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Community College of Denver: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About the Community College of Denver

The Community College of Denver (CCD) is located in the heart of the mile high city. CCD is one of Colorado's largest community colleges and shares the Auraria campus with Metro State University and the University of Colorado - Denver. CCD is a leader in preparing students for higher education in the city and county of Denver and has more than 200 business and education partnerships.

CCD plays an integral role in community education and awards over 700 associate degrees and certificates each year. Credits earned at CCD are transferrable to most Colorado universities and colleges. About 45% of CCD's student body is comprised of first-generation students. CCD is also a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community Colleges.


CCD offers certificates and associate degrees through five academic centers in career and technical education; health sciences; educational advancement; language, arts and behavioral sciences; and math and science. The college has over 100 areas of study, including graphic design, nursing, welding and business administration. CCD also has many courses that can be taken in a traditional classroom setting or online. CCD is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and specific programs are accredited by the American Dental Association, the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

CCD has a program that gives high school students the option of taking dual-enrollment courses that count for high school and college credit. College-level courses are offered for high school juniors and seniors, either at their current high school or the CCD campus. Some of the options available to high school students include photography, art and public security management.


CCD accepts online applications, and there is no application fee. Before registering for classes, students must take skill assessment tests or meet minimum ACT/SAT score requirements; students who hold an associate degree or higher are exempt. All students 17 years of age or older are automatically admitted to the school, but this doesn't mean they will be accepted to any particular program. Students who don't have a high school diploma or its GED equivalent need to take the Ability to Benefit Test.

Of the 13,053 undergraduates in 2011, 58% were female and 42% were male. Hispanic students accounted for roughly one quarter of the student body during this time. CCD is a relatively young campus, with 53% of students under 24 year of age. Most students attended the school part-time (77%), and 98% of all students were Colorado residents.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending CCD for the 2012-2013 academic year is about $175 per credit unit for Colorado residents and $463 for non-residents. Tuition costs may be higher for the dental hygiene and nursing programs. Tuition for online courses is about $261 for in-state students in 2012-2013 and $304 for out-of-state students. There are various fees that may be due for specific courses in addition to tuition costs, and students may have to pay other general fees as well. Students must also account for the costs of books, supplies and off-campus housing arrangements.

Colorado residents may apply to the College Opportunity Fund and receive a stipend of $62 per credit unit. Incoming students who are Colorado residents can apply for a variety of scholarships offered by the school. CCD scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the school recommended that students applying for the 2012-2013 academic year have their application submitted by April 15. Students who need additional financial aid and have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for work-study opportunities, loans or grants.

School Type 2-year, Public**
Degrees Offered Associate degrees, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 13,053 students in 2011 (all undergraduates)**
Student Housing On-campus housing isn't available*
Programs More than 100 associate programs and certificates*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate: Liberal Arts and Sciences (126)
Certificate: Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (111)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2007:
Seven percent in two years
Nine percent in three years
13% in four years**
Entering Class Size 2,889 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 53% for full-time and 37% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition $18,318 for Colorado residents and $26,088 for non-residents (includes all estimated student expenses, 2011-2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (71%), state and local grants (54%), institutional scholarships (8%), federal loans (49%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Community College of Denver, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions, Records & Registration, 1111 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
  • Phone: 303-556-2420
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