Fall admissions deadline approaching

Where did the month of April go, hard to believe our Discover Korbel event for admitted students was nearly three weeks ago!  It was such a pleasure meeting so many potential Korbel students (123 to be exact), I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you here again in September.

If you plan on joining us this autumn, please be sure to log into webcentral,  confirm your acceptance of our admission and submit your deposit on or before Saturday, May 1st. Due to the record number of applications and the administration of a  lengthy waitlist, we are unable to grant deadline extensions so please keep this in mind.

For those of you just beginning the graduate school search, next year at this time, you too could be making big decisions about your academic and professional future.  In the meantime, be sure to check out our fall recruitment schedule which will be posted in June to see if we will be attending an event in your city.

I recently came across some Fast Facts about the University of Denver, found in the university newspaper, DU Today, that you may be interested in perusing. Check it out, perhaps you will learn a thing or two about DU…

History & Tradition

Established in 1864 in downtown Denver by John Evans, Colorado Territory’s second governor, who also established Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Originally chartered as Colorado Seminary. When the Seminary was reorganized in 1880, the University of Denver was established as the degree granting body and Colorado Seminary as the property holding corporation. The University does not have a religious affiliation.


The University of Denver will be a great private university dedicated to the public good.


In all that we do, we strive for excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity, and inclusiveness.


The mission of the University of Denver is to promote learning by engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. Our active partnerships with local and global communities contribute to a sustainable common good.


  • Pioneers

School Colors

  • Crimson & Gold


University Hall, the campus’ oldest building, was built over 100 years ago at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. In 1884, the University’s first graduating class consisted of one student—John Hipp. He created his own class cheer: “Hear me roar, hear me roar, I’m the class of ’84!” Of course, the crowd cheered, “Hipp, Hipp, Hooray!”

The original University of Denver rosebush was brought to the University in 1913 and cultivated by botanist Ira Cutler to bloom entirely in red and gold at commencement time.



Accredited as a doctoral degree granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools.

  • Original accreditation: 1914
  • Next accreditation visit: 2011

Academic Calendar

  • Quarter System
  • Sturm College of Law: Semester System

2009-2010 Enrollment

  • Total Enrollment: 11770
  • Undergraduates: 5376
  • Graduates: 6394

2009-2010 Undergraduate Student Body

  • 53.7 % Women
  • 46.3% Men
  • 50 States Represented, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • 55 Countries Represented

Graduate Student Body

  • 56.5% Women
  • 43.5% Men
  • 50 States Represented, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • 62 Countries Represented

Class Size

  • Average undergraduate class size is 19.7

Colleges and Schools

Programs for Non-Traditional Students

The Women’s College of the University of Denver provides undergraduate education for working adult women.
Using evening, weekend, and online formats, University College offers bachelor’s completion, graduate degree programs, certificates, and customized workplace education

Penrose Library Collection

  • 3,343,120 holdings (2007-2008)
  • The Husted Collection, the largest cookbook collection at a U.S. university and second only to that of the New York Public Library.

Special academic programs

Student academic assistance

  • Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) is a fee-based program that provides individualized assistance for people with learning disabilities and ADHD.
  • Disability Services Program handles basic accommodations for people with physical, learning or any other disability that falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


  • U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings for undergraduate education, released in August 2009, placed the University of Denver among the nation’s top 100 universities. DU ranked 84th, tied with American University, Marquette University and the Stevens Institute of Technology.
  • In the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement, 86 percent of seniors who responded to the survey discuss their career plans with faculty, and 78 percent of survey respondents have participated in community service by the time they are seniors. Read more results from the NSSE study.
  • DU scored well in a national report on safety preparedness released in Feb. 2008 by Reader’s Digest. The magazine surveyed 135 universities nationwide for its article and assigned letter grades based on their readiness to handle on-campus threats to safety and security. Only 45 schools, including DU, received an “A” from the magazine. The survey considered many variables, including campus size and location.
  • Daniels College of Business
    U.S. News & World Report ranks Daniels 83rd in the nation for best Undergraduate Business Programs
    Business Week ranks Daniels 1st among regional part-time MBA programs, 6th in the nation for its part-time MBA program and 67th in the nation for its undergraduate business program, topping all schools in Colorado
    Financial Times ranks Daniels 85th in the world for its Executive MBA Program
  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ranks Korbel as one of the top 12 master’s degree programs in the world in the international studies field.
  • Graduate School of Social Work
    Ranked 36th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Sturm College of Law
    U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” report ranks the Sturm College of Law 77th in the nation, ninth for part-time legal education, 15th for environmental law, 19th for tax law and 33rd for the clinical training program


DU houses more than 50 specialized research centers and institutes in a wide range of disciplines.

International Study Programs

  • DU ranks second in the nation among doctoral and research institutions in the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs, according to the 2008 Open Doors report released by the Institute of International Education. The report shows that 74.4 percent of DU undergraduates studied abroad, compared to just over 1 percent of enrolled undergraduates nationwide.
  • Cherrington Global Scholars allows eligible juniors and seniors to study abroad at no additional cost beyond that of a term at DU.




  • 612 Full-Time Instructional Faculty
  • 644 Part-Time Instructional Faculty
  • 10.3% are domestic minorities
  • 45.1% are women


  • 1708 Total Staff (Fall 2008)

Campus Life


  • University Park Campus is 125 acres
  • Eight miles southeast of downtown Denver
  • On RTD’s light rail system
  • 28 new academic, residential, parking, and administrative buildings have been built or undergone major renovation since 1997
  • The SIÉ CHÉOU-KANG Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies opened in August 2009.
  • A new soccer stadium opened in September 2009.
  • Rufatto Hall–which will house the Morgridge College of Education, the Learning Effectiveness Program and the Disability Services Program–will open in 2010.


  • NCAA Division I, Sunbelt Conference
  • 17 varsity sports
    • Pioneer men compete in eight sports: basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis.
    • DU women compete in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball.
  • The Pioneer Ski Team has won 20 national championships-more than any other NCAA Division I program.
  • The DU hockey team has won seven NCAA Division I championships, most recently in 2004 and 2005
  • Since joining the Sunbelt Conference in 1999-2000, the Pioneers have held the highest graduation rate for nine consecutive seasons.
  • 83 percent of DU student-athletes earn a degree. (The nation-wide Division I athletes average is 57 percent.)

Co-Curricular Activities

Community Involvement

Almost half of all DU undergraduate students participate in service through service learning courses and programs of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. The national average of college student service is one-third.
DU offers over 100 service-learning courses annually, three times the national average of 36 service-learning courses per campus.

The number of DU faculty teaching service-learning courses outpaces the national average by two-thirds.

Residence Life

Traditional residence halls offer a variety of individual rooms and suite configurations. 2-year residency requirement. Living and Learning Communities combine academic and extracurricular programming with a residence component


As of December 2009, the University of Denver counted 109,101 living alumni; 46,924 living alumni in Colorado; 2,284 alumni currently living at an international address and 131,408 alumni in school history. (Data is for degreed alumni only and excludes alumni of the Colorado Women’s College).

Prominent alumni include:

Architecture, Arts & Literature

  • Hao Jiang Tian, opera singer, The Metropolitan Opera
  • Elliott Martin, Broadway producer
  • Scott Rosenberg, founder, Malibu Comics, screenwriter and film and television producer
  • David Adkins, comedian known as Sinbad
  • Carolyn Cassady, memoirist of the Beat generation, former wife of Neal Cassady
  • Duane Michals, noted photographer


  • Peter Coors, chairman, Miller Coors and Molson Coors
  • Brad Anderson, retired CEO, Best Buy
  • Andy Taylor, chairman and CEO, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Howard P. James, co-former CEO, Sheraton Hotels
  • Peter Morton, founder, Hard Rock Café chain
  • Emily Scott, co-founder, J. Crew
  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group

Communications & Media

  • Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, The New York Times
  • The late Lowell Thomas, radio commentator
  • Bill Clarke, former consumer reporter, KMGH news
  • James Cox Kennedy, CEO, Cox Communications
  • Dan Hopkins, former deputy chief of staff and director of communications for former Colorado Governor Bill Owens

Law, Politics & Public Affairs

  • Michelle Kwan, figure skating champion, first American public diplomacy envoy
  • Gale Norton, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • James Nicholson, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Peter Groff, director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Paul Laxalt, former Nevada governor and senator
  • Peter Domenici (R-New Mexico), retired U.S. Senator
  • Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), U.S. Senator
  • Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), U.S. Senator
  • Susan Waltz, first American to chair Amnesty International’s governing board
  • Ibrahim Al-Assaf, finance minister, Saudi Arabia
  • Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, permanent representative of Chile to the United Nations
  • The late Gov. John Love, Colorado governor and director of the Office of Energy Policy in the Nixon Administration


  • Professor Njabulo S. Ndebele, former vice chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and award-winning poet and author of fiction

Professional Sports

  • Nat Borchers, soccer, Real Salt Lake (MLS)
  • Matt Brown, lacrosse, Denver Outlaws (MLL)
  • Ryan Caldwell, hockey, San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
  • Scott Davidson, lacrosse, Colorado Mammoth (NLL)
  • Wade Dubielewicz, hockey, Minnesota Wild (NHL)
  • Tom Ethington, lacrosse, Colorado Mammoth (NLL) & Denver Outlaws (MLL)
  • Wally Huelskoetter, lacrosse, Colorado Mammoth (NLL)
  • Antti Laaksonen, hockey, Lukko Rauma (FNL)
  • Mike Law, lacrosse, formerly with the Colorado Mammoth (NLL) & Denver Outlaws (MLL)
  • Mark Rycroft, hockey, formerly with the Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
  • Brian Sanders, lacrosse, formerly with the Denver Outlaws (MLL)
  • Geoff Snider, lacrosse, Philadelphia Wings (NLL)
  • Corey Vann, lacrosse, formerly with the Denver Outlaws (MLL)


  • George Casey, Jr., U.S. Army General , Chief of Staff of the Army
  • Eric Alexander, scaled Mt. Everest with first blind climber to summit
  • Rebecca Ann (King) Dreman, Miss America 1974
  • Charles Winter, inventor of “the boot” for illegally parked cars


Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies


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