Welcome to DU! As a member of the Class of 2020, you are among impressive company. Over a third of you have a 4.0 GPA or above. Your class comes to DU from nearly all of the 50 states and close to 30 countries around the world. This class exhibits great leadership experience and entrepreneurial spirit: Undergraduate Admission says they have never seen so many applications of students who have started (or even sold!) businesses.
We are all excited for you to become part of the DU family and to see your contributions to this inclusive, engaged community.
I am very proud of DU’s deep commitment to teaching and to student engagement—which is unusual for a research university. We are a “student first” university. You will benefit from close relationships with faculty and staff members that will shape your experience. There are also opportunities for you to engage in research, scholarship and creative work alongside faculty members.
We are in the midst of implementing a vision for the University called DU IMPACT 2025, which will guide us as we create a student experience that will better prepare you for career achievement and a life of deep meaning. And DU will remain here for you after you graduate—providing access to a global DU network and resources to support you throughout your career.
While you are at DU, I hope you seize all opportunities before you. Develop friendships with people whose backgrounds and perspectives are different from your own. Join clubs to pursue existing passions—or to discover new ones. Expand your minds by taking classes in subjects with which you aren’t familiar. Explore Denver, and summit a mountain or two!
I look forward to seeing you on campus soon. Congratulations, and welcome!
Chancellor Rebecca Chopp