Application Process in Simple Steps!

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 only accepts the Common Application. On their application, students must draft an essay. The Common Application makes the prompts available beforehand, find these prompts on .  
  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. The University of Denver is a test-optional institution; that means that if you have received your SAT or ACT test scores and you feel the scores do not represent who you are as a student, you do not have to send us your scores. You will still be considered for admission and merit scholarship. We will put more weight on your GPA and the strength of your curriculum, but it is your personal decision. If you feel those scores do represent you as a student, feel free to submit them to us. If you have taken the test multiple times, we will add up the best scores from each test to give you the best possible composite which is also known as Super Scoring. 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, however, you may be eligible for an exemption. DU accepts the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), Duolingo, IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English). If you think you could be eligible for an exemption, contact one of our admissions counselors or 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 international admissions counselors or 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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