University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO, USA

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
3.65 Average Rating

Jose from Brighton, CO

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The educational experience overall good. There are some instructors who care more about their students than others, and in some cases you just have to learn how to put up with the bad.
Am enjoying being here
The diversity in the student body and the flexibility of a commuter campus.
Bang for the buck
Your money does go a long way at CU Denver, good education at a reasonable price.
Tips for prospective students
This isn't your typical university, the student body is different as well as the instructors expectations.
Great for these types of students
Those who work, have kids, scattered schedule. Instructors are understanding of things that go on outside of the classroom.
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Chonalita

a current student here
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Am learning a lot

UCD classrooms offer a flexible curriculum which allows professors to intricate their desired teaching styles with the information needed to be taught to the students. Through this, professors can instruct in a way that they find best at getting the information of the text, into the students' minds. Through multiple classroom scenarios, one is given the opportunity to absorb various teaching styles and different ways to learn – an important aspect to grasp as early as one can for it is useful even outside of the classroom.
Am enjoying being here

UCD – a perfect haven for those pursuing a degree in which time posses as an obstacle. This school offers multiple available times in which to take a desired class. Most of the classes are small in size, providing for a better student to professor interaction.

Bang for the buck

Anyone who's been researching colleges and costs for attending, is aware of the skyrocketing prices colleges are asking for today. UCD pushes away the 60 thousand, 40 thousand, even 20 or 10 thousand dollar tuition costs and gives you the opportunity to attend a prestigious university without ripping a hole in your wallet.

Tips for prospective students

It's beneficial to know that upon registering for classes, one should be aware that even if a class reads “filled,” this doesn’t always necessarily mean you can’t get signed up for the class. By directly confronting the professor of the specific class about the proposed issue, you might be given a seat.


Another fact of pinnacle importance: you’re not going to be hunted down to be told everything you need to know to support your wallet. You have to conduct research on your own time to make sure your doing things right. Keep an eye out for due dates, especially if you’re completing applications/forms for financial aid. This includes due dates for turning in your FAFSA and any other forms that go with it, as well as for applying to receive scholarships. Your go-to person will be your advisor. Email, or set up an appointment, which ever works.

Great for these types of students

UCD uses a program called blackboard – if you happen to take a class that utilizes it, spend time browsing through it. Many times, you’ll find links that will help you get an A for the class. Blackboard offers the luxury for teacher to be able to post videos, pictures, and comments for every student in the class to access. This program also takes full advantage of the ability to initiate group emails – depending on the class, you may or may not use this accessory. For students deemed tech-savvy, or even simply enjoy using online teacher-student connection programs, this is a school for you.

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Nicole from Morrison, CO

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This a University for the very driven, determined and independent student. The teachers will make you work for your grade and in the end transform you into a better student. It is the most amazing challenge to come here and succeed.
Tips for prospective students
I would recommend that you come in with a plan. This plan should include how many classes you need to take each semester to graduate on time, whether or not you need to work, who your counselor will be and all the advantages that this University offers. It is not easy and they will treat you like an adult; which includes both privileges and consequences. I would say to get to know your professors, they may be big and mean in the classroom but outside they are a phenomenal source of help, insight and friendship. Being in a location that promotes diversity and change, this campus will be a circus of opportunity. They hold conferences, well known guest speakers from a host academic fields, work shops to promote growth in many personal areas and finally, dozens of clubs.
Academic Rigor
This campus has 3 colleges on it and some times the courses you can take here, are taught by a professor from another College and they are usually very nice in their course work and grading. But when you have a UCD professor, they will drill you and make sure that while you are learning the material, you are also performing on a more advanced level. As you advance from freshmen to sophomore and so on, it will become more difficult. By the time you reach your Junior and Senior year you are expected to remember the information from the pre-requisite courses.
Dorm Life
I have never lived in their dorm, but like all dorms, you have to live with others and enjoy poor food from the cafeteria.
Food and Dining
This campus has a lot of venues. In the Tivoli Union building, you have regular restaurants, i.e Taco Bell, Subway, etc.. There is also a mini-market store. In another building you have a sandwich shop that makes your food to order, as well as breakfast and Chick-fil-a. And in the science building, there is a gourmet cafe, which also serves Starbucks. If none of those are to your liking, just go up two streets and you will find the 16th street mall, with a host of restaurants, stores and novelty shops.
What to do for fun
Go pick a bill board, and I can promise you, that you will find something interesting to do. The gym offers classes for martial arts, sports, dancing and physical training. Clubs at this university are very active within the community. There is always something to do and there is always an option to boredom.
Bang for the buck
This campus has three colleges on it. The University of Colorado Denver, Metro State College (which just got it's accreditation to be declared a University and not just a College) and the Community College of Denver. There are students across from the socioeconomic board, lifestyle, and goals. It is also a hub for international students. What most students love, is the RTD Light Rail, which goes to and around Denver. You pay for a sticker, which is a fraction of the cost for a ticket for every day and a regular pass. Having this saves you a lot of money on parking and you can use it everyday, all day...at any time.. Going here also gets you discounts for other events hosted by the city of Denver.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for pre-health students. If you are independent and ambitious and want a degree; a higher education, then come here. This is not a school for party people. If you want a challenge and a taste of other cultures, then this a great place to do it. Honestly, I have met a very wide variety of people while here and if you have the determination and desire to be here, there is no reason why you shouldn't succeed.
Campus Safety
Lots of campus security and call boxes. They patrol day and night; they also like to walk the halls. They send out emails through your campus emails about any crimes that have happened or if they are offering self-defense classes, etc... They now offer a text emergency system.For Example: If there were very bad weather conditions or a dangerous situation, then you would receive a text message.
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Courtney from Parker, CO

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The campus is one of the most efficient in terms of class schedules and use of classroom space. The atmosphere is fast paced and exciting lying in the heart of downtown Denver. I enjoy being on campus everyday with the opportunity to explore the city.
Tips for prospective students
Going to UCD was the best decision I ever made. As a state resident, I have the option to live at home, on campus or in a dorm so if dorm living isn't an atmosphere a prospective student is looking for, the other options are available. The University is very supportive of students, with review sessions and recitations for classes. Many professors are easy to contact and are very approachable.
Academic Rigor
This depends on what field of study you're considering. As a pre-med student, the demands are high but unlike other university's the class schedules, exams and lectures don't take up as much time. I went to CSU my freshman year and I found that taking chemistry there was much more time consuming and harder to grasp but then after I transferred, the chemistry department was more available to help a student and didn't schedule exams outside of lecture at 7pm on a Thursday (which I found to be very inconvenient at CSU)
Dorm Life
Depends on what living situation you prefer, but with the choice to live on campus, move downtown or stay at home, the university is very accommodating to a student's preferences.
Food and Dining
16th st mall is 2 blocks away, restaurants are everywhere within blocks of the university as well as the typical fast food places that are on campus.
What to do for fun
across the street from the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, blocks away from bars, dining, shopping etc.
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Catherine from Parker, CO

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Many of the professors recognize and target subject matter that was (or is) under-taught in high school. As a result, I learned biology with new eyes and discovered a passion for it that I didn't know was possible because of a poor high school biology curriculum. In addition, the student resources on campus reinforce and encourage student growth in such a way that failing a course is simply out of the question.
Am enjoying being here
The diversity of students on campus is enjoyable; people from different ethnic backgrounds, age groups, and opinions all mix to form a melting pot of students. I also enjoy the fact that the campus is not a cliche college experience: most of the students commute from Denver or its surrounding cities, meaning that students on campus aren't necessarily absorbed in the best dorm party that weekend or the current roommate drama. However, despite these benefits, I find the prevalent smoking on campus to be a turn-off that only besmirches student pride, school reputation, and the campus itself.
Bang for the buck
Classes are extremely affordable at UCD, especially for in-state students. In addition, many of the resources offered to Community College of Denver or Metropolitan State College of Denver students are available to UCD students, which maximizes the benefits one can receive from student fees.
Tips for prospective students
UCD is not a typical college experience, so if you are looking for a movie-like university life, you might have to look elsewhere. In addition, UCD is stronger in the natural sciences and pre-health career paths, so if you are more interested in fine arts or social sciences, you might want to consider another college.
Great for these types of students
Students majoring in health careers or natural sciences will thrive here. In addition, students who are looking for a different college experience that is not as widely marketed in the media or entertainment scene will find their place at University of Colorado Denver.
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Jesse from Littleton, CO

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
For the price i'm paying they really shouldn't be giving the education i'm receiving. The professors here know what hey are talking about. I mean i've probably learned more in the past semester than i ever did in a year in high school. Not only is the curriculum awesome the professors themselves have really show that they actually care about their students. I fell behind a couple of weeks ago and one of my professors called me and asked if i was doing ok. If there was anything she could do to help me. This spoke to me a lot because the experience i've had with teachers wasn't good at all in high school. They only cared about the grades and just moved us along. The quality i've found at UCD is exceptional.
Am enjoying being here
Okay i'm going to school 3 blocks away from the 16th street mall. Of course i'm having fun. The fact that i can go to a movie on the mall or get frozen yourgurt anytime of the day is great! Not only is being downtown a great thing in itself the campus has a ton of stuff to do if your willing to get up and go. The wide variety of programs that they offer are fantastic. It would be hard to not find something you're interested in. The only thing about clubs and activities is fitting them around your schedule. It can be hard sometimes but it's not going to fall into your lap.
Bang for the buck
As i said, for the education i'm getting i should be paying a lot more. The possibilities that they offer are great in the aspect that they can make it work. If you are having a hard time paying for something the college is very willing to help you in anyway they can so you can succeed. It's their primary objective and it's helped so much this year.
Tips for prospective students
Stick with it. The only thing i regret this year is backing out of somethings i shouldn't have. The best way to become a solid college student is to get involved. The rate of drop out students increses when they don't get involved with the UCD community. And if you're going to drop out it's just a waste of money. And trust me if you're a broke college student the thought of losing money makes you want to cry. Just get out there and find something you'll love. The people are great and you're going to find friends that have the same interests as you which will make the adjustment to college a lot easier and a little less scary.
Great for these types of students
Broke, looking for a good time, want to have more respect for yourself and others around you, want to become a more well rounded person, have a more open minded outlook, like to eat, like to learn, like to stroll (the campus isn't that big) plenty of time to get to class, again broke, like to make friends, like to feel like an adult by teachers, like to get out into the world!
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Wenda from Littleton, CO

researching this school
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of Denver I believe is a very good school. It is a pretty big campus with many different types of people. They have very good science programs.
Tips for prospective students
If you are already in community College University of Colorado Denver you are almost grantee a spot at this school. But you do need a certain amount of college credits. I think you will enjoy the campus it is mixed with two other colleges.
Academic Rigor
Most of the class rooms are no more than 30 people. So you get more time to ask your teachers for help. Also you can go in for help and they are more than willing to help you.
Dorm Life
I would like the dorm because if your roommate is in the same class has you; you guys could help eachother. It is also a good source for a study buddy.
Food and Dining
They are eating healthier at this college. The food won't make you gain 15 college pounds. You won't have to live of ramen,
What to do for fun
I like too cook and play lacrosse. I also like to hang out with friends and family.
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Christianna from Denver, CO

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The science departments employ some of the best faculty I have had the opportunity to work with. And by work with, I mean actually work with--they treat you as a colleague, not a subordinate. Many professors understand how much money you are spending just to sit in their classroom so they make the extra effort to ensure you get more than just the basics of any one subject.
Am enjoying being here
The campus is very diverse with a wide representation of many cultures, ethnicities, and religions. The location in downtown Denver is superb, close to many non-chain restaurant options for grabbing food and within close proximity to many places of employment for part-time work students.
Bang for the buck
While I think education is invaluable and priceless, the tuition does increase every year as a result of lack of state funding to this public institution. I also pay out-of-state so any small tuition increase is definitely not appreciated. That being said, you do get a thorough education despite the cost.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of the numerous clubs on campus and the school also has an honors program called the University Honors and Leadership Program (UHL) which offers many volunteer opportunities in addition to honors classes and an honors scholarship. Park in the Campus Village lot--$2.50/day and is the cheapest lot on the whole campus.
Great for these types of students
Pre-Health (Med, Dental, PT, PA, nursing, DO)--this school really caters to the future doctor crowd.
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Anjole' from Colorado Springs, CO

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I've only taken a few classes so far, mostly English and humanity classes, but I've enjoyed them very much. I had some problems my first semester, but I was able to work with my teachers and still able to push myself to finish off the year strong.
Am enjoying being here
Mostly for just the general Denver area, it's easy to get around. RTD's, including the light rail and busline, can get you all around downtown and then some. Being a student at this school or other schools on the Auraria campus will give you free access to it, think a little extra to go to DIA, but still. There are always events going on at campus and if you don't want to do those, there is always the 16th street mall.
Bang for the buck
Goes along with the last comment. Pretty much everything is included what you pay, so you pay for just whatever extra you do at places you go, but like I said, there are lots of things to do that don't cost money, especially if you don't mind window shopping.
Tips for prospective students
Definitely talk with counselors about your career path. I learned that medical schools don't like to see online classes on transcripts. I took three, so I know I'm not going to take anymore. You can get helpful tips and suggestions to help make school easier, more enjoyable, and more successful.
Great for these types of students
I think the school would be great for almost any student. The school though is blossoming in its health sciences, and it has its own medical campus associated with it, a reason why I came. It has a business, social justice, engineering, liberal arts and sciences, and media and technology schools, though I'm sure I'm missing some too. The school offers so much, the only thing it doesn't is culinary arts, which I would have taken for sure if they did!
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Kara from Kapolei, HI

accepted here and planning to attend soon
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UCD is a school located in the heart of Denver. UCD shares it's campus with two other colleges so it gives you both the big university and small university vibe at the same time. There is never a dull moment!
Tips for prospective students
Either do really well on the SAT/ACTs or do well in school because if you get accepted and you're an out-of-state student, then you are eligible for becoming a Denver Bound scholarship student!
Academic Rigor
Being a Denver Bound student I have to upkeep a 3.5 GPA to keep my scholarship money. Although getting a 3.5 in high school was not difficult at all, knowing that now I'm in college keeping that high of a GPA is going to be difficult so I know when it comes to being a scholarship student I will have a pretty rigorous 4 years!
Dorm Life
OMG. By far the BEST dorms I've seen out of all the colleges I've visited. The rooms are beautiful! The dorms are in close proximity to public transportation and it gives off a modern kickback vibe! Another perk about dorm life is if you're a Denver Bound scholarship student you are put on the same floor as other scholarship students and you can even room with students who have similar majors to you.
Food and Dining
I like how you can get food not only by the dorms but also throughout campus. You can use your fast cash card for when you need a bagel or a coffee while on campus in a pinch!
Bang for the buck
UCD is great when it comes to its pricing! It was actually cheaper for me to go here then to stay home and go to one of the major universities in Hawaii.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
One unique location on campus is the Tivoli. It's a retired brewery and it now homes our student union where you can find the UCD bookstore and computer labs. Sometimes, they host events there like speakers or conferences..
Great for these types of students
I think UCD is great for the kinds of students who like to get involved in clubs and who are willing to live in the city. Not a lot of people can live in the city everyday and being that UCD is located in the heart of Denver, you have to be willing to work with the hustle and bustle of Denver.
Clubs and Activities
UCD has a lot of clubs, all which are diverse and unique in their own way, but they don't have a lot of sports. In fact they have none. Although it's kind of a downer, UCD does offer a lot of extracurricular activities to keep you busy with.
Campus Safety
Being in a big city like Denver you would think that the campus might be a little unsafe. But UCD utilizes the blue light system where if at any time you feel unsafe, you can find the nearest blue light and security will be there in a minute or so. Another thing that UCD does to ensure the safety of their students is they give them the option of calling security and asking them a ride to their dorms or anywhere within a certain distance away from campus. I think the only unsafe thing about UCD is that the dorms are two blocks away from campus so it might be scary walking back to the dorms late at night.
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