Take Your First Ascent

Take part in an exciting, new University of Denver Tradition: First Ascent. With your peers, you will travel to DU’s Kennedy Mountain Campus for a weekend of exploration, adventure, connection and learning.

In the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, you will be immersed in the DU 4D Experience. You will discover the wonder of intellectual growth and curiosity. The confidence to pursue purpose-driven lives and careers. The joy of wellbeing for ourselves, others, and our planet. And the strength of character built upon individual values.

What to Expect

First Ascent is a transformative experience open to all new undergraduate DU students. From challenge courses and guided hikes to cliffside lakes, outdoor climbing, artistic and life design exploration, community campfires, and ample time to simply explore and build the lifelong friends that will define your time at DU.

Winter & Spring 2024 Opportunities

Did you miss your chance to participate in First Ascent during the Fall 2023 quarter? Consider one of the many upcoming 4D Signature Programs or other KMC experiences being offered. Full details can be found at: https://www.du.edu/kennedy-mountain-campus/educational-programs

Fall 2024 First Ascent Trip Details

Full details will be released in July 2024. New Fall 2024 students must register for a specific First Ascent experience offered the following weekends during the Fall 24 Quarter:

  • August 23-25
  • Sept. 6-8 (Transfer, Exchange, and Graduate Students) 
  • Sept. 13-15 (Week 1) 
  • Sept. 20-22 (Week 2) 
  • Sept. 27-29 (Week 3)
  • Oct. 4-6 (Week 4) 
  • Oct. 11-13 (Week 5)
  • Oct. 25-27 (Week 7)
  • There is no First Ascent trip during Week 6 (Oct. 18-20) due to Family Weekend + Homecoming

Register for First Ascent!       First Ascent Exemption Form

Student who are not interested in participating in First Ascent must request an exemption.


Disability Services & Accommodations

At the University of Denver, we take accessibility very seriously. If you believe you may have difficulty with access for our Kennedy Mountain Campus Ascent experiences because you use a wheelchair or have other mobility needs, please contact the Disability Services Program as soon possible so they can assist you in planning and accommodating your access. As far as your academic access at KMC, we believe that once you provide your accommodation letter to your instructors, you accommodations will be implemented.

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