Best Colleges in Colorado

Pike's Peak or Bust

Discover why Colorado is one of the happiest states in the country

Colorado's state motto is "come to life," which seems appropriate considering the state is home to a national park, majestic mountain towns and a multitude of family-friendly events. It's also a great place for a fresh start. With over 16 community, state and private colleges, and 200,000 students, many come to the center of the states for a totally revamped life experience. Many big-name companies are headquartered in Colorado, including Coors, Crocs, Dish Network, Hitachi Software and MediaNews Group. So naturally, students here major in a wide variety of disciplines including engineering, design, and business. The U.S. Air Force Academy is also located here, so military studies is another popular choice. and with an unemployment rate of 5.3%, well below the national average, you'll have better chances at finding a career in your field.

Colorado is home to major cities like Denver and Boulder and smaller ones like Alamosa or Aurora. Whether you choose quiet country or big city life in this picturesque state, there are plenty of ways to stay busy. Denver claims to have invented the cheeseburger, while thousands of valentines are re-mailed every year from Loveland. The state also has more microbreweries per capita than any other state, which you might need after exam week. Experience one of the best waterfall hikes in the nation in Rocky Mountain National Park or Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. In the winter, hit the snowy trails with a rented "fat bike" or glide down the slopes of Breckenridge or one of Colorado's other famous resorts for nationally renowned skiing and snowboarding. Summertime brings rodeo season, and Colorado is home to the world's largest rodeo and several others over 100 years old. Whether hiking to the summit of Pike's Peak or walking across the stage to get your diploma is your goal, Colorado has everything you need for a scenery filled destination.

*http://www.50states.com/facts/colorado *http://www.colorado.gov/

Best Four Year Universities in Colorado

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines offers 74 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,452 students graduated with students earning 969 Bachelor's degrees, 357 Master's degrees, 126 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 University of Denver Denver, CO

University of Denver offers 307 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 4,755 students graduated with students earning 2,519 Master's degrees, 1,555 Bachelor's degrees, 404 Doctoral degrees, and 277 Certificates degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
3 United States Air Force Academy USAFA, CO

United States Air Force Academy offers 78 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 916 students graduated with students earning 916 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
4 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder offers 271 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 8,312 students graduated with students earning 6,329 Bachelor's degrees, 1,330 Master's degrees, and 653 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 72 Reviews
5 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado College offers 74 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 634 students graduated with students earning 585 Bachelor's degrees, 45 Master's degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

6 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University-Fort Collins offers 329 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 7,582 students graduated with students earning 5,383 Bachelor's degrees, 1,810 Master's degrees, 389 Doctoral degrees.

7 Regis University Denver, CO

Regis University offers 154 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 3,512 students graduated with students earning 1,418 Bachelor's degrees, 1,356 Master's degrees, 505 Certificates degrees, and 233 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus offers 169 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 5,387 students graduated with students earning 2,533 Bachelor's degrees, 2,121 Master's degrees, and 733 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
9 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO

University of Northern Colorado offers 147 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 3,005 students graduated with students earning 2,232 Bachelor's degrees, 675 Master's degrees, and 98 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO

University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers 88 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 2,337 students graduated with students earning 1,747 Bachelor's degrees, 523 Master's degrees, 37 Certificates degrees, and 30 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Colorado

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO

Front Range Community College offers 87 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 5,405 students graduated with students earning 3,634 Certificates degrees, and 1,771 Associate's degrees.

2 Aims Community College Greeley, CO

Aims Community College offers 103 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,888 students graduated with students earning 1,301 Certificates degrees, and 587 Associate's degrees.

3 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO

Red Rocks Community College offers 134 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,411 students graduated with students earning 1,689 Certificates degrees, and 722 Associate's degrees.

4 Community College of Denver Denver, CO

Community College of Denver offers 57 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,316 students graduated with students earning 668 Certificates degrees, and 648 Associate's degrees.

5 Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver, CO

Pima Medical Institute-Denver offers 22 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 773 students graduated with students earning 599 Certificates degrees, and 174 Associate's degrees.

6 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO

Arapahoe Community College offers 85 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,253 students graduated with students earning 1,515 Certificates degrees, and 738 Associate's degrees.

7 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak Community College offers 110 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,936 students graduated with students earning 1,470 Associate's degrees, and 1,466 Certificates degrees.

8 Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO

Community College of Aurora offers 57 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,484 students graduated with students earning 980 Certificates degrees, and 504 Associate's degrees.

9 Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO

Pueblo Community College offers 128 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,584 students graduated with students earning 1,820 Certificates degrees, and 764 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely, CO

Colorado Northwestern Community College offers 36 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 319 students graduated with students earning 200 Certificates degrees, and 119 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Colorado School of Mines Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
4/5
19 : 1 6,054
University of Denver University of Denver Denver, CO
5/5
14 : 1 11,797
United States Air Force Academy United States Air Force Academy USAFA, CO 25 : 1 4,111
University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
3/5
20 : 1 33,056
Colorado College Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
5/5
11 : 1 2,131
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
3/5
19 : 1 30,614
Regis University Regis University Denver, CO
5/5
20 : 1 8,725
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
3/5
7 : 1 23,671
University of Northern Colorado University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
3/5
21 : 1 12,216
University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
2/5
23 : 1 11,988
Colorado Mesa University Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
2/5
27 : 1 9,448
Fort Lewis College Fort Lewis College Durango, CO
2/5
20 : 1 3,707
Metropolitan State University of Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
2/5
25 : 1 20,676
Colorado State University-Pueblo Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, CO
3/5
32 : 1 7,563
Western State Colorado University Western State Colorado University Gunnison, CO
3/5
21 : 1 2,722
Adams State University Adams State University Alamosa, CO
3/5
22 : 1 3,404
Colorado Christian University Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
5/5
31 : 1 6,879
Emily Griffith Technical College Emily Griffith Technical College Denver, CO 87 : 1 4,144
Colorado Mountain College Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
2/5
21 : 1 5,806
Johnson & Wales University-Denver Johnson & Wales University-Denver Denver, CO
5/5
19 : 1 1,388
Front Range Community College Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
2/5
36 : 1 18,747
Aims Community College Aims Community College Greeley, CO
2/5
29 : 1 5,298
Red Rocks Community College Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
2/5
36 : 1 7,789
Platt College-Aurora Platt College-Aurora Aurora, CO
4/5
12 : 1 216
Colorado Technical University-Online Colorado Technical University-Online Colorado Springs, CO
3/5
65 : 1 22,757

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