About CU Denver

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus provides a diverse body of students with opportunities to enhance their lives, careers and research. Today, the university offers more than 130 programs in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional health levels.

Educating more than 14,000 students on our comprehensive campus in downtown Denver and more than 3,000 students in our research and advanced health care programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Denver is one of the nation’s top public urban research universities.


The new $60.5M Student Commons Building


From two students to more than 28,000 students

Many paths have led to the current University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. The health sciences component began with the establishment of the CU School of Medicine in 1883 on the Boulder campus. The Denver Campus originated in 1912 as an extension of the University of Colorado at Boulder and gained its independence in 1973. Today, the university combination of:

  • CU Denver, a vibrant urban learning center with liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in eight schools and colleges.
  • CU Anschutz Medical Campus, located in Aurora and home to six professional schools in the health sciences and extensive research and clinical care facilities, including the University of Colorado Hospital.

Some facts about the Denver Campus

Location: Downtown Denver (Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street)

Enrollment (Fall 2014):

  • 14,369 students
  • 9,987 Undergraduate
    • 49% male, 51% female
  • 4,382 graduate
    • 45% male, 55% female

The Denver Campus awards more master’s degrees than any other public institution in Colorado (1,725 in FY2012-13).

Diverse Population:

  • 39% of undergraduates are students of color
  • 54% of new freshmen are students of color

Average entering ACT score:

  • 23.0 Composite
  • 23.2 English
  • 22.6 Math

Average entering SAT score:

  • 542 Math
  • 543 Verbal
  • 1,079 Total

Average high school GPA:

  • 3.40

Schools and Colleges:


Most-enrolled Undergraduate Degree Programs: Biology, Business, Music, Psychology

Most-enrolled Graduate Degree Programs:
Masters’ of Business Administration, Curriculum and Instruction (Education), Public Administration


Learn more about studying at CU Denver.