University of Denver

Student Success Requirements

DSF wants you to succeed as you pursue your education, and in partnership with the University of Denver DSF Scholars are provided with additional support on campus to help you be successful. DSF Scholars must meet certain Student Success Requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. 

Click on the button below to download a PDF of the Student Success Requirements at DU, plus details on reaching your campus contact.

Campus Contact

Erin Geering M.A. | Academic Advisor
Driscoll South, Suite 30 (below the bookstore)
Phone: (303) 871-3262

Financial Aid Office

Stephanie Allen
University Hall 255
2197 S. University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-4020 

Click here to download Financial Aid Worksheet

Student Support Programs

The Denver Scholarship Foundation wants every college student to successfully complete a college degree or certificate. Below are some helpful resources and programs available at DU.

  • Excelling Leaders Institute (ELI) – seeks to create an open and inclusive campus environment for students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as they transition to DU. ELI is a four-year leadership development and community-building program that focuses upon and accentuates the strengths of all participants.
  • Pioneer Pathways Program (P3) – provides support to incoming students as they transition into the DU Pioneer community. Through this program, P3 scholars explore and critically analyze aspects of power and privilege, while concentrating on academic enrichment and college success.
  • Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) – a nationally recognized fee-for-service program that provides individualized academic support for University of Denver students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), students on the Autism Spectrum, or a history of learning differences.
  • Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) – PLP is a unique academic minor and Living and Learning Community at the University of Denver that emphasizes leadership ignited by community, curiosity, courage, and action. Each year PLP selects 88 incoming students who are ready to embrace the ever-increasing challenges of our world. PLP is a transformational learning experience that combines course work, a residential community, civic engagement, and professional networks to equip 21st century citizen leaders. Through the study and practice of leadership, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become an effective, collaborative leader in whatever field you choose.
  • 1GenU — a four-year developmental and community-building program that focuses on assisting first-generation students and their families in navigating the institution while providing mentorship and academic resources to ensure their success at DU and post-graduation.
    • E-STEM (Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) — The Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics is on the forefront of STEM at DU, boasting the largest concentration of STEM students and faculty on campus. Over the past decade, the number of DU students electing to major in math and science has nearly doubled. Our students are hardworking, intellectually curious, and socially engaged. They collaborate side-by-side with faculty who serve as distinguished researchers and dedicated mentors.
  • Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) – A center to help students collaborate, while activating university and community potential through partnership. The idea is to help create connections for students across campus with ‘change-makers’ helping tomorrow’s leaders have resources and networking opportunities.
    • Public Achievement – an international, innovative approach to improve academic achievement and creating positive school culture through civic organizing. DU partner’s with several schools in the metro area. DU students coach of high and/or middle school students who want to work for change in their communities. Focuses on community-organizing as well as building relationships.
    • Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) — DU’s Volunteer database to help navigate ways to educate, engage, and equip yourself to help improve lives of the people in our communities.
  • Honors Program at DU — a program for students who want a curriculum passed what is already being offered to students at the Unviersity of Denver. The aim of the program is to challenge students to cultivate strong habits of critical thinking, creativity, and scholarship. Students will get smaller class sizes, a small community as well as scholarship opportunity.
  • Living and Learning Communities (LLC’s) – a way to bring some meaningful experiences in your fist-year. Three focuses for the LLCs; Academics, Residential, and Community Engagement. Each LLC is based on a theme. Every quarter, students will take seminar classes relating to that theme, credit can be applied to relevant minors. Students will also live on the same floor of the hall that hosts their LLC. They can take part in programs that enhance course work. There are also opportunities to put these concepts into real-world community settings.
  • Compass – a program designed for first-year/transfer students to help navigate campus and its resources, as well as helping academic/social skills to help transition to college life. The program is 30 weeks of content designed to increase persistence and retention. Will provide co-curricular content through Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence.
  • Colorado Women’s College Scholars (CWC) – provides a multidisciplinary academic and co-curricular program for undergraduate women identified students. Program model is cohort learning experience, learning along 12-15 other women. Requires 24-credit hour Leadership minor.
  •  Puksta – four-year, developmental civic engagement program with intentionally diverse communities. Focuses on independent or small-group public work projects, also collaborates with CCESL staff. Program helps students develop their civic identity
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