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

Academics: The majority of the student population is very dedicated to academics. Class sizes are extremely small, even in intro level classes and it is easy to get to know professors on a more personal level if you take the time to introduce yourself and go to office hours. Since DU is on the quarter system, classes go at a much faster pace than colleges on the semester system which is good and bad.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at this school are very strong. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming with the workload, but it's all worth it given the quality.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors and huge variety of majors

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of bulls*** common curriculum classes. 3 classes of sciences with lab is not needed.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The work load is heavy, but the professors are great and they really know what they're talking about! We don't learn the mainstream, standard ideas of political science. Rather, we are exposed to a pleasingly large amount of information and a wide array of concepts and approaches.

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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.

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  • Manageability of workload
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  • Technology in the classroom

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Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 58% Condoleezza Rice - former secretary of state
  • 33% Michelle Kwan -Ice Skater
  • 8% Peter Coors - CEO of Coors Brewing
  • 0% David Adkins - comedian better known as Sinbad
  • 0% Andrew Rosenthal - NYT editorial page editor
  • 0% Mark Rycroft - St. Louis Blues forward
  • 0% Gale Norton - interior secretary

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