University of Denver Reviews

  • 148 Reviews
  • Denver (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $56,439
84% of 148 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 148 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 2/9/2024
  • Degree: Network Security
"I had high hopes of gaining a comprehensive education in my chosen field. However, my experience has been far from satisfactory, leaving me with a bitter taste. The focus on research papers at the expense of practical technical knowledge. One of the exhausting issues I encountered at the University of Denver was the faculty's excessive preoccupation with accusing students of plagiarism and AI usage. Instead of fostering a supportive learning environment, the professors seemed more like private detectives, constantly scrutinizing every assignment for potential misconduct. The accusatory atmosphere created by this approach is not conducive to a healthy and constructive educational experience. This school takes "for-profit" to the next level. DU's online program is a needlessly expensive venture with questionable returns! They won't offer you scholarships either. To sum it up, studying here was a mentally draining, exhausting experience."
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2024
  • Degree: Network Security
"The quality of education is lacking, and it is a very expensive school. No one should end up with a 70k debt for an online degree. The ICT program was a joke. We were writing research papers based of the information read online. The technical knowledge they give you is abysmal. You don’t feel ready for the job market after graduation. The professors are very old school, uptight, and rely on AI for grading. They don’t partake in group discussions. They don’t ask challenging or mind bending questions."
mahi hoss
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2020
  • Degree: Data Science Masters
"Unfortunately all they are looking for is money. University of Denver online Data science master program will beg you to apply for it and pay for and they will be super mad if they figure out you are applying for other schools as well. they keep calling you to apply for it and they keep telling you if you don't apply it is going to get late. I totally think they acting like scammers and they trying to trap you in their program"
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2020
  • Degree: Data Science
"I am writing this review to tell students interested in DU's MS Data Science program to stay away! The program is a joke. I stayed in the program for 2 classes. DU clearly is not ready to teach an online program. The course content is laughable. Basically they have several short videos and then the syllabus directs the student to the generic Khan Academy website (and two other websites, MIT and and that is it. I am embarrassed that anyone would charge $4000 per class for this and then lean heavily on the work of others. If a student did this, they would be expelled. Yes, third party supplemental content is always utilized (like a textbook) but at DU, they don't even bother to go into anything specific. You get the overly simple, async videos and have to spend hours searching the internet to provide the actual tools you would need to complete the program. DU should be ashamed of themselves and embarrassed by the "program" they are pushing out. Absolutely mercenary. Even more disturbing, the content they do provide has frequent errors and expired links in it. There are many MSDS programs out there that are higher ranked than DU (in fact, I cannot find DU's program ranked anywhere. I wish I spent more time looking into that. Just do a google search and that should help you.). DU is clearly coasting on their reputation. Don't saddle yourself with huge student loan debt for a program that provides very little in the way of education. By the way, when I withdrew from DU, I had a 95 in their Fundamentals of Calculus class and a 99 in their Python so this wasn't a function of "it's too hard." They just have an embarrassingly thin program."
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I sunk about $50k into the MBA program before I realized that I wasn't learning much and that employers did not care that I was getting an MBA. DU stopped paying attention to rankings and allowed the business school to drop below other Colorado schools (including UCCS), which made the $5k/class price tag absolutely absurd. The "career services" consisted of a roundtable of people exchanging phone numbers and email. It was an absolute waste of time and money going to this overpriced institution. Most of the instructors had been out of the business world for a while and the classes weren't particularly applicable to starting a business or anything but middle management. In summary, you will pay ~$85,000 for a degree that is ranked below other Colorado schools and that doesn't help you in your job (I know several other students who finished the PMBA and are struggling careerwise). The other students in my cohort agreed that overall the program is a joke, and the rigor is undergrad level at best."
ryan oleary
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2019
  • Degree: Business
"I received a good education at the University of Denver. The business school at DU is considered a top notch program and the overall school is often called, "The Harvard of the west." I thought the instructors were knowledgeable, personable, and that they wanted to see students succeed. I also felt that the coursework was challening and I learned about, but the coursework was not so challenging people couldn't succeed. I took many classes, including a good amount of core classes, that provided with an overall quality education. I participated in sports while at DU, so I was not able to get connected very much to other organizations on campus. Overall, there were many opportunities to get invovled and connected to a variety of student support organizations while attending the school. The area is also beautiful and there are many things to do in the Denver and surroundiong area. Students can shop at the 16th Street Mall or go up to the mountains to sky or fish. There are an ample amount of parks as well where students can bike ride, fish, and enjoy just being outside. I would highly recommend that students find different groups to be a part of while attending this school as having an adequate support system is important to succeed in colllege. I would highly recommend this school even though it is not cheap. I know the cost of attending this school has gone up signifcantly since I attended the school."
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2019
  • Degree: Statistics
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at DU. Especially after experiencing the large university culture, I really appreciated the smaller, more individual atmosphere the university employs. From class sizes to campus events, being able to feel like an individual instead of a needle in a haystack was a much more encouraging and positive experience. While the Mass Communications degree program may not be as well known or as prestigious as other, larger, campuses, I did feel like I got more of a focus on my career and goals. My experience at the other university I attended was that their focus was on the journalism degrees within the school, as those are the ones that are more likely to garner them acclaim and attention. As a result, the communications and public relations students were made to feel less important as other students; we also received less instruction in our degree area, and were still required to complete many of the journalism classes that the school offered, despite them being only tangentially related to our career goals and aspirations. This was not the case at DU; I felt like a focus of the degree program, instead of a long-distance relation."
Tori Bryant
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"The University of Denver is a high-quality school with high-quality teachers. If you learn better in a small learning environment, this school is for you. The material at this school is difficult and very fast-paced, as it is on the quarter system, but will readily prepare you for future professional schooling. The professors were very accessible and helpful when needed. They were always available at office hours and many didn't mind staying after class in order to help students who were struggling or had questions. I would recommend this school to anyone trying to get a good college education."
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2019
  • Degree: Music
"The music degree was something I was proud to be earning at the Lamont School of Music. The faculty at the school is amazing and incredibly helpful. My main professor was the best resource in helping me find the next step in my future as well as helping me develop my skills. The school has undergone a lot of bureaucratic pettiness but I think they are trying to turn it around for the better. At the time that I left, the ensembles were top notch. The academics sometimes lack though and feel like high school courses rather than collegiate level. An overall good experience with a medium sized school that had a very small, close community feel."
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"I graduated with my masters in Healthcare Management in 2018 and it was the biggest mistake I could have ever made. I am in debt roughly 100,000 the school said they would help me financially and never did. I have yet to get a job that is going to even come close to making a dent in that financial burden that I have drowned myself with. Let me add this also, I was a good student graduated with a GPA of 3.875 I did various internships, joined professional organizations, did the networking, etc. to be successful. My best advice to anyone is DO NOT GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL UNTIL YOU HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELD FOR A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS!!!! Otherwise you will have the degree and not enough experience and have to start at lower pay anyways, which does not cut it with the amount of debt you will get yourself into."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"I am disgusted with the way this program treats the students as if we are slaves. We work 60+ hours a week and the agencies in which we work are diligent about keeping us from any vacation days. While the academics are incredible, I do not recommend this program from the bottom of my heart. There are many other ways you can attain a goal of private practice/private pay therapist and succumbing to being overly taken advantage of in this program is NOT the way I recommend."
Jessica Jortberg
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2018
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"I absolutely loved attending the University of Denver and would strongly encourage anyone interested to attend there. It has the nickname the "Ive League of the West" for a reason! For starters the campus is exceptionally beautiful and relatively small, making it easy to navigate and get around. Typically I could get across campus, end to end, within ten minutes, biking. Moreover, even though the school in in Denver, it does not have a city feel. The campus is in a more residential area of Denver and has Washington Park within a five minute walk of campus. Wash Park is an awesome place to run, play volleyball, bike, or even rent out paddle boats. However, if you want to head downtown, the lightrail leaves right from campus and takes you to the heart of downtown, within fifteen minutes. Pearl street near campus offers a great variety of restaurants and shops and has an amazing farmer's market. My professors were all extremely friendly and knowledgeable and I feel my degree is well respected."
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2018
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Overall, poor program with low quality faculty and resources. Courses not taught by respectable PhDs. Not a good learning environment, inexperienced faculty in policy, and costly with low return. Poorly run and managed program. Better schools to choose."
James Clemson
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2018
  • Degree: Chemistry
"The school has a great chemistry program and will prepare you well for the field. The required classes to get your degree are a total waste of time and money. I can say for sure that my chemistry knowledge is strong and alive, but I wish the school had much better "req" courses."
Suzette E Phillips
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2018
  • Degree: Economics
"I have had a positive experience at the University of Denver for my MA program in international development with a certificate in global health affairs. The professors and the Career Services Center are two of the best components of this program. I am grateful for all I have learned there and the professional and personal contacts I have made."
  • Reviewed: 12/4/2017
  • Degree: Conflict Resolution
"The M.A. Con Res program is a one-year program for gaining a general and theoretical understanding of conflict resolution fundamentals. It straddles the public policy, international, and interpersonal sectors, as well as incorporating a practicum program to gain experience in either problem-solving workshops, public facilitation, or organizational analyses. There is opportunity to gain expertise in conflict analyses for a wide range of situations. Though the program has its structural issues, the director is flexible and open to ensuring you meet the education needed to achieve your professional goals. There is also opportunity to take courses in other schools, such as social work, business, or law."
Mountain Kitty 5201
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Law
"The University of Denver is an OK institution, but for how much they charge not sophisticated or prepared enough to aid in getting its students employed."
Matthew Avey
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"I graduated from the University of Denver in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and minors in leadership and chemistry. While my career interests lie in dentistry and not in biology, I feel that DU was able to prepare me for graduate school quite well. I was focused on my academics throughout college to be able to get into dental school, but I also enjoyed my time at DU. The first-year classes offered a nice transition from high school into college and gradually increased in difficulty. A great introductory course in the fall of the first year is called the freshman seminar. This is a class that every student must take but has a wide variety of subjects. The seminar that I took was a tango class, but there are classes on everything from forensics to zombies. The seminar doesnt have to be related to your major, just something you are interested in. This class is a way of providing students in college a way to meet friends with similar interests outside their major as well as introduce them to what is expected in college level courses. The University of Denver also offers a wide range of extracurricular clubs, sports, and events. I was involved in GlobeMed (a club focused on global health and working with grassroots organizations) and intramural sports. While I attended, twenty percent of student body was involved in Greek life. Since Denver is so close to the mountains, there is an alpine club that organizes trips to explore the Rocky Mountains all year round. These are just a few examples, but there are many clubs with different interests to get involved in. One of the most significant reasons that I chose to attend DU was the study abroad program. DU makes it very easy to be able to study in another country for a semester. Most people that study abroad at DU do so during the fall of their third year. I would say that at least two thirds of the entire junior class studies abroad during that semester. I was able to go to the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, Australia for six months and it was an amazing experience. The study abroad program is not required to graduate, but it a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to do so. At most universities, it is very difficult to get involved in research as an undergrad. At DU, research positions are still competitive but they are available. For anyone applying to graduate level programs in the medical field, having some sort of research on your application is a huge advantage. I was able to do research on Parkinsons disease, and my name was even published on a paper that I helped with. Not everyone who does research gets published, but it goes to show what kind of opportunities are available at the school. The University of Denver prepared me well for the challenges of dental school. I had great experiences in extracurricular activities, study abroad and research. DU offers so much that every persons experience is unique. I think that DU is a great university because it has many opportunities for its students to be successful."
DU Alum
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It is a great school. They use professors who have experience in the real world they can bring to the classroom. I would recommend it for anyone."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I really enjoyed the University of Denver. The campus is absolutely beautiful and clean. The faculty and staff are friendly and supportive. The Graduate School of Social Work is one of the top schools to get a Master of Social Work."