University of Denver is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of Denver's acceptance rate?

βœ… University of Denver has an acceptance rate of 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Denver?

βœ… University of Denver's early decision acceptance rate was 62% in 2021.

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University of Denver Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Denver Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 Continuous processing.

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

University of Denver SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1390


Math SAT Range

600 - 690


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

University of Denver GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Denver, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. 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.

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