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63 Colleges
74,932 Yearly Graduations
$47,115 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,178 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2021, 74,932 students received a degree from a college in Colorado, making it rank #21 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $11,779 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $18,161 a year.

About 49% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,544 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
9,728 Yearly Degrees
$12,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,307 undergraduates at CU - Boulder, of which 27,703 are full-time, and there are 37,437 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,744 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $49,393 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
7,914 Yearly Degrees
$12,188 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.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. 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 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,704 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
6,864 Yearly Degrees
$12,581 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 typical student loan amount is $6,610 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,625 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
5,658 Yearly Degrees
$9,384 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. It takes the average CU Anschutz undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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.

30% of CU Anschutz students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,800 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $48,167 during the early-career years.

#5

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,008 Yearly Degrees
$54,819 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. For undergraduates at DU, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 41% of students at DU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,885 a year. DU has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,490 during the early-career years.

#6

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,668 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. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

74% of Colorado State University - Global Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,308 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Colorado State University - Global Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $63,331 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
3,537 Yearly Degrees
$10,021 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. It takes the average MSU Denver undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

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 average amount of student loans is $5,621 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MSU Denver is $40,336.

#8

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,009 Yearly Degrees
$10,666 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. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

55% of University of Northern Colorado students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,163 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Northern Colorado is $39,460.

#9

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,774 Yearly Degrees
$10,994 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,380 students at UCCS in total, 10,288 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,782 are full-time. For undergraduates at UCCS, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

43% of UCCS students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,518 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCCS is $40,762.

#10

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,191 Yearly Degrees
$39,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,310 students at Regis U in total, 3,197 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,090 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Regis U is 4.2 years.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students 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 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Regis U is $57,824.

#11

Aspen University

Denver, Arizona
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
2,185 Yearly Degrees
$5,170 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

59% of Aspen University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,439 a year. Aspen University has a 5.0% 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 Aspen University is $30,099.

#12

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,861 Yearly Degrees
$4,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 18,703 students at FRCC in total, 4,531 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

25% of FRCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,762 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from FRCC is $35,365.

#13

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,755 Yearly Degrees
$3,981 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

22% of PPCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,528 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from PPCC is $30,932.

#14

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,676 Yearly Degrees
$19,538 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado School of Mines is 6,744, of which 5,200 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,918 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Mines is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 55% of students who apply get accepted. 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 0.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Mines with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $76,135 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,355 Yearly Degrees
$25,473 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

45% of CCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,199 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCU is $38,092.

#16

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,349 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 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. It takes the average Colorado Mesa undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

54% of Colorado Mesa students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,312 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Colorado Mesa with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,519 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,057 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,307 students at USAFA in total, 4,307 are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at USAFA. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

This a very selective school with only 13% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 70% are men and 30% are women.

#18

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Connecticut
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,052 Yearly Degrees
$10,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Students who graduate from American Sentinel University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $76,675 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
946 Yearly Degrees
$9,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,902 undergraduates at Adams State, of which 1,264 are full-time, and there are 3,164 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Adams State is 4.6 years.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

75% of Adams State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,890 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Adams State is $32,729.

Public Public vs. Private
911 Yearly Degrees
$9,005 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado State University - Pueblo is 5,925, of which 4,113 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,798 are full-time. For undergraduates at Colorado State University - Pueblo, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 79% of students at Colorado State University - Pueblo take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,898 a year. Colorado State University - Pueblo has a 8.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,908 during the early-career years.

#21

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
767 Yearly Degrees
$4,536 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,694 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pueblo Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,961 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
719 Yearly Degrees
$4,745 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.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,045 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCD is $29,264.

#23

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
694 Yearly Degrees
$4,860 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Colorado Mountain College is 5,315, which includes 1,422 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 41% of students at Colorado Mountain College take out loans to pay for college. 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 $33,300.

#24

Aims Community College

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

The total student population at Aims Community College is 5,981, which includes 1,707 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

7% of Aims Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,520 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,543 during the early-career years.

#25

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
661 Yearly Degrees
$4,389 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

17% of Red Rocks Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,016 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Red Rocks Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,432 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Colorado Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Arapahoe Community College 594
27 Fort Lewis College 592
28 Community College of Aurora 536
29 Colorado College 528
30 Western Colorado University 519
31 Denver College of Nursing 444
32 Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder 388
33 Rocky Vista University 336
34 Northeastern Junior College 249
35 Trinidad State Junior College 222
36 Naropa University 219
37 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 207
38 Otero Junior College 197
39 Denver Seminary 180
40 Pima Medical Institute - Denver 172
41 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology 150
42 Concorde Career College - Aurora 144
43 Morgan Community College 138
44 Intellitec College - Colorado Springs 134
45 Lamar Community College 123
46 Colorado Northwestern Community College 110
47 Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 93
48 Taft University System 81
49 Colorado School of Trades 70
50 Platt College - Aurora 68
51 Intellitec College - Grand Junction 62
52 Nazarene Bible College 52
53 Lincoln College of Technology - Denver 49
54 Iliff School of Theology 42
55 Pima Medical Institute - Colorado Springs 39
56 Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology 37
57 DeVry University - Colorado 36
58 Montessori Education Center of the Rockies 33
59 Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine 28
60 IBMC College 21
61 Pima Medical Institute - Aurora 17
62 Southwest Acupuncture College - Boulder 11
63 Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture 4

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