CU South Denver
10035 S. Peoria St.
Lone Tree, CO 80134
Since 1876, the University of Colorado has educated citizens and developed leaders. With the launch of the University of Colorado South Denver in January of 2015, we continue that commitment by providing quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs from all four CU campuses (CU Anschutz, CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs and CU Denver.)
At CU South Denver, we believe in strengthening our community by enriching the lives and minds of lifelong learners of every age. Through the CU System we have access to some of the nation’s top educators, researchers, scholars and artists dedicated to helping us re-imagine education and the impact it can make on society. That means we can incubate and deliver top-notch, innovative programming that will inspire, educate and engage our entire south metro Denver community, at every age.
As the unique destination for education, culture and community in south Denver, we bring the community together through academic programs, P-12 education, a movie theater, museum, community entertainment and distinctive venues with outstanding full-service catering that are available to rent for special events or meetings.
About the gift
Located east of I-25 along Lincoln Ave. in Lone Tree, this signature facility is named for Dave Liniger, chairman emeritus of The Wildlife Experience and co-founder of REMAX International, Inc., and his wife, Gail Liniger, and their family. Effective January 2015, The Wildlife Experience was donated to the University of Colorado.
The generous gift of the building and property — valued at $40 million — is the largest real estate donation in the university’s 138-year history. The gift allowed CU to expand its south Denver presence that began when The Wildlife Experience and the university first collaborated by leasing space in April 2014. The gift of the entire building and operations allows for more services, more convenience and more value to be delivered to south Denver residents, employers and area professionals.
CU renovated space in the building for the fall 2014 semester — a second-floor gallery area was converted into two 48-seat classrooms, a 32-seat computer lab as well as a faculty and student resource center. There is also a student lounge. The lower level was converted into a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab. Additional renovations were completed in August 2015, which included more classrooms, plus faculty offices and student study rooms. The overall renovation included 32,000 square feet of the 151,000-square-foot facility.
The first CU South Denver classes were offered in August 2014. Classes are offered for degree-seeking and continuing education students and include popular interest areas such as nursing, engineering, education and business. All four CU campuses — CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Boulder, CU Colorado Springs and CU Denver — collaborate in the success of the CU South Denver expansion.
The museum operates as part of CU South Denver at the same location starting January 2015. Serving as a cultural center and community asset.