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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
CU Denver is a highly rated public university located in Aurora, Colorado in the Denver Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,671 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the CU Denver acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Biology. Graduating 45% of students, CU Denver alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,000.
About University of Colorado - Denver...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80217
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University of Colorado - Denver Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1060-1280
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,586/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,996/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,338/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,718/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,639/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,690/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.137 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.137 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,671Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    53%
  • Motivated
    22%
  • Unique
    16%
  • Only focused on academics
    3%
  • Homogenous, pretentious, unwelcoming
    2%
  • Diverse
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.95 responses
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I enjoyed experiencing the city and exploring different food places and stores around downtown! The campus is beautiful! The only thing that I dislike is that there are too many people smoking/vaping while I walk around campus, which makes the experience unpleasant sometimes. I would also wish that UCD adds more lights around campus when it’s dark because I get nervous going campus events late at night and not find my way to the lightail station to get home. Overall UCD is nice and you’ll get to mingle with other students at the other two schools!
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I am still finding ways to love this school. It's a lot different from what I anticipated my college experience being like -- in good ways and in bad ways. I love the campus, my professors, and the resources available. However, with it being a major commuter school, the community aspect is hard to find. The good tends to outweigh the bad, but I would love for there to be a larger sense of community on campus!
Professors are very passionate about teaching and advisors are very knowledgeable! Academics are great, but very work intensive. Tuition costs for out-of-state is way too high though.