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Metropolitan State University of Denver Overview

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a public institution located in Denver, Colorado. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Metropolitan State University of Denver Known For?

3,308 Undergraduate Awards
64% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at MSU Denver is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

MSU Denver has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#153 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at MSU Denver.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Most Popular Online Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Online Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Most Popular Online Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MSU Denver has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Alternative Medicine & Systems Graduates College Factual
#26 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#35 Highest Paid English Language & Literature Graduates College Factual
#36 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#36 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#62 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Metropolitan State University of Denver?

Location of Metropolitan State University of Denver

Contact details for MSU Denver are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Speer Blvd And Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Phone: 303-556-3058
Website: www.msudenver.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msudenver
Twitter: https://twitter.com/msudenver

How Do I Get Into MSU Denver?

You can apply to MSU Denver online at: www.msudenver.edu/admissions/apply/

Admission Requirements for MSU Denver

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into MSU Denver?

64% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
MSU Denver has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 65%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to MSU Denver submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 570. Math scores were between 440 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Metropolitan State University of Denver  ( 460 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Metropolitan State University of Denver  ( 440 to 560 )
200
800
MSU Denver received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 22. Composite scores were between 17 and 22.

ACT English Scores for Metropolitan State University of Denver  ( 16 to 22 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Metropolitan State University of Denver  ( 16 to 22 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Metropolitan State University of Denver  ( 17 to 22 )
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36

Can I Afford Metropolitan State University of Denver?

36% Take Out Loans
7.7% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At MSU Denver, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $4,620 a year. That adds up to $18,480 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU Denver is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,673 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,437 undergraduate students at MSU Denver, with 12,673 being full-time and 6,764 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MSU Denver

There are also 755 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,673 full-time undergraduates at MSU Denver, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MSU Denver

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Metropolitan State University of Denver students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MSU Denver Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 555
Black or African American 746
Hispanic or Latino 3,697
White 6,458
International Students 109
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,108

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at Metropolitan State University of Denver. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 66 countries are represented at MSU Denver. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, China, and India.

Online Learning at Metropolitan State University of Denver

1,292 Took All Classes Online
7,791 Took At Least One Class Online
0.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at MSU Denver. In 2017-2018, 7,791 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MSU Denver has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 16th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MSU Denver

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Metropolitan State University of Denver was 0.1%. This is the #2,018 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MSU Denver regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of MSU Denver majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 25%
Health Professions 1%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4%
Management Information Systems 7%
Public Administration & Social Service 17%
Social Work 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MSU Denver ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at MSU Denver.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Management Information Systems #70
Social Work #73
Public Administration & Social Service #206
Accounting #274
Health & Medical Administrative Services #326
Criminal Justice & Corrections #392
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #444
Nursing #456

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Child Development & Psychology 0 231 0 0 231
Social Work 0 72 0 147 219
Business Administration & Management 3 175 0 11 189
General Biology 0 175 0 0 175
Accounting 0 125 0 41 166
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 162 0 0 162
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 160 0 0 160
Nursing 0 129 0 0 129
Marketing 10 103 0 0 113
Health & Physical Education 0 109 0 0 109
Hospitality Management 2 100 0 0 102
General English Literature 0 93 0 0 93
Management Information Systems 0 87 0 0 87
Air Transportation 7 79 0 0 86
Nutrition Science 0 82 0 0 82
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 23 57 0 0 80
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 54 2 21 77
Writing Studies 0 74 0 0 74
Human Services 2 71 0 0 73
Finance & Financial Management 0 70 0 0 70
Computer Science 0 69 0 0 69
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 61 0 0 61
History 0 59 0 0 59
Fine & Studio Arts 0 57 0 0 57
Design & Applied Arts 0 53 0 0 53
Mathematics 0 45 0 0 45
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 44 0 0 44
Natural Resources Conservation 2 41 0 0 43
General Education 0 0 0 41 41
Political Science & Government 0 38 0 0 38
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 37 0 0 37
Materials Engineering 37 0 0 0 37
Journalism 0 35 0 0 35
Public Relations & Advertising 0 32 0 0 32
Sociology 0 30 0 0 30
Chemistry 0 29 0 0 29
Civil Engineering Technology 0 28 0 0 28
Anthropology 0 27 0 0 27
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 26 0 0 26
Communication Sciences 3 23 0 0 26
Music 0 26 0 0 26
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 23 0 0 23
Economics 0 23 0 0 23
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 22 0 0 22
Special Education 0 20 1 0 21
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0 20
Entrepreneurial Studies 1 18 0 0 19
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 18 0 0 18
Ethnic Studies 0 16 0 0 16
Fire Protection 0 14 0 0 14
Geography & Cartography 0 13 0 0 13
Philosophy 0 10 0 0 10
Allied Health Professions 0 9 0 0 9
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 9 0 0 9
Military Systems & Maintenance Technology 7 0 0 0 7
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 6 0 0 6
Physics 0 6 0 0 6
Behavioral Science 0 5 0 0 5
Natural Resource Management 2 3 0 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 4 0 4
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 3 0 0 3
Environmental Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Systems Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Dance 0 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 0 0
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 99 3,209 7 261 3,576

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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