About CU Denver

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 15,000 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


100K +

Two-thirds remain in Colorado

Faculty Members


The most diverse research university in the state

Economic Impact


Contributed to the Colorado economy

49% of our students are first-generation

and will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree.

42% of students identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Students come from 49 states and 66 countries.

The average student here is 25 years old.

Strategic Plan

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

Need an expert? Our media relations team connects journalists with faculty researchers

Media Relations

CU Denver News

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

University News