Campus Life

A personal experience, for every student

The university experience is more than the classes you take or the degree you earn. It's also about making lifelong connections and being part of a community that helps you grow into the person you want to be.

  • 11,600 students (close to half graduate, half undergraduate)
  • Over 100 student-run clubs and organizations
  • 125 acres of beautiful campus space
  • 720 acres of pristine wilderness adjacent to the Roosevelt National Forest 

Living at DU

Students live on campus for their first two years at DU, so our community is constantly infused with new faces, ideas and experiences. Whether you test your wings in a living and learning community, club sports, or any of the student organizations based on campus, you're sure to find a home at DU.

Walk around campus in the fall and you'll find students relaxing on the greens, enjoying the changing colors of our many trees. Winter brings the First Snow Celebration, where our community gathers for hot chocolate and snowball fights as students and faculty enjoy the pristine beauty of a snow-covered campus. Once the snow melts, with nature in full bloom, you'll find our lawns and green spaces populated by students soaking up the Colorado sun.

With five residence halls, a range of dining options and easy access to the Mile High City, this is where your path begins.

Living at DU

mountain campus

Redefining the Traditional Campus Experience

With the introduction of the James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus, DU is the only university to integrate both an urban and a mountain campus, offering the opportunity for every student to grow in multiple dimensions in order to lead lives of purpose, for themselves and for the difference you’ll make in communities around the globe. Here, there is something for every learner to expand upon and apply to your studies on our urban campus. And thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, these experiences are available with no additional financial burden to our students or their families. 

  • Bridge over Evans

    Driscoll Student Center: Driscoll is the hub of student activity on campus. It's centrally located so you can grab your books and DU gear at the bookstore, get coffee on your way to class, meet up with friends, or access many of the student and career-support services we offer all in one place.

  • AAC on a dusky springs ever

    Anderson Academic Commons: Home to our print and digital libraries as well as academic support services, Anderson is a modern take on the college library and a perfect place to study and focus on achieving your goals. You'll also find a coffee shop, a digital media center and quiet meeting rooms where you can work on projects with other students.

  • Student on lawn reading

    Green Spaces: Our campus is home to an arboretum with over 2,100 trees and lush lawns near almost every building. You'll have plenty of space to stretch out, take in 300 days of Colorado sunshine and be active with your friends.

  • work out space

    Fitness and Wellness Facilities: The golden spire of the Ritchie Center is visible for miles around Denver. The center houses our NCAA athletics facilities and the Coors Fitness Center. As a student, you'll have free access to the Health & Counseling Center as well as our Olympic-sized pool, a climbing wall and a range of other athletics amenities.

  • mountain campus

    James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus: The latest elevation of the DU experience, our mountain campus offers students the chance to reflect, connect and explore Colorado's stunning natural landscapes—enhancing our signature 4D Experience

On Campus


Promoting Sustainability

Our formal policy on climate change and sustainable development utilizes our partnerships and academic efforts in research, teaching and service to increase our sustainability and improve awareness in the community.

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Marcus Commons presentation

Marcus Commons Reimagined

Ten students in the Daniels College of Business' Real Estate and Built Environment program divided into teams and presented ideas for transforming Marcus Commons into a flexible, functional and collaborative space.

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Arts & Activities

With over 100 student-run clubs, there's no shortage of things to do on campus, Explore the Rockies with the Alpine Club, team up with your friends through club sports, or help improve local communities through our service organizations. Campus lights up with action during the hockey season, and our cultural festivals bring people together to celebrate and express the many experiences of our diverse community.

We've built a campus that serves as a cultural hub for our students and the city we call home. The Newman Center for the Performing Arts hosts concerts, theatrical performances and talks by cultural icons from around the world. At our art gallery and small theaters located on campus, you can contribute your voice to cultural conversations and learn from contemporary artists hailing from Denver and beyond.

Most important, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community that respects every perspective and encourages intellectual exploration. As we're non-denominational, we support people of all faiths. Through class work, community projects and on-campus discussion and initiatives, we strive to bring people of all backgrounds into the conversation.

Come explore with us and discover how the Pioneer spirit animates every member of our community.

Arts & Activities

Creating Memories

DU community members show off homemade goods at DU Maker's Market.
DU Maker's Market

From pickles to 3D printing, DU students, faculty, staff and community member showed off their homemade goods at the DU Maker's Market, presented by the Center for Sustainability.

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University of Denver students celebrate First Snow.
DU Celebrates First Snow

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence hosts the annual DU First Snow. Students, faculty and staff mark the occasion with hot chocolate and donuts, all while staying warm next to a fire pit on Driscoll Green.

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Academic Support

We believe life and learning should complement each other, two parts of the whole college experience. As a Pioneer, you'll have access to support systems that help you capitalize on your strengths and transform your dreams into reality.

We've built a Career Services system to help you maximize the opportunities available to you and discover new ones through our connections to Denver and our global alumni community. We'll help you find internships, so you gain valuable work experience. When it's time for the next step, we'll provide support as you search for a fulfilling job.

We believe in assisting everyone on campus as they pursue their goals. Diversity is essential to our community, and we're dedicated to serving the needs of individuals of every race, gender and sexual orientation. You'll have a safe, welcoming environment where you can explore your identity and discover who you really want to be, no matter your background or where you are from.

Academic Support

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