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University of Denver Data & Information Overview

326 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
61% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Denver Ranked?

#144 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in CO
Clinical Child Psychology Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Denver was awarded 326 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is clinical child psychology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked DU as #144 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when DU held the #488 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

DU also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DU?

61% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of Denver you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 61%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to DU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 680. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Denver  ( 590 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Denver  ( 580 to 680 )
DU received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Denver  ( 26 to 31 )

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University of Denver Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
51% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at DU it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Denver is 51%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Denver

84% Freshmen Retention
67% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Denver enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At DU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 67%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  67 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Denver.

University of Denver Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,362 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,699 undergraduates at DU with 5,362 being full-time and 337 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Denver Cost?

$33,830 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
$31,540 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of DU is $33,830. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,307 $21,285 $27,767 $31,039 $43,344

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At DU, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,885 a year. That adds up to $31,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DU is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do DU Graduates Make?

$66,004 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from DU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $66,004 in their early years. That's great news for DU students since it is 55% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at University of Denver make the most money.

Location of University of Denver

Colorado State
5,362 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of Denver is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Denver, Colorado. Denver is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for DU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2000

University of Denver Majors

91 Majors With Completions
1,688 Undergraduate Degrees
2,832 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 91 majors graduated from University of Denver. Of these students, 1,688 received undergraduate degrees and 2,832 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 164 $55,837
General Psychology 156 $29,257
Marketing 117 $42,043
International Relations & National Security 113 $32,897
Communication & Media Studies 105 $40,525
General Biology 69 $28,793
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 54 $57,943
Economics 51 $31,689
Political Science & Government 50 $34,377
Computer Science 47 $64,648

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Denver along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DU

89% Take At Least One Class Online
35% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 12,279 students took at least one online class at University of Denver. This is an increase from the 3,623 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 12,279 4,907
2018-2019 3,623 2,551
2017-2018 2,231 1,604
2016-2017 1,752 1,295
2015-2016 1,771 1,244

Learn more about online learning at University of Denver.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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