For the Difference We Can Make Together

5,280 feet is only the beginning

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, and now with the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus adjacent to the Roosevelt National Forest, we embody the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region. The University of Denver is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators and students, as well as local and global communities. This spirit of innovation paired with our signature 4D Experience and a core commitment to making a real difference in communities around the world leads to our recognized status as a Very High Research University (or "R1") by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st century education and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world.

Mission, Vision & Values

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A Bold Approach to Higher Education

We deliver a rigorous and rewarding experience—the 4D Experience— for our students through a holistic approach to education that transforms students into leaders. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations. We're proud to offer these high-impact experiences to our students as part of their University journey:

  • Community involvement through service and civic responsibility
  • Wilderness, wellness and team-building experiences at our Kennedy Mountain Campus just two hours north of Denver 
  • A robust study abroad program through which students develop global perspectives
  • Extensive opportunities for research starting at the undergraduate level
  • Career achievement through internships and job placement support provided by our Burwell Center for Career Achievement

In the classroom, students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels work closely with faculty mentors to shape academic pathways that lead to intellectual fulfillment and career achievement. We're a mid-sized University of about 12,000 graduates and undergraduates with average class sizes under 21 students and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Individual attention combined with big-city connections provide a wealth of professional opportunities for students, the majority of whom choose to stay in Denver after graduation.

By facilitating research, community involvement and global exploration, we're building a foundation for lifelong achievement, empowering our students to live lives of purpose for the difference.

Education at DU

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Ranked #80 Among National Universities U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Top 5 Ranked in the top five in the nation for study abroad participation Around 70 percent of undergraduate students study abroad for at least one academic term

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Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a high-volume research institution $25 million in total research funding

Local Involvement

Partnering with businesses, our local community and a range of educational partners, we tackle the grand challenges of the Rocky Mountain West and work together to strengthen our region and provide opportunities for the people who call it home. Our students, faculty and community partners work to solve problems throughout Colorado and beyond, addressing such challenges as homelessness, healthy aging and sustainability. Engagement through research and service allows us to stay involved at home and around the world. Plus, we've dedicated ourselves to being a resource for our neighbors by hosting education and arts events for local high school students and others in the Denver area, expanding our reach beyond our campus.

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Global Reach

Our intellectual curiosity leads to solutions that benefit people around the world, and our campus is enriched by the diverse perspectives of students from more than 80 countries. Around 70 percent of our undergraduate students participate in study abroad programs during their time here, taking advantage of the opportunity to advance peace, justice and understanding worldwide. With one of the world’s top schools for international relations, student and faculty research spans the continents, and a network of nearly 140,000 alumni supports students and graduates globally.

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Our Leadership

Under the direction of Chancellor Jeremy Haefner, the University promotes a culture of inclusiveness and intellectual curiosity, helping students become graduates who understand the multiple perspectives of this changing world.

Our leaders come from many backgrounds and perspectives, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise. They collaborate with students and faculty to determine the University's direction, expand student opportunities and enhance our shared ability to make a difference.

Meet our leadership

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Connect with your fellow Pioneers!

Our global alumni network is over 140,000 strong.

Our Alumni

History & Traditions

As the oldest independent higher education institution in the Rocky Mountain West, our history mirrors that of the city we call home—full of challenges and mile-high triumphs, obstacles and far-reaching successes. We've hosted civil rights leaders and presidents and served as an epicenter of activism and discourse for the Denver area. Our story is characterized by student traditions like the First Snow celebration and support of our championship-winning sports teams. Driven by excellence in research and scholarship, DU has had a longstanding role in shaping our city and the region as a whole.

Our History