Why Choose DU?
- Engineering courses are taught by faculty, not graduate students.
- Low student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
- Students work in laboratory settings in all but 1 quarter of their program; applying course knowledge to real projects. Our average lab size is 20 students.
- Meaningful exposure to computer, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines in the first 5 quarters of study BEFORE students are required to select a major.
- Students in all engineering majors jointly take both junior and senior design courses (Integration and Engineering Design, respectively), working together on multidisciplinary projects.
- Opportunity to take Law School courses.
- Option for either an MS or MBA through our five-year, dual-degree programs; saving both time and money.
- Choice of math and science electives ideal for pre-med.
Out of Classroom Experiences
- We strongly encourage students to participate in co-ops and internships.
- Our program allows and encourages students to participate in the Cherrington Study-Abroad program in the fall of their senior year.
- There are numerous undergraduate research opportunities during both the academic year and summer. The faculty of both the Mechanical & Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering Departments are heavily involved in research and many utilize our undergraduate students. The university also supports student research experience through the Undergraduate Research Center.
Out of Classroom Experience
Ranked in the top five for the number of undergraduates studying abroad, the University of Denver is known for the impact its students make internationally. At the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, we share the university's commitment to international learning and strongly encourage our students to participate in Study Abroad programs.
Cherrington Global Scholars Program
Planning to Study Abroad
- The engineering curricula has been structured so that you can study abroad in the fall quarter of your fourth year, rather than the fall quarter of your third year, as is more typical in other DU programs.
- To remain on the four-year graduation path, you will need to be "on track" with your degree program at the time you leave for study abroad and you may need to study at an institution that offers equivalent courses.
- The institutions that offer the required courses are limited, vary depending on degree and may change from one year to the next.
We at the Ritchie School recognize the value of experiential learning. We have created a paid co-op program which is optional and competitive for our students, ideally suited for current sophomores and juniors. Through this collaborative program between academia and industry, students work full time at a participating company earning valuable work experience.
An active part of learning at DU includes undergraduate research. Students are encouraged to think beyond the textbook and apply their knowledge to current projects.
Faculty members eagerly involve students in current research to expand a student’s thought process and allow them to gain “hands-on” experience.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
- Summer research funding can be obtained either through the Undergraduate Research Center or directly through faculty funding.
- This opportunity lasts 2-3 months and includes a stipend for students and supervision by a faculty member.
Pins and Undergraduate Research
- Students wishing to participate in faculty research projects during the school year may be eligible for participation in Partners in Scholarship (PINS) or Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URA's).
- PINS is a university-wide program in which a student performs research in conjunction with a faculty member.
- URA's work directly with faculty, often for compensation, on current research efforts.
- Students can read about faculty research interests on their individual faculty pages or look at the list of current faculty research projects to identify a possible match.
- Such work enhances the student's ability to compete for scholarships, internships, entrance to graduate study and permanent employment.
- A limited number of these are available and are typically restricted to upper-division students with good academic backgrounds.
- An agreement with a specific faculty member is required and the URA is requested by, and granted to, the faculty member.
The engineering common curriculum in all three disciplines (mechanical, computer, and electrical) is the same for the first 5 quarters. There is no need for a student to declare his/her major until the spring quarter of the sophomore year. All choices remain available up until that time.
View the most recent Undergraduate Engineering Bulletin for more detailed information on the undergraduate engineering programs.
Degree Program Plans
To apply for admission please click here.
The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science is fortunate to have endowed scholarships available for qualifying undergraduate students.
How to Qualify
Scholarships are awarded based primarily on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and merit. Some donors have established specific requirements for recipients of their scholarships.
How to Apply
By being accepted to the University of Denver, you are automatically considered for these engineering scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid notifies the Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering department chairs of the students who qualify for the scholarships. The department chairs make the award decisions.
Robert L. Alldredge Endowed Scholarship Fund
Leonard G. and Irene P. Endowed Scholarship Fund
Mary Jane Creutz Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jones/Savio-Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund
John Paul Kammer Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
William J. Kunzman Endowed Scholarship Fund
Lee and Shirley Nelson Scholarship Fund
Parkinson Family Endowed Scholarship
Homer G. Thomson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Bruce Albert Walker Endowed Scholarship Fund
Dean's Undergraduate Scholarship
Recipients of the above scholarships may meet their donors at the annual Undergraduate Scholarship Reception.
Honors & Distinctions
Make the most of your undergraduate experience in a stimulating academic and social community. When you're accepted into the University Honors Program, you'll enjoy the small classes and close community of a private college along with the opportunities and resources of a research university.
We welcome transfer students at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and have many students who have come to us from schools in the U.S. and abroad. If you have any questions after reviewing our degree programs and degree plans and reviewed ourcourse descriptions, please feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Process for Transfer Students
You are welcome to schedule either an in-person or telephone meeting with us by using the "Contact Us" button t to discuss transfer logistics.
You may also schedule a campus visit through the Admissions Office. When registering for a campus visit you will may request a meeting with a department representative.
To view information on ABET accreditation please visit: Accreditation