Colorado Colleges Summary

Students have many options when it comes to college in Colorado, from state universities in large metropolitan areas like Denver to small community colleges in rural parts of the state. In total, more than 100 public and private postsecondary schools are located in "The Centennial State," including dozens of career and technical schools.

With 13 colleges and 39 locations, the Colorado Community College System is the state's largest postsecondary education system. In addition to associate degree programs, several colleges in the system also offer bachelor's degree programs, and Red Rocks Community College offers a master's degree program in physician assisting.

There 13 four-year Colorado colleges, including those in the Colorado State University and the University of Colorado systems. The University of Colorado at Boulder is the only public research institution in the Rocky Mountains that belongs to the prestigious Association of American Universities. The CSU Global Campus is an online university serving students in Colorado and across the globe.

Transfer and Reciprocity Agreements in Colorado

State initiatives for higher education include Complete College Colorado!, which helps first-time and returning students complete degree requirements through the transfer of general education courses.

Colorado's participation in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, plus reciprocity arrangements with neighboring states, New Mexico and Nebraska, means that eligible Colorado residents may be able to pay reduced or in-state tuition rates at specific institutions.

Students can learn more about college and universities in Colorado by visiting the Colorado Department of Higher Education and College in Colorado.

Sources:

  • Colorado Community College System Fact Sheet, https://www.cccs.edu/about-cccs/college-fact-sheets/colorado-community-college-system-fact-sheet/
  • About, University of Colorado at Boulder, https://www.colorado.edu/about

Education Institutes in Colorado
Total Number of Educational Institutes
110
Total Enrollment in all institutes
346,616
Number of Public Educational Institutes
34
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
58
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
18
Graduation Rate
13.63%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
14,420
On Campus and Online Programs in Colorado
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
30
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
14
Number of Institutes Offering both
66
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Colleges and Universities in Colorado
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder35,338Four or more years$12,086214
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort Collins33,083Four or more years$11,395269
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusDenver24,839Four or more years$9,107144
Metropolitan State University of DenverDenver20,304Four or more years$7,35280
Front Range Community CollegeWestminster19,259At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,90878
University of Northern ColoradoGreeley13,399Four or more years$9,546107
Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado Springs13,275At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,726106
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs12,932Four or more years$8,31473
Arapahoe Community CollegeLittleton12,421At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,67777
Colorado State University-Global CampusGreenwood Village12,381Four or more yearsN/A26
University of DenverDenver11,434Four or more years$48,669226
Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand Junction9,591Four or more years$8,374101
Community College of DenverDenver8,556Four or more years$3,90957
Regis UniversityDenver8,341Four or more years$35,610124
Community College of AuroraAurora8,026At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,70239