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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
130
Total Enrollment in all institutes
365,795
Number of Public Educational Institutes
34
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
72
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
20
Graduation Rate
12.37%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
14,420
On Campus and Online Programs in Colorado
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
31
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
16
Number of Institutes Offering both
83
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Colleges and Universities in Colorado
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
21st Century Virtual AcademyGoldenN/AN/AN/AN/A
Academy Online High SchoolColorado SpringsN/AN/AN/AN/A
Adams State UniversityAlamosa3,370Four or more years5,73632
Aims Community CollegeGreeley5,652At least 2 but less than 4 years2,53890
Arapahoe Community CollegeLittleton10,261At least 2 but less than 4 years3,28877
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal TechnologyDenver411At least 2 but less than 4 years11,9631
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusDenver23,960Four or more years7,536144
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs12,559Four or more years6,62465
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder33,977Four or more years9,768209
Colorado Christian UniversityLakewood7,032Four or more years22,36078
Colorado CollegeColorado Springs2,114Four or more years50,47250
Colorado Mountain CollegeGlenwood Springs5,806Four or more years4,06897
Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeRangely1,098At least 2 but less than 4 years3,28635
Colorado School of MinesGolden6,069Four or more years15,69069
Colorado School of TradesLakewood170At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1