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University of Denver

University of Denver
« on: December 28, 2005, 12:07:47 PM »
Anyone who knows anything--tell me all. I'm applying there and thinking about visiting. What's the school like and city like in terms of politics and diversity especially? Liberal or Conservative? Different types of folks? Is it a fun city? Thanks!

Re: University of Denver
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2006, 11:23:43 PM »
Denver is fun.  I spent a few days there last February and was surprised by just how nice a city it is.  Generally nice people, too.

Sorry, but I don't know anything about the University of Denver.

Re: University of Denver
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006, 02:43:33 AM »
Denver is an amazing city. I went to high school and college their (at CU-Denver), and can honestly say that it's as cool as any city in the country (i've lived all over). There's a great vibe to the whole place, it's growing like crazy, and the mountains are only 20min away. As far as DU goes... it's the most respected school in Colorado (including the law school), hands down. CU is seen as a good school in Colorado, but also the place where yuppies and hippies go to study (wierd mix huh?). I think DU as a far superior campus too.. but that's just me, alot of people really like Boulder.

Re: University of Denver
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006, 05:02:23 AM »
I agree that Denver is a magnificant city, my home since birth, the object of my affection and the place to where all of my dreams run. Nightlife, recreation, scenery, business, and quality of life are all top 10 and rising. Denver and the Front Range area is basically the bastion of liberalism in the state and Rocky Mountain region. This is partially due to the big city values of the natives, but also because of huge new residents from CA & the East Coast and people running from Texas.

I do, however, wholeheartedly disagree with the assesment of DU vs CU. As someone moderately plugged into both the area legal and acedemic communities (3 state and federal judges in the fam, close ties to Denver DA's office and US Attorney's office and to the CU administration), I can tell you without a doubt that DU is NOT the most respected school in Colorado. Overall, it is below both CU and CSU, and in terms of law school, it is a significant #2 to CU. If the US News rankings don't tell the story clearly enough (#48 vs #95), perhaps the bar passage rates will suffice (91% vs 71%). DU is viewed among Denverites as a school for unimpressive rich kids who couldn't get into CU or the state school from home. The admission standards are pretty freaking simmilar for CU and DU, I urge you to do yourself a service and apply to CU; especially if you want to work in any of the large firms in Denver or outside of the region.

Re: University of Denver
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006, 11:09:09 PM »
He does have a point there. In general, alot of rich (not stuck-up) kids go to DU... while alot of hippies go to Boulder. Another thing to consider is the buildings.. CU's is old and has nothing on DUs. I still think that DU is far better and has a better reputation, but it depends on who you talk to I guess.

Re: University of Denver
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2006, 03:16:29 PM »
The builiding thing is currently true, but only relevant for another semester. CU is almost done with a HUGE new building, that for the time being will probably knock the socks off of any other school out there (in terms of technology/modernity).

http://www.colorado.edu/law/alumdev/newbuilding/index.htm

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Re: University of Denver
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2006, 07:54:06 AM »
I heart Denver.

DU will be my top choice of schools b/c I don't have the numbers for CU.

So Sad.  :'(

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Re: University of Denver
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2006, 07:56:37 AM »
The builiding thing is currently true, but only relevant for another semester. CU is almost done with a HUGE new building, that for the time being will probably knock the socks off of any other school out there (in terms of technology/modernity).

http://www.colorado.edu/law/alumdev/newbuilding/index.htm

It'd better be good. CU sends me love mail every week telling me how I should choose to be part be the first class to have the building for the whole 3 years.

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Re: University of Denver
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2006, 07:58:52 AM »
And Gail, you should go visit Denver. I did - it is a gorgeous building, and I talked to one prof (a high up guy in their enviro programme) who seemed very nice.
However the feeling I got was that there were some cutthroat behaviour floating around. Also one student guide talked down CU to make DU sound better. I thought that was a little over-the-top.
And CU takes your degree-granting GPA only - any chance that will help you? It did me, I'm sure of it.

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Re: University of Denver
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2006, 08:16:15 AM »
And Gail, you should go visit Denver. I did - it is a gorgeous building, and I talked to one prof (a high up guy in their enviro programme) who seemed very nice.
However the feeling I got was that there were some cutthroat behaviour floating around. Also one student guide talked down CU to make DU sound better. I thought that was a little over-the-top.
And CU takes your degree-granting GPA only - any chance that will help you? It did me, I'm sure of it.

My best friend Heather lives in Denver so I'm hoping to go out there & visit in like February (so that we can ski too!). I'll do the whole tour thing and get a feel for whether or not it's right for me. I'm just afraid it's my only shot at working in Denver with my ho hum numbers.

As for the degree-granting thing, I only went to 1 UG and graduated in 7 semesters. Don't think it'll really affect me.