Founded in 1864, only a few years after the city itself, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region.
The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,000 students hailing from all regions of the U.S. and 93 other countries.
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Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.
We're gearing up to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2014. The 2012 presidential debate is one of many pre-anniversary events we're hosting that taps into our mission of dedicating ourselves to taking on the great issues of the day and serving the public good.
The University of Denver by the numbers
- 11,476 students (as of fall 2011)
- 5,087 undergraduate
- 6,389 graduate
- The common name for the University of Denver is DU and not UD. No one is certain why.
- Though Abraham Lincoln never set foot in Colorado, without him there would be no University of Denver. Lincoln appointed friend John Evans territorial governor of Colorado. Evans, who had founded Northwestern University in Chicago, went on to found DU.
- William Howard Taft was the first president to speak on campus, on October 3, 1911—101 years to the day before our upcoming presidential debate.
- DU is home to the Husted Culinary Collection, one of the three largest cookery text collections in the United States.
- The University has two buildings that qualify as being the oldest on campus. While University Hall was built in 1890 on campus, Evans Chapel—built in 1878—was taken apart stone by stone at its original location in downtown Denver and moved to campus in 1959.
- The University's Carson-Brierly Dance Library is one of 14 dedicated dance libraries in the country. The collection documents and represents the entire spectrum of dance, specifically in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. It has more than 70,000 volumes, 100 periodical titles, music scores, recordings (audio/video), oral histories, posters, photographs, press kits, and programs.
- Anna Boiardi—descendant of the founders of Chef Boyardee canned pasta—is a DU alumna and author of the cookbook Delicious Memories. Read more
- DU hasn't lost a football game since 1960—the year before the University dropped its football program.
- Two former U.S. Secretaries of State were daughters of DU faculty members: Madeline Albright (daughter of Josef Korbel) and Condoleezza Rice (daughter of John Rice).