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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 8,530 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the CU Denver acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Nursing, and Biology. Graduating 48% 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
61%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
960-1190
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,751/ 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
    $11,382/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,945/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,321/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,364/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,872/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.136 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.136 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,530Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    54%
  • Motivated
    21%
  • 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
48%
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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UC Denver is not what you would typically consider a University. Auraria Campus is at the heart of Denver right by the popular 16th Street Mall. Being in the middle of Downtown Denver, the school has a sort of non-traditional set up having shared the space that it occupies with two other schools: Denver Metropolitan State University and Community College of Colorado. Expect to be commuting a fair bit between buildings strewn across the Auraria Campus area.

Because of it's non-traditional set-up downtown, there is not much to be considered "on-campus housing" nor does the school currently have a very prominent Greek Life/fraternity scene save for some specific student organizations.

The atmosphere of the University itself is great, however. The student body is diverse, the classes make you feel comfortable attending, and the on-campus feeling of safety is reasonable despite it basically sharing that trait with that of Downtown Denver as a whole.
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Great experience overall. Education program is amazing! Very diverse, and welcoming. Education professors are also amazing! Learn a lot for such a short period of time.
My experience at CU Denver has surpassed my expectations. I was terrified when I first started, but today I am completely in love with my classes, my teachers, my friends, and the overall campus! My favorite experiences so far have been the community events organized by the campus. The first week always consists of different activities and events everyday so that students can gather around the campus, get to know others, learn about clubs/activities, and get food and school themed clothes as well. My campus has a block party in Denver since it's right across the street where music and food is provided, along with tables and tents promoting all the clubs and organizations available on campus. These events continue throughout the year and make it fun and exciting to try new things.