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92 Colleges
95,538 Yearly Graduations
$47,231 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,593 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Colorado is ranked #19 in the country with 95,538 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $11,808 per year to get their degree at a college in Colorado, while out of state students will pay an average of $17,586 per year.

An estimated 58% of college students in Colorado take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,898 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
8,931 Yearly Degrees
$11,826 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 35,338 students at CU - Boulder in total, 26,977 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CU - Boulder is 4.4 years.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

32% of CU - Boulder students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,779 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from CU - Boulder with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
7,898 Yearly Degrees
$10,520 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Colorado State University - Fort Collins is 33,083, of which 22,154 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado State is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 46% of students at Colorado State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,293 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Colorado State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
5,814 Yearly Degrees
$13,710 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is 25,517, of which 14,445 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,795 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 during the early-career years.

#4

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
5,562 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,432 full-time undergraduates at FRCC, and 19,259 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 30% of students at FRCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,400 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
5,482 Yearly Degrees
$6,786 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is 24,839, of which 8,671 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at CU Anschutz, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,806 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,500 during the early-career years.

#6

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,315 Yearly Degrees
$51,336 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Denver is 11,434, of which 5,494 students are full-time undergraduates. U of Denver has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,504 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from U of Denver with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
4,063 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Pikes Peak Community College is 13,275, of which 4,885 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,074 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,500 during the early-career years.

#8

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,617 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,170 full-time undergraduates at Colorado State University - Global Campus, and 12,381 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 31 to 1.

Colorado State University - Global Campus has a 4.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
3,576 Yearly Degrees
$8,892 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,304 students at MSU Denver in total, 12,759 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at MSU Denver, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,620 a year. MSU Denver has a 7.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MSU Denver is $34,100.

#10

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,021 Yearly Degrees
$10,867 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 13,399 students at University of Northern Colorado in total, 8,328 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Northern Colorado undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,804 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,800 during the early-career years.

#11

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,984 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Pueblo Community College is 5,991, of which 1,986 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

45% of Pueblo Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,035 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,800 during the early-career years.

#12

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,682 Yearly Degrees
$14,441 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Regis University is 8,341, of which 2,378 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Regis U is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,554 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Regis U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,674 Yearly Degrees
$10,082 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Red Rocks Community College is 7,355, of which 2,340 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

18% of Red Rocks Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,086 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

#14

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,504 Yearly Degrees
$13,912 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,171 full-time undergraduates at UCCS, and 12,932 students altogether. It takes the average UCCS undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,314 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,600 during the early-career years.

#15

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,986 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Colorado Mesa University is 9,591, of which 7,145 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Colorado Mesa, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,836 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Colorado Mesa is $30,700.

#16

Aims Community College

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,847 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,127 full-time undergraduates at Aims Community College, and 5,982 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

11% of Aims Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,054 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 12.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Aims Community College is $28,900.

#17

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,595 Yearly Degrees
$16,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,209 students at Mines in total, 4,584 of which are full-time undergraduates. Mines has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 67% are men and 33% are women.

Roughly 43% of students at Mines take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,896 a year. Mines has a 1.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mines is $69,200.

#18

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,519 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Colorado Mountain College is 5,934, of which 1,753 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 36% of students at Colorado Mountain College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,674 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,900 during the early-career years.

#19

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,509 Yearly Degrees

There are 12,421 students at Arapahoe Community College in total, 1,885 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,978 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,900 during the early-career years.

#20

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,469 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Community College of Denver is 8,556, of which 2,441 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

24% of CCD students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,643 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCD is $27,100.

#21

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,237 Yearly Degrees
$13,045 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Colorado Christian University is 7,398, of which 1,840 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at CCU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,863 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,200 during the early-career years.

#22

Aspen University

Denver, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,164 Yearly Degrees
$3,900 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 84 full-time undergraduates at Aspen University, and 4,973 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 100% of students at Aspen University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,353 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#23

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,023 Yearly Degrees
$6,540 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at American Sentinel University is 2,637, of which 80 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

American Sentinel University has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#24

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,019 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,276 full-time undergraduates at USAFA, and 4,276 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Only 12% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 73% are men and 27% are women.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
991 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder is 1,064, of which 1,064 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

68% of AESCA - Boulder students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,411 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Other Colorado Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Adams State University 949
27 Trinidad State Junior College 882
28 Community College of Aurora 866
29 Colorado State University - Pueblo 862
30 Pickens Technical College 746
31 Emily Griffith Technical College 716
32 Fort Lewis College 685
33 Northeastern Junior College 680
34 Intellitec College-Grand Junction 679
35 Lincoln College of Technology-Denver 609
36 Colorado College 605
37 Pima Medical Institute-Denver 599
38 Western Colorado University 564
39 Concorde Career College-Aurora 557
40 Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs 477
41 Otero Junior College 418
42 IBMC College 390
43 Denver College of Nursing 375
44 Johnson & Wales University - Denver 345
45 Intellitec College-Colorado Springs 311
46 Morgan Community College 302
47 Naropa University 270
48 Lamar Community College 269
49 Aveda Institute-Denver 268
50 Colorado Northwestern Community College 243
51 Pima Medical Institute-Aurora 239
52 Denver Seminary 209
53 International Salon and Spa Academy 205
54 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 184
55 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology 173
56 Rocky Vista University 170
57 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs 159
58 Paul Mitchell the School-Colorado Springs 132
59 Delta Montrose Technical College 131
60 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc 128
61 Colorado Media School 117
61 Paul Mitchell the School-Denver 117
61 Taft University System 117
64 National Beauty College 108
65 College of International Esthetics Inc 93
66 Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 88
67 Colorado School of Trades 84
68 Nazarene Bible College 81
69 Platt College - Aurora 66
70 Iliff School of Theology 64
71 The Salon Professional Academy-Colorado Springs 62
72 DeVry University - Colorado 61
73 Montessori Education Center of the Rockies 49
74 Rolf Institute of Structural Integration 48
75 United Beauty College 46
76 CollegeAmerica - Colorado Springs 44
77 Montage Academy 43
78 CollegeAmerica - Denver 40
79 Empire Beauty School-Thornton 37
80 The Salon Professional Academy-Grand Junction 36
80 Stacey-James-Institute 36
82 Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado 33
83 Empire Beauty School-Littleton 31
84 Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology 28
85 Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Fort Collins 26
86 Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine 25
87 CollegeAmerica - Fort Collins 24
88 Xenon International Academy-Denver 20
89 Southwest Acupuncture College - Boulder 17
90 Empire Beauty School-Aurora 15
91 Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture 3
92 Montessori Casa International 0

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