Best Engineering colleges in Colorado

Why a degree in engineering?

Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.

How to prepare for an engineering degree

Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.

It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.

*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php

Best Engineering colleges in Colorado for 2021

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Imagine being part of a team challenged with designing, fabricating, testing, and launching a rocket into space. Students who thrive on such hands-on activities often find the Air Force Academy an ideal place to learn engineering. The Academy features some of the most cutting-edge technologies available anywhere to undergraduates. One such gem is the Applied Mechanics Laboratory. In this highly modern, well-equipped “workshop,” cadets learn how to use everything from a computer-controlled mill to composite material fabrication tools. The similarly impressive Astronautics Laboratories contain high-fidelity orbital analysis software and facilities for small satellite design. Faculty— about 70 percent of whom are military officers— provide guidance both in class and after hours. Instructors favor seminar-style classes over lectures, and they expect students to come to class ready to participate. (Curriculum guidelines suggest two hours of homework/study for every hour in class.) Cadets, who become second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation, leave equipped with a solid foundation in general engineering and in their specific discipline be it aeronautical, astronautical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or systems engineering.

You want to launch a career that will take you to incredible heights. With the Aerospace Engineering Sciences program you can do just that. Undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty in cutting edge research facilities. Together these teams design, build, and operate technology that takes flight. This includes craft like satellites, rockets, drones and the systems that power them. Students in this program have recently managed the orbit of a NASA satellite traveling 55 million miles away from Earth, something no other college students in the country have done. Others have been building a drone that can be used to detect rhino poachers in Africa for an international wildlife conservation competition. Students solve real world problems through hands-on learning and this is just a glimpse into the aerospace program’s many high-tech happenings. Whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree, the University of Colorado Boulder ranks within the top 10 schools for this program nationally. It is the perfect combination of an out-of-this-world education with a down-to-earth campus experience.

Colorado School of Mines offers 41 Engineering degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,286 Engineering students graduated with students earning 960 Bachelor's degrees, 273 Master's degrees, and 53 Doctoral degrees.

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus offers 31 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 611 Engineering students graduated with students earning 313 Bachelor's degrees, 271 Master's degrees, and 27 Doctoral degrees.

University of Denver offers 28 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 237 Engineering students graduated with students earning 87 Master's degrees, 77 Bachelor's degrees, 59 Certificates, and 14 Doctoral degrees.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers 9 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 207 Engineering students graduated with students earning 147 Bachelor's degrees, 45 Master's degrees, and 15 Doctoral degrees.

Pueblo Community College offers 12 Engineering degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 26 Engineering students graduated with students earning 14 Certificates, and 12 Associate's degrees.

Metropolitan State University of Denver offers 14 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 222 Engineering students graduated with students earning 172 Bachelor's degrees, and 50 Certificates.

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs offers 10 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 26 Engineering students graduated with students earning 14 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Master's degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College offers 4 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 79 Engineering students graduated with students earning 71 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Certificates.

List of all Engineering colleges in Colorado

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
United States Air Force Academy Logo United States Air Force Academy USAF Academy, CO   21 : 1 4,304
University of Colorado Boulder Logo University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
3/5
23 : 1 37,883
Colorado School of Mines Logo Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
4/5
20 : 1 6,628
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Logo Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
3/5
20 : 1 33,426
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Logo University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
3/5
26 : 1 24,910
University of Denver Logo University of Denver Denver, CO
5/5
17 : 1 12,931
Red Rocks Community College Logo Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
2/5
72 : 1 7,008
Arapahoe Community College Logo Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
2/5
125 : 1 12,759
Front Range Community College Logo Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
2/5
78 : 1 19,283
Pikes Peak Community College Logo Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
2/5
73 : 1 13,655
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Logo University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
3/5
29 : 1 12,807
Colorado Mountain College Logo Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs, CO
2/5
48 : 1 5,636
Colorado Mesa University Logo Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
3/5
31 : 1 9,373
Pueblo Community College Logo Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO
2/5
74 : 1 6,545
Metropolitan State University of Denver Logo Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
3/5
34 : 1 20,080
Aims Community College Logo Aims Community College Greeley, CO
2/5
55 : 1 6,634
American Sentinel University Logo American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
3/5
170 : 1 2,724
Colorado State University-Pueblo Logo Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, CO
3/5
43 : 1 7,081
Trinidad State Junior College Logo Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad, CO
2/5
34 : 1 1,621
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs Logo Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
3/5
524 : 1 27,232

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