Denver, Colorado is a major city in the western United States and is ranked the #2 best place to live in the US, according to US News and World Report Nicknamed the Mile High City, its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet or 1609 meters) above sea level. Denver is also known for having 300 days of sunshine a year with mild winters and comfortable summers.

CU Denver is located on the Auraria campus, in the LoDo neighborhood. Sports venues, museums, restaurants, coffee shops, and walking paths are steps away. You can feel the energy of the city while enjoying a view of the world-famous Rocky Mountains to the west.

Denver has a safe and effective public transit system which includes buses and light rail. Students receive an RTD CollegePass when they’re a student, which allows them to use public transportation without additional charges.  

Denver International Airport (airport code DEN), is a major hub with 212 direct international flights. Getting from the airport to downtown Denver is a quick 30-minute right rail ride.

At CU Denver, our top priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. The Auraria Campus has a dedicated, full-service police department operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Denver Rankings

#1

Best Economy

2019
(US News & World Report)

#1

Arts Participation

2015
National Endowment for the Arts

#2

Best Place to Live

2019
U.S. News & World Report

#2

State Technology & Science Index

2018
Milken Institute

#4

Business & Careers

2019
Forbes

#7

Most Bicycle Friendly

2020
League of American Bicycling

#9

Fittest City

2019
American Fitness Index