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As the twenty-first most populous state in America, Colorado is known for its physical beauty. The Colorado Rockies along with a treasure trove of rivers, lakes, and canyons make the state of Colorado a haven for active outdoor enthusiasts. From an academic standpoint, Colorado is home to around 150 colleges and universities. The Colorado public college system contains over a dozen institutions across the state from Denver and Durango to Colorado Springs and Boulder. Top ranked Colorado state schools include the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, and Mesa State College to name a few.

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United States Air Force Academy is a public institution located in USAFA, CO and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. United States Air Force Academy has an annual student enrollment of around 4,600. Students may select from a few areas of study, including:

  • Engineering
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Students applying for admission are required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. The majority of students admitted to United States Air Force Academy earn an SAT score within the range of 1220 - 1390, or an ACT composite score between 28 - 32. Admission to this school is considered highly competitive, with only 10% of applicants being admitted per year. More information from the admissions office can be found here. Athletic programs are available at United States Air Force Academy through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate sports. Students who would like to learn more about this school can check out their website at http://www.usafa.edu.

Enrollment

4,336

Student to Faculty Ratio

8:1

Colorado School of Mines provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Golden, Colorado and publically funded. About five thousand students enroll at Colorado School of Mines yearly.

Students may choose from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Students may submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to Mines. A score between 1200 - 1385 on the SAT, or 27 - 31 for the ACT is common among accepted students. Mines accepts around 40% of students applying. Of those applicants accepted, nearly 19% of students registered for enrollment. More information on admissions can be found here.

The tuition at Colorado School of Mines varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $16,000 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $32,000 per year. The price of on-campus housing is around $5,400 annually. Some students at Colorado School of Mines may qualify for financial aid, which is typically provided as grants or student loans.

The Mines Orediggers participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.mines.edu.

Enrollment

6,325

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is named as the "university of choice" for residents of Colorado. The university offers more than 150 programs of study and 55 departments in eight colleges. It has excellent academic programs in science, math, business, creative writing, engineering and technology. It also has top professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism and agriculture, atmospheric science, sustainability and clean energy, among others.

CSU is considered one of the best undergraduate education institutions in the nation, and deemed one of the "Best in the West" universities overall by education services company, The Princeton Review. CSU offers a combination of excellent academics and affordability for graduate-level and undergraduate-level students, along with some unique programs, that makes it a popular choice for many. One unique program is offered through the university's School of Global Environmental Sustainability, which allows students to add environmental courses to their major and receive training in a broad range of environmental issues.

History

Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant college called "Agricultural College of Colorado." It's first students (five of them) enrolled in 1879.

By 1882 the school had 24 women among its student body, and over the years the curriculum was expanded from its popular agriculture and engineering programs to include programs in typewriting and stenography, that were tailored more for women.

Academics

The academic calendar for Colorado State University follows the semester format with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Applied Human Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Online Plus (Distance Learning School)
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Education
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

The student activities and resources on the Colorado State University campus are plentiful.  There are more than 200 student groups, clubs and organizations to become involved in, as well as helpful resources like the RamRide program. Modeled after the CARPOOL program at Texas A&M, RamRide is a safe ride program for students who need safe, carpool-style transportation during the nighttime (RamRide is available Thursday through Saturday.)

A "Twilight Garden Series" is offered to students and gardeners of all abilities.  This is a series of three, 2-hour workshops.  There are many intramural sports activities available in all seasons, including ski trips and the Colorado State Ultimate Frisbee League.

Live music concerts are available at the Lory Student Center, among other arts and entertainment offered on campus.  On campus housing is available, along with many on-campus dining options.  There are several chapters of fraternities and sororities at CSU.

Traditions

The CSU school colors are green and gold and the school mascot is the ram.

Athletics

The Colorado State "Rams" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, and there are always many vocal Rams fans at the college's sporting events.

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Fort Collins City Parks, Colorado State Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer plenty of outdoor recreation for CSU students in the area around campus and Fort Collins, Colorado. Ski Colorado offers ski vacation packages so students can enjoy the world-class ski slopes in the area during the winter months.

Enrollment

33,478

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

The University of Colorado Boulder (UC Boulder or Boulder) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado.  UC Boulder is cited as the flagship of the UC schools and was founded in 1876 by the territorial legislature a few short months prior to the state of Colorado was formally recognized as a state in the Union.  Boulder offers students the choice of over 150 degree programs across the myriad departments from engineering to education with around seventeen thousand enrolled students.  The school is known for their aeronautics programs with significant resources dedicated to this industry.  In fact, the university recently received over $450 million in research funds dedicated to projects like the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) and the Lab for Atmospheric & Space Physics (LASP). History of UC Boulder University of Colorado Boulder was founded in 1876 along with Colorado Agricultural College and Colorado School of Mines.  Prior to joining the Union, the Colorado territorial legislature passed a constitutional amendment providing funding for all three higher education institutions.  The doors of UC Boulder opened to students in September of 1877.  During the late 1800’s, there were few high schools in the region that were adequately preparing students for college.   Thus UCB added a preparatory school on campus to help young, aspiring students attend the university.  During this formative year in 1877, the college began with fifteen students and fifty high school students in the preparatory academy.  Academics The academic calendar for the University of Colorado Boulder follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters akin to the other UC schools in the state.  The largest and most popular program is the College of Arts and Sciences with the Engineering and Environmental Design a distant second and third from an enrollment standpoint.  Popular Colleges and Schools at UC Boulder

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Music
  • School of Law
  • Leeds School of Business
  • College of Media, Communication and Information
  • Graduate School
  • Continuing Education and Professional Studies
Student Life Myriad student organizations and clubs are available at the University of Colorado Boulder for graduate students and undergraduates.  A cross-section of organizations includes service groups, professional groups, political organizations, honor societies, religious groups, social clubs, and many more.  The CU Independent is the student-lead campus with over sixty writers, photographers, illustrators, multimedia specialists, and editors.  Students may also be interested in joining an intermural team in a variety of sports from basketball to tennis.    UCB School Colors & Mascot The University of Colorado school colors are black and gold.  The school mascot is a live American Bison named "Ralphie."  A costumed bison named CHIP participates in dance competitions, social events, sports venues, and other athletic programs. UCB Athletics The University of Colorado "Buffaloes" compete in the Pacific 12 (Pac-12) Conference with a large number of sanctioned, intercollegiate sports.  These include the following sporting activities: Men's Sports:
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer 
Women's Sports:
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
Community Life Students living in Boulder can enjoy competing in the Boulder Freeride (ski and snowboarding club), CU Cycling, and SAE racing teams.  The town of Boulder is situated about 25 miles NW of Denver and is about 5,400 feet above sea level.  Boulder proper is just over 100,000 residents with a variety of activities to enjoy.  Popular activities include hiking, biking, local breweries, wineries, and restaurants along the famous Pearl Street Mall. 

Enrollment

36,681

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

UNC is a public institution located in Greeley, CO and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled annually at University of Northern Colorado.

Areas of study available at UNC include:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Psychology

The admissions process will include the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Students may take either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at UNC. A score in a range of 940 to 1170 on the SAT, or 19 to 25 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. An estimated 70 percent of all applicant were admitted at University of Northern Colorado, with 38 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

Tuition & fees at UNC vary for in-state and nonresidents. In-state tuition costs around $7,300 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $20,000 for the year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for around a cost of $5,000 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements.

The mascot for University of Northern Colorado is the "Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)

Contact information, tuition information, areas of study, and more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.unco.edu.

Enrollment

13,437

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

The University of Colorado Denver (UCD or UC Denver) is a public research university with two campuses in Colorado - its Auraria Campus in Denver, and its Anschutz Medical Campus in nearby Aurora, Colorado. The UC Denver is one of the largest employers in Colorado, thanks in part to its University of Colorado Hospital and University Physicians, Inc.

The UC Denver offers more than 130 degree programs, including undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels. It also awards professional degrees. The UCD has the only medical school in the state and the largest graduate business school. UCD has high research activity with its research programs primarily dedicated to medicine and health sciences.

History

UC Denver was founded in 1883 as the Department of Medicine and Surgery that was located at the Boulder Campus of the University of Colorado. In 1898, it opened its Department of Nursing. In 1892, the classes for these programs were moved to Denver, where more opportunities for practical learning experience existed. The movement of the medical departments from Boulder to Denver caused a series of political battles over where to locate these programs. By 1911, the School of Medicine had merged with the Denver Gross Medical College and developed a more comprehensive program in Denver. In 1925, the School of Medicine moved to a new campus location in Denver that later became the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. With the subsequent reshuffling of an army medical center, and renaming of the health and medical programs many years later, the UC Denver health sciences schools were relocated to the army base and became the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at what is now known as the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Another branch of the University of Colorado Denver was established in 1912 as an Extension Center of the University of Colorado. This department of "correspondence and extension" grew over the years and moved locations several times, finally becoming the University of Colorado at Denver in 1974. In 2007, the university's name was refined to "University of Colorado Denver," comprised of its Downtown Campus and its Anschutz Medical Campus (University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus).

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Colorado Denver follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Arts & Media
  • Business School
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Graduate School
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Affairs
  • Colorado School of Public Health

Student Life

More than 100 student clubs and organizations are available at the University of Colorado Denver, including professional groups, honor societies, and religious, political, social and service groups, among others. The student-run newspaper, the Advocate, is an opportunity for journalism students and others to get involved. Intramural sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and squash.

The UCD lecture series offers students the opportunity to hear from renowned guest speakers. Many other events and opportunities for recreation and entertainment are available.

Campus housing is available at the Campus Village on the Auraria Campus.

Traditions

The University of Colorado school colors are black and gold, and the school mascot is a buffalo named "Ralphie."

Athletics

The University of Colorado "Buffaloes" compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Colorado Denver is comprised of two campuses - its downtown Denver Campus, which is officially named "Auraria Campus," and its Anschutz Medical Campus.

Community Life

Denver, Colorado offers visitors and students much to see and do. UC Denver's downtown campus (Auraria Campus) is near high-rise buildings of downtown Denver in the Theatre District. The Anschutz Medical Campus is in nearby Aurora, and offers easy access to the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children's Hospital.

There are many nice neighborhoods around both campuses, in nice tree lined metro areas. There is a good network of bicycle paths, as well as rail and bus systems. The area is renowned for its skiing, with plentiful snowfall in the ski areas.

Cultural events in the community include the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, the sporting events of the Denver Broncos, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, to name a few.

Enrollment

25,645

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Western State College of Colorado is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Gunnison, CO, which is a predominantly rural area. Western State College of Colorado has an annual student enrollment of about 2,300.

Students can pick from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. The majority of students accepted to Western State College of Colorado earn an SAT score in a range of 940 to 1130, or an ACT composite score between 19 to 24. This school accepts around 90 percent of applicants yearly. Of those students accepted, about 32 percent of students registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of tuition is different for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay nearly $6,000, while nonresidents pay $17,000 annually. Student housing is available for students, and generally costs about $5,100 for the year. Western State College of Colorado may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Athletic programs are available at Western State College of Colorado through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Volleyball (NCAA Division II)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.western.edu.

Enrollment

3,034

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a public institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Colorado Springs, CO, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Approximately nine thousand students enroll at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs annually.

Areas of study offered at UCCS include:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • English Language And Literature

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. A SAT or ACT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 970 - 1190 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 26 on the ACT is common among students admitted to UCCS. 68% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 39 percent choose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition & fees at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state tuition costs approximately $7,100 per year, while out-of-state tuition costing $19,000 annually. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus for around a cost of $8,800 annually. Some students at UCCS may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally provided in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

This school offers a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students should visit the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs website to see a complete list of areas of study, admissions information, and more.

Enrollment

13,123

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Fort Lewis College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Durango, CO, which is a predominantly rural area. Approximately 3,900 students are enrolled yearly at FLC.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • English Language And Literature
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit any transcripts or test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. Very common scores among applicants admitted to Fort Lewis College are in the range of 20 to 25 on the ACT, or 1350 to 1680 for the SAT exam. 71% of applicants are accepted to FLC, of which 39% choose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at explore.fortlewis.edu.

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $6,200 for the year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $4,400 each year. This school may offer financial aid for students that qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The FLC "Skyhawks" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)

Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study offered, and more may be viewed on school's website at http://explore.fortlewis.edu/.

Enrollment

3,319

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

CSU-Pueblo, a public institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Pueblo, Colorado, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. CSU-Pueblo has a yearly student enrollment of nearly 7,400. Here is a list of some of the popular programs CSU-Pueblo offers:

  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then evaluated by the admissions committee. The majority of students admitted to CSU-Pueblo have an SAT score in a range of 850 - 1120, or an ACT composite score between 18 - 23. 93% of those who apply are admitted to Colorado State University - Pueblo, of which 34% choose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here. The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $6,900 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $14,000 per year. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $5,700. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements by way of grants or student loans. The CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs offered include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at www.csupueblo.edu.

Enrollment

6,736

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Mesa State College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Grand Junction, CO, which is a predominantly urban area. Approximately 8,100 students are enrolled per year at MSC.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs MSC offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Recreation And Fitness Studies
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then studied by admissions staff. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 870 to 1080 for the SAT exam and in a range of 18 to 23 on the ACT is common among students accepted to MSC. MSC has an acceptance rate of about 80 percent of which only 47 percent decided to enroll. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay approximately $6,700, while out-of-state residents pay $17,000 annually. The price of on-campus housing is estimated to be $5,400 annually. MSC may offer financial aid for students who are eligible by way of grants and loans.

The MSC "Mavericks" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)

Contact information, tuition information, areas of study, and much more can be accessed on school's website at http://www.mesastate.edu.

Enrollment

9,492

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

About Adams State College, located in Alamosa, Colorado, was founded in 1921 as a teacher's college known as Adam's Normal School. The school was established by Billy adams, who prior to his career as a legislator, then governor, worked for three decades to establish the school. Since then the school has transformed, expanding its offerings and expanding beyond its original purpose. The school recently renovated and updated its facilities through a project costing more than 65  million dollars as part of its overall mission to provide students with the best education opportunities and facilities possible. Academics Adams State College offers a number of undergraduate and graduate level programs for interested students. Combined with small class sizes and a low student to teacher ratio, the school allows students to receive a high quality, personalized education. The programs offered also allow for practical education in order to meet workforce demands. Some programs prepare students for professional degree programs such as law or medicine. Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid Students interested in Attending Adams State College should complete the application online and submit it along with the application fee, standardized test scores, transcripts and the Higher Education Academics Requirements form. Once submitted the application and provided information will be reviewed and a response regarding admission mailed to the applicant. Graduate programs require a bachelor's degree and may have more stringent review processes. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and work study programs offered at the state and federal level. Students in need of aid must provide all pertinent tax and income information as well as submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine need, eligibility and awards. Scholarships may also be available from external sources, often requiring a separate application.  Each private scholarship comes with their own unique qualifications and award levels.

Enrollment

3,110

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State) is a large and comprehensive public college located in downtown Denver, Colorado. Metro State offers bachelor's and master's degrees, with offers 55 majors at the undergraduate level, with 90 minors to choose from. It offers master's degrees in professional accountancy, teacher education and social work.  Metro State's top ten majors are management, biology, criminal justice/criminology, psychology, art, accounting, English, marketing, human performance and sport, and history.

Many programs at Metro State are developing and expanding, including its Center for Urban Education, which trains teachers for middle and high schools. Metro State's Center for Visual Art, which is located off campus in the Santa Fe Arts District, features award-winning artists and serves as an interactive learning laboratory for Metro State Students. Metro State is constructing a Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) and Student Success Building. The college's Aviation and Aerospace Program is positioned to make Colorado a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

History

Metropolitan State College of Denver was founded in 1965.

Academics

The academic calendar for Metropolitan State College of Denver follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters.

Colleges and Schools

The three schools of Metro State are:

  • School of Business
  • School of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies

Student Life

Metro State offers a special program for incoming freshmen called the "First Year Success Program" - a collaboration between Student Services and Academic Affairs. This program helps new students transition to life on campus. It groups students together according to similar backgrounds and goals, and provides targeted programs that include shared schedules, linked courses, and supplemental instruction and peer study sessions.

Metro State also has more than 150 student clubs and organizations available for involvement on campus. These clubs cover a wide range of academic, social, political, cultural and other interests.

Local chapters of fraternities and sororities have existed at Metro State for roughly six years, and offer many opportunities for service, leadership and involvement.

Traditions

The Metro State school colors are blue, white and red. The school mascot is the roadrunner, and the college athletic teams are nicknamed the "Roadrunners."

Athletics

The Metro State "Roadrunners" athletic teams have won two national championships in track, and four in women's soccer and men's basketball. The Roadrunners compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Metropolitan State College of Denver has three campuses:

  • Main Campus, Auraria Campus, downtown Denver
    Corner of Colfax Ave. and Speer Blvd.
  • Metro North, Northglenn
    Northglenn, CO 80223 (near 120th Ave. and I-25)
  • Metro South, Denver Tech Center
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111 (near I-25 and Orchard Rd.)

Community Life

Metro State is an urban college, and its activities and programs mirror the needs, values and goals of its surrounding communities. Many initiatives foster growth and change through partnerships with local businesses, agencies and organizations throughout the city of Denver.

The Center for Visual Art offers many exhibitions and for both students and community members. Recent events at the CVA have included:

  • ALTERED NATURE: Notable Interpretations from South America
    BILINGUAL POETRY READING BY ANA MARIA HERNANDO AND KENNETH ROBINSON
    Reading in Spanish and English
  • COLLECTIVE VISIONS LECTURE:
    Fantasy and Nature in Latin American Art by Jillian Mollenhauer, MSCD Assistant Professor of Art History
  • RECEPTION FOR RICHARD T. CASTRO VISITING PROFESSORSHIP
    Honoring Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey
  • (THREE ZERO THREE) THREE THREE NINE-ONE SIX ONE NINE
    Colorado Ballet responds to Altered Nature at the Center for Visual Art
    This site-specific and audience interactive dance work takes a humorous look at everyday telephone communication, especially what happens when things go awry.

Enrollment

20,192

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Best Colorado Public School Majors and Online Degree Programs

The Colorado public college system provides students with ample opportunity to pursue a number of degree pathways. Degrees can include several graduate programs, undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates, and undergraduate certificate programs. Regardless if you choose to pursue a degree in a traditional classroom setting or an online degree, Colorado public colleges are equipped to help you achieve your academic goals. Degree pathways can include a variety of tracks that you may be interested in that include:mechanical engineering,statistics,economics,math,computer science,communications,teaching,criminal justice,toxicology,robotics,cognitive science,sociology,public policy,sustainability studies, andanimal genetics.

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Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Aims Community College in Alamosa, CO1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Tour
Albertus Magnus College in Gunnison, CO1,000 to 4,999info Virtual Tour
Colorado Northwestern Community College in Glenwood Springs, CO5,000 to 9,999info
Front Range Community College in Durango, CO1,000 to 4,999info
Metropolitan State College of Denver in Grand Junction, CO5,000 to 9,999info
Morgan Community College in Denver, COMore Than 20,000info
Otero Junior College in Greeley, CO10,000 to 19,999info

Colorado Community College System

The 5 schools listed below are part of the Colorado Community College System. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Bel - Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Littleton, CO10,000 to 19,999info
Naropa University in Fort Morgan, CO1,000 to 4,999info
Pueblo Community College in Colorado Springs, CO10,000 to 19,999info
Red Rocks Community College in Pueblo, CO5,000 to 9,999info
Regis University in Lakewood, CO5,000 to 9,999info

Colorado State University System

The 2 schools listed below are part of the Colorado State University System. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs in Fort Collins, COMore Than 20,000info
Pickens Technical College in Pueblo, CO5,000 to 9,999info

University of Colorado

The 3 schools listed below are part of the University of Colorado system. By following the links below, you can view each school's profile in detail.

Institution Name Number Students Information Virtual Tour
Colorado Christian University in Boulder, COMore Than 20,000info
Redstone College in Colorado Springs, CO10,000 to 19,999info
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Denver, COMore Than 20,000info

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Colorado in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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