List of colleges and universities in Colorado

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This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. State of Colorado which range in age and focus of programs. [1] 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.

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Colorado Commission on Higher Education

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.

InstitutionLocationInstitution Focus(es)Fall 2008 Enrollment Head count2008 Full-time equivalent studentsFull Time Residency PercentagePart Time Residency PercentagePublic/Private2-Year/4-Year
Adams State University Alamosa [1] A general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards [1] 2338 [1] 1919 [1] 87 [1] Public4-Year
Aims Community College Greeley, Loveland, Fort Lupton, WindsorA two-year college with open admission standards28231009Public2-Year
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction A comprehensive graduate university with moderately selective admission standards [1] 6205 [1] 5058 [1] 91 [1] Public4-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) [1] 4704 [1] 4325 [1] 69 [1] Public4-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 [1] 25496 [1] 22312 [1] 82 [1] Public4-Year
Colorado State University Pueblo Pueblo A regional, comprehensive institution with moderately selective admission standards [1] 4633 [1] 3806 [1] 94 [1] Public4-Year
Fort Lewis College Durango A public liberal arts institution with selective admission standards [1] 3740 [1] 3530 [1] 72 [1] Public4-Year
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver A comprehensive baccalaureate institution with modified open admission standards [1] 21469 [1] 16165 [1] 97 [1] Public4-Year
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder A comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards [1] 30623 [1] 26815 [1] 67 [1] Public4-Year
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs A comprehensive university with selective admission standards [1] 8010 [1] 6606 [1] 92 [1] Public4-Year
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs A two-year college with open admission standardsPublic2-Year
University of Colorado Denver Denver and Aurora An urban comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research university with selective admission standards [1] 16283 [1] 13217 [1] 90 [1] Public4-Year
University of Colorado South Denver Parker Public4-Year
University of Northern Colorado Greeley A comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards [1] 11130 [1] 9691 [1] 88 [1] Public4-Year
Western Colorado University Gunnison A general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards [1] 2110 [1] 1875 [1] 97 [1] Public4-Year
Colorado Community College System A state system of 13 community and technical colleges with open admission standards [1] 71825 [1] 48004 [1] 33 [1] 67 [1] Public2-Year
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs A two‐year local district college with open admission standards [1] 5092 [1] 2766 [1] 24 [1] 76 [1] Public2-Year

Four-year Institutions

SchoolLocationControl Carnegie Classification Enrollment

(2019) [2]

Founded [3]
Adams State University Alamosa Public Doctoral University 3,0551921
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction Public Doctoral University 9,4921925
Colorado School of Mines Golden Public Doctoral University 6,2681874
Fort Lewis College Durango Public Masters University 3,3201911
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver Public Masters University 20,1921965
University of Northern Colorado Greeley Public Doctoral University 12,8621889
Western Colorado University Gunnison Public Masters University 3,0391901
Colorado State University Fort Collins Public Doctoral University 33,6941870
Colorado State University Pueblo Pueblo Public Doctoral University 6,7361870
Colorado State University Global Greenwood Village Public Doctoral University 1870
University of Colorado Boulder Public Doctoral University 36,5481876
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Public Doctoral University 12,4351876
University of Colorado Denver, Aurora Public Doctoral University 25,5451876
University of Colorado Parker Public Doctoral University 1876
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs PublicBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges4,3361954
Colorado Christian University Lakewood Private (Not For Profit) Masters University 6,6771914
Colorado College Colorado Springs Private (Not For Profit)Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges2,1441874
Columbia College of Missouri Centennial Private (Not For Profit) Masters University 4,4691851
Johnson & Wales University Denver Private (Not For Profit) Masters University 7,3601914
Nazarene Bible College Colorado Springs Private (Not For Profit) Faith-related Institution 7311967
Naropa University Boulder Private (Not For Profit)Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges9531974
Regis University Denver Private (Not For Profit)Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges7,9071877
University of Denver Denver Private (Not For Profit) Doctoral University 11,9521864
CollegeAmerica Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs Private (Not For Profit)Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges1231964
Colorado Technical University Aurora, Colorado Springs Private (For Profit) Doctoral University 26,1841965
DeVry University Westminster Private (For Profit) Masters University 17,3641931
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Denver Private (For Profit) Masters University 1,0541963
William Howard Taft University Denver Private (For Profit) Doctoral University 1976

Defunct Private Colleges and Universities

SchoolLocationControl Carnegie Classification Founded [3]
Colorado Heights University Denver Private (Not For Profit)Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges1989
Jones International University Centennial Private For Profit) Masters University 1993
National American University Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver Private (For Profit) Masters University 1941

State institutions

Two-year institutions

Two-year, for-profit, regionally accredited institutions

See also

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References

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  2. Enrollment is the total enrollment as reported by IPEDS for fall 2016.
  3. 1 2 U.S. News & World Report. "America's Best Colleges 2008" . Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  4. 1 2 "An act concerning removing the word "junior" from the name of certain colleges". Act of May 18, 2021 (PDF). Colorado General Assembly.
  5. "LincolnEdu".

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