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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
CU Denver is a highly rated public university located in Denver, Colorado. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,980 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the CU Denver acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Biology. Graduating 52% of students, CU Denver alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,500.
1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80204
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University of Colorado Denver Rankings

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CU Denver Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1220
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,865/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,374/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

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
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.143 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.143 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
12
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
12
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    72%
  • Online
    6%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,980Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7,463
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 92 responses
  • Diverse
    52%
  • Motivated
    23%
  • Unique
    17%
  • Only focused on academics
    3%
  • Homogenous, pretentious, unwelcoming
    2%
  • Outgoing
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say they don't have Greek life.126 responses
Poll
45%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.166 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 97 responses
  • Urban
    37%
  • Welcoming
    22%
  • Diverse and friendly
    15%
  • Supporting, Accomodating
    12%
  • Independent
    11%
  • Unsupportive, Abrasive, Underhanded, Malignant
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.95 responses
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University of Colorado Denver Reviews

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When COVID struck, it was in the middle of our semester. All teachers were asked to go online and some did incredibly well, others had a harder time with it and handling the students. I usually take online courses and I really enjoy them! Most teachers have everything up on time and before the course even starts so you always know whats getting put in. The teachers really try to make online courses as interesting and as user friendly as possible.
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I have been coming to the Auraria campus since I was in middle school and in the Pre-Collegiate program. The experience of inclusivity and active engagement is really great, but I also love the flexibility for nontraditional students like myself! It's a commuter school within the hustle and bustle of Downtown Denver and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.
I didn't take online classes, but I considered taking some online classes because they are cheaper.

My learning experience in CU Denver was average. The professors are nice people and departments are small so they are more personal to students. However, many of the teachers here are quite monotone in their teaching and bland. But that is an average trait in many colleges in America.

My experience with the admissions department, however, was absolutely abhorrent. They were extremely negligent with my application and the subsequent issues that followed their lackluster efforts. Because of the admissions department's disgusting inefficiency when I applied (which I did so on time), I was not able to take many of the classes I needed to take last semester.

The campus is extremely diverse, which is a pleasant sight, and the population is very nice and welcoming. There are no rowdy students, and the lowerlevel staff are all extremely helpful.

All in all, I'd rate my experience average