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72 Colleges
70,317 Yearly Graduations
$47,280 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,838 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2018, 70,317 students received a degree from a college in Colorado, making it rank #21 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Colorado is $11,820 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $17,267 a year.

An estimated 55% of college students in Colorado take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,710 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
8,316 Yearly Degrees
$11,484 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 35,338 students at CU - Boulder in total, 26,977 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,779 a year. CU - Boulder has a 3.1% 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 $39,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
7,675 Yearly Degrees
$10,214 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 33,083 students at Colorado State in total, 22,154 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Colorado State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. 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 typical student loan amount is $7,293 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% 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
5,726 Yearly Degrees
$13,409 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 14,445 full-time undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, and 25,517 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is 4.4 years.

Roughly 75% of students at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,795 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
5,272 Yearly Degrees
$6,786 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 24,839 students at CU Anschutz in total, 8,671 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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 65%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

37% of CU Anschutz students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,806 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#5

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,409 Yearly Degrees
$49,392 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 average amount of student loans is $8,504 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 U of Denver is $44,500.

Public Public vs. Private
3,369 Yearly Degrees
$8,068 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 20,304, of which 12,759 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MSU Denver is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

36% of MSU Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,620 a year. MSU Denver has a 8.1% 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.

#7

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
3,332 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

Colorado State University - Global Campus has a 5.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#8

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,997 Yearly Degrees
$10,476 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,328 full-time undergraduates at University of Northern Colorado, and 13,399 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

56% of University of Northern Colorado students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,804 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#9

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,653 Yearly Degrees
$13,177 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,341 students at Regis U in total, 2,378 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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

59% of Regis U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,554 a year. Regis U has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#10

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
2,407 Yearly Degrees
$13,206 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 12,932 students at UCCS in total, 8,171 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UCCS, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 47% of students at UCCS take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,314 a year. UCCS has a 6.9% 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 UCCS is $34,600.

#11

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,915 Yearly Degrees

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

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% 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.

#12

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,892 Yearly Degrees

There are 13,275 students at PPCC in total, 4,885 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

24% of PPCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,074 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%.

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

#13

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,579 Yearly Degrees
$16,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,584 full-time undergraduates at Mines, and 6,209 students altogether. It takes the average Mines undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 67% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,896 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% 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 $69,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,517 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

62% of Colorado Mesa students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,836 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#15

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,221 Yearly Degrees
$12,996 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,840 full-time undergraduates at CCU, and 7,398 students altogether. For undergraduates at CCU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

55% of CCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,863 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCU is $34,200.

#16

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,144 Yearly Degrees
$4,590 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,314 students at Adams State in total, 1,514 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Adams State, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

Around 99% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

53% of Adams State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,877 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Adams State is $26,700.

#17

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,014 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at United States Air Force Academy is 4,276, of which 4,276 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

The acceptance rate at USAFA is 12%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 73% are men and 27% are women.

Public Public vs. Private
898 Yearly Degrees
$5,487 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,292 full-time undergraduates at Colorado State University - Pueblo, and 6,639 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado State University - Pueblo is 4.5 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

94% of Colorado State University - Pueblo students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,477 a year. Colorado State University - Pueblo has a 8.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Colorado State University - Pueblo with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
829 Yearly Degrees
$6,360 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 80 full-time undergraduates at American Sentinel University, and 2,637 students altogether. It takes the average American Sentinel University undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#20

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
789 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.

Roughly 24% of students at CCD take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,643 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,100 during the early-career years.

#21

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
740 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 average amount of student loans is $4,978 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.7% is very similar 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.

#22

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
718 Yearly Degrees
$6,372 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,921 full-time undergraduates at FLC, and 3,332 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,810 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from FLC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
707 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.

36% of Colorado Mountain College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,674 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%.

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

#24

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
706 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 17.4% 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 $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
702 Yearly Degrees
$14,786 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

Roughly 18% of students at Red Rocks Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,086 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Red Rocks Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Colorado Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Aspen University 691
27 Community College of Aurora 652
28 Aims Community College 571
29 Colorado College 566
30 Western Colorado University 557
31 Johnson & Wales University - Denver 400
32 Denver College of Nursing 344
33 Northeastern Junior College 328
34 Trinidad State Junior College 312
35 Naropa University 296
36 Intellitec College-Colorado Springs 217
37 Denver Seminary 182
38 Rocky Vista University 173
39 Otero Junior College 169
40 Intellitec College-Grand Junction 158
41 Colorado Northwestern Community College 150
42 Pima Medical Institute-Denver 141
43 Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 137
44 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology 134
45 Lamar Community College 132
46 Morgan Community College 130
47 Concorde Career College-Aurora 122
48 Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 111
49 Colorado School of Trades 107
49 University of Phoenix - Colorado 107
51 DeVry University - Colorado 96
52 Taft University System 92
53 Ecotech Institute 84
54 Nazarene Bible College 82
55 Iliff School of Theology 74
56 Lincoln College of Technology-Denver 65
57 Platt College - Aurora 49
57 IBMC College 49
59 CollegeAmerica - Colorado Springs 47
60 Montessori Education Center of the Rockies 40
61 CollegeAmerica - Denver 36
62 Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs 33
62 Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology 33
64 Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine 30
65 CollegeAmerica - Fort Collins 19
66 Southwest Acupuncture College - Boulder 17
67 Altierus Career College-Thornton 14
68 Pima Medical Institute-Aurora 12
69 Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture 11
69 Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder 11
71 Academy of Natural Therapy Inc 5
72 Colorado School of Healing Arts 4

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