University of Denver

The University of Denver is a private university with just under 6,000 undergraduates located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the University Neighborhood, approximately seven miles south of downtown Denver.  Many college counselors will tell you that DU is an excellent choice; up and coming and under the radar with strong programs and a happy, engaged student body. Denver itself is having a moment with an exciting restaurant scene and a hip, vibrant downtown all just a quick car or train ride away.

SHORTCUTS

Stay: JW Marriott |  Breakfast: Jelly's Cafe

Lunch: Vert Kitchen  | Dinner:  Acorn

Visitor Information: Tour University of Denver

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Transportation: Fly into Denver International Airport (DEN). If you don’t want to rent a car, the long-awaited "Train to the Plane," a new rail line that runs from the airport to downtown and vice versa, opened in 2016. Riders departing from the airport will reach Union Station in 37 minutes, with trains leaving every 15 minutes during peak times. There's a light rail station right next to DU that serves as a stop on the E, F and H lines. You can use the light rail to connect to all of Denver, just a few steps from the center of campus. Getting downtown by rail is quick and easy, and you can also use it to get back to the airport.

Stay: Many families choose to stay in the adjacent neighborhood of Cherry Creek at the Courtyard by Marriott just two miles from campus or the Hyatt Place. The new boutique Halcyon Hotel is a welcome new addition to the neighborhood joining the higher end J.W. Marriott Cherry Creek and the Four Seasons. Want to stay downtown and be more in the thick of things? The Crawford has garnered a lot of buzz since it opened in 2014, located in the beautifully renovated Union Station lively with ten bars and restaurants. (Union Station is Denver’s iconic train station, in use since 1881) Also downtown, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is another good choice. Located in Denver's art district, sleep in style surrounded by works by the likes of Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith at The Art Hotel.

Coffee: Close to campus, do as the students do and start the day with an air-roasted brew at Kaladi’s Coffee. Serving artisanal drinks in a hip, industrial space, Corvus is just a short drive from DU. Staying downtown? Local friends steered us to Crema Coffee House or Tattered Cover –a café and bookstore.  Get your coffee to go and browse Tattered’s selection of books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards and gift items.  

Breakfast:Jelly Café’s slogan is “eat more jelly,” a nod to their famous jelly donuts. Don’t miss this extremely popular, student go to spot; try the Cornflake French Toast or the Harvest Hash. Snooze with numerous locations throughout Denver is extremely popular for breakfast and brunch. Experience the decadence of banana stuffed French toast at Morning Collective.

Lunch: Head to North Italia or True Foods Kitchen in nearby Cherry Creek. Vert Kitchen is a cozy café dishing up healthy sandwiches and salads. Beloved Boulder restaurant, The Kitchen, has a branch in nearby Glendale serving the inventive bistro menu they are known for. If you’re a Chipotle fan you might just want to visit where it all began. Close to DU is the very first Chipotle, opened in 1993. Another student fast food pick near campus is Anthony's Pizza and Pasta.

Dinner

 

Casual: Stay local in Cheery Creek at Departure showcasing a Pan-Asian menu. One student told us they are addicted to Departures’ chicken wings and whole crispy fish. Union Station is home to two of Denver’s best restaurants: Mercantile Dining & Provision serving seasonal, comfort food and Stoic and Genuine specializing in fresh seafood and fish, flown in daily. (We like Mercantile for breakfast or lunch as well.) Other top-tier choices include The Populist for small plates, eclectic Euclid Hall and gastropub Colt and Gray. At Work and Class, the menu mixes American and Latin flavors in an inventive and always delicious way. Great drinks plus a buzzy atmosphere add to a fun night out.

 

A Step Up: We loved our meal at Acorn considered one of Denver’s best restaurants, located within The Source, a super cool reclaimed 1880’s foundry turned into a gourmet marketplace in Denver’s River North District. It’s open for both lunch and dinner with an emphasis on wood-fired fare. Tiny Fruition, considered one of the top tables in Colorado, specializes in refined seasonal cuisine with many of the menu items coming directly from chef Alex Seidel’s farm. It’s not easy to land a reservation at Linger, housed in an old mortuary, with a killer rooftop lounge. After a stint at NY’s Budakhan, Chef Lon Symensma opened Modern Asian ChoLon and immediately garnered rave reviews and legions of fans. Sushi Den always has long waits, even after 30 years their sushi is that good, the best in Denver.

Sweet Bites:  Get your camera ready, Little Man Ice Cream is a Denver landmark, housed in a 28 ft. high milk jug can. It delivers not just delicious ice cream, but good old-fashioned nostalgia.

Local Attractions:  Stroll Denver’s downtown, where urban hip meets cowboy chic. The revitalized LoDo (lower downtown) district has 28 square blocks of restaurants, shops, sports bars, and pubs. Don’t miss a stop at Rockmount Ranch Wear for a taste of the old west, a great store for a browse and to pick up a cowboy shirt to bring home. Have younger kids in tow, keep them entertained at the United States Mint. Leave some time for a visit to the Denver Art Museum to see the striking addition from architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum is known for its collection of American Indian Art. Students love to hang out in Washington Park, visit the Botanical Gardens or catch a game at Coors Field or Mile High Stadium. Check out denver.org and colorado.com to see what's happening while you're visiting.

— Quotes From Campus —

DU is a welcoming campus, and easily walkable. In nice weather, there are always people out in the quad throwing a Frisbee or reading a book. My classes are challenging and my professors have all been excellent.
— Cody
DU has it all— a pretty campus, the mountains, and a city just a few miles away. Everything is accessible through the public transportation system, just hop on the light rail and you’re downtown—and it’s free to all students.
— Grace
This is an active campus—everyone is fit and game for a hike in the nice weather or skiing in the winter.
— Clay
 

DENVER FAST FACTS

Established

1864

Mascot

Denver Boone

School Colors

Crimson & Gold

Acceptance Rate

53.5%

Common Application

Yes

Supplement Essays

Yes

Early Action/Decision

Early Action/ED 1 and 2

SAT

Average - 1290

ACT

Average - 28

Type

Private

Size

Medium - 5,480 Undergraduates

Website

du.edu

Region

West
West

Admissions Office

BOX 173364, Campus Box 167
Denver, CO 80217-3364

(p) (303) 315-2601
(f) (303) 315-2610
admissions@ucdenver.edu

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life

Yes

Noteworthy Alumni

Condoleezza Rice
Gale Norton

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