The University of Denver is a private, 4-year school located in Denver, CO, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The school was founded in 1864 as the Colorado Seminary designed to “civilize” the city of Denver which was founded in 1858. In 1880 it was renamed the University of Denver and moved away from the center of town to its current location (just seven miles south of the city). The city of Denver has since expanded the metropolitan reach of the city to encompass the campus. The 125 acre campus is designated as an arboretum and features red brick collegiate architecture with many quads and open areas. Among notable alumni are journalist Bob Berkowitz, playwright Neil Simon and world champion ice skater Michelle Kwan.