Top 2020 Colleges in Colorado

Colorado's 109 Colleges and Universities

Most of the colleges in Colorado are in Denver and Colorado Springs areas. Like most other states, schools range from four year colleges to vocational schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Centennial State:

  • Colorado is home to 50 four year colleges. 11 offer masters or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate degrees.
  • There are 59 two year or less colleges. About 25% are public community colleges. This means, unlike other states, the majority are actually career oriented for profit schools.
  • Over the past 5 years Colorado colleges have seen a small .8% drop in students. In 2017, 360,236 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 65,824 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. 53% of those awards were bachelor degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from Colorado School of Mines earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum earns $84,900. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Colorado is $55,820. You do the math!

Colorado's Tuition Programs

Colorado offers a state wide transfer agreement between it's two year public community colleges and four year public colleges. This means you could transfer all 60 credits earned in community college.  There is also a stipend fund for in state students going to school in Colorado. This fund reduces the per credit dollar amount students pay.  For the 2017 school year, the per credit stipend was $77.  Students going to a private college are only eligible for 50% of the stipend.

Colorado is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program enables students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in state tuition rate. According to WICHE, Colorado students have saved over $300 million out of state tuition since 1988. In 2018 that number was $28.8 million! Participating states include New Mexico and Utah.

Top Colleges in Colorado

Top Colorado colleges were ranked by total student population.

#1
36,681
Total Number of Students
$12,532 / $37,286
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#2
33,478
Total Number of Students
$11,707 / $29,608
Tuition & Fees
84%
Acceptance Rate
#3
Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs CO
26,184
Total Number of Students
$11,960
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#4
25,645
Total Number of Students
$9,283 / $25,771
Tuition & Fees
64%
Acceptance Rate
#5
20,192
Total Number of Students
$7,666 / $20,847
Tuition & Fees
59%
Acceptance Rate

All Colleges in Colorado

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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