Colorado (CO): University and College System

Discover which schools in Colorado are close to a large city, as well as which schools, have the highest student populations, lowest net prices, and highest graduation rates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Colorado Schools Near Large Cities

A number of 2-year and 4-year schools are located near large cities in Colorado. However, if you are specifically looking for a 4-year university near a large city, the following schools are located in two of the largest cities in Colorado. Additionally, all of the schools offer both undergraduate and graduate programs and include:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver)
  • University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (Denver)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs)
  • University of Denver (Denver)
  • Regis University (Denver)

Largest Schools in Colorado

All of Colorado's largest schools in 2015 were public schools. The school with the largest student population was the University of Colorado Boulder with a total student population of 33,056. The other large schools in Colorado include:

  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (30,614)
  • University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus (23,671)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (20,676)
  • Front Range Community College (18,747)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (13,311)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these Colorado schools are based on data from the NCES and only applies to full-time undergraduate students who paid in-state tuition. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the net price for Colorado schools varied from approximately $7,201 a year to a little more than $32,000 a year.The following five schools offered the lowest net prices in Colorado:

  • Red Rocks Community College ($7,201)
  • Aims Community College ($7,932)
  • Colorado Mountain College ($7,938)
  • Morgan Community College ($8,230)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver ($8,416)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time students who began undergraduate programs in fall 2009 for 4-year schools and 2012 for 2-year schools, the following public and private schools in Colorado had the highest graduation rates:

  • Emily Griffith Technical College (89%)
  • Colorado College (87%)
  • Delta Montrose Technical College (86%)
  • Pickens Technical College (79%)
  • Colorado School of Mines (77%)

Students can find many colleges and universities in Colorado that fit their needs in terms of price, location, school size, and graduation rate.

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