Friday, May 24, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] Part 2 - International Admissions at University of Denver

Students walking across campus
[Source: University of Denver]
Founded in 1864, DU is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region and is known for its outstanding academics and strong faculty-student collaboration. With more than 1,400 international students from 89 countries, the University of Denver is truly a global institution. The importance of global learning and wide-ranging experiences is emphasized in our campus culture. You will feel at home in a community that is open to broad ideas, diverse cultures and international perspectives.

International Undergraduate Admissions

When you apply to the University of Denver, your educational background is carefully analyzed on the basis of your school records and the educational system of the country where you were educated. We will conduct evaluations to ensure that international applicants to DU have an educational background comparable to that required of U.S. students.

Application Deadlines

It is important to begin the application process as early as possible, and all first-year applicants must submit their applications by January 15.

  • Early Action deadline: November 1, applicants will be notified of their admission decision by early January.
  • Regular Action deadline: January 15, applicants will be notified of their admission decisions by mid-March.
  • Late Action: Applications submitted after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case, space-available basis.

Application Checklist

  1. A completed online application
  2. A nonrefundable application fee of $60
  3. A passport-sized photograph taken within a year of the date of application
  4. Official transcripts from each secondary/high school attended
  5. One letter of recommendation from a counselor or instructor
  6. A personal statement/essay (at least 300 words)
  7. SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACTs (American College Test) are required for students who have or will graduate from a US or Canadian-style curriculum
  8. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required for students who have or will graduate from a non-English curriculum
    • TOEFL of 550 PBT, 80 iBT
    • 6.5 on the IELTS, with no less than 6.0 on any individual band scores
  9. CAI Interview for students living in China
*If you are a non-native speaker of English you will be required to take the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) during International Student Orientation. All non-native speakers, regardless of TOEFL or IELTS test scores, must take this assessment. Your ELPA results may also require you to enroll in the full-time intensive English program at DU's English Language Center, regardless of your TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Students are generally exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS if they have any of the following:

  • Secondary/high school diploma from a school where the language of instruction is English
  • SAT Critical Reading score above 500
  • ACT English subscore of 22 or higher
  • GSCE grade of A, B or C on the English examination
  • HKCEE grade of A, B or C on the English examination, syllabus B
  • At least one year of credit (30 semester hours/45 quarter hours) from a U.S. college or university or a university where English is the universal language of instruction and examination
  • Successful completion of the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center

English Conditional Admission (ECA)

Any undergraduate student who successfully completes the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center prior to enrolling in a degree program will not be required to present a TOEFL/IELTS score. Completion of an intensive English program other than the University of Denver's English Language Center does not satisfy this requirement.


The University of Denver's commitment to international students and scholastic excellence is exemplified by a number of merit-based scholarships, awarded to new first-year and transfer undergraduate international students annually. All qualified applicants are given automatic consideration for these scholarships; there is no separate application. SAT or ACT results and class rankings are necessary to determine eligibility for each of these merit-based awards. Most scholarships are renewable. With rare exceptions, no scholarship covers the full cost of attendance.

Undergraduate Scholarship
Criteria for Competition
Merit-based Scholarships $10,000 to $20,000 per year for first-year students $8,000 to $12,000 per year for transfer students
Admission standards for international students vary based on the educational system of the country in which they have attended school. Typically, admitted students have earned the equivalent of As and Bs in a demanding, college preparatory curriculum. Applicants who have shown academic achievements beyond these criteria will be considered for merit-based scholarships.
Music Activity Scholarship
Audition for Lamont School of Music, music major
Athletic Activity Grant
Outstanding talent and demonstrated athletic ability

International Graduate Admissions

Application Timeline

  1. Using departmental/program requirement guidelines, collect and obtain all required application materials.
  2. Submit application and supplementary materials using instructions above.
  3. The graduate admission office will review all submitted materials.
  4. If you have earned a degree outside the United States, your completed application will be forwarded to the Office of International Student Admission for academic credential evaluation. This evaluation can take approximately two to four weeks. Please allow time for this evaluation process when planning to apply.
  5. After evaluation, your file will be returned to the graduate admission office for a final review. Your program will contact you if further information is required or when an admission decision is made.
  6. If you are accepted, you will be required to submit items for immigration processing if not already submitted. You may also be required to submit an admission deposit. Your acceptance letter will provide additional information on how to proceed at this stage.
  7. Once immigration-related items are received, your application materials will be forwarded to the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS) for I-20 review and issuance. The ISSS will be reviewing all financial support, scholarship, and immigration documents to issue your I-20. If you will be seeking a DS-2019 for a J-1 student visa, you will work with ISSS to obtain immigration-related documents.
  8. Depending on the program, your department will mail your immigration documents to you.

English Proficiency

A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all graduate student applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status. The minimum language test scores accepted by the University of Denver are:

  • 80 internet-based TOEFL
  • 550 paper-based TOEFL
  • 6.0 IELTS

Some graduate departments require higher minimum language test scores for non-native English speakers, for comprehensive information, please visit the DU website.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Any graduate applicant whose native language is not English (including US citizens and permanent residents), regardless of his or her educational background, who wishes to be considered for any Graduate Teaching Assistantship during any year of study in any graduate department at DU must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a minimum of 26 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section or an IELTS speaking score of 8.0.


International students may work on campus a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session and a maximum of 37.5 hours during vacations. On-campus positions are extremely limited. After nine consecutive months of enrollment, and under very limited circumstances, students may apply for permission to work off campus through the International Student and Scholar Services office. Dependents of students holding an F-1 Student Visa are not permitted to work under any circumstances.

Links & Resources

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