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.


Stay: JW Marriott |  Breakfast: Morning Collective

Lunch: Vert Kitchen  | Dinner:  Acorn

Visitor Information: Tour University of Denver

Stay: Just two miles from campus, check in to the Courtyard by Marriott Cherry Creek. The J.W. Marriott Cherry Creek is the closest full service luxury hotel; ranked as one of the top hotels in the west by Conde Nast Traveller in 2014. Want to stay downtown and be more in the thick of things? There’s been a lot of buzz over The Crawford, located in the recently renovated iconic Union Station; home to ten popular bars and restaurants. Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is another boutique option based in the heart of downtown. Located in Denver's art district, The Art Hotel offers luxury in conjunction while surrounded with beautiful artwork by the likes of Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith.

Coffee: Close to campus, join the students with an air-roasted brew at Kaladi’s Coffee. Serving artisanal brews in a hip, industrial space, Corvus coffee is just a short drive from DU. Staying downtown? Crema Coffee House is everyone’s favorite coffeehouse in Denver serving high-quality brews and solid food for a quick bite.    

Breakfast: Jelly Café’s slogan is “eat more jelly” which is a nod to their famous jelly donuts. Don’t miss this extremely popular, student go to spot; order 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 the branch very close to DU—it’s the very first Chipotle, opened in 1993. Another student fast food pick near campus is Anthony's Pizza and Pasta.



Casual: Union Station is buzzing and in part thanks to Mercantile Dining & Provision serving seasonal, comfort food and Stoic and Genuine specializing in fresh seafood and fish, all flown in daily. Other popular choices include The Populist for small plates, fun, eclectic Euclid Hall and gastro pub Colt and Gray. Tiny Fruition specializes in seasonal cuisine with many of the menu items coming directly from chef Alex Seidel’s farm.


A Step Up: Acorn is considered one of Denver’s best restaurants, open for both lunch and dinner with an emphasis on a wood-fired fare. Renowned Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski presides over Rioja, another contender for one of Denver’s top spots, located in Larimer Square. It’s not easy to land a reservation at Linger, housed in an old mortuary with a killer rooftop lounge. ChoLon is stirring it up with their Asian Fusion fare, and Sushi Den still has long waits for the best sushi in Denver, even after 30 years. Recently transplanted from NYC, Quality Italian offers diners top pasta dishes along with excellent steak.

Sweet Bites: With great vintage uniforms and superior service, Little Man Ice Cream delivers a great experience coupled with homemade delicious ice cream.

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. Visit the Denver Art Museum known for its collection of American Indian Art and a striking addition from architect Daniel Libeskind. Channeling San Fran’s Ferry Building, foodies will want to check out The Source, a 26,000-square-foot, 19th-century warehouse converted into a gourmet marketplace. 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 and to see what's happening while you're visiting.

— Quotes From Campus —

DU has it all— a pretty campus, the mountains, and a city just a few miles away. Everything is so accessible through the public transportation system, you just hop on the light rail to get to downtown—free to all students.
— Grace
The best thing is that everything is a close ride, or uber. Unless you are going to Boulder which is 45 minutes, or taking a trip to the mountains for the weekend to go skiing!
— Cody
This is an active campus—everyone is fit and game for a hike in the nice weather or skiing in the winter.
— Clay





Denver Boone

School Colors

Crimson & Gold

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action. ED 1 and 2








Admissions Office

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

(p) (303) 315-2601
(f) (303) 315-2610

Chris Dowen, Director of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Condoleezza Rice
Gale Norton

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