About CU Denver

We are Colorado’s only public urban research university. We are Denver’s partner in progress and ally in innovation. Our connection to our vibrant city inspires leading research, creative work, and civic engagement. Our collaboration with Denver’s businesses and local government helps set us apart from other universities.

With a history that began in 1912, CU Denver has operated independently since 1973. Our location in downtown Denver serves more than 14,000 students. In Colorado and around the world, our talented graduates form a diverse and growing Lynx family.

We work to create welcoming and respectful learning environments where a culture of inclusion can flourish. At CU Denver, we honor our diversity of experiences and perspectives in the committed belief that they enrich the educational experience for all.

By the Numbers

Alumni

100K +

Two-thirds remain in Colorado

Faculty Members

1,138

The most diverse research university in the state

Economic Impact

$802M

Contributed to the Colorado economy

Our Leadership

Our Strategic Priorities

Understand what drives us and what we will accomplish in the years ahead.

Strategic Priorities

CU Denver & Our Community

Our Campus & Community

See our place in the heart of Denver. Find out what we contribute to the city we call home.

Our History

Discover how we started. Visit some of our major milestones and accomplishments.

Staying Connected

Press Kit

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Media Relations

CU Denver News

Read about our alumni, research, and events on CU Denver News

University News