By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– University of Denver students will soon have the chance to attend classes at a new mountain campus. DU announced on Tuesday the purchase of 724 acres in Larimer County.

The James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus at the University of Denver (credit: University of Denver)

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The new James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus is named in honor of a billionaire DU alumnus. He donated $26 million to buy the land and kickstart programming on campus.

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The James C. Kennedy Mountain Campus at the University of Denver (credit: University of Denver)

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DU hopes to start classes, retreats and research trips for students and staff as early as next fall.

Jennifer McRae