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
112
Total Enrollment in all institutes
347,917
Number of Public Educational Institutes
34
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
57
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
18
Graduation Rate
13.92%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
14,871
On Campus and Online Programs in Colorado
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
29
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
14
Number of Institutes Offering both
69

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Colorado
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Colorado BoulderBoulder36,681Four or more years$12,532215
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsFort Collins33,478Four or more years$11,707269
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusDenver25,645Four or more years$9,283146
Metropolitan State University of DenverDenver20,192Four or more years$7,66695
Front Range Community CollegeWestminster18,880At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,98685
University of Northern ColoradoGreeley13,437Four or more years$9,918110
Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado Springs13,204Four or more years$3,840108
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs13,123Four or more years$8,52375
Colorado State University-Global CampusGreenwood Village12,476Four or more yearsN/A26
University of DenverDenver11,952Four or more years$50,556228
Arapahoe Community CollegeLittleton11,544Four or more years$3,91880
Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand Junction9,492Four or more years$8,627109
Community College of AuroraAurora7,981At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,82643
Regis UniversityDenver7,907Four or more years$36,810142
Community College of DenverDenver7,887Four or more years$4,75059

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/