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CU Denver Ranked No. 1 in Colorado for Diversity, Professors, and Location in Latest Niche College Rankings

October 23, 2023

DENVER—University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) is ranked No. 1 in Colorado for diversity, best faculty, and best location in the latest Niche College Rankings. The combination of top rankings in these three areas show that students recognize the incredible teaching, culture, and career prospects CU Denver has to offer.

“Rankings like these—alongside recent recognitions of CU Denver for social mobility and best value by The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report—reflect a broader national shift in valuing universities not merely for the students they attract, but by the superior student experiences they offer and outcomes they produce,” said Chancellor Michelle Marks.

This achievement highlights CU Denver’s commitment to delivering a quality education and fostering an inclusive community. This success reflects the faculty and staff’s dedication to providing exceptional education for our students.Unlike other university rankings, Niche has nearly 500,000 college reviews from real students giving authentic and credible insight into what students really think about their college, in addition to using trustworthy data sources like the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation.

Snapshot of Recent Student Reviews

The top phrases used by students to describe CU Denver are “urban,” “welcoming,” “diverse,” and “friendly,” which reflect on our community and location in one of the country’s most vibrant cities.  

“My experience with University of Denver Colorado has been wonderful. As a first generation student I was scared to go far from home so University of Colorado Denver gave me the comfort of being close. I enjoy how involved they are with their students.” —Sophomore

“They are so helpful in connecting the education world to the workforce. I believe that they take the time to prepare us for the future.” —Junior

“The University of Colorado Denver has a uniquely diverse and community-oriented campus that is made up of many cultures, backgrounds and orientations with a dedicated drive to engage everyone with one another for a satisfying college journey….It is one of the best investments I’ve made and recommend anybody that is considering this university to go for it! You will not regret it.” —Graduate Student

Making Education Work for Everyone

CU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan focuses on social mobility and is a key consideration when developing curriculum at CU Denver, where preparing a diverse workforce for the future is a priority. CU Denver is committed to becoming the nation’s first equity-serving institution and supports underrepresented communities in multiple ways in an effort to make education work for all.