What To Expect

Whether you’re pursuing a business major or minor at the Daniels College of Business, we take your future as seriously as you do. We recognize that an extraordinary business education extends beyond the classroom to develop the whole person. We weave important lessons in business ethics and social responsibility throughout our rigorous business curriculum.

At Daniels, you’ll learn to make a difference not only for your business, but for your community as well, all while building the skills necessary to thrive in a fast-paced business environment. You’ll emerge with the business acumen that the marketplace demands, but your ability to collaborate, effectively problem solve and manage yourself and others will set you apart.

Daniels Signature Events

Daniels Signature Events include social and professional programs.

Social Events

Our social events provide an opportunity to start your network with your fellow business students.

  • Welcome Back BBQ: Kick off the start of the new academic year and enjoy a fun and casual meal with other Daniels students, faculty and staff.
  • Undergrads On Ice: Upon your return from winter break, spend an evening skating on Magness Arena while enjoying brownies and hot chocolate.

Professional Events

Our professional events are created with the goal of bridging the knowledge gap between classroom instruction and career readiness.

  • Dress Code: You have the knowledge. You have the experience. Now dress the part! Looking polished and professional is one way to instill confidence in yourself and affect how you are perceived by others. The Dress Code, an interactive fashion show, showcases business attire in various scenarios. From your first impression to your next promotion, knowing how to dress well is essential for both!
  • Business Olympics: : At this fast-paced event, you are challenged in various ways from building the tallest Lego tower, to naming the corporate logo and testing your knowledge at business Jeopardy. The team that wins the most games is immortalized on our Business Olympics trophy.
  • Etiquette Dinner: We know that clients are signed, deals are struck and jobs are offered over meals. In the business world, meals are a strategic way to learn about a person’s character and professionalism. At the Etiquette Dinner, you will learn the proper way to dine with class and set yourself apart from the competition —this evening is full of fun and walks you through proper dining instruction.
  • Undergraduate Case Competition: Students will work in teams with a faculty mentor to compete against other Daniels undergrads and win cash prizes. Relevant and current business scenarios are tackled with solutions presented to local professionals.

The Daniels Business Core

Daniels students begin taking the Business Core in the first quarter of their first year to provide them with a solid foundation that is built upon during students’ time at Daniels. The Business Core does not only provide students with the necessary framework for a career in business by covering the functional areas of business; it has been designed to provide students with the problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills required for success in today’s dynamic business environment.

First Year Experience

A Real Life Entrepreneurial Challenge
Calling all student entrepreneurs! Gateway to Business gives you the chance to live and breathe the creation of a business. You will design a mobile app, write a business plan and present your team’s idea to a panel of judges.

Immersion in Analytical Thinking and Technical Expertise
While completing the Data Analytics Sequence, you’ll learn how to inspect, clean and model data to guide business decisions. All Daniels students become certified in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Professional Development that Sets You Apart
The Daniels Professional Development Program (DPDP) is a required part of the curriculum created to prepare students for success before and after graduation.

Understanding the Importance of Behavior in Organizations
Have you ever wondered why some organizations thrive while competitors with the same technology and capital resources fail? In Leading Organizations, you learn about the human elements that foster organizational success.

Second Year Experience

A Strategic Business Communications Course Designed with the Market in Mind
Recruiters and employers make it plain in survey after survey: they want to hire business students with excellent writing and speaking skills. In our new Strategic Business Communication course you will practice crafting and executing masterful speeches, pitches and presentations.

Develop your Ethical Compass
Students taking Foundations of Business Law will participate in Ethics Boot Camp (EBC). Within a cohort of 12 students, you will work with business leaders and faculty to implement a community service project.

Third Year Experience

Global Exploration
Approximately 70 percent of Daniels students choose from 150 universities in 55 countries to study abroad.

Profits and Stakeholder Value Go Together
In Business for the Public Good, the culminating experience of the Daniels Core, you will explore how business fits into the larger society. You will work in teams to address a real-world problem while considering issues such as corporate social responsibility, privacy and technology. At the conclusion of the course, you will present your solution to a panel of experts.

Fourth Year Experience

Focus on your major coursework and meet with our career counselors to secure a job or talk with our academic advisors about graduate school options.

Experience the Difference

First Year Core Courses & Experiences:
BUS 1000: Gateway to Business (Madden Challenge)
INFO 1010: Analytics I: Data & Analysis (Excel certification)
INFO 1020: Analytics II: Statistics & Analysis
(Word and PowerPoint certification)
MGMT 2100: Leading Organizations
BUS 1099: Daniels Professional Development Program Part I

Second Year Core Courses & Experiences:
ACTG 2200: Introduction to Financial Reporting
ACTG 2300: Accounting for Decision Making
BUS 3000: Strategic Business Communication
FIN 2800: Financial Decision Making
INFO 2020: Analytics III: Business Modeling
LGST 2000: Foundations of Business Law (Ethics Boot Camp)
MKTG 2800: Introduction to Marketing
BUS 2099: Daniels Professional Development Program Part II

Third Year Core Courses & Experiences:
BUS 3500: Business for the Public Good
MGMT 3000: Business Policy & Strategy
Internship Experience
Study Abroad

Daniels Professional Development Program

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Becoming a leader in the business world requires an understanding beyond the classroom. This is why we have created the Daniels Professional Development Program (DPDP) to help you achieve success by fine tuning leadership skills, ethical development and business communication.

The DPDP is a required component of the Daniels Core Curriculum with the purpose of ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn outside of traditional coursework. Engage in experience-based learning activities that are designed to contribute to your success.

In BUS 1099 & 2099, you will complete the following:

  • Create a polished résumé which is uploaded to Pioneer Careers, which connects students to more than 1,800 professionals across a variety of fields and positions.
  • Write a cover letter aimed at a desired internship.
  • Attend Major-Specific Workshops to learn which major is right for you.
  • Attend multiple Career Workshops aimed at preparing you for the business world.
  • Participate in a Mock Interview and receive real time feedback.
  • Attend at least one Career Fair.
  • Create a professional LinkedIn Profile to begin your networking.

Daniels Pioneer Peer to Peer Mentor Program

The Daniels Peer to Peer Mentor Program was created by students for students. The program matches first year students with an upperclassman who will offer advice on creating your journey at Daniels and DU.

During the fall quarter, first-year and and upper-class students can meet for coffee, enjoy lunch together, offer study tips and provide support as needed.

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Student Life

Daniels College of Business students learn together and play together in an environment full of abundant activities and opportunities. Whether it’s getting involved in a student organization, attending Daniels Undergraduate Program Signature events, studying for an exam or joining a ski trip to the mountains, you will make friends from across the country and around the globe. You’ll encounter new ideas, meet new people and face new challenges. In short, it’s the transformative college experience you’re looking for.

Student Resources & Support

The support we provide students is every bit as important as our world-class facilities and ideal setting in Denver. College life can be challenging, and we want to make sure you succeed in meeting those challenges.

Support services include:

One-on-one academic advising: Daniels has a team of academic advisors who are dedicated to working with business majors. Throughout your time at Daniels, our advising team will provide personal attention to make sure you not only stay on track, but also excel.

Career planning: Daniels has a team of career counselors who are specifically trained to work with business students.

Disability programs: Students with learning and other disabilities are given the support they need to succeed.

Diversity programs: The Center for Multicultural Excellence works with faculty, staff and students on issues of campus culture, recruitment and success of diverse groups at DU.

Daniels Distinction Honors Program

The Daniels Distinction Honors Program recognizes and fosters the talents of high-performing undergraduate students pursuing a business degree. Students selected to participate in the program attend small, intense classes with advanced coursework. This program is undergoing exciting new changes. Contact McKenzie Mohler, Manager of Advising, 303.871.3047, with questions.

Living & Learning Communities

Any Daniels undergraduate student may apply for the honors program. A small number of incoming first-year students are invited to participate based on their GPA, test scores, essays and interviews from the admissions process. Other students may be invited to participate based on their performance at Daniels.

Mission Statement: The University of Denver’s Honors Program fosters an intellectually engaged and vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty. It promotes a distinctive broad and liberal arts education that challenge students to cultivate depth in critical and creative thought and facilitates students’ original contributions to intellectual life, their community, and their chosen field.


Contact McKenzie Mohler, Manager of Advising, 303.871.3047, for all Daniels Distinction questions.

Study Abroad

The DU and Daniels value the academic and cultural value of international experiences. In fact, more than 70 percent of DU undergraduates spend a quarter or longer studying abroad.

The numerous opportunities to study abroad include:

  • The Cherrington Global Scholars Program allows eligible student to study abroad at no additional cost beyond that of a term at DU apart from personal expenses such as local transportation, books and optional excursions.
  • More than 150 DU programs allow students to study abroad for a quarter, semester or academic year. Most of the programs are eligible for the Cherrington Global Scholarship.
  • Short-term faculty-led programs that are not part of Cherrington, including International Service Learning programs, are also available.
  • Non-DU study-abroad programs that fit a student’s academic objectives are available on an individually approved basis.

For more information, contact DU’s Study Abroad office at duabroad@du.edu.