Metropolitan State College Of Denver

Metropolitan State College Of Denver

The Metropolitan State College of Denver, also known as Metro State or MSCD, is a four-year college located in Denver, Colorado. It is one of the largest four-year colleges in the country and has the second largest enrollment of undergraduates in Colorado. The college offers over 50 majors and more than 7 minors. MSCD is recognized for a wide array of liberal arts and sciences programs, as well as its business, teacher education, aviation, and criminal justice programs.

MSCD is noted for its athletics programs. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Roadrunners. The Metro State's women's soccer team won the Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006, while the men's basketball team won the Division II National Championship in 2000 and 2002.

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Metropolitan State College of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver , CO 80217-3362
General Phone: (303) 556-3876

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Metro State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts540African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, foreign language and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, political science, ...
Business and Management488business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Therapy and Counseling372behavioral sciences, psychology, child psychology
Security and Law Enforcement174criminal justice and safety
Science173biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work117human services, social work
Art Studies94art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy91parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, alternative medicine
Transportation72commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Media72journalism, public relations and advertising
Nursing and Emergency Medicine55registered nursing
Engineering Technician55civil engineering tech, electronics tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech
Hospitality45hospitality management
Conservation and Resource Management36environmental science, land use planning
Medical Administration34health care administration
Education and Teaching30special ed, music teaching
Design19industrial design
Computer Science and Engineering16computer science
Drama and Performing Arts13drama
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Metro State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,54451

Metro State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Metro State had a total enrollment of 21,425 students (15,637 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 81%
Part-Time 19%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 67%
Black 6%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 19%
22-24 23%
25-29 19%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Metro State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 56 %

Metro State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Denver, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Metro State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math440560
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT8%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Metro State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,427
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,583
Books and supplies $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Metro State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 136000)

Metro State Faculty

Metro State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10297
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5065

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year82$78,05045$72,296
Associate professoracademic year48$64,02442$56,774
Assistant professoracademic year131$50,149135$46,614
Instructoracademic year17$40,83616$38,709
All faculty totalacademic year278$60,205238$52,731

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Metro State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Baseball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Track Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports294776

Metro State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Land Use Planning and Management/Development

Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Metro State Apart:

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