Inspired by our past. Focused on your future.

As the eighth-oldest business college in the country, the Daniels College of Business has helped graduates achieve their career aspirations for more than a century. We boast an active network of more than 33,000 alumni worldwide, thanks to our long and successful history.


1881 –  University of Denver Business Department Admits First Students

Four women were admitted to the University of Denver Business Department, which included a six-month class in bookkeeping. 

1908 – College of Business Formed at DU

Daniels College of Business, originally called the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, is established by the University of Denver. Daniels is among the first business colleges in the U.S.—a select group that includes Wharton, Chicago, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Harvard.

1923 – Accredited by AACSB International

Daniels has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) since 1923.

1966 – Relocation to DU Campus

After years of offering classes in various locations in downtown Denver, the College moves to the University of Denver’s primary campus.

1989 – Ethics Incorporated Into Core Curriculum

Bill Daniels, known as the “father of cable television,” presented the University of Denver with a challenge grant to update its graduate business curriculum. The result was a redesigned program that combined traditional business subjects with a new emphasis on ethics and leadership. Our College became one of the first business schools to include ethics and professionalism in its core curriculum.

1994 Name Changed to the Daniels College of Business

The faculty unanimously voted to change the college’s name to the Daniels College of Business in recognition of Bill Daniels’ numerous contributions.

Bill Daniels speaking at the
University of Denver
Courtesy of The Daniels Fund

1999 – Daniels College of Business Building Opens

The new Daniels College of Business building is recognized as a model of technology-enabled and collaborative learning. Built completely with private funds, Bill Daniels donated $11 million toward its construction.

2000 – Bill Daniels’ Legacy Continues

Before his death in March 2000, Bill Daniels established The Daniels Fund, Colorado’s largest philanthropic foundation. In addition to supporting projects that aid the homeless, elderly and underprivileged students, the fund endows the Daniels Chair in Business Ethics.

2005 Joy Burns Center Opens

In late 2005 the $18-million building that houses the Knoebel School of Hospitality Management opened its doors. The 46,000-square-foot, three-story structure — named in 2011 for longtime DU Trustee Joy Burns — is  a “living laboratory.” It has a fully equipped commercial kitchen, a sumptuous 160-person dining area built in the style of a Tuscan wine cellar, and offices, classrooms and seminar areas.

2008 – Daniels Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence

Daniels kicks off a year-long celebration of its century of business excellence.

2008 Daniels Takes Possession of Margery Reed Hall

Where Daniels Undergraduate Programs made their home with a student lounge and advising.

2009 Daniels Granted Membership in Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

2012 – 2013 Margery Reed Hall Begins Major Renovation

Margery Reed Hall undergoes complete renovation, preparing to house classrooms, a renovated theater for speaker series, student space, offices and faculty as well as welcoming back the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Learn more about the Margery Reed Hall Renovation Project>>

2014 – The University of Denver Celebrates 150 Years

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region.

The present and future—your success!

Daniels continually evolves to meet the needs of today’s students, the companies that will employ them and the rapidly changing global business climate. One thing stays constant throughout: our commitment to providing an extraordinary business education.