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University of Denver Data & Information Overview

459 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
64% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on University of Denver, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is University of Denver Ranked?

#126 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in CO
Natural Resources & Conservation Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 459 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is natural resources & conservation.

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Overall Quality

DU is ranked #126 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 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 #144 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

DU is also ranked #3 out of 33 schools in Colorado.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DU?

64% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Denver is a competitive 64%, 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 24% 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 610 and 700. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Denver  ( 610 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Denver  ( 590 to 690 )
DU received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Denver  ( 27 to 31 )

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University of Denver Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
51% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At DU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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
39% Take Out Loans
$31,460 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 39% of students took out student loans averaging $7,865 a year. That adds up to $31,460 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.


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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
1,721 Undergraduate Degrees
2,704 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 91 majors graduated from University of Denver. Of these students, 1,721 received undergraduate degrees and 2,704 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
Romance Languages 47 $33,712

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

Online Learning at DU

40% Take At Least One Class Online
25% 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 2020-2021, 5,710 students took at least one online class at University of Denver. This is a decrease from the 12,279 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,710 3,512
2019-2020 12,279 4,907
2018-2019 3,623 2,551
2017-2018 2,231 1,604
2016-2017 1,752 1,295

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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