The University of Colorado Denver (UCD or UC Denver) is a public research university with two campuses in Colorado - its Auraria Campus in Denver, and its Anschutz Medical Campus in nearby Aurora, Colorado. The UC Denver is one of the largest employers in Colorado, thanks in part to its University of Colorado Hospital and University Physicians, Inc.
The UC Denver offers more than 130 degree programs, including undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels. It also awards professional degrees. The UCD has the only medical school in the state and the largest graduate business school. UCD has high research activity with its research programs primarily dedicated to medicine and health sciences.
UC Denver was founded in 1883 as the Department of Medicine and Surgery that was located at the Boulder Campus of the University of Colorado. In 1898, it opened its Department of Nursing. In 1892, the classes for these programs were moved to Denver, where more opportunities for practical learning experience existed. The movement of the medical departments from Boulder to Denver caused a series of political battles over where to locate these programs. By 1911, the School of Medicine had merged with the Denver Gross Medical College and developed a more comprehensive program in Denver. In 1925, the School of Medicine moved to a new campus location in Denver that later became the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. With the subsequent reshuffling of an army medical center, and renaming of the health and medical programs many years later, the UC Denver health sciences schools were relocated to the army base and became the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at what is now known as the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Another branch of the University of Colorado Denver was established in 1912 as an Extension Center of the University of Colorado. This department of "correspondence and extension" grew over the years and moved locations several times, finally becoming the University of Colorado at Denver in 1974. In 2007, the university's name was refined to "University of Colorado Denver," comprised of its Downtown Campus and its Anschutz Medical Campus (University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus).
The academic calendar for the University of Colorado Denver follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.
Colleges and Schools
- College of Architecture and Planning
- College of Arts & Media
- Business School
- School of Dental Medicine
- School of Education and Human Development
- College of Engineering and Applied Science
- Graduate School
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- School of Medicine
- College of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Public Affairs
- Colorado School of Public Health
More than 100 student clubs and organizations are available at the University of Colorado Denver, including professional groups, honor societies, and religious, political, social and service groups, among others. The student-run newspaper, the Advocate, is an opportunity for journalism students and others to get involved. Intramural sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and squash.
The UCD lecture series offers students the opportunity to hear from renowned guest speakers. Many other events and opportunities for recreation and entertainment are available.
Campus housing is available at the Campus Village on the Auraria Campus.
The University of Colorado school colors are black and gold, and the school mascot is a buffalo named "Ralphie."
The University of Colorado "Buffaloes" compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
The University of Colorado Denver is comprised of two campuses - its downtown Denver Campus, which is officially named "Auraria Campus," and its Anschutz Medical Campus.
Denver, Colorado offers visitors and students much to see and do. UC Denver's downtown campus (Auraria Campus) is near high-rise buildings of downtown Denver in the Theatre District. The Anschutz Medical Campus is in nearby Aurora, and offers easy access to the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children's Hospital.
There are many nice neighborhoods around both campuses, in nice tree lined metro areas. There is a good network of bicycle paths, as well as rail and bus systems. The area is renowned for its skiing, with plentiful snowfall in the ski areas.
Cultural events in the community include the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, the sporting events of the Denver Broncos, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, to name a few.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates University of Colorado Denver accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
University of Colorado Denver has a total student population of about 24,000, where graduate students make up roughly 6% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- In-State Tuition: $7,400-$8,900
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $22,000-$26,900
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $310-$370 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $930-$1,100 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||73%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||54%||$6,030|
|Receiving Student Loans||44%||$5,758|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, University of Colorado Denver may offer services like:
- Distance learning
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Child care
University of Colorado Denver has an overall graduation rate which is around 41%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||16%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||16%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||9%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program
- * Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission (since 1997)
- Periodontics Program
- * Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2007)
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- * Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (since 1939)
Campus: University of Colorado Denver
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Music Program
- Nurse Midwifery Education Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of Colorado Denver by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
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- Metropolitan State College of Denver in Denver, CO (0.7 miles away)
- Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO (13 miles away)
- University of Colorado at Boulder in Boulder, CO (24 miles away)
- University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO (48 miles away)
- United States Air Force Academy in USAFA, CO (51 miles away)
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