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Colorado Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools

There are roughly 50 public and private not-for-profit colleges, universities and professional schools within Colorado. See how some of these schools are organized into separate categories to help you decide on which one is best for you.

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We've reduced the lengthy list of public and private not-for-profit schools in Colorado to the largest institutions, where they're located in proximity to large cities, how much they cost, and their graduation rates. These stats are based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Colorado Schools Near Large Cities

Colorado offers students the chance to attend schools in and around a handful of large cities. These schools include a variety of institutions, like 2- and -4 year private schools and 2-year public schools.

  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs)
  • Colorado Heights University (Denver)
  • Community College of Aurora (Aurora)
  • Community College of Denver (Denver)
  • Everest College-Aurora (Aurora)

Largest Schools in Colorado

The largest schools in Colorado offer potential students the opportunity to attend class at institutions with more than 13,000 students. The following schools were the largest in the state, as of Fall 2015.

  • University of Colorado Boulder (33,056 students)
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (30,614 students)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (20,676 students)
  • Front Range Community College (18,747 students)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (13,311 students)

Lowest Net Price

NCES calculates the average net price of a school by subtracting the average financial aid award from the total cost of attendance (including tuition, room, board, books and supplies). Based on 2014-2015 NCES data, the following schools offered the lowest annual net prices for full-time undergraduates.

  • 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

Graduation rates can be considered an indicator of student satisfaction and quality of programs. Among the following schools, these had the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in 2009 and completed their programs within 150% of the normal time, according to NCES.

  • Colorado College (87% graduation rate)
  • University of Denver (77% graduation rate)
  • Regis University (73% graduation rate)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (71% graduation rate)
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (67% graduation rate)

We've organized public and private non-profit schools from Colorado into four categories based on price, graduation rates, location, and student enrollment to help you decide on one that is suitable for you.

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