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Colorado Springs Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Colorado Springs Colleges and Schools

With nearly 450,000 residents, Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado and the largest by area. As the home of Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Fort Carson, and NORAD, the aerospace and defense industries are easily the largest employers in the area.

Located about 70 miles south of Denver and nestled against the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is known for the plethora of outdoor activities available. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing while summer activities include hiking and mountain biking.

Colleges in Colorado Springs, Colorado

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Colorado Springs is home to 20 institutions of higher education with a total enrollment of 59,382. These institutions include large public universities, military academies, community colleges, and institutions that offer less-than-two-year degrees or certifications.

United States Air Force Academy

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): Not applicable
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 84%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 27 majors, 3 minors

The United States Air Force Academy is a military academy operated by the Unites States federal government offering degrees in a number of different bachelor's degrees in several disciplines. In exchange for free tuition, graduates are required to serve no less than 5 years in the United States Air Force. Enrollment was 3,952 in 2014 with popular degree programs including business, engineering, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.

Colorado College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $46,410
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 86%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 42 majors, 33 minors, 1 master's degree

As a 4-year private college, Colorado College offers undergraduate and master's degree programs. Total enrollment was 2,067 for 2014 (2,050 undergraduate) with popular concentrations including biomedical sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $7,462
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 47%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 56 undergraduate majors, 45 graduate degree programs

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is public 4-year university branch of the University of Colorado system. In 2014, total enrollment was 11,761 (9,629 undergraduate) and popular majors included business, communications, psychology, social sciences, and health professions.

Pikes Peak Community College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $3,227
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 49%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: Over 200 areas of study

With multiple locations throughout the city, Pikes Peak Community College is a 2-year school providing degree and certificate programs in a variety of technical and vocational fields. Total enrollment for 2014 was 13,947 and popular areas of study included engineering technology, health professions, criminal justice, mechanic repair technology, and precision production.

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $11,327
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 27%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 39 undergraduate, 37 master's

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs is a 4-year, private, for-profit university offering numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Enrollment for 2014 included 1,566 students (1,144 undergraduate) with popular programs including business, computer and information sciences, and healthcare fields.

Nazarene Bible College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $11,400
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 17%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 1 bachelor's degree (9 majors, 4 minors), 1 associate degree, 1 certificate

Nazarene Bible College is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit bible college dedicated to preparing students for careers in the ministry. Approximately 762 students were enrolled in 2014, making the student-to-faculty ratio 10:1.

Facts for Students of Colorado Springs Colleges and Schools

Economics

Since Colorado Springs is home to a number of military installations and the United States Air Force Academy, it should be no surprise that military and defense contractors are major economic drivers in the area. In addition to aerospace and defense, other major industries include technology, healthcare, and tourism. In 2014, median household income for Colorado Springs registered at $54,228 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The median value of owner-occupied housing units for 2013 was $209,100 with 59.0% of residents owning their own home.

Demographics

With an estimated 445,830 residents, Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado. Through 2013, 36.3% of residents held a bachelor's degree or higher while 93.0% of residents held at least a high school diploma. Approximately 13.1% or residents spoke a language other than English at home while 8.2% of the population was foreign born.

Fun Facts

The city is located at the base of Pikes Peak, which is one of Colorado's 53 mountains with a summit elevation above 14,000 feet. East of Pikes Peak, no other mountain in the nation is taller.

Sources:

  1. City of Colorado Springs, https://coloradosprings.gov/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. The Best Places for Business and Careers 2015, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/places/co/colorado-springs/
  4. State & County Quickfacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado Springs, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08/0816000.html
  5. Pikes Peak: Things to See and Do, Colorado Tourism Office, http://www.colorado.com/articles/pikes-peak-things-see-do

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Colleges in Colorado Springs with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Colorado College
14. E Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: biology, economics, history, anthropology, English, sociology, political science, philosophy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,075 students, 2,248 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,524 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 620-700. Math: 610-700. Writing: 620-700.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy Colorado Springs
322 Main St
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

  • Programs: cosmetology, hair styling
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 75 students, 56 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.

United States Air Force Academy

USAFA, CO 80840-5002

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: systems engineering, business management, aerospace engineering, social services, behavioral sciences, biology, political science, civil engineering
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 4,461 students, 5,463 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 4,550 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 595-680. Math: 620-700. Writing: 560-660.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, registered nursing, curriculum and instruction, communication studies, psychology, biology, history, sociology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 8,660 students, 7,211 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 900 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 470-600. Math: 470-610. Writing: 450-560.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Colorado Springs Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Internatonal Salon and Spa Academy
5707 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3684

  • Programs: aesthetician and skin care, cosmetology, barber, hair styling, manicurist, massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 196 students, 266 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Nazarene Bible College
1111 Academy Park Loop
Colorado Springs, CO 80910-3704

  • Programs: bible studies, religious education, pastoral counseling and ministries, religious music
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 957 students, 443 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906-5498

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, EMT paramedic, registered nursing, general studies, culinary arts, liberal arts and humanities, medical office management, fire protection tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 11,407 students, 7,743 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs
3770 Citadel Drive North
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

  • Programs: medical assistant, dental assistant, veterinary assistant, medical secretary, pharmacy tech, dental services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 516 students, 457 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.
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