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University of Denver Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Denver? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors DU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of Denver Ranked?

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2021 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 79 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

DU landed the #176 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

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

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Is It Hard to Get Into DU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Denver is a competitive 58%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 33% 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 570 and 670.

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

SAT Math Scores for University of Denver  ( 570 to 670 )
DU received ACT scores from 76% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Denver  ( 25 to 30 )

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University of Denver Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at DU is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Denver

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Denver has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 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

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Excellent Overall Diversity at DU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,801 undergraduates at DU with 5,563 being full-time and 238 being part-time.

DU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 95.30 out of 100, DU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.30 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Denver Cost?

The overall average net price of DU is $28,991. 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 +
$16,095 $19,601 $21,575 $28,981 $39,726

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At DU, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $8,504 a year. That adds up to $34,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DU is 1.8%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from DU make about $56,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future DU graduates since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of University of Denver

University of Denver is a private not-for-profit institution located in Denver, Colorado. Denver is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of University of Denver

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 91 majors graduated from University of Denver. Of these students, 1,626 received undergraduate degrees and 2,311 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 148 $56,900
General Psychology 147 $33,900
Marketing 102 $41,700
Communication & Media Studies 99 $35,700
International Relations & National Security 89 $29,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 68 NA
General Biology 67 $24,800
Political Science & Government 52 $30,900
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 48 NA
Computer Science 47 NA

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

Online Learning at DU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,231 students took at least one online class at University of Denver. This is an increase from the 1,752 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,231 1,604
2016-2017 1,752 1,295
2015-2016 1,771 1,244
2014-2015 1,940 1,288
2013-2014 1,742 1,235

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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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