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92 Colleges
95,538 Yearly Graduations
$47,490 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,126 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Colorado ranked #19 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 95,538 students received some type of diploma that year. Colorado colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $11,872 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,989 per year.

An estimated 53% of college students in Colorado take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,782 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
$12,466 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 37,437 students at CU - Boulder in total, 30,307 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 27,703 are full-time. For undergraduates at CU - Boulder, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 31% of students at CU - Boulder take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,744 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
7,898 Yearly Degrees
$11,814 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado State University - Fort Collins is 32,428, of which 24,792 students are undergraduates and of those, 19,944 are full-time. 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 84%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at Colorado State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,592 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 $36,800 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
5,814 Yearly Degrees
$12,573 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,759 undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, of which 15,135 are full-time, and there are 28,244 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is 4.2 years.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,610 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is $27,900.

#4

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
5,562 Yearly Degrees
$4,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Front Range Community College is 18,703, which includes 4,531 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,762 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from FRCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
5,482 Yearly Degrees
$9,401 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is 24,723, of which 14,994 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,622 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CU Anschutz is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,800 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CU Anschutz is $41,500.

#6

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,315 Yearly Degrees
$53,775 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,856 students at DU in total, 5,699 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,362 are full-time. It takes the average DU undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

41% of DU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,885 a year. DU has a 1.9% 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 DU is $44,500.

#7

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
4,063 Yearly Degrees
$3,967 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,506 students at PPCC in total, 4,394 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

22% of PPCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,528 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% 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
$8,400 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado State University - Global Campus is 12,578, of which 7,970 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,080 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,308 a year. Colorado State University - Global Campus has a 3.9% 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
$8,693 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,086 students at MSU Denver in total, 17,988 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 11,134 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MSU Denver is 4.9 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,621 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,100 during the early-career years.

#10

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,021 Yearly Degrees
$10,062 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,494 undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado, of which 6,726 are full-time, and there are 11,460 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,163 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.2% 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
$4,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,551 students at Pueblo Community College in total, 1,598 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

33% of Pueblo Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,694 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pueblo Community College is $23,800.

#12

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,682 Yearly Degrees
$38,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Regis University is 6,310, of which 3,197 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,090 are full-time. It takes the average Regis U undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Regis U take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,401 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $50,000 during the early-career years.

#13

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,674 Yearly Degrees
$4,379 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,932 undergraduates at Red Rocks Community College, of which 1,839 are full-time, and there are 6,029 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Red Rocks Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,016 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Red Rocks Community College is $30,200.

#14

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,504 Yearly Degrees
$10,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is 12,380, of which 10,288 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,782 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UCCS is 4.6 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,518 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UCCS with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,986 Yearly Degrees
$8,686 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,945 undergraduates at Colorado Mesa, of which 6,857 are full-time, and there are 9,110 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

54% of Colorado Mesa students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,312 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Colorado Mesa with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Aims Community College

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,847 Yearly Degrees
$2,762 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,707 full-time undergraduates at Aims Community College, and 5,981 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,520 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% which is higher than 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
$19,100 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,200 undergraduates at Mines, of which 4,918 are full-time, and there are 6,744 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mines is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 55%. Around 60% of accepted students are men, and 40% are women.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,165 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $69,200 during the early-career years.

#18

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,519 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,315 students at Colorado Mountain College in total, 1,422 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

41% of Colorado Mountain College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,732 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#19

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,509 Yearly Degrees
$4,029 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Arapahoe Community College is 12,001, which includes 2,065 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

23% of Arapahoe Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,125 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Arapahoe Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,469 Yearly Degrees
$4,788 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,050 full-time undergraduates at CCD, and 7,273 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

26% of CCD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,045 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CCD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,237 Yearly Degrees
$25,130 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado Christian University is 7,839, of which 6,661 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,704 are full-time. It takes the average CCU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

45% of CCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,199 a year. CCU has a 8.7% 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 CCU is $34,200.

#22

Aspen University

Denver, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,164 Yearly Degrees
$5,105 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,563 students at Aspen University in total, 6,399 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,238 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,439 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.0% 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
$10,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,180 undergraduates at American Sentinel University, of which 178 are full-time, and there are 2,761 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

American Sentinel University has a 1.5% 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 4,307 full-time undergraduates at USAFA, and 4,307 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at USAFA is 93%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The acceptance rate at USAFA is 13%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 70% of accepted students are men, and 30% are women.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
991 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder is 7,600, which includes 7,600 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 97 to 1.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,147 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% 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 Technical College of the Rockies 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 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster 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 Beauty Academy-Forty 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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