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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

Social Events

  • 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 in Magness Arena while enjoying brownies and hot chocolate.
  • Senior Night—Seniors are invited to celebrate the last quarter of their time at DU at a fun location around town.
  • Graduation Breakfast– Prior to commencement in Spring Quarter, students and families are invited to enjoy breakfast together.

Professional Events

  • Dress Code—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, student teams rotate between business-related games and a mini–case competition. The team that wins the most games is immortalized on our Business Olympics trophy, and case winners receive a cash prize.
  • Etiquette Dinner—You’ll learn the proper way to dine with class and set yourself apart from the competition. The evening is full of fun and walks you through proper dining decorum.
  • Women in Business Dinner and Panel Discussion—Hosted by the Undergraduate Women in Business student group, this event brings together professionals from the community to discuss topics relevant to women in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Why Race Matters in the Workplace—This event is designed to provide a safe, educational and meaningful space to foster dialogue between Daniels’ students, alumni and panelists surrounding issues of race in the workplace. Panelists share their stories and reflections regarding their own experiences navigating college, the job market and employment.

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 not only provides 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! The Fourth Industrial Revolution gives you the chance to live and breathe the creation of a business. You will design a new product, 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.

First Year Core Courses:

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Analytics I: Data & Analysis (Excel certification)
  • Analytics II: Statistics & Analysis (Word and PowerPoint certification)
  • Leading Organizations
  • Daniels Professional Development Program Part I

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 Strategic Business Communication course you’ll 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’ll work with business leaders and faculty to implement a community service project.

Second Year Core Courses:

  • Introduction to Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Strategic Business Communication
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Analytics III: Business Modeling
  • Foundations of Business Law (Ethics Boot Camp)
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Daniels Professional Development Program Part II

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’ll 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’ll present your solution to a panel of experts.

Third Year Core Courses:

  • Business for the Public Good
  • Business Policy & Strategy
  • Internship Experience
  • Study Abroad

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.

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 will connect you 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 Peer Connections

Daniels Peer Connections brings business students together to encourage and support one another in their academic and professional paths. There are an abundance of activities and opportunities in Daniels, and it’s more fun to participate with a new friend!

Mentees and mentors can engage on a number of topics to enhance their college experience, such as selecting courses, helpful study techniques or test-taking strategies, networking for internship and job opportunities, or taking part in Business Olympics or a Case Competition together.

Interested? Sign up online.

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 Program

The Daniels Distinction program is designed for high-performing undergraduates to pursue recognition as truly distinct business students. There are two options for students: a portfolio or a thesis.

The Daniels Distinction Portfolio option allows students to pursue experiential learning opportunities they deem valuable in helping them achieve their professional goals. Daniels Distinction portfolio students work closely with a Daniels faculty portfolio advisor to develop a unique plan of in-depth business experiences. Students use the portfolio to collect evidence of those in-depth business experiences, connect their experiences, and reflect upon their growth as a business student and professional.

The Daniels Distinction Thesis option allows students to embark on an in-depth research topic or project to augment classroom learning and contribute new knowledge to a field. Engaging in original research sets students apart by showing prospective employers or graduate schools an example of high work ethic, commitment to going beyond usual expectations, and strong potential for future work and growth.

Contact McKenzie Mohler, assistant director of undergraduate programs, at 303.871.3047 with any 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

Living and Learning Communities

DU’s Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are among the most distinctive programs of their kind in the country.

Academics—Each LLC is based on a theme. Every quarter our students take seminar classes that relate to that theme. These classes are taught by DU professors and credits from these courses can be applied to relevant minors.

Residential—Students live on the same floor of the residence hall that hosts their LLC and take part in programs that enhance their coursework. Special dinners, speakers, cultural activities, retreats or field trips into Colorado’s great outdoors are just a few of the things our students do.

Community Engagement—What makes the LLCs unique is how our students, faculty and professional staff explore and apply course concepts in real-world community settings. Students deepen their understanding of the world and work to create healthy communities.