The University of Colorado Denver began as an extension center to the University of Colorado. The Extension Center was permanently set up in Denver in 1938, at the C.A. Johnson Building at 509 17th Street, where a single, full-time faculty member ran the school with the help of part-time teachers. The University of Colorado created the Department of Medicine and Surgery in September 1883 in the Old Main building on the Boulder campus. The Department of Nursing opened in 1898. The last two classes were shifted to Denver by 1892, because of the larger population meaning more abundance of sick people. This would become the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC). In 2004, UC Denver and UC Health Sciences Center merged. It was named the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC). In 2006, the Fitzsimons campus of UCHSC was renamed the Anschutz Medical Campus to recognize the philanthropic donations from Philip and Nancy Anschutz. On October 29, 2007, the board of regents renamed UCDHSC as the University of Colorado Denver, unifying the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver Campus.
University of Colorado—Denver is a public institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,586. The campus size is 126 acres. The total no o students in the two physical campuses exceed 18,000. The university clinic serves more than 500,000 patients a year through its hospital and clinical services. University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus offers more than 140 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges. CU Denver hosts 8 schools and colleges: the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Arts & Media, The Business School, the School of Education & Human Development, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Affairs and its Presidential Climate Action Project, and the Graduate School. The university offers degrees in a wide variety of academic fields such as music industry, engineering, business, film and television, culture, history, language, digital design, the natural sciences, the biomedical sciences, and medicine.