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For a document filled with facts about the University of Denver, download our fact sheet (PDF).

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Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region.

In the past 15 years, DU has added $500 million in new facilities, including the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness and the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.


Campus: 133 acres

Students: Approximately 12,000

Alumni: Nearly 120,000

Faculty: Approximately 1,250


Chancellor Robert Coombe

Chancellor Robert Coombe

Provost Gregg Kvistad

Provost Gregg Kvistad

School colors

Crimson and gold

Noteworthy past speakers at the University of Denver

Other political events hosted at DU

  • A 1997 meeting of Group of Eight (G8) world leaders
  • 2006 PeaceJam international conference, featuring 10 Nobel laureates

Commissions, centers and institutes related to public policy and social change