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University of Denver: Narrative Description


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Denver, CO 80208
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1864. Setting: 125-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $177 million. Research spending 2003-04: $21.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8472 per student. Total enrollment: 9,808. Faculty: 997 (463 full-time, 534 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 3,787 applied, 87% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 85% from top half. Full-time: 4,206 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 463 students, 79% women, 21% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 54 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 16% 25 or older, 49% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: ; semesters for law school. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.7 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 3/8, 1/5 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,973 includes full-time tuition ($25,956), mandatory fees ($654), and college room and board ($8363). College room only: $5093. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $721 per quarter hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 82 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 23% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Club Sports Council, Programming Board, International Student Organization, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Winter Carnival, Homecoming/Family Weekend, Festival of Nations. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour locked residence hall entrances. College housing designed to accommodate 1,933 students; 1,978 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Penrose Library with 1.2 million books, 1 million microform titles, 6,283 serials, 6,293 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $9 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Denver is a metropolitan area, capital of Colorado, situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The climate is temperate and considered healthful. The State Museum, Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, many public and private hospitals, churches, and the fine shopping areas make up the city. Part-time employment opportunities are good. Denver is the gateway to the playgrounds of the mountains; the city's mountain parks of 20,000 acres include the Genesee Mountain with its game preserve. There are lakes in the area for water sports and fishing. Denver has become a great center for snow sports activities, with several of the best known ski areas located 55 to 85 miles from Denver in the Arapaho National Forest. The annual National Western Stock Show is in January.

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