University of Denver Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

The University of Denver was initially founded in 1864 as Colorado Seminary by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The seminary was established to re-educate the city’s growing population of young adults that had been displaced by the Civil War. Initially, the university only offered classes in theology and literature, but it quickly grew to include courses in sciences, mathematics, and modern languages. In 1880, the school changed its name to University of Denver and began awarding degrees in a variety of disciplines. By 1893, it had grown to offer courses in law, engineering, pharmacy and dentistry.

In 1910, DU moved to its current location on the south side of Denver and opened a new campus with an impressive library and several state-of-the-art buildings. The following decades saw further expansion as DU began offering graduate programs in business administration (1917), education (1918) and social work (1920). In 1925 DU became a member of the Association of American Universities – an elite group of research institutions – making it one of only two universities in Colorado at that time to receive this prestigious honor. Check LOCALCOLLEGEEXPLORER for a list of community colleges in Indiana.

In 1945 DU purchased its first computer – a UNIVAC I – making it one of the earliest universities with access to computing technology. Since then DU has continued to invest heavily in technology infrastructure resulting in one of the best IT systems among universities today. Over time DU has also expanded its academic offerings with new departments such as computer science (founded 1965), psychology (1966), communication studies (1970) and media studies (2003). Today DU enrolls over 11,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world while continuing to uphold its long tradition of academic excellence through teaching, research and service initiatives.

University of Denver, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of University of Denver. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about University of Denver, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

The University of Denver is a highly competitive school, with an overall acceptance rate of 56%. The admissions process is selective, with the average admitted student having a GPA of 3.7 and an SAT score between 1140 and 1330. The university also has a holistic approach to admissions, taking into consideration extracurricular activities, community service, leadership experiences, and work experience. Additionally, the university requires two letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors who can speak to the student’s academic performance and potential.

In addition to these requirements, the University of Denver also looks for applicants who demonstrate interest in the school by visiting campus or attending events. The school has also been recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2020, nearly one-third of students enrolled were from underrepresented minority groups such as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Indigenous American/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander/Hawaiian Native students. Furthermore, more than 20% of enrolled students are international citizens coming from more than 60 countries around the world.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 72%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate 87%
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 64%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 9,337
Female applicants 4,989
Male applicants 4,348
Applicants accepted 6,683
Female applicants accepted 3,828
Male applicants accepted 2,855
Freshman enrollment 1,226
Female freshman enrollment 668
Male freshman enrollment 558
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants 3,113
Early action applicants accepted 2,694
Early action applicants enrolled 567
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action 46%

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 1,144
Students accepting place on wait list 523
Students accepted from wait list 12

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 50%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 85%
Average high school GPA 3.7
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.5-4

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 50%
SAT Critical Reading average score 596
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 540-650
SAT Math average score 610
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 560-680
SAT Writing average score 581
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 530-640
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 73%
Average ACT Composite score 27
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 25-30
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 24-31
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 24-29