We admission counselors love documenting our fall travels through photos. We've already posted a few images from the road, but... a few more will never hurt!
As travel season is starting to wind down here in admission, I wanted to take some time to reflect on a question I am frequently asked about campus life: “Do you have fraternities and sororities on campus?”
For prospective students, finding an academic as well as a social niche on a college campus will be the ultimate factor in determining which university will be the best fit for them. When considering social opportunities, Greek life is something to take into consideration. The short answer to that question is, “Yes, we have eight fraternities and eight sororities and about 20% of our 5,000 students are involved in our Greek system.”
As an alumnus of one of these sororities, I found that DU has a rather different approach to the traditional fraternity or sorority model. Yes, there are social events, but the campus tends to focus on philanthropic involvement and academic achievement. After joining my organization, I was presented with a wide variety of ways to immediately get involved not only within the organization but also around campus and within our local Denver communities. Most organizations have a national foundation that they support with a campus-wide philanthropy event in addition to a number of local organizations that they regularly volunteer with. These opportunities range from mentoring, tidying up parks and open spaces, and working events for area non-profits.
Additionally, Greek life members are also held to academic standards. All organizations on campus have a minimum GPA requirement that members must meet in order to participate in the organization. This GPA tends to be higher than the campus average and a majority of the chapters on campus will host study sessions in the library or in their respective houses to ensure that everyone is maintaining their grades.
Being involved in a sorority was a great way for me to find volunteer and leadership opportunities within my organization. I met some amazing friends both in my own house, but from other organizations as well. I found that it was an amazing experience and acted as a catalyst for more campus involvement in other, non-Greek, organizations. I highly recommend prospective students look at the Greek Life webpage to learn more about our chapters on campus at http://udgreeklife.orgsync.com/org/dugreeklife/Chapters.
Hannah Stone - Admission Counselor
Posted at 11:44 AM | Permalink
Every fall Admission Counselors from colleges and universities around the nation hit the road recruiting for their institutions. Every year we spend countless hours in hotels, airports, and cars, seeking out free Wi-Fi in our spare moments, and chugging relentless amounts of coffee. Every fall we collapse on our beds, bleary-eyed and exhausted from hours of sharing the wonders of our institutions.
I’m an Admission Counselor, and though I’m sitting in a free Wi-Fi zone at Starbucks sipping my much-needed double tall mocha in a town about an hour away from home, I am blissfully happy. I love my job. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a young person light up as you tell them about the opportunities afforded to them in college; nothing more rewarding than recruiting all season to have a star student choose your institution.
I’m only halfway through my fall recruitment, but I’ve already had some amazing experiences. Just this morning I woke up before the crack of dawn to drive to northern Colorado. As I drove, the sun peeked over the recently snow-capped Rocky Mountain range, lighting it up in a soft purple and orange glow. Last week, I had the privilege of traveling through Bend, Portland, and Eugene, Oregon, visiting some amazing high schools, and in the process, talking with some fantastic high school students. I even had the opportunity to meet up with the Director of Admission at the University of Oregon, Jim Rawlins, to attend the 100th consecutive sold-out Oregon Ducks football game. The Ducks unfortunately lost, but there are few things more exhilarating than cheering on a team in a stadium full of 56,000 screaming fans.
I confess; I’m a little tired. And I confess, I’ve talked about DU’s great academic programs, small class sizes, beautiful location, and amazing study abroad opportunities more times than I can count. I also confess that being an Admission Counselor is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. I truly am a road warrior, but I’m a happy one, and I’m looking forward to several more weeks of caffeine-charged craziness, searching for free Wi-Fi zones, GPS-navigated drives, and especially talking with many more star students.
56,000 screaming fans! An awesome experience.
Thanks, Jim Rawlins, for the opportunity!
We even got to go on the field!
Jim Rawlins, University of Oregon Director of Admission, me, and Todd Rinehart,
University of Denver Director of Admission.
I can’t get over this view… Central Oregon is gorgeous.
The view from Estes Park High School… I could get used to this!
Christina Hunter - Admission Counselor
Posted at 11:50 AM | Permalink
Every incoming freshman is required to register for a four quarter-hour First-Year Seminar (FSEM) course. The faculty that teach these classes are allowed to teach specific subjects for which they show great passion and knowledge. Some of the course titles include Colorado’s Rivers, Physics for Future Presidents, Personal Genomics, and Psychology of Exercise.
Learn more about DU’s FSEM classes at http://magazine.du.edu/academics-research/first-year-seminars-set-stage-college-learning!
Craig Dionne - Northeast Regional Director
Posted at 07:01 AM | Permalink
During the fall, my colleagues and I will be attending hundreds of college fairs. This week alone, I will be attending four college fairs in Austin, TX. Many fairs will have over 200 colleges and universities in attendance, and most will last around two hours.
With so many choices and so little time, why do students stop at the University of Denver table?
I am pictured visiting with a family at a college fair in Addison, Texas.
Some students stop to learn about our history. Well, we are older than Coca-Cola. We’ve been around since 1864 (12 years before Colorado became a state) and we are celebrating our 150th year as an institution of higher learning.
Other students stop to view an iPad slideshow of our campus. We have a spectacular campus setting with beautiful buildings in a tree-lined residential community. Our location allows students to easily access opportunities in a major metropolitan city or recreational interests in the Rocky Mountains.
Rapid fire questions by students in a rush are also quite common:
Do you have a Pre-Vet Program?
- Yes, and we also have great research opportunities.
Do you have a football team?
- No, we haven’t had a football team since 1961 (we like to say we've been undefeated for the last 53 years!)
Study abroad program?
- Yes, and it’s arguably the best in the country.
Can I major in Nursing?
- No, unfortunately we don’t offer a nursing major.
How about Greek life?
- Yes, we have 8 fraternities and 8 sororities.
High school seniors have often researched our rigorous academic programs. They want to know what’s new and exciting on campus!
Each fall, I have had something new and noteworthy to share with prospective students about DU. This week, alumna and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be on campus for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex! We are also in the process of building a brand new facility for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (pictured below)!
Parents are often more interested in learning about Financial Aid and outcomes. Over 80% of our students receive some form of financial assistance and 96% of the class of 2013 were employed or enrolled in graduate school six months after graduation!
We hope that you will visit our fair table this season and our campus as soon as possible. If you are intrigued by the possibilities at the University of Denver, I am willing to bet that you will be impressed after your visit.
Roderick Rose - Associate Director
Posted at 06:28 AM | Permalink
Explore the University of Denver through the eyes of our students, alumni, faculty and staff on . DU Here & Now is a new project that captures the stories and experiences of the campus in one unique moment that will provide future generations a window into what it means to be a Pioneer here and now.
With striking visual photography from campus photographer Wayne Armstrong, DU Here & Now is a unique and inspirational account of the University of Denver in its sesquicentennial year. Explore the DUHN blog and other interactive features celebrating our sesquicentennial at www.du.edu/DUHN, and join the conversation at #duhn.
Well, it finally arrived, first day of school! A dreaded day for most, one that seemed so far away just a mere three short months ago when summer was the only thing on my mind. Now it’s here; where did my summer go? It’s my senior year too; it feels just like yesterday I was moving into J-Mac (first-year residence hall).
First days are always interesting; there is a rush of a handful of emotions. You feel: nervous, anxious, excited, intimidated, worried, ready, hopeful and much more. It is a bitter sweet type of feeling; I begin my last, first day here at the University of Denver. Today was a bit different. It didn’t really feel like another “first day,” I think I have gotten used to the rush of emotions and was just excited to start yet another amazing year at DU and make my last one count!
It has been somewhat of an overwhelming sensation thinking about my last year at DU and what I have to do in order to be successful. On top of being a full time student, I decided to take on the position of President of the Pioneer Ambassadors (Student Alumni Association), continue my work within Undergraduate Admission and work as the Program Visit Fellow, look for jobs upon graduation... all while maintaining a social life! It will surely be a senior year for the books. While on the surface I am a little bit nervous about juggling everything, in the back of my mind I know that when I successfully finish this year that all the hard work will have paid off and it will be that much sweeter of an accomplishment.
As a fourth-year here at DU (where has the time gone?), I look back on my time here at DU thus far and realize that I’ve been through a lot! Countless hours of classes, late night “study” sessions with friends, plenty of weekends spent cheering for our beloved Pios, giving tours to prospective students, and so much more. I can’t even begin to sum up the amount of wonderful memories, experiences, and opportunities that I have received here at DU.
Saying that it has been a wonderfully crazy rollercoaster ride would be an understatement. I have enjoyed every second being at the University of Denver. From the moment I first stepped on to campus to take my college tour, to studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain, to my last, first day, I have loved being a Pioneer. I am eager to see what this last year has in store for me. I know that it will most certainly be a challenge, but hey, that is why I came to DU in the first place. The University of Denver has given me every opportunity to not only excel in whatever I come across but it has also allowed me to “Pioneer” my own path of success and make me, a better me. I greatly look forward to my final year here at DU; it will certainly be one to remember. While it may be my last, first day of my undergraduate degree, who knows what my future holds!
Constantine Johns - Program Visit Fellow
Posted at 08:55 AM | Permalink
That I became a rower at all in college was purely by chance. I happened to be sitting next to a good friend in the library. We were studying for finals. At some point, she mentioned something about rowing for the University. She was a coxswain (the person who yells at everyone) for the newly formed University of Denver Rowing Club. It was, and continues to be, a club open to anyone regardless of his/her prior experience rowing. For some reason, I was convinced that rowing was a sport I needed to pursue.
I had a lot to learn. Even though most of the team had less than two years of experience rowing, everyone seemed to have a much better understanding of the sport than I did. Lucky for me, they were all friendly and ready to help me when I needed help. Throughout March and April, my mornings consisted of 6AM practices at Cherry Creek Reservoir. I feared that this would get exhausting after awhile, but the team was full of energetic and fun loving people who made waking up before the sunrise enjoyable! Everyone was dedicated, focused and passionate about growing as a team and as rowers for the University of Denver.
After a few months of cold early morning practices, the day finally arrived when DU Club Rowing flew to Georgia for the team’s first spring race. It was DU’s first appearance in the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Regatta. After a lengthy delay at DIA and a few glitches at the rental car company and hotel, the team was in Georgia. Though tired from the previous night’s travel, the excitement and stimulation of the regatta energized the team. Rowing programs from across the country had congregated at the site of the 1996 Olympic rowing venue to race for the title of ACRA Champion.
Everything about the trip was an amazing experience. The actual race was unlike any event I had ever participated in. Adrenaline rushed over my body as my boat raced among seven other teams down a 2,000-meter course. The early morning practices of the preceding months paid off as my quad rowed beautifully together. Our women’s quad and our men’s double rowed exceptionally as well. It was an amazing experience for the entire team.
The takeaway from my experience rowing this season is this: Spontaneity can lead to extremely fulfilling experiences. When my friend told me that she rowed, I took that as an opportunity to add an entirely new component to my life. True, initially, I had no reason to believe that rowing would be a necessary addition to my already busy college life. In fact, during the first few weeks, I felt like I was treading water; constantly getting bogged down in the technique and intricacies of rowing. More importantly, however, in three months, I went from rowing for my first time, to racing at a national competition. Spontaneity allowed me to explore new things, meet new people and invigorate my college experience. The University of Denver Rowing Club has been, and will continue to be, a great experience!
If you are interested in rowing for DU Club Rowing please checkout our Facebook page!
Trevor Ford - Communication Fellow
Posted at 12:34 PM | Permalink
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) has been making the news and the social media feeds in a big way recently. The Ice Bucket Challenge was designed to raise awareness and ultimately encourage support and financial donations. Todd Rinehart, our Director of Admission, and the Enrollment Division of the University of Denver was challenged earlier this week and we went ALL OUT!!
He recruited our Vice Chancellor of Enrollment as well as many of the admission and financial aid staff to participate. Here are some great photos from the experience and if you would like to watch the full video, we'd love for you to watch at http://youtu.be/1hnR_V_NDUc?list=PL07A204EC069EB9FA and give at http://www.alsa.org/.
Rachel Balows - Associate Director of Admission & Communication
Posted at 07:48 AM | Permalink