Best colleges in Denver

Get Your Head in the Clouds

Peyton Manning came here for a reason

Pack your bags and head to "The Mile High City", where elevation, education, and entertainment are held to the highest standard. Denver plays host to 28 thriving colleges and universities, 15 of which are private 4-year institutions. and whether you're interested in engineering, computer science, finance or healthcare, you have options here in Denver. Most people in the area have careers in trade and transportation, professional and business services, or with the U.S. Government, the largest employer in the area. Students in those majors are writing their own tickets to a steady career right in the city.

Denver averages more than 300 days of sunlight, so there's no reason not to have an awesome college experience and a perfect tan. You'll have so much daylight, you'll need something to do outside of class. Get active with a visit to the Rocky Mountain ski slopes or one of Denver's many parks. Indulge in a cultural experience in Denver's museums or the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the second largest performing arts center in the nation. and lastly, The Mile High City and its elevation of exactly 5,280 feet, is THE place for sports lovers with over 80 beers brewed in the city and 7 professional sports teams. Watch Peyton lead the Broncos or one of the other popular Denver teams: Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche, and Rapids. The city of Denver offers a variety of fun and excitement for all who visit, so pack some sunscreen, work on your cheers and get ready for an adventurous college experience.

*National Center for Education Statistics *Bureau of Labor Statistics *Denver Relocation Guide, "Largest Employers in Denver" *Forbes.com, "Denver" *www.denver.org *Wikipedia, "Denver Sports"

Best Four Year Universities in Denver

Colorado School of Mines offers 81 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,581 students graduated with students earning 1,096 Bachelor's degrees, 388 Master's degrees, 94 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Certificates.

University of Denver offers 253 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,015 students graduated with students earning 1,910 Master's degrees, 1,340 Bachelor's degrees, 389 Doctoral degrees, and 376 Certificates.

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Regis University
Denver, CO

Regis University offers 267 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,666 students graduated with students earning 1,210 Master's degrees, 943 Bachelor's degrees, 359 Certificates, and 154 Doctoral degrees.

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus offers 184 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 5,326 students graduated with students earning 2,566 Bachelor's degrees, 2,028 Master's degrees, and 732 Doctoral degrees.

Platt College-Aurora offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 66 students graduated with students earning 66 Bachelor's degrees.

Metropolitan State University of Denver offers 115 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 3,488 students graduated with students earning 3,130 Bachelor's degrees, 261 Master's degrees, and 97 Certificates.

Johnson & Wales University-Denver offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 345 students graduated with students earning 174 Bachelor's degrees, 156 Associate's degrees, and 15 Master's degrees.

Colorado Christian University offers 132 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,191 students graduated with students earning 688 Bachelor's degrees, 295 Master's degrees, 165 Associate's degrees, and 43 Certificates.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design offers 27 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 184 students graduated with students earning 184 Bachelor's degrees.

Aspen University
Denver, CO

Aspen University offers 52 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,164 students graduated with students earning 763 Bachelor's degrees, 374 Master's degrees, 16 Doctoral degrees, 9 Associate's degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Denver

Concorde Career College-Aurora offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 557 students graduated with students earning 384 Certificates, and 173 Associate's degrees.

Pima Medical Institute-Aurora offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 239 students graduated with students earning 221 Certificates, and 18 Associate's degrees.

Pima Medical Institute-Denver offers 14 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 599 students graduated with students earning 402 Certificates, and 197 Associate's degrees.

Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 88 students graduated with students earning 88 Associate's degrees.

Lincoln College of Technology-Denver offers 11 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 609 students graduated with students earning 553 Certificates, and 56 Associate's degrees.

CollegeAmerica-Denver offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 40 students graduated with students earning 40 Associate's degrees.

Community College of Aurora offers 54 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 851 students graduated with students earning 575 Associate's degrees, and 276 Certificates.

Front Range Community College offers 103 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 4,713 students graduated with students earning 2,873 Certificates, and 1,840 Associate's degrees.

Colorado School of Healing Arts offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, less than two-year school in a midsize city. In 2019, 81 students graduated with students earning 81 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Denver

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Colorado School of Mines Logo Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
4/5
20 : 1 6,628
University of Denver Logo University of Denver Denver, CO
5/5
17 : 1 12,931
National Beauty College Logo National Beauty College Denver, CO     32
Concorde Career College-Aurora Logo Concorde Career College-Aurora Aurora, CO   17 : 1 423
Regis University Logo Regis University Denver, CO
5/5
21 : 1 6,908
Pima Medical Institute-Aurora Logo Pima Medical Institute-Aurora Aurora, CO   17 : 1 322
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Logo University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
3/5
26 : 1 24,910
New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Logo New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO     59
Platt College-Aurora Logo Platt College-Aurora Aurora, CO
4/5
28 : 1 248
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Logo Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver, CO   19 : 1 767
United Beauty College Logo United Beauty College Denver, CO     55
Aveda Institute-Denver Logo Aveda Institute-Denver Denver, CO     405
Pickens Technical College Logo Pickens Technical College Aurora, CO
2/5
  1,049
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Logo Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Denver, CO
3/5
32 : 1 288
Metropolitan State University of Denver Logo Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
3/5
34 : 1 20,080
Johnson & Wales University-Denver Logo Johnson & Wales University-Denver Denver, CO
5/5
20 : 1 927
Lincoln College of Technology-Denver Logo Lincoln College of Technology-Denver Denver, CO   34 : 1 1,343
Colorado Christian University Logo Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
5/5
68 : 1 7,587
CollegeAmerica-Denver Logo CollegeAmerica-Denver Denver, CO
3/5
36 : 1 72
Avalon School of Cosmetology-Aurora Logo Avalon School of Cosmetology-Aurora Aurora, CO     130