Better local education. Better experience. New location.
Since 1876, the University of Colorado has educated state citizens and developed state leaders. With the launch of CU South Denver in fall 2014, we continue our commitment to quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, K-12 education outreach and community services aligned with Colorado's evolving demographics and workforce needs.
- South Denver residents and business people have told us they're seeking opportunities to advance their professional lives and careers at a convenient location.
- We’re working to make a high-value CU education accessible to all Colorado residents, especially in dynamic, high-growth areas like south Denver.
- We're meeting the demands for industry-relevant programs to further enhance a sophisticated workforce.
- Our priority is to create strong, mutually beneficial partnerships and programs that engage the local community, improve quality of life and fuel the state's economy.
Liniger Building at CU South Denver
Located east of Interstate 25 on Lincoln Avenue in Parker, Colo., this signature facility is named for Dave Liniger, chairman emeritus of The Wildlife Experience and co-founder of REMAX International, Inc., and his wife, Gail Liniger, and their family. Effective January 2015, The Wildlife Experience—a natural history museum and art gallery—was donated to the University of Colorado. The generous gift of the building and property—valued at $40 million—is the largest real estate donation in the university’s 138-year history.
The gift allowed CU to expand its south Denver presence that began when The Wildlife Experience and the university first collaborated by leasing space in April 2014. The gift of the entire building and operations allows for more services, more convenience and more value to be delivered to south Denver residents, employers and area professionals.
CU added space at the Liniger Building for the fall 2014 semester—a second-floor gallery area was converted into two 48-seat classrooms and a 32-seat computer lab as well as a faculty and student resource center. There is also a student lounge. The lower level was converted into a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab. Overall, CU renovated 11,000 square feet of the 151,000-square-foot facility. In 2015, CU will provide additional space for classrooms, faculty offices and student study rooms.
The first CU South Denver classes were offered in August 2014. Classes are offered for degree-seeking and continuing education students and include popular-interest areas such as nursing, engineering, education and business. All four CU campuses—CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU-Boulder, CU Colorado Springs and CU Denver—collaborate in the success of the CU South Denver expansion.
The Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver
Founded in 2002, The Wildlife Experience operates as part of CU South Denver at the same location starting January 2015. Serving as a cultural center and community asset, The Wildlife Experience includes a wildlife art and natural history museum, large-screen movies and a host of community and K-12 education programs. Special and seasonal events and activities for children and adults are held throughout the year. These attractions continue in 2015. Catered event space for business, weddings and the community are available for rent.