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Colorado Springs Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Colorado Springs Colleges and Schools

With nearly 450,000 residents, Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado and the largest by area. As the home of Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Fort Carson, and NORAD, the aerospace and defense industries are easily the largest employers in the area.

Located about 70 miles south of Denver and nestled against the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is known for the plethora of outdoor activities available. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing while summer activities include hiking and mountain biking.

Colleges in Colorado Springs, Colorado

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Colorado Springs is home to 20 institutions of higher education with a total enrollment of 59,382. These institutions include large public universities, military academies, community colleges, and institutions that offer less-than-two-year degrees or certifications.

United States Air Force Academy

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): Not applicable
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 84%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 27 majors, 3 minors

The United States Air Force Academy is a military academy operated by the Unites States federal government offering degrees in a number of different bachelor's degrees in several disciplines. In exchange for free tuition, graduates are required to serve no less than 5 years in the United States Air Force. Enrollment was 3,952 in 2014 with popular degree programs including business, engineering, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.

Colorado College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $46,410
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 86%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 42 majors, 33 minors, 1 master's degree

As a 4-year private college, Colorado College offers undergraduate and master's degree programs. Total enrollment was 2,067 for 2014 (2,050 undergraduate) with popular concentrations including biomedical sciences, social sciences, and visual and performing arts.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $7,462
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 47%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 56 undergraduate majors, 45 graduate degree programs

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is public 4-year university branch of the University of Colorado system. In 2014, total enrollment was 11,761 (9,629 undergraduate) and popular majors included business, communications, psychology, social sciences, and health professions.

Pikes Peak Community College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $3,227
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 49%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: Over 200 areas of study

With multiple locations throughout the city, Pikes Peak Community College is a 2-year school providing degree and certificate programs in a variety of technical and vocational fields. Total enrollment for 2014 was 13,947 and popular areas of study included engineering technology, health professions, criminal justice, mechanic repair technology, and precision production.

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $11,327
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 27%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 39 undergraduate, 37 master's

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs is a 4-year, private, for-profit university offering numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Enrollment for 2014 included 1,566 students (1,144 undergraduate) with popular programs including business, computer and information sciences, and healthcare fields.

Nazarene Bible College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $11,400
  • Graduation rate (started in 2008): 17%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 1 bachelor's degree (9 majors, 4 minors), 1 associate degree, 1 certificate

Nazarene Bible College is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit bible college dedicated to preparing students for careers in the ministry. Approximately 762 students were enrolled in 2014, making the student-to-faculty ratio 10:1.

Facts for Students of Colorado Springs Colleges and Schools

Economics

Since Colorado Springs is home to a number of military installations and the United States Air Force Academy, it should be no surprise that military and defense contractors are major economic drivers in the area. In addition to aerospace and defense, other major industries include technology, healthcare, and tourism. In 2014, median household income for Colorado Springs registered at $54,228 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The median value of owner-occupied housing units for 2013 was $209,100 with 59.0% of residents owning their own home.

Demographics

With an estimated 445,830 residents, Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state of Colorado. Through 2013, 36.3% of residents held a bachelor's degree or higher while 93.0% of residents held at least a high school diploma. Approximately 13.1% or residents spoke a language other than English at home while 8.2% of the population was foreign born.

Fun Facts

The city is located at the base of Pikes Peak, which is one of Colorado's 53 mountains with a summit elevation above 14,000 feet. East of Pikes Peak, no other mountain in the nation is taller.

Sources:

  1. City of Colorado Springs, https://coloradosprings.gov/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. The Best Places for Business and Careers 2015, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/places/co/colorado-springs/
  4. State & County Quickfacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado Springs, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/08/0816000.html
  5. Pikes Peak: Things to See and Do, Colorado Tourism Office, http://www.colorado.com/articles/pikes-peak-things-see-do

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Colleges in Colorado Springs with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, English language and literature/letters, Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 11988
  • In-State Tuition: 6384
  • Out-of-State tuition: 16680

Colorado College
14. E Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, English language and literature/letters, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Biological and biomedical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 2131
  • In-State Tuition: 48576
  • Out-of-State tuition: 48576

Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology
2766 Janitell Road
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 67
  • In-State Tuition: 10766
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10766

Colorado Springs Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

International Salon and Spa Academy
5707 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 231

Nazarene Bible College
1111 Academy Park Loop
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Education, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Philosophy and religious studies, Theology and religious vocations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of the Nazarene
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 783
  • In-State Tuition: 10800
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10800

Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Communications technologies/technicians and support services, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Education, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 13311
  • In-State Tuition: 2998
  • Out-of-State tuition: 12296

Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs
3770 Citadel Drive North
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 494

Everest College-Colorado Springs
1815 Jet Wing Drive
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Legal professions and studies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 209
  • In-State Tuition: 11520
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11520

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs
4435 N Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Visual and performing arts, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 1448
  • In-State Tuition: 10967
  • Out-of-State tuition: 10967

National American University-Colorado Springs
1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 185
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 221
  • In-State Tuition: 12600
  • Out-of-State tuition: 12600

IBMC College
6805 Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 344

Intellitec College-Colorado Springs
2315 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians, Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 762

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs
5125 North Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 163

Colorado Technical University-Online
4435 N Chestnut, Suite E
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 22757
  • In-State Tuition: 11281
  • Out-of-State tuition: 11281

CollegeAmerica-Colorado Springs
3645 Citadel Drive South
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 275
  • In-State Tuition: 18021
  • Out-of-State tuition: 18021

Paul Mitchell the School-Colorado Springs
118 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 233

The Salon Professional Academy-Colorado Springs
4388 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 60

National Personal Training Institute of Colorado
4305 Beverly Street, Suite F
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 49

National American University-Colorado Springs South
1079 Space Center Drive, Suite 140
Colorado Springs, CO

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 213
  • In-State Tuition: 12600
  • Out-of-State tuition: 12600
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