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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Men's hockey and lacrosse are the biggest sports on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is pretty great overall, housing could be cheaper though.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The recreation center of the university has lots of apparatus with high-standard swimming pool and hockey fields. Full-time students are free to enter the gym to build their bodies. We can also play basketball, volleyball and even badminton in most of the fields.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: DU's campus is very open and accepting. The student body is a close-knit community and the campus is beautiful. I love the library! It is a wonderful campus overall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We are on the quarter system which allows a lot of work to be covered in a short amount of time. It's difficult but incredibly stimulating.


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The facilities at DU leave little to be desired. A collection of beautiful architecture has replaced the campus' outdated 1960s buildings. The music, law, and business schools, as well as the Ritchie Center, attract and impress Denver tourists and prospective students alike. Check out the Coors Fitness Center, the basketball courts, and the giant swimming pool for a good workout or just a good time. Right outside the Ritchie Center are beautiful tennis courts and soccer and lacrosse fields. Be sure to take in a few concerts at Magness Arena, as the venue hosts several well-known speakers, artists, and bands throughout the year.

Students often lament the lack of a "real" student center at DU. Driscoll Center is the closest thing, but students don't spend a whole lot of time there unless they're running to class or cramming before an exam. Likewise, Sidelines Pub is publicized as the "cool" place to hang out on campus, but most kids would rather go to an off-campus bar. Sidelines is the only sit-down restaurant on campus. All the other food spots are quick, on-the-go cafés. Somehow, a few buildings got left behind in the giant architectural makeover of the past few years. John Greene Hall and the Mass Communications building, to name a couple, desperately need some attention. John Greene Hall is without air-conditioning and gets unbearably hot during the beginning and end of the year, while the Mass Comm building is ugly, green, and unusually small.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
125 acres
Student Centers
Driscoll Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Penrose Library
  • Westminster Law Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Driscoll lawn
  • Outside Nagel and Nelson Dormitories
  • The Pub
Bar on Campus
Sidelines Pub in Driscoll Center
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café á la Carte in Olin Hall
  • Daniel's Café in Daniel's College of Business
  • Jazzman's Café in Driscoll Center
  • Law School Café in Frank H. Ricketson Jr. Law Building
  • The C Store in Centennial Halls Dormitory
  • The Gilbert Cyber Café in Ben Cherrington Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
No but every Thursday night the DUPB (University of Denver Programs Board) shows a movie that was recently in theaters. Lots of students show up for a different movie offered each week.
School Slang
  • Clarion: DU's student newspaper.
  • The Commons: Village Commons in Driscoll Center.
  • Copper Top: The solid copper spindle atop the Ritchie Center.
  • Halls: Centennial Halls dorm.
  • J Mac: Johnson-MacFarlane
  • Jazzy's: Jazzman's Café in Driscoll Center.
  • J-Ru's: Jerusalem Restaurant on East Evans Avenue.
  • K-Book: Kynewisbok, DU's yearbook.
  • The Lawn: The sprawling lawn outside Sturm Hall where students sunbathe, study, listen to music, and hang out.
  • Puck Sluts: Female groupies of the men's varsity ice hockey team.
  • Chancellor's Roundtable Discussion: If something really irks you about DU or its administration, go straight to the horse's mouth. Once per quarter, the chancellor allows students the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and propose suggestions in an informal, tell-all environment. It's a good way for students to at least feel like they're being heard, even if all the ranting and raving rarely leads to real change.
  • Greek Recruitment Week: Men and women's recruitment happen separately at the beginning of fall quarter. Greek students do their best to recruit as many students into their Greek houses as possible. Prospective Greeks are given tours of the houses and information about each fraternity and sorority on campus. While sororities usually only have fall recruitment, it is possible that some sororities (if they have room) will do a spring recruitment as well. Fraternities for the most part do have spring recruitment as well.
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend: Homecoming takes place every fall quarter and features receptions, fireworks, a barbecue, carnival, parade, concert, and dance. Some students really get into to it; others think it's a lame return to high school.
  • May Days : Spring is welcomed at DU by a week-long carnival on Driscoll lawn with games, activities, music, giveaways, and food. Students flock to the lawn to bounce around on an inflatable castle, eat free food, and relax in the sun while listening to local musicians.
  • Pioneer Carnival: Held at the beginning of the year, Pioneer Carnival is a day-long event for new students to get to know more about various DU clubs and organizations. Penrose Lawn is taken over by current students offering information and advice about their organizations. New students leave Pioneer Carnival with armloads of free stuff, brochures, and food.
  • Pioneer in the Rockies: A 30-year tradition, Pioneer in the Rockies invites all freshmen to meet other students and explore the Rocky Mountains for a few relaxing days. Pioneer in the Rockies is a great way to break the ice at the beginning of freshman year, and at the same time discover Colorado's beauty.
  • Winter Carnival: Every February, students bundle up and head to the mountains for this 36-year tradition, sponsored by Greeks. Special discounts are handed out for students to rent resort condos and ski equipment, as well as purchase lift tickets. Winter Carnival has become somewhat of a weekend alcohol fest in the mountains, but it's a great time for avid skiers and non-skiers alike to get together and play in the snow.
Urban Legends
  • Because developers didn't plan properly, Penrose Library is slowly sinking due to the weight of the books.
  • Mary Reed Hall is haunted with the ghost of Mary Reed, an early contributor to the University.
Favorite Things To Do
Events sponsored by University of Denver Programs Board, such as weekly movies, Winter Carnival and May Days, are popular with students. Other favorite activities include working out at the Coors Fitness Center, playing pool in Sidelines Pub or hanging out on Driscoll lawn. Many students play tennis on the tennis courts in warmer weather or get involved with intramural sports. Intramural soccer, flag football, broomball and kickball draw an especially large following. When you get bored or just feel like procrastinating, go for a swim in the Olympic-sized pool, work out in the state-of-the-art gym, play a game of pool, or attend an open-mic night at Sidelines Pub while enjoying a burger and fries.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Penrose Library holds the Husted Collection, the largest cookbook collection at a U.S. university.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 101 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 16% Hiking
  • 14% Concerts
  • 14% Wash Park
  • 10% Biking
  • 8% Skiing
  • 8% Reading
  • 7% Snowboarding
  • 7% Sitting
  • 6% Talking
  • 5% Frisbee
  • 3% Studying
  • 1% Rafting
  • 1% Running

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 27 responses

  • 31% Winter Carnival
  • 19% May Days
  • 15% Pioneer Carnival
  • 13% Homecoming/Family Weekend
  • 7% Greek Recruitment Week
  • 4% Hockey Tailgates
  • 3% Pioneer in the Rockies
  • 3% Paddy Murphy Week
  • 1% Chancellor's Roundtable Discussion
  • 1% Breakfast Club

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 46% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 104 responses

  • 26% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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