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From its name, University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus sounds like it’s a university for medical students who have already earned their bachelor’s degrees in pre-med studies. But this large university does include undergraduate students and it also has other majors that aren’t immediately related to medical or even mental health concerns. As a new student, you would be heading to one of the largest cities in Colorado. The university campus is also large, housing a total student population of right around 24,900. In addition, of the entire student population, 64% of the students are undergraduates. So, you’re definitely welcome here.

Overview of University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver)

The UCD/AMC is a public university founded in 2006. In part due to the large student population, you’ll have a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1. You may have to schedule a time to meet with your professors, but it should still be possible.

If you look it up on a map, you’ll see that the Anschutz Medical Campus is just one small part of a large overall University of Colorado-Denver campus. Even more, the campus is made up of large buildings set close to each other. You’re probably going to need a vehicle to get to all of your classes, especially if they are on opposite sides of the campus.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 52%
Year Founded 2006

Student Enrollment

Total Students24,910


Undergraduate Student

Male 7,118
Female 8,700

Graduate Student

Male 4,091
Female 5,001

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CU Denver Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 3,594
Female 5,971


Male 2,408
Female 4,060

Acceptance Rate67%

Male 67%
Female 68%

Enrollment 1,602

Male 703
Female 899
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted No

CU Denver Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

When you, your parents, and the student financial office discuss the total cost of attendance at UCD/AMC, you may be surprised that the total cost isn’t higher. After all, there is a medical campus included. Your tuition (in-state), books, supplies, room and board, and other various charges come out to $30,154 on average. If you are paying out-of-state tuition, your total cost will be closer to $46,642.

As of a recent academic year, the average net price (the amount remaining after financial aid has kicked in) was $15,865. This final net price is affected by your family’s income because that is how they decide how much financial aid you are eligible for. For the Anschutz Medical Campus, that means that a family earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pays around $12,503 and a family earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pays around $20,353. You can see the vast difference financial aid can make.

About 82% of freshmen students qualify to receive financial aid. About 72% receive grants or scholarships averaging $6,374 and 66% receive an average of $2,779 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,865
Average Total Aid $6,374
Students Receiving Financial Aid 82%
Room & Board $13,250

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,335
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $25,823
  • Books and Supplies - $1,800
  • Room & Board - $13,250
  • Other - $5,769


As a freshman student, you’re going to have an important decision to make at the end of the year. Will you stay at this university or transfer elsewhere? Other students have done so, because the campus wasn’t what they needed or possibly because they didn’t find the classes or services they wanted. Once you make your decision to stay, you become part of a regularly maintained statistic: the retention rate, which at UCD/AMC is 70%. This is about average, but it lets you know that other students have generally appreciated their time here and that there is a better-than-chance possibility that it will fit what you’re looking for as well.

The 4-year graduation rate is 24%. Many students may find it necessary to stay beyond the four-year point because they attend part-time while working or because they changed majors in the middle of their academic career; the 6-year graduation rate more than doubles to 52%, which is much closer to the national average.

Let’s say you have a situation that makes attending a class on its scheduled days and times impossible. You don’t need to forget about that class, especially if it’s required. Instead, you can request a drop-add form so that you can drop that section and add a section scheduled for evening hours. Or opt for an online (distance learning) option for that one class since many of these are available.

The five most popular degree programs offered are business, management, marketing, and related services; health professions and related programs; social sciences; biological and biomedical sciences; and psychology.

Student Population Total

Student Population 24,910

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 435 Total Graduates / 17%
Business Administration and Management, General 435 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 408 Total Graduates / 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 313 Graduates
Public Health, General 95 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 306 Total Graduates / 12%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 173 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 48 Graduates
Sociology 39 Graduates
Geography 33 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 216 Total Graduates / 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 199 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences, General 16 Graduates
Biochemistry 1 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 208 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 152 Graduates
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 56 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 40%

Outcome & Salary

The day finally arrives. You’ll wear your cap and gown, ready to cross the stage and accept your diploma. Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to work. You can expect your salary to reflect the time you’ve spent working on your degree. A graduate from the Medical Campus can expect an average early-career salary of around $53,200 and a mid-career salary of $95,600.

This figure, which is the 4-year cost of education at this school, is important to understand your return on investment: $63,460. Based on the cost of the education and a graduate’s average salary, your 10-year salary earnings potential may be $717,470 and your 20-year earnings potential may be around $1,673,460. Once you subtract your cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI becomes $654,000 and your 20-year ROI is $1,610,000.

Contrast this with a high school graduate’s average earnings: their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,200
College Grads Average Salary $71,746
College Grads Mid Career Salary $95,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $717,460
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,673,460
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $63,460
10 Year Projected ROI $654,000
20 Year Projected ROI $1,610,000
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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