How to Apply to the University of Denver

A Guide for Undergraduate Applicants

Join our growing community of students pursuing excellence and innovation at the University of Denver.

This page serves as a guide for all undergraduate students applying to DU and connects you to additional resources that support your application process.

For more information on DU’s undergraduate admission, please contact us or connect with our admission counselors. Our staff members want to see you succeed and are eager to answer your questions and help you achieve your goals.


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Applying to DU in Four Steps

Whether transferring from a local community college or beginning your undergraduate studies, there are fundamental steps to applying to the University of Denver that each undergraduate student must complete that support an efficient application process and set you up for success.

1. Do Your Research

Before submitting your application, it is important to research all that DU has to offer, including degree programs, student life opportunities, resources, housing options, and more. Not only does this help confirm that you will enjoy the next four years of your undergraduate experience, but it also ensures that DU can support you in reaching your long-term personal and professional goals. 

We encourage all prospective undergraduate students to explore our bachelor’s programs, visit DU’s campus in person or take a virtual tour, attend an information session, or meet with an admission counselor. The more you engage with our institution and community, the more certain you can be that DU is the right place for you.

2. Review Admission Standards

After deciding that DU suits your academic needs and selecting your degree program of choice, be sure to review our admission criteria. This essential step ensures your previous experience aligns with our standards. 

Depending on whether you are a first-year applicant or a transfer applicant, you'll have different standards to follow:

Additionally, admission eligibility varies by student enrollment type and degree program.

3. Prepare Application and Supplemental Documents

DU is one of hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally that use the Common Application. Common App simplifies the application process, saving you time and effort.

Along with the Common App, we require certain supplemental materials, including:

  • Official high school transcripts and/or official college transcripts
  • Application essay (included in the Common App)
  • Additional letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (optional)

Please read more about each of these supplemental materials on our Application Checklist page.

Additionally, depending on your degree program, you may need to provide other supplemental materials. As you prepare your application, we encourage you to check with your academic department to ensure you have all the necessary documents. 

4. Choose a Deadline and Submit Your Application

We have two important application deadlines for first-year applicants:

  • Nov. 1 for Early Decision I and Early Action
  • Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision

What's the difference between the deadline options?

  • Early Action and Regular Decision are non-binding applications.
  • Early Decision is a binding agreement between you and the University that you will attend DU if you're accepted.
  • Students admitted during Early Decision rounds of admission receive an additional $5,000 merit aid award, and top academic performers will have their full demonstrated financial need met. Early Decision applicants enjoy stronger consideration for admission, and benefit from earlier admission and financial aid notifications.
    • Athletes receiving athletic aid as well as music majors are welcome to apply Early Decision but are not eligible for the financial incentives. International students are eligible for the additional merit aid but not for need-based aid.
    • You can only apply Early Decision to one school, and if you're accepted to DU via Early Decision, you must withdraw your applications from other institutions. You should only apply Early Decision if you're committed to joining our community and enrolling at DU.

Please note that transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
No matter which deadline suits you best, you will apply via the Common App. After reviewing your application for any errors and double-checking that you have correctly submitted all required documents, you can submit your Common App and pay the $65 nonrefundable application fee.

First-Year Applicants

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Start your college journey at the University of Denver. First-year applicants find our admission process straightforward, allowing them to spend more time planning for their degree and their future. 

Start planning your application process by reviewing DU’s admission standards for first-year applicants and the first-year application checklist

First-Year Applicant Common App

Transfer Applicants

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Finish strong at DU. We are committed to helping hundreds of transfer students earn their bachelor’s degrees and continue to make major impacts in their communities. 

Before embarking on the application process, please review the admission standards for transfer applicants and the complete transfer application checklist. Once you complete all steps, submit your application and await your admission decision. 

Transfer Applicants Common App

International Applicants

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DU warmly welcomes international applicants into our growing student community. While the international admission process involves more eligibility requirements and supplemental documentation, we work hard to make the transition to studying in the U.S. easy. 

To begin your preparation, please review the international first-year applicant checklist or the international transfer applicant checklist.

Undocumented Applicants

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The University of Denver strives to make higher education accessible and inclusive. If you are an undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student and want to earn your degree at DU, your application process resembles the international student admission process.

Learn more about the undocumented applicant checklist, financial aid options, and available student resources.

Non-Degree Applicants

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Looking to explore new academic or professional development opportunities? DU encourages individuals to take courses even if they’re not enrolled as a student. 

Discover admission information for non-degree-seeking students.

Degree Completion Program

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Interested in completing your bachelor's degree? To help you finish your education, DU offers degree completion programs through our University College.

Through the program, you can transfer up to 96 quarter credits (64 semester hour credits) toward your BA at DU, and we add a service learning component that allows you to develop and fully take advantage of the skills gained from your coursework. Many of our bachelor completion programs are available entirely at night or online for maximum flexibility. 

Discover DU's Degree Completion Programs.