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3 College Freshman

Academics: You can get a good education if you work hard for it, otherwise good luck.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I like the courses and professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: DU has a lot of successful alumni, but they're not very active with the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics here, but some classes could use weekly assignments to keep students on their toes a little more.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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: 4%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • 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 107 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 43 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 43 responses

  • 14% This was my dream school.
  • 72% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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