This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. State of Colorado which range in age and focus of programs.This list also includes other educational institutions providing higher education, meaning tertiary, quaternary, and, in some cases, post-secondary education. The State Commission data is also provided.
This table includes Locations, Governance, Institution Focus(es), The Enrollment Head count (the sum of undergraduate and graduate students), the number of Full-time equivalent students, and the percentage of these students which qualify as residents of the State.
|Institution||Location||Institution Focus(es)||Fall 2008 Enrollment Head count||2008 Full-time equivalent students||Full Time Residency Percentage||Part Time Residency Percentage||Public/Private||2-Year/4-Year|
|Adams State University||Alamosa||A general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards||2338||1919||87||Public||4-Year|
|Aims Community College||Greeley, Loveland, Fort Lupton, Windsor||A two-year college with open admission standards||2823||1009||Public||2-Year|
|Colorado Mesa University||Grand Junction||A comprehensive graduate university with moderately selective admission standards||6205||5058||91||Public||4-Year|
|Colorado School of Mines||Golden||A specialized baccalaureate and graduate research institution with high admission standards; first public institution of higher education to open doors in Colorado (in 1874)||4704||4325||69||Public||4-Year|
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins||A comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards; one of 68 land‐grant institutions founded by the Morrill Act of 1862||25496||22312||82||Public||4-Year|
|Colorado State University Pueblo||Pueblo||A regional, comprehensive institution with moderately selective admission standards||4633||3806||94||Public||4-Year|
|Fort Lewis College||Durango||A public liberal arts institution with selective admission standards||3740||3530||72||Public||4-Year|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver||A comprehensive baccalaureate institution with modified open admission standards||21469||16165||97||Public||4-Year|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder||A comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards||30623||26815||67||Public||4-Year|
|University of Colorado Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||A comprehensive university with selective admission standards||8010||6606||92||Public||4-Year|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Colorado Springs||A two-year college with open admission standards||Public||2-Year|
|University of Colorado Denver||Denver and Aurora||An urban comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research university with selective admission standards||16283||13217||90||Public||4-Year|
|University of Colorado South Denver||Parker||Public||4-Year|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley||A comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards||11130||9691||88||Public||4-Year|
|Western Colorado University||Gunnison||A general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards||2110||1875||97||Public||4-Year|
|Colorado Community College System||A state system of 13 community and technical colleges with open admission standards||71825||48004||33||67||Public||2-Year|
|Colorado Mountain College||Glenwood Springs||A two‐year local district college with open admission standards||5092||2766||24||76||Public||2-Year|
|Adams State University||Alamosa||Public||Doctoral University||3,055||1921|
|Colorado Mesa University||Grand Junction||Public||Doctoral University||9,492||1925|
|Colorado School of Mines||Golden||Public||Doctoral University||6,268||1874|
|Fort Lewis College||Durango||Public||Masters University||3,320||1911|
|Metropolitan State University of Denver||Denver||Public||Masters University||20,192||1965|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley||Public||Doctoral University||12,862||1889|
|Western Colorado University||Gunnison||Public||Masters University||3,039||1901|
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins||Public||Doctoral University||33,694||1870|
|Colorado State University Pueblo||Pueblo||Public||Doctoral University||6,736||1870|
|Colorado State University Global||Greenwood Village||Public||Doctoral University||1870|
|University of Colorado||Boulder||Public||Doctoral University||36,548||1876|
|University of Colorado||Colorado Springs||Public||Doctoral University||12,435||1876|
|University of Colorado||Denver, Aurora||Public||Doctoral University||25,545||1876|
|University of Colorado||Parker||Public||Doctoral University||1876|
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs||Public||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||4,336||1954|
|Colorado Christian University||Lakewood||Private (Not For Profit)||Masters University||6,677||1914|
|Colorado College||Colorado Springs||Private (Not For Profit)||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||2,144||1874|
|Columbia College of Missouri||Centennial||Private (Not For Profit)||Masters University||4,469||1851|
|Johnson & Wales University||Denver||Private (Not For Profit)||Masters University||7,360||1914|
|Nazarene Bible College||Colorado Springs||Private (Not For Profit)||Faith-related Institution||731||1967|
|Naropa University||Boulder||Private (Not For Profit)||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||953||1974|
|Regis University||Denver||Private (Not For Profit)||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||7,907||1877|
|University of Denver||Denver||Private (Not For Profit)||Doctoral University||11,952||1864|
|CollegeAmerica||Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs||Private (Not For Profit)||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||123||1964|
|Colorado Technical University||Aurora, Colorado Springs||Private (For Profit)||Doctoral University||26,184||1965|
|DeVry University||Westminster||Private (For Profit)||Masters University||17,364||1931|
|Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design||Denver||Private (For Profit)||Masters University||1,054||1963|
|William Howard Taft University||Denver||Private (For Profit)||Doctoral University||1976|
|Colorado Heights University||Denver||Private (Not For Profit)||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||1989|
|Jones International University||Centennial||Private For Profit)||Masters University||1993|
|National American University||Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver||Private (For Profit)||Masters University||1941|
The City of Aspen is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Its population was 6,658 at the 2010 United States Census. It is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains' Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Continental Divide.
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is a public college with multiple campuses in western Colorado. Founded in 1965, the institution grants more than 120 bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and certificates. Approximately 20,000 students take on-campus or online classes every year.
Roaring Fork River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 70 miles (110 km) long, in west central Colorado in the United States. The river drains a populated and economically vital area of the Colorado Western Slope called the Roaring Fork Valley or Roaring Fork Watershed, which includes the resort city of Aspen and the resorts of Aspen/Snowmass.
The Roaring Fork Valley is a geographical region in western Colorado in the United States. The Roaring Fork Valley is one of the most affluent regions in Colorado and the U.S. as well as one of the most populous and economically vital areas of the Colorado Western Slope. The Valley is defined by the valley of the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries, including the Crystal and Fryingpan River. It includes the communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork River serve as symbols of the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is an agency that operates public transportation for the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado. RFTA's service area stretches 70 miles (110 km) from Aspen to Rifle, serving major cities of Basalt, Snowmass Village, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs in between. RFTA also operates seasonal ski shuttles, guided bus tours to Maroon Bells, paratransit, and manages the Rio Grande Trail.
The North Central Colorado Urban Area comprises the four contiguous metropolitan statistical areas in the north central region of the State of Colorado: the Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area. With the exception of southeastern Elbert County, southeastern Park County, and tiny portions of southern Douglas County, the entire North Central Colorado Urban Area is drained by the South Platte River and its tributaries. The North Central Colorado Urban Area is the central, and the most populous, of the three primary subregions of the Front Range Urban Corridor.
Trinidad State College is a public community college in Trinidad, Colorado. It was founded in 1925, making it the first community college in the state of Colorado. Trinidad State operates a satellite campus in the nearby city of Alamosa, Colorado. The college offers 49 degree programs in vocational fields.
Front Range Community College (FRCC) is a public community college with multiple campuses in Colorado. It has campuses in Westminster, Longmont, and Fort Collins, as well as centers in Brighton and Loveland. It is the largest community college in Colorado and the most popular transfer institution for the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and CSU Global. FRCC traces its heritage to the founding of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education in 1967, which in 1968 established the North Campus of the Community College of Denver as its first new creation. In 1983 the North Campus was renamed as Front Range Community College and became an independent institution in 1985. In 1988, the Larimer County Voc-Tech Center was incorporated as the Larimer Campus of FRCC. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Independence is a ghost town in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located just off State Highway 82 in the eastern corner of Pitkin County, below the Continental Divide. It was the first settlement established in the Roaring Fork Valley, after gold was struck in the vicinity on Independence Day, July 4, 1879, hence its name. In 1973 it was recognized as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Independence and Independence Mill Site, one of two ghost towns in the county so recognized. It has also been known historically by other names—Chipeta, Mammoth City, Mount Hope, Farwell, Sparkill and Hunter's Pass.