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  • Writer's pictureAlison Merzel

School Spotlight: University of Denver

Updated: May 8, 2023

As the city of Denver has experienced tremendous population growth over the last decade (about 20%), so too has the interest in the University of Denver grown - applications have increased by 40% in just five years. DU is the only mid-sized private university between Tulsa, Oklahoma and the West Coast and it is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountains.

Here are Five Fun Facts about DU:

1) DU has its own light rail stop on campus, providing easy access to explore the Mile High City, the airports or the suburbs. The 125 acre campus is just 8 miles from Downtown Denver.

2) Eventually college athletics will return and when they do, look out for the DU Pioneers - they are tied for second place for all-time NCAA National Hockey Championships with eight on their record and their ski team has 24 NCAA titles. The Alpine Club is open to all enrolled DU students regardless of experience/skill level and offers 30 ski trips to choose from throughout the year.

3) DU has had a strength in international relations, political science and public affairs for a long time, graduating many former governors, senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, foreign ministers and government leaders like former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The Josef Korbel School of International Studies offer a dual-degree program in Public Policy - a BA/MPP. In fact, DU offers dual degree programs in a variety of areas including Accounting, Social Work, Education, and Law.

4) The University of Denver is home to the historic Chamberlain Observatory. During non-COVID times, the observatory hosts public nights featuring an astronomy lecture hosted by the Denver Astronomical Society and telescopic views of the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies.

5) DU is one of a small list of universities that still operates on the quarter system, holding four 10-week terms per year. Despite holding four terms throughout the year, students are only required to enroll in three. There are pros and cons to the quarter system - students have access to a greater variety and number of courses, but because they are just 10 weeks, they are fast-paced and can be intense. If you love a class, it may fly by faster than you would like, but if you hate it, it will be over before you know it! This is something students should consider as they evaluate their own learning style and study habits to ensure that they are selecting a school that is the right fit.

University of Denver offers Early Decision (11/1/20), Early Action (11/1/20), Early Decision II (1/15/21) and Regular Decision (1/15/21) deadlines. Students who are interested in the Honors Program will apply online upon learning of their acceptance to DU.

Connect with DU virtually to learn more.

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