University of Denver says
Since its founding in 1864, DU has played an integral role in the cultural, social, economic and educational life of the city it calls home. Beyond its local contribution, the University is known nationally and internationally for preparing students to blaze trails in government, business, education, health care, sports, law, the arts--wherever there is a need for principled leadership, critical assessment and creative thinking. When you become a student at DU, you become part of a culture that emphasizes academic excellence, global responsibility, community engagement and creative approaches to problem solving. With the backing of local businessmen and the Methodist Church, the University of Denver was founded in 1864 as Colorado Seminary by John Evans, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln's. Evans was the Colorado Territory's second governor and helped establish Denver as a hub for the railroad industry. (Mount Evans, a 14,264-foot peak visible from the DU campus, was named for him.)
The seminary had to close its doors temporarily after a few years in the unstable economic landscape of Denver's gold rush. But in 1880, the seminary re-opened as the University of Denver under Chancellor David Hastings Moore in a small building downtown. This time, it was for good, and DU's first graduate, John Hipp, took his diploma in 1884. University administrators eventually began looking for a quieter location, finding it several miles south of Denver on land donated by Rufus "Potato" Clark, a reformed alcoholic and potato farmer. The University Park campus was born in 1890 at the corner of what is now University Boulevard and Evans Avenue. In the last century and a half, DU has seen its share of triumphs and setbacks, high points and low ones:
DU produced its first Rhodes Scholar, Stanley Kuhl Hornbeck, in 1904. Since then, seven more DU students have earned the honor, most recently in 2005.
In 1908, DU became one of the first universities in the country to open a college of business. Over the years, the business program has become one of the best in the nation.
Like other college campuses around the country, DU saw its enrollment expand rapidly after World War II, when returning soldiers took advantage of the GI Bill. To accommodate all of the new students, the University erected Quonset huts and launched a mini building boom.
DU landed front and center on the sports pages in 1954 when the ski team won its first national championship. By 2008, the ski team had claimed 19 national championships, more than any other team in the country.
DU made national headlines in 1970 with Woodstock West, a student protest against the Vietnam War and the killings of four students at Kent State.
In the early 1990s, the University began extensive planning for the coming century. A capital campaign raised $273 million for improvements to campus infrastructure and new buildings, research centers, scholarships and professorships. The University ultimately invested $450 million in its campus over the course of a decade, and when the new century dawned, DU was well positioned to advance its role in the local, national and global arenas.
Rich with beauty and tradition, University Hall--which was built in the 1890s--lives alongside buildings from the 1930s, 1950s and early 21st century. All are shaded by hundreds of trees. In fact, the entire campus is designated as an arboretum.