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.
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.
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.
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.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology||411||At least 2 but less than 4 years||11,963||1|
|University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus||23,960||Four or more years||7,536||144|
|Community College of Denver||9,013||At least 2 but less than 4 years||3,285||53|
|University of Denver||11,614||Four or more years||45,288||210|
|Emily Griffith Technical College||4,693||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||41|
|Iliff School of Theology||311||Four or more years||N/A||5|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||20,474||Four or more years||5,693||77|
|University of Colorado System Office||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Colorado Heights University||103||Four or more years||8,160||2|
|Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine||97||Four or more years||N/A||2|
|Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado||68||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Colorado State University-System Office||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Montessori Casa International||14||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Taft University System||814||Four or more years||3,292||9|
|Aspen University||2,729||Four or more years||4,050||29|