Denver Colleges and Schools

Denver offers a wealth of fun for residents and visitors alike — including college students. In addition to the obvious mountaineering and hiking activities, those in the area can enjoy almost any other outdoor activity without worry, as the city has an average of more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

When it comes to higher education, the Denver metro area is home to almost a dozen colleges and universities, numerous graduate and professional schools, six community colleges and more than 300 private occupational and technical schools. If there is an educational program of interest to students, Denver colleges likely provide an avenue to the diploma, certificate or degree they need.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Denver

Students looking for opportunities through trade, technical and vocational schools can find them in Denver, where both public and private schools provide a wealth of variety. Schools include the Rocky Mountain Electrical Training Institute, Premier School of Dental Assisting, Emily Griffith Technical College and Lincoln College of Technology, to name a few.

Students can also receive an excellent trade or technical education through local community colleges in Denver. For instance, the Community College of Denver is an open-admission, military-friendly school that has been educating students for over 50 years. Programs in everything from anthropology or architecture to world languages and veterinary technology are available at CCD. Other campuses nearby, such as Red Rocks Community College or the Community College of Aurora, also provide opportunities for students.

Fun Facts about Denver Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities in Denver abound, including University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver, two of the largest schools in the area. The University of Denver, founded in 1864, is the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountains. UC Denver is a transfer-friendly school, with half of the school's undergraduates transferring in from other schools. And those who graduate from the school tend to stay in Colorado, with over two-thirds of the 90,000 alumni choosing to settle in the state. Niche colleges in Denver, such as the Colorado School of Mines, offer students more than 70 degree programs in engineering and applied sciences.

Graduate Schools in Denver

With so many universities in Denver, there's little wonder that graduate programs abound. In addition to those in nursing, education, engineering, students can also take advantage of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver or the CU School of Medicine. Graduate-level degrees, from master's to doctoral to professional, are available through many universities in Denver — so students should take their time to explore them all before making their choice.

For additional information about higher education in the state, see the extensive list of Colorado Colleges.


  • Community College of Denver, Certificates and Degrees, https://www.ccd.edu/administration/non-academic-departments/academic-advising-student-success-center/certificates-degrees
  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Higher Education, http://www.metrodenver.org/mile-high-advantages/workforce/higher-education/
  • University of Colorado Denver, Welcome Page, http://www.ucdenver.edu/pages/ucdwelcomepage.aspx
  • University of Denver, History and Traditions, https://www.du.edu/about/history-traditions

Education Institutes in Denver
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Denver
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Denver
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology411At least 2 but less than 4 years11,9631
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus23,960Four or more years7,536144
Community College of Denver9,013At least 2 but less than 4 years3,28553
University of Denver11,614Four or more years45,288210
Emily Griffith Technical College4,693Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A41
Iliff School of Theology311Four or more yearsN/A5
Metropolitan State University of Denver20,474Four or more years5,69377
University of Colorado System OfficeN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Colorado Heights University103Four or more years8,1602
Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine97Four or more yearsN/A2
Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado68Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Colorado State University-System OfficeN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Montessori Casa International14Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Taft University System814Four or more years3,2929
Aspen University2,729Four or more years4,05029
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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