About Metropolitan State University of Denver

Founded in 1963, Metropolitan State University of Denver. is a college. Located in Colorado, which is a city setting in Colorado, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,940 full time undergraduate students, and 534 full time graduate students.

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 562 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Metropolitan State University of Denver include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range880-1100
ACT Range17-23

Admissions at MSCD are considered Selective, with ,39% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 29 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

58% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 21% were in the top quarter, and 6% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Metropolitan State University of Denver REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    93 Students rated on-campus housing 2.8 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    78 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    115 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    123 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    124 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    123 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    124 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    123 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Metropolitan State University of Denver?

88 Students rated Metropolitan State University of Denver

Patricia - 05/03/2024

The Metropolitan State University of Denver had and have a very good system and the people there are being so nice with me, I'm not a U.S. Citizen and they don't make me fell that I don't belong here, it is the opposite, they are people that are worried about you and they want to make sure that you feel good with them. I feel so excited about that I'm going to attend classes soon, and that's a super new thing for me because I never went to an University before.

Keeler - 05/08/2021

Great school that care for students progress and Success. I came in as a transfer student after not doing the greatest at my previous college due to life experiences. MSU Denver is ideal for those students who are not fresh out of high school. Their urban atmosphere and convenience in choosing classes to suit your life is top notch. Would recommend

Ana - 08/19/2020

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is a great school for people that want to stay and experience the city life rather than the small town life. It is a super diverse school with people from various different backgrounds and ethnicities. You not only learn a lot from your classes and professors, but also from the student body. The Metropolitan University of Denever shares campus with two other colleges which means that you get the opportunity to interact with many different students throughout your day. The diversity is what makes attending this college a great opportunity. Attending this school is like getting a small representation of what it is like to live on planet Earth. You got people from all around the world in one campus. You have the opportunity to network with people that have the same or different interests that you have. People that you learn a lot from and that could also potentially help you find your dream job one day. The Metropolitan State University of Denver also has great resources for whatever it is you are looking for. Whether you are looking for scholarships, internships, or help. This school helps you with that. They have different offices with the purpose of benefiting you in your education journey and your future. Finally, professors and staff are very caring and dedicated. They will make you feel heard and make sure you understand class material. All my experiences with my professors have been nothing but professional and helpful. Overall you can see that this school really cares for you and your success.

Sloane - 05/24/2020

My overall opinion of MSU Denver is great. I love the campus and the professors are absolutely amazing. The business department has been unbelievably welcoming and helpful. Not only that, the campus is right in the heart of Denver which has restaurants, art galleries, fun activities, beautiful sights, and great people in the city. There are always people to help, with mental health, personal problems, financial issues, and health issues. If there is any problem or hardship in life, they have someone to help you.

Metropolitan State University of Denver FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Metropolitan State University of Denver?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Metropolitan State University of Denver is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    My college experience so far has taught me how driven and focused I am to becoming a psychologist. The professors I've encountered since attending Metro State have been extremely helpful and encouraging in helping me realize how passinate i am about psychology. Attending college has also shown me the impact it has on my everyday life. when I'm at school I feel motivated and eager to keep going because while in school I know I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a psychologist.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The fact that it is a commuter college it is hard to meet people who could become close friends

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classroom environment consists of a very diverse population of classmates who, for the most part, are engaged and focused on their future goals.

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  5. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The admissions process, hands down! The advisors do not work with the finacial aid officers who don't work with the transcript counselors when working on the admissions process for a new student. Sudents are always confused as to why noone told them, for example, their general studies credits did not transfer ad that's why they do not qualify as a sophmore.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The unique aspect of Metropolitan State College of Denver is that it is a commuting school. There are no dorms on campus and the student’s travel from all over the state to attend the college. The student population is extremely varied which was my favorite part and the ages of the students ranged from 18 to 50's. The variations of age were wonderful because we learned from all different perspectives, which widened our knowledge base. It was not your "typical" college experience, but this college provided me an amazing education with an extraordinary experience.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The cost of getting a quality education is less at Metro. The lower cost of tuition makes it possible for all to attend.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for its accessible location and a quality education at an affordable price.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    One of the most diverse campuses in the country.

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    People who are dedicated to learning and becoming useful members of society and want more to life than what others have given them should become students at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Least expensive, career oriented school in colorado with helpful small classes

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The thing I brag about the most when telling my friends about my school is graduation rate. How people actually finish.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I don't believe there is any reason why someone should not attend Metropolitan State College of Denver since it is a good school. The only types of learners that I can think of who may not want to physically be on campus are those who prefer online classes. I am not sure if online classes have increased since I attended. The only other constraint that I can think of would be one's inability to financially afford the tuition or the books and have no access to financial aid for any reason.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?


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  15. What are the academics like at your school?


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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    If you are into basketball Metro has a really great basketball team that does very well. We are currently building a football field so when that is finished the school spirit of Metro is going to increase greatly. I am in the hospitality program and there is a great event club called MPI I would definitely recommend.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


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  18. What are the most popular classes offered?

    Physical Education has always been up on top at the four high schools I've been to. But the class that interested me the most was cooking class, it's something I'm passionate about and plan to at least minor in during college.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Lots of people think of Metro State (MSCD) as a community college and therefore looked down upon

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  20. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Far from it! It maybe open enrollment but MSCD is more strict than most other colleges when it comes to academics. A D is not passing in any class (so you have to take it again) and most teachers fail you if you miss 3 or more classes. Also if your GPA falls below (I think its 2.5) you go on academic probation. You don’t get it above 2.5 in one semester you are gone from the school until you receive a diploma from another college. I have friends who transferred to MSCD from DU and CU and both said they had never worked so hard in their lives as MSCD was way more challenging.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

68% of students attending Metropolitan State University of Denver receive some sort of financial aid. 41% were awarded federal grants. While 38% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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