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Location
Denver, CO
Undergrads
4,965
Tuition
$36,936
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of different classes to choose from with some guidance help.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great class options and higher level classes available for accelerated learners.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love being an english major. There is a strong community within the arts, humanities and social sciences department and lots of room for involvement. The curriculum is not unnecessarily overwhelming and the teachers are wonderful.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: DU is known for its academics. Most of my classes have been very challenging and simultaneously stimulating. The majority of my professors have PhDs and are passionate about their work. Overall the academics are superb.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: All class registration is done online, after meeting with your adviser(s).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 105th
    Best Course Variety
  • 117th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 181st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 214th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 262nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Hometown
Winnetka, IL
Major
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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Academics at DU are a mixed bag. Depending on which classes you take and who teaches them, you’ll either greatly enjoy or miserably dread going to class everyday. Some teachers are engaging, energetic, and personable, while others seem bland, uninformed, and not particularly driven for teaching. A handful of classes, especially some of the core requirements, can seem like a waste of time that students must deal with to keep the administration happy. On the other hand, many classes are thought provoking and cover a broad array of concepts, events, people, and opinions. Some majors are harder than others. The business program is very fast pace and intense while the engineering and science majors are known for their commitment to a heavy workload.

The quarter system at DU ensures that even if students don’t enjoy a particular class or professor, they only have to put up with it for 10 weeks. Students also are able to take a wider variety of classes in their four years on the quarter system. However, unlike semesters, the quarter system is a bit less forgiving on students who don’t always make it to class. If you miss even one measly class, you run the risk of falling considerably far behind. Because classes generally move along pretty quickly, it’s difficult to ever fully recuperate. Also, 10 weeks doesn’t allow much time to really dig deep into any one particular issue. Most classes take a broad, sweeping look at the material, as opposed to an in-depth approach. The faculty-to-student ratio and small class size helps facilitate in-depth conversations and spirited debates. Many professors make an effort to learn each of their students’ names. One disadvantage of small classes is the issue of attendance. Although some professors don’t take attendance on a regular basis, some do, and not showing up can severely hurt your grade.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
654
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
627
Total FT Faculty
656
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,474
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
80%
Graduation Rate
76%
Programs/Majors Offered
114
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 27%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Daniels College of Business
  • International Studies
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • School of Communication
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 3%
  • Law: 4%
  • Social Work: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Driscoll Center North
  • Penrose Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be apathetic about on-campus issues and events.
  • Don't get too caught up in the social scene.
  • Take advantage of the small class size.
  • Try to actually understand the course material.
Did You Know?
  • Only two percent of classes have 50 or more students, and 62 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. The small class sizes and advantageous faculty-to-student ratio make going to class more of an individual and personal experience.
  • The Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building, Daniels College of Business, and the Lamont School of Music are state-of-the-art buildings constructed within the past decade.
  • DU is on the "quarter system" (as opposed to semesters).
  • Fall quarter lasts from mid-September to late November, followed by an extended winter break until the beginning of January. Winter quarter lasts until mid-March; spring break goes from late March until April, and spring quarter lasts until early June.
  • The Cable Center is an innovative, interactive distance-learning program featuring cable TV archives, a theater, and an outdoor amphitheater with a video wall. Through a partnership with C-SPAN, DU students are able to talk "face to face" via satellite with professors, experts, and politicians across the country.
  • All students applying for undergraduate admission are required to complete the Hyde Interview. The interviews are a way for admission counselors to get to know the students behind the applications and test scores, while students are given the chance to showcase their personalities, interests, and ideas.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 72 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 70 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 57% Condoleezza Rice - former secretary of state
  • 24% Michelle Kwan -Ice Skater
  • 10% Peter Coors - CEO of Coors Brewing
  • 5% David Adkins - comedian better known as Sinbad
  • 5% Andrew Rosenthal - NYT editorial page editor
  • 0% Mark Rycroft - St. Louis Blues forward
  • 0% Gale Norton - interior secretary

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