85,000+ have graduated from CU Denver
More than 85,000 students have graduated from CU Denver, and many of them go on to do big things. Michael Hancock serves as mayor of Denver. Tim Kimmel is an Emmy-award winning sound designer on hit shows like Game of Thrones. Rick Alden is owner and CEO of Skull Candy. Maria Goodloe-Johnson is superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. Zuhair Fayez is founder of the Zuhair Fayez Partnership (Saudi Arabia’s largest architecture and engineering firm).
The university has its own record label
What better way to learn the music industry than to experience it firsthand? Since the College of Arts & Media’s CAM Records label was created in 1998, the label has cut records for students and independent artists from throughout Colorado. Some notable artists include The Fray, My Body Sings Electric, and You Me & Apollo. The label has even collaborated to release music videos for Denver artists like MTHDS, Regret Night, Wiredogs, Lucid Vision, Ronniit, and Sawmill Joe.
18,175 degrees have been awarded in the last 5 years
The number of degrees awarded each year by CU Denver continues to grow—over the last 5 years the number of bachelor’s degrees earned has increased by 9 percent. During this same period, the university awarded 8,489 graduate degrees, including 8,123 master’s, 125 education specialists, and 241 doctorate/research degrees.
50 states, more than 60 countries and many walks of life
We’re proud that our students come from different cultures, places and walks of life. Our students come from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. In addition, 57 percent of new freshmen are students of color. Our commitment to diversity adds another layer to how CU Denver students are able to learn from one another.
The lynx could have been a “fourteener”
Milo the Lynx was unveiled in February 2013 as the new mascot for CU Denver. This student-led effort to establish a unique mascot for CU Denver culminated in a vote for what would become the university mascot. The finalists were the lynx and the fourteeners. The top choice, our urban-dwelling lynx, Milo, was named by a graduate student for the Mile High City and campus’s location in Lower Downtown.
JP Morgan Center for Commodities is one of a kind
CU Denver is positioned as a leader in commodities research by having the only commodities center in the nation focused on the study of all commodities, such as agriculture, energy and minerals to name only a few. A long list of industry partners, including JP Morgan, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Newmont Mining Corporation and Xcel Energy, ensure that scholars and professionals are grounded in the latest business practices.
More than $7 million in scholarships awarded annually
More than $7 million in scholarships are awarded to CU Denver undergraduate students annually. This academic year, 2,613 students received scholarships—the highest number of recipients in the past 5 years! The average award for these scholarships was $2,831.
One of the oldest streets in Denver runs through campus
We know the importance of staying connected with our past, which is why areas like the Ninth Street Historic District house student organizations and academic departments. The Victorian-era houses were built between 1873 and 1905. That’s not the only historic area on campus. The Tivoli Student Union, established in a former brewery that can trace its roots to 1859, is a place for students to connect with friends, services, and yes, enjoy a craft beer after long hours of studying.
900 internships are awarded to our students annually
CU Denver students are awarded 900 internships each year. Our students have interned with GE, Xcel Energy, White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders, Colorado Rapids, Zillow, U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Denver Art Museum, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Denver International Airport’s latest art installation, to name just a few of the amazing experiential learning opportunities that let students learn at CU in the city.