2022 Pricing: The University of Denver

CTAS cost forecasts for the University of Denver’s 22/23 academic year and full 4-year program

CTAS is sharing its projections for 2022/23 academic year costs with information on individual colleges as a recurring feature.  Similar information for over 3,000 2- and 4-year schools is available at the CTAS site.

This post projects average net costs for the University of Denver in Colorado.

A private school in a region dominated by large public systems, the University of Denver educates roughly 5,500 students (full-time equivalent basis undergraduates), and a roughly equal number of graduate students. 89% of first years receive institutional aid. In general, no undergrad should pay more than ~$56-57k annually.

The university made a concerted marketing effort to increase its application base outside Colorado beginning in 2016, with the proportion of Colorado students in the entering class falling from 68% (2015) to 31% (2019). This occurred together with an emphasis on international recruitment. The marketing effort has resulted in an increase in applications, a decline in the acceptance rate to the 55-60% range and a low yield (2019: 11%). Institutional data shows a pattern often seen in private schools facing some commercial challenges, with admissions, financial aid and enrollment figures fluctuating on a year-to-year basis, revealing struggles to hit recruitment targets. The school is test optional and we have to suspect will stay that way permanently for enrollment reasons. Retention (85% in 2019) is average for its profile.

These projections represent informational projections that will change over time and are not a commitment either by CTAS or the applicable colleges.  Figures are rounded to the $500 avoid false specificity. Final net cost numbers will differ from these estimates for many reasons: changes to economic trends, decisions by the colleges both about their own policy and enrollment, as well as decisions about individual students.  Estimates of full program costs assume graduation in 4-years (for Bachelor’s) or 2-years (Associate) without any gaps, delays or added semesters/quarters.  We take pride in our numbers so, if you believe any should be corrected, please reach out to us at support@collegetuitionadvisoryservices.com and we will work with you to resolve the issue.

The University’s campus in the southern part of Denver

Average Net Cost is a consumer-centric metric which shows costs as they are presented in commercial transactions outside of higher education.  It represents a full-time student’s cost of attending college including: tuition, room & board, fees and estimates of supplies less institutional aid of all kinds (including need-based and merit), and less federal and state/local aid.  Loans and other repayable amounts, along with work study earnings, are excluded and do not reduce the cost.  Room and board charges are on-campus costs for residential colleges; for students attending non-residential institutions, the college’s own estimate of such off-campus costs is mostly used.  CTAS’ Net Cost differs from the Net Price figure self-reported by colleges because it is comprehensive and covers all entering students, including the approximately 40% not included in Net Price calculations.

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