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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. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $11,872 per year to get their degree at a college in Colorado, while out of state students will pay an average of $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.

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#1

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
8,931 Yearly Degrees
$12,466 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.

31% of CU - Boulder students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CU - Boulder is $39,100.

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

There are 24,792 undergraduates at Colorado State, of which 19,944 are full-time, and there are 32,428 students altogether. For undergraduates at Colorado State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

40% of Colorado State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%!

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
$12,573 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Roughly 73% of students at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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.

Roughly 25% of students at FRCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$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. It takes the average CU Anschutz undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 30% of students at CU Anschutz take out loans to pay for college. 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%!

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
$53,775 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Denver is 13,856, of which 5,699 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,362 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

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.

Roughly 41% of students at DU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,885 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from DU 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
$3,967 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.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from PPCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,617 Yearly Degrees
$8,400 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,578 students at Colorado State University - Global Campus in total, 7,970 of which 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 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

The total student population at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 19,086, of which 17,988 students 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.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

31% of MSU Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,621 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.9% 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 $34,100.

#10

University of Northern Colorado

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

The total student population at University of Northern Colorado is 11,460, of which 8,494 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,726 are full-time. For undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

Roughly 55% of students at University of Northern Colorado take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,163 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.2% 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 $33,800.

#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.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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

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

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

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,401 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% 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
$4,379 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,029 students at Red Rocks Community College in total, 5,932 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,839 are full-time. 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

There are 12,380 students at UCCS in total, 10,288 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,782 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Roughly 43% of students at UCCS take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,518 a year. UCCS has a 4.7% 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 $34,600 during the early-career years.

#15

Colorado Mesa University

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

The total student population at Colorado Mesa University is 9,110, of which 8,945 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,857 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado Mesa is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 54% of students at Colorado Mesa take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,312 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% 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
$2,762 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,981 students at Aims Community College in total, 1,707 are 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. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Aims Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,595 Yearly Degrees
$19,100 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 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.

Roughly 42% of students at Mines take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,165 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$4,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,422 full-time undergraduates at Colorado Mountain College, and 5,315 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,732 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to 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
$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.

Roughly 23% of students at Arapahoe Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,125 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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
$4,788 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Community College of Denver is 7,273, which includes 2,050 full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

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
$25,130 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,839 students at CCU in total, 6,661 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,704 are full-time. For undergraduates at CCU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,199 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#22

Aspen University

Denver, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,164 Yearly Degrees
$5,105 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.

Roughly 59% of students at Aspen University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,439 a year. Aspen University has a 6.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#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 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.

The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#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. USAFA has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 13% of students getting accepted. 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.

Roughly 76% of students at Escoffier - Boulder take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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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