University of Denver

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$52,596
2.45% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$38,322
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.61%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
60.7%
22,723 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
13,856
62.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
75.5%
1,067 Graduates

About

University of Denver is a higher education institution located in Denver County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Denver were General Psychology (134 degrees awarded), General Finance (134 degrees), and International Relations & Affairs (114 degrees).

In 2020, 4,408 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Denver. 61.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,042 degrees), 6.42 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (474 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Denver is $52,596, which is $23,967 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

About the photo: A pond glimmers in front of Mary Reed Hall at University of Denver (DU).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Denver is $52,596, which is $23,967 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $38,322.

In 2020, 86% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 35% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,596
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of Denver was $52,596. The cost of tuition at University of Denver is $23,967 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$38,322
2020 Value
2.84%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of Denver had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $38,322. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of Denver grew by 2.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,437
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Denver was of $13,437 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 3.32% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
35%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

86% of undergraduate students at University of Denver received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.38% with respect to 2019, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.61%
2018 Default Rate
41
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of Denver was 1.61%, which represents 41 out of the 2549 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of Denver received 22,723 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 8.06% annual growth. Out of those 22,723 applicants, 13,785 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 60.7% acceptance rate.

There were 13,856 students enrolled at University of Denver in 2020, and 49% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Denver has an overall enrollment yield of 9.97%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

60.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
13,785
Accepted Out of 22,723

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Denver was 60.7% (13,785 admissions from 22,723 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 58.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 8.06%, while admissions grew by 11.7%.

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SAT Scores

49%
Submission Percentage
679
Scores Submitted

49% of enrolled first-time students at University of Denver in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Denver has a total enrollment of 13,856 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Denver is 8,696 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,160. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at University of Denver are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Denver, both undergraduate and graduate, is 67% White, 13.2% Hispanic or Latino, 4.69% Two or More Races, 4.16% Black or African American, 3.97% Asian, 0.484% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.159% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Denver in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.7%), followed by White Male (31.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.13%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.4%), followed by White Male (21.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

62.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Denver, both undergraduate and graduate, is 13,856 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Denver is 8,696 and the part-time enrollment is 5,160. This means that 62.8% of students enrolled at University of Denver are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Denver was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), University of Denver had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,285
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,833
  3. Two or More Races
    650

The enrolled student population at University of Denver is 67% White, 13.2% Hispanic or Latino, 4.69% Two or More Races, 4.16% Black or African American, 3.97% Asian, 0.484% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.159% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 244 students (1.76%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1032 more women than men received degrees from University of Denver. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Denver is white (3,042 degrees awarded). There were 6.42 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (474 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Denver is General Psychology (134 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (134 degrees) and International Relations & Affairs (114 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Denver, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Public Administration and Social Service (495 degrees awarded), Legal (310 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (137 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Denver are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (312,026 people), Other managers (245,528 people), Social workers, all other (211,534 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (112,984 people), and Chief executives & legislators (108,609 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Denver are Public Administration and Social Service (495 degrees awarded), Legal (310 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (137 degrees), Library Science (26 degrees), and Social Sciences (509 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Denver are Public relations specialists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at University of Denver are Public Administration and Social Service (495 degrees awarded), Legal (310 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (137 degrees), Library Science (26 degrees), and Social Sciences (509 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Denver are Elementary & secondary schools (321,754 people), Legal services (252,256 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (242,188 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (195,542 people), and Individual & family services (165,387 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Denver are Public Administration and Social Service (495 degrees awarded), Legal (310 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (137 degrees), Library Science (26 degrees), and Social Sciences (509 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Denver.
Most Common
  1. 134 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 134 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 114 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Denver was General Psychology with 134 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,688
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,720
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,688 degrees were awarded to men at University of Denver, which is 0.621 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,720).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 146 degrees were awarded to men at University of Denver in General Business, which is 1.55 times more than the 94 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 435 degrees were awarded to women at University of Denver in Social Work, which is 12.8 times more than the 34 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

67%
100% Completion Time
77%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 67% of students graduating from University of Denver completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 77% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 78% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (86.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Denver is Female and Asian (86.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.31% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,042 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    474 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    172 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Denver is white (3,042 degrees awarded). There were 6.42 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (474 degrees).

1.84% of degree recipients (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,894 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,148 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    320 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Denver is white female (1,894 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,148 degrees).

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Operations

University of Denver has an endowment valued at nearly $772M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $16.9M (2.19%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University of Denver had a total salary expenditure of $518M. University of Denver employs 219 Professors, 195 Associate professors, and 186 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Denver are Male Professors (138), Female Associate professors(104), and Female Assistant professors (94).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Denver are: Business and Financial Operations, with 537 employees, Management, with 283 employees, and Service with 176 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$772M
2020 Endowment
1.83%
decline from 2019

University of Denver has an endowment valued at about $772M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Denver declined 1.83% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $470M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $31.6M - Federal
  2. $6M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, University of Denver received $31.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$251M
2020 Salaries
5.74%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of Denver paid a median of $251M in salaries, which represents 48.5% of their overall expenditure ($518M) and a 5.74% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6% growth from 2018 and a 6.33% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$78.1M
Instructional Salaries
742
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of Denver paid a total of $78.1M to 742 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
219 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
537 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Denver were Professor with 219 employees; Associate professor with 195 employees; and Associate professor with 186 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Denver were Business and Financial Operations with 537 employees; Management with 283 employees; and Service with 176 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Denver was Male Professor with 138 employees, Female Associate professor with 104 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 94 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Denver.

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