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Denver, Colorado (CO) Colleges and Universities

There are 69 public and private colleges and universities within 25 miles of Denver, Colorado. Compare some of these schools to each other to see if you can find one that meets your educational needs.

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The Denver area has 2-year and 4-year public and private colleges and universities. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), you can review schools that are in or around Denver, the largest schools in the area, the schools that cost the least, and the ones with the highest amount of graduates to help you choose a school.

Closest Schools to Denver, CO

There are numerous colleges and universities that can be found in the Denver area. The following five schools are located in or near the city. You may want to consider them if you want to study in an urban setting.

  • University of Colorado - Denver (0.1 miles)
  • Metropolitan State University - Denver (0.1 miles)
  • Emily Griffith Technical College - Denver (1.5 miles)
  • Community College of Denver (1.7 miles)
  • Regis University - Denver (4.8 miles)

Largest Schools Near Denver, CO

For some students, it is important to be a part of a large student body. In Denver, you can find a few colleges and universities that have populations of more than ten thousand students. The NCES reports that these are the five largest schools in the Denver area:

  • University of Colorado - Denver (22,791 students)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (21,674 students)
  • Front Range Community College (18,761 students)
  • University of Denver (11,809 students)
  • Arapahoe Community College (10,401 students)

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  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Knowing the cost of attending college can play an important role in choosing a school. The NCES determines a college's net cost by subtracting the amount of financial aid or assistance a student receives from the total cost of attending the college. Listed below are the five Denver colleges/universities that offer the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduates as of 2014-2015:

  • Emily Griffith Technical College ($6,304)
  • Red Rocks Community College ($7,201)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver ($8,416)
  • Community College of Denver ($8,634)
  • Front Range Community College ($8,788)

Highest Graduation Rate

Prior to choosing a school, students may want to know about the college's success, which is often determined by its graduation rate. The rates reported by the NCES are based on full-time undergraduate students who completed their programs within 150% of the normal time. The schools with the highest graduation rates for 2015 are:

  • Emily Griffith Technical College (89%)
  • Pickens Technical College (79%)
  • Colorado School of Mines (77%)
  • University of Denver (77%)
  • Regis University (73%)

Overall, students who want to go to school in Denver can consider many factors when making a college decision, including location, student population size, net price, and graduation rate.

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