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.
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.
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder||36,681||Four or more years||$12,532||215|
|Colorado State University-Fort Collins||Fort Collins||33,478||Four or more years||$11,707||269|
|University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus||Denver||25,645||Four or more years||$9,283||146|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver||20,192||Four or more years||$7,666||95|
|Front Range Community College||Westminster||18,880||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,986||85|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley||13,437||Four or more years||$9,918||110|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Colorado Springs||13,204||Four or more years||$3,840||108|
|University of Colorado Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||13,123||Four or more years||$8,523||75|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus||Greenwood Village||12,476||Four or more years||N/A||26|
|University of Denver||Denver||11,952||Four or more years||$50,556||228|
|Arapahoe Community College||Littleton||11,544||Four or more years||$3,918||80|
|Colorado Mesa University||Grand Junction||9,492||Four or more years||$8,627||109|
|Community College of Aurora||Aurora||7,981||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,826||43|
|Regis University||Denver||7,907||Four or more years||$36,810||142|
|Community College of Denver||Denver||7,887||Four or more years||$4,750||59|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/