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Ready to take the next step toward realizing your goal of earning a business degree from a top-ranked University?

Students who wish to pursue a business major at the Daniels College of Business must first apply to and be accepted by the University of Denver. Then, in the fall of their sophomore year, students apply to Daniels through a secondary admission process.

This secondary admission process allows Daniels to continue to offer strong student-faculty interactions, relatively small classes and the academic quality for which we’re known by limiting admittance to high-achieving and motivated students. Application cycles occur every quarter.

A small number of exceptional students may be granted direct admission to Daniels when accepted to the University of Denver, but most students are required to follow the secondary admission process.

University of Denver Admission

The University of Denver Office of Admissions handles all applications for undergraduate students:

Secondary Admission Process

Undergraduate students who wish to pursue a business major may apply to Daniels College of Business in the fall quarter of their sophomore year. The selection process is competitive and admission is not guaranteed. Daniels looks for well-rounded students and embraces diversity and inclusive excellence to create a rich and engaged learning community.

Admission Criteria

Daniels conducts a “whole-person” assessment of each applicant by evaluating academic performance, community engagement, personal character, future potential and overall well-roundedness. While there is no specific GPA threshold, previously accepted students had an average GPA of 3.3.  Since students are evaluated on a comprehensive set of factors, GPA alone does not guarantee or preclude a student from admission.

Students who are not accepted on the first attempt may apply again after one academic year, assuming there have been significant improvements in the student’s credentials and academic achievement.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Daniels College of Business Secondary Admission Application: Complete an online application to the Daniels College of Business on the Student & Financial Aid tab in MyWeb. Application deadlines are the second week of each quarter. There is no fee for this applications.
  2. Cover Letter and Professional Résumé: The cover letter should describe your interest in business, choice of major and career focus as well as your involvement with the DU community. Your professional résumé should detail your work and educational experience. Taylor Family Undergraduate Career Center has a number of services available to assist with the design and development of résumés and cover letters.
  3. On-campus Professional Interview: The interview is an essential part of our “whole-person” assessment of applicants. We encourage you to hone your interviewing skills through interviewing workshops and mock interviews with career advisers.

Application Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission, you must have completed the following:

  1. Prerequisite Coursework: The following courses are required in order to be eligible for admission into Daniels. Students should work with an academic adviser in Daniels Office of Undergraduate Programs to develop a degree plan tailored to your situation
    • Math 1200: Business Calculus (or MATH 1951: Calculus I)
    • INFO 1010: Analytics I: Data Management and Analysis
    • INFO 1020: Analytics II: Business Statistics and Analysis
    • FSEM 1111: First-Year Seminar
    • WRIT 1122: Academic Writing
    • WRIT 1133: Writing and Research
    • ECON 1020: Economics: Introduction to Micro-and Macroeconomics I: History and Theories
    • BUS 1000: Gateway to Business
  2. Sophomore Standing or Higher: Applicants must have sophomore standing (45 credits). Applicants are encouraged to apply in the fall quarter of their sophomore year.
  3. Microsoft Office Certification: Applicants must pass the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams for Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint 2014. These exams are administered in conjunction with the INFO 1010 and INFO 1020 courses.

For detailed information on the secondary admission process, including upcoming deadlines, please review the secondary admission handbook.

Secondary Admission Handbook

 Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students may be reviewed simultaneously for admission to Daniels College of Business when applying to the University of Denver. Transfer students who meet the admission requirements for both DU and Daniels are directly admitted to Daniels and declare a business major upon enrollment.

Transfer students must complete the following to be reviewed for direct admission to Daniels:

  1. Undergraduate Application: Apply online with the Common Application or Pioneer Application.
  2. Academic Transcripts: Submit one transcript from each higher-education institution you attended in officially sealed envelopes. Documents that arrive in opened envelopes will not be considered official. To be competitive for direct admission, applicants should have a GPA of 3.3 or above.
  3. Professional Résumé: Include a professional résumé that focuses on your unique strengths and accomplishments. Résumés should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  4. Prerequisite Coursework: In order to be considered for simultaneous admission to DU and Daniels, students should have completed coursework in the following subject areas with grades of C or higher prior to transferring:
    • Calculus
    • Statistics
    • Macro and Micro Economics
    • Writing

If the minimum requirements (e.g., requisite coursework, minimum GPA, etc.) have not been met at the time of application, students will still be considered for admission to DU but will be required to complete the secondary admission process for Daniels after enrolling in the University. Students who are not granted direct admission will work with Daniels advisors to develop an academic plan and determine the appropriate timeline for applying.


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