Application Process – What you need to know

Whether the University of Denver is your top choice or not, we are so pleased you are here! We made this post with the goal of making the application process a little less overwhelming for you. At the bottom of this page, you will also find helpful links.

The top 5 things you need to know about the application process are:

  1. There are two deadlines you can choose from: November 1st  for Early Decision I and Early Action; and January 15th for Early Decision II and Regular Decision. Early Decision is a binding agreement between you and the University that you will attend DU if you are accepted. You can only apply Early Decision to one school, and if you are accepted to DU via Early Decision, you must withdraw your applications from other institutions. You should only apply Early Decision if you are sure you want to be a DU student. Early Action and Regular Decision are non-binding applications, and you can apply to as many schools as you like for these deadlines.
  1. After you choose your deadline, it is time to fill out your application! DU accepts the Common Application, however it has its own application called the Pioneer Application. DU does not favor one. In both these applications, students must write an essay. The essay topic is released with the application, which means it is not the same every year. 
  1. Once you finish your application, you must pay a nonrefundable fee of $65. If you are facing financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver. These are granted on a case-by-case basis and require a school official to verify that paying the application fee would be a burden on you and your family. 
  1. Now you must submit your supporting materials. If you have completed or will complete a U.S.- or Canadian-style secondary or high school program (including International Baccalaureate [IB] and Advanced Placement [AP]) either in the United States, Canada or overseas, we encourage you to take the SAT and/or ACT standardized tests. You may choose which standardized test you would like to take, or you can take both. If you have taken either test more than once, DU will combine the best subscores to create your best possible composite result. You will also have to contact each of your secondary schools or high schools to have them send your official transcripts to International Student Admission in separate sealed envelopes. We do require you to include certified English translations if your transcript is in a different language. Finally, DU will need to read a letter of recommendation from your teacher or school counselor. If possible, please make sure these letters include information on your class rank and other helpful academic measurements.
  1. As an international student, you must submit proof of English proficiency. DU accepts the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English). 

We know that the application process is, at times, confusing and stressful. If you have any questions about the admission process, please, do not hesitate to reach out to our staff at international admissions! You can reach us at If you would like to learn more about how it is to be a student at DU, reach out to one of our Global Ambassadors! We are thrilled and honored that you have chosen DU!

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