University of Colorado Denver Reviews

  • 128 Reviews
  • Denver (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $25,771
89% of 128 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 128 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 2/5/2021
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"My dream was to attend a private, liberal arts college in the pacific northwest. This did not work out, and I am so happy that I ended up attending CU Denver. Not only is my debt minimal thanks to financial aid and in-state tuition (along with some scholarships from CU), but I have learned so much from this school. Nearly all of my professors have been incredible, dedicated, and thoughtful. My major and minor teachers have been nothing but amazing and I sincerely enjoyed working with them. The Creative Writing department is superb (though some literature teachers in the general English department are not as great)! I have been able to take a great mix of online and in-person classes. Maymester courses are wonderful for those looking to get quick credits (these are not easy classes, though!). Maymester is 3 credits in 3 weeks and it is recommended to only take one class during this time. There are also different-length summer classes (i.e. 5 weeks instead of 8) which are sometimes available online. The campus is easy to navigate once you get used to it, and everyone is pretty friendly and helpful. Spaces are clean and there are dedicated areas for studying and printing. You actually get printing included in your tuition, so avoid the library and use the computer labs (one is in North classroom) to save money. The Wellness Center is a great addition to campus. The group-fitness instructors are fantastic and I even did a personal training course, which was super helpful for me. A downside is parking. The cost goes up every semester, and it is always full in the garages during a typical, non-Covid semester. It's about $5.50-7 for the parking every day. The lightrail is good, but definitely gets really full after 4pm when people get off work and classes. Get the RTD pass if you can and if it's included in tuition. This is a lifesaver! I've worked on campus, been part of orgs, and volunteer, and it has been such a great experience. Though many people find public universities to not be as good as private ones, I actually think this is a great school. MSU Denver is also a good alternative and a bit cheaper (same campus) but has different degrees. CU offers more graduate degrees also. Your advisor is either hit or miss. Mine has been really good, but I've heard other people have had bad experiences. My advice: look at what courses you need yourself! Don't rely on your advisors always being right. Also, take major classes earlier than you think you need to. Core classes can be taken in the summer or online really easily, but major classes might be harder to find. Most people here I think have a good experience. It is NOT a party school. There are no sororities or fraternities on campus. A lot of students are international, older, and work full-time. This is a good place for meeting people who are focused on school and their careers rather than on partying and socializing. However, there are opportunities to attend social events and lots of organizations/clubs to join. Tivoli is a great place to find activities to do. Overall, I loved going here and will miss this campus a lot!"
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Pediatric Primary Care)
"Very dissatisfied with the lack of support during the entirety of the program by the head of the primary peds nurse practitioner department. She did not set others up for success and used fear tactics towards students to prevent them from succeeding. Look elsewhere if primary peds is your specialty of interest"
Jeremy Magin
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"UCD is a smaller program than CU Boulder, but this can be beneficial as it results in smaller class sizes and more individualized attention. The campus is easy to navigate, if you live outside of downtown Denver the Light Rail serves 2 stops on campus and the cost is included in your tuition."
Simon Kamau
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I did my online MSN Leadership and Health Systems (otherwise referred to as MS iLEAD) from the College of Nursing University of Colorado Denver. It was purely online. I was able to study from Kenya, East Africa. This is a reputable university and the program there is quite thorough. The MS was coursework about 30 credit hours with a comprehensive paper at the end for defense. The group work was my biggest strength and motivation. Though most students were the US, there was a handful from other other countries and they valued our input so much. I cleared in 3 years."
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2017
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"Wish I could speak more highly of this program. Unfortunately, due to the mass confusion regarding multiple versions of curricula and poor advisers there were only 4 or 5 individuals out of a cohort of 26 that graduated in the allotted 2 years. Additionally, a grade change was issued in a course because a very new professor didn't provide a grading rubric and really didn't teach an effective course. One person in my cohort dropped out of the program after this course. Offering such a horrible class, that really provided nothing, was blatant disrespect of our time and money. Program heads couldn't refund everyone so they just upped all of our letter grades. This program is very unorganized and does not offer any "real world" experience. Students are able to do an internship for course credit but the department offers no assistance finding internships. There is no collaboration or partnerships with the University and those working in the field. We completed one research practicum with an outside partner. We were told our work would be published on the website. However, the reports we spent a whole semester writing are no where to be found on the website. Seems like we did a lot of work to just sit on a shelf. I had two excellent professors, Dr. DeGrandchamp and Dr. Briles, other than coursework completed with those professors this program was a huge let down. It's unfortunate to feel like your degree in invalid or not enough because of such an unorganized program. While the degree helped me get my job, I do not use skills learned in my graduate program in my career. Maybe in a few years this program will be better but in the mean time I would not recommend this program what so ever."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Good school if you want to live in downtown Denver. Knowledgeable staff. Curriculum wasn't very difficult, which made some classes not very useful for the real world."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Expensive fees, Professors are okay, school doesn't have great flexibility in timings and class schedules, very strict in grading"
Madison Latham-Kapitz
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2017
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is an amazing place to train as a future health care provider. Not only is it located on a beautiful campus adjacent to two of the top ranking training hospitals in the nation, it offers an interdisciplinary approach to teaching to prepare its students to become the most efficient members of the health care team as possible. Within the physician assistant program alone, students receive specialized training in pediatrics and women's health in addition to all other areas of medicine to prepare learners to provide comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages from prenatal to end of life care. This program is consistently ranked in the top 10 of all PA programs in the country and has extraordinary passing rates for board exams following graduation. Nation wide, there is a significant shortage in primary care providers and this program prepares students to aid in that shortage by providing primary care to patients. Finally, the program offers specific classes to teach learners cultural humility, which is an ongoing process that requires humility as individuals to continually engage in self reflection and self critique, as lifelong learners and reflective practitioners. As part of this we learn to treat our patients with compassion by taking into account mental and emotional asepects of health care in addition to physical aspects. The CU Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program is the best one could hope for in becoming a knowledgeable, efficient, and compassionate member of the health care team."
Lina Brou
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"The University of Colorado Denver has a myriad of resources on the main downtown campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus, where I am primarily taking coursework. The School of Public Health covers various topics and the smaller class sizes are perfect for getting individual attention. The rigor of the coursework is above average and the commitment to diversity and social justice allows me to achieve my career goals."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Education
"My professors were wonderful, and I earned a great education that I was able to implement immediately in my teaching. The university was great about scheduling and working with my teaching schedule."
Bridget Kromrey
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"My program has been excellent in facilitating my learning and giving me hands on experience in the field of global mental health. Having an international internship was an invaluable experience. The instructors come from a diverse background and the classes span from so many different areas. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is wanting to work with international populations."
Jaclyn DeRieux
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The University of Colorado Anschutz campus provides a unique and supportive environment for medical education. I especially appreciate how several professional schools (PA, nursing, PT, pharmacology) are located on the same campus, and courses have been created to promote interprofessional collaboration."
J. Tanner Kaler
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This degree is all about what you make it. If you work hard to learn the material and apply it, you have a great many resources available to help with networking, research, and study. The fact that an internship is required goes a long way to make the information used in classes stick and improve the overall marketability of graduates."
Jillian Pate
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Architecture
"My experience thus far has been very rewarding and worthwhile. The professors are very knowledgeable, and have stretched my understanding of Architecture in ways that I would not have expected before starting the program. There are a plethora of opportunities for involvement with design workshops, lectures, and projects outside of class, which is great! However, the amount of notice for such participation is sometimes too quick to be able to participate in such opportunities. I have found that the university as a whole is a bit hands off, and figuring out financial aid, scholarships, university requirements and administrative things a bit of a blind maze. The administrative offices seem to just expect students to understand all of the requirements, and do little to inform students or update them of account needs. That said, the program is great, and the only one in Colorado, so it makes for an enviable experience for many, as Denver is a great place to study."
Sara M.
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2017
  • Degree: English
"The University of Colorado Denver English studies graduate program is ideal for people who work a full-time job. They offer many classes in the evenings (starting at 5pm) to accommodate the growing number of graduate students who can't afford to pursue a degree full-time. The majority of graduate students tend to be teachers, so it creates a great environment for those who are either currently teaching or hope to teach since it allows for group collaboration around current issues in teaching English. The required courses for the graduate program are for graduate students only; however, the elective courses that are offered are cross-listed with undergraduate classes. This means that these courses are generally not as challenging despite the teachers applying different standards and assigning additional assignments to the graduate students. I would say this is a major downside of the program. Overall, the program offers a lot of leniency in how you want to pursue your degree and flexibility to do so in your own time."
Jen Roybal
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2017
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I felt that this was a great program with extensive networking opportunity. The faculty strive to see their students succeed and base the classes around helping the students understand the material in a real world setting. There were plenty of opportunities to use the knowledge you gain in practice with proper supervision and feedback. Overall, it was a well balanced program to help students succeed and then set them up for reputable careers directly after graduation."
Mikayla J
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The Physical Therapy program at CU Denver is one of the best in the nation, according to ranking and personal views. There is so much collaboration among professors, clinicians from the community, and students of all the medical programs to produce a fantastic learning environment. Classes are challenging, which is met with endless resources on campus to help each student succeed. These resources include other helpful students, professors with an open-door policy, and educational technology on campus. In addition, there are countless opportunities for students to become involved and find their niche within the field, whether it be research, volunteering at local underserved community clinics, or teaching fitness classes. All of these opportunities prepare competent, ethical, and compassionate professionals to enter the field of physical therapy completely ready to transform the lives of their patients."
Samantha V.
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"University of Colorado Denver has such a great business school due to all the focus they put on their students. All the professors that I had were willing to help me at anytime and were all so encouraging. I am glad that I got the opportunity to attend and graduate from this school because it is such a positive environment."
Jason Whitaker
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
"The hit or miss quality of the institution necessitates the following statement. This review is intended to look at the experience as a whole and should not be applied to any single individual but rather the school of public health on this campus as a whole. Without giving specific examples I can say that the administrative wing of the organization is a disaster. There is a lack of responsiveness and a general unwillingness to explore processes and systems through the eyes of a student. The system that is used doesn't even allow students to print a class schedule. All of this in mind, I have no hope in the current system being improved in any meaningful way. In my classes I have met some of the most concerned, capable, and passionate professors that exist on this planet. I have also met some of the most disengaged and burnt-out professionals that can possibly exist. The good ones work with students to make sure they understand concepts, they encourage students to engage in the learning process, offer opportunities to engage with the community, and have a high enough level of understanding that they can explain even difficult concepts to elementary aged children. The ineffective professors don't seem to care. There is about a 60/40 split with ineffective professors outnumbering the effective professors. To the credit of the institution, if a student explores outside of the traditional student experience he/she can find some fantastic opportunities to work in the community and learn. The engaged faculty are very supportive of this and work very hard through administrative inefficiencies to ensure that students get the experience they are pursuing. I would not recommend this program to most students. Most students will go to class and take what is thrown to them and if they do that they will receive a sub-par education in this system. Successful students in this program learn to judge which faculty and staff are engaged and have a desire to help. Successful students will then work with those engaged faculty and staff to create a plan for success that includes working in the community. Unfortunately, all students are required to take courses facilitated by a mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It could be so much better."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"I think that college was a great experience for me. It made me really think about what i wanted to do in life and it helped me realize that i would need to make lots of money to support a family. I finally chose Biology as my major and i am proud to have chosen it."