University of Denver

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University of Denver
City: Denver, Colorado
Type: Private
Students: 12,931 (2019 Fall)[1]
Faculty: 763 (2019 Fall)[1]
Colors: Crimson and Gold
Endowment: $786.4 million (2019)[2]

The University of Denver is a private college located in Denver, Colorado. Methodists founded it in 1864, making it the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. In 1880, it was renamed the University of Denver although its legal name continues to be "Colorado Seminary."

It is best known for its collegiate winter sports programs, having won eight national titles in men's ice hockey (the school's top spectator sport) and 24 national team skiing titles (the most of any school).

The Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management had its first graduating class in 1946, making it one of the oldest college hotel school programs in the United States.

DU hosts 20 fraternities and sororities. Currently, 22% of DU's students are involved with fraternities and sororities, and many of those students also hold positions in the Undergraduate Student Government, the University of Denver Programs Board (DUPB), Student Media Board, and many other organizations across campus.[3]

In September 2020, the University of Denver suspended 38 members of its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams after the students attended a large, off-campus party that violated COVID-19 restrictions.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 University Factbook. Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
  2. As of June 30, 2019. U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA.
  3. Fraternity & Sorority Life. Retrieved on Oct. 2, 2020.
  4. "University of Denver suspends 38 swimming and diving student athletes for violating COVID-19 restrictions after attending large, off-campus party", Fox News, September 30, 2020. Retrieved on October 3, 2020.