It’s was such a pleasure meeting so many of you at our Discover Korbel event for admitted students on the 7th and 8th of April. Videos of the event will be posted on YouTube in the near future –I will submit a post when they are live.  In the meantime, read our Discovering Korbel article.

For those of you recently admitted students:  please let us know if you are  plan on joining us this autumn by logging into webCentral and either confirm or declining the admissions offer. If you choose to accept (which we hope you do),  submit your $500 admission deposit by the date provided in your acceptance letter either via the online system using a Mastercard or American Express (unfortunately the system does not accept Visa), through a checking/savings account or you can send a check via snail mail to our office.

Check out current MA student, Cliff Martin, discussing his Josef Korbel School experience!  Learn more about his course load, reading requirements, career aspirations and more by clicking here. Want to learn more about graduate student experiences? Peruse our current student profiles.

Here are a few Fast Facts about the University of Denver, found in the university newspaper, DU Today, that you may be interested in perusing.
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.

2009-2010 Enrollment

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

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


  • 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. 
  • 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

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)


  • 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.


  • NCAA Division I, Western Athletic 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


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


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s