Those seeking higher education opportunities in Colorado Springs have more than a dozen options from which to choose, ranging from beauty schools and faith-based colleges, to schools that offer doctoral programs in computer science. When it's time for a break from studies, students can explore the area's beautiful natural elements, such as the sandstone formations at Garden of the Gods, the underground caves and crystals at Cave of the Winds, and nearby Pikes Peak. Peterson Air Force Base brings a military presence to the city; the Colorado Springs' headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee means that about 15,000 athletes make the city their home.
There are several vocational colleges in Colorado Springs, but the two most prominent are Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado Springs campus of Intellitec College. Each has degree programs that seems to fit the city's needs. PPCC students gravitate towards programs in the business, construction, healthcare and law enforcement sectors, while students at Intellitec focus on mechanic and repair technologies.
The oldest of the colleges and universities in Colorado Springs, Colorado College was established in 1874 on land designated by General William Jackson Palmer, a U.S. Civil War veteran and founder of the city itself. The honor for the largest of the Colorado Springs colleges goes to Colorado Technical University at Colorado Springs. CTU students tend to go for business administration, criminal justice and medical office assistant degree programs, while Colorado College attendees prefer economics, political science and molecular biology. Neither school can compete when it comes to athletics, though, as the United States Air Force Academy's Division I Air Force Falcons soar above them both.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers dozens of master's and doctoral programs in various fields, including psychology, physics, computer science and mechanical engineering. Comparatively, Colorado College offers master's programs in teaching, while Colorado Technical University's most popular master's and doctoral degrees are primarily in the fields of business, management and technology.
To learn about more postsecondary options in the state, view the list of Colorado colleges.