Colleges in Colorado

As of 2012, Colorado had 28 public institutes of higher learning, 13 public 4-year schools and 15 public 2-year schools. In addition there are numerous private learning institutions within the state, rounding out the total number of secondary education institutions to around 150. Adding in technical colleges and private training institutions, the total number of higher education schools in Colorado number over 470.

Colorado was recently named the second highest state in the United States for higher education degree attainment based upon US Census data.

Colorado Commission on Higher Education

Colorado Commission on Higher Education serves as the state’s entity that oversees colleges in Colorado. Some of the Commission’s purposes include developing standards for admission, developing and administering student financial aid programs, investigating construction requests at state schools and many other management functions for higher education within the state. It is also responsible for presenting funding requests to the state legislature.

Notable Public Institutions

One of the more notable public schools is the Colorado State University System with campuses at Fort Collins and Pueblo. Colorado State University offers 150 different programs of study, in areas such as agricultural science, business, veterinary medicine and biomedical engineering. Colorado State University’s veterinary medicine program was recently rank second in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

The largest of the public university systems, the University of Colorado, maintains four campuses, including campuses at Boulder and Denver. The University of Colorado offers more than 150 areas of study, including such studies as aerospace engineering, astrophysics and numerous language specialties.

Private Schools

There are also numerous private institutions in Colorado. There are schools of religious education such as Colorado Christian University and Nazarene Bible College. Johnson & Wales University is a prestigious culinary institution, training students to become chefs, run culinary businesses or work in the area of hospitality. Another notable private institution is DeVry University, which offers a wide variety of degrees. The University of Denver is well-known for its emphasis on business training. Colorado Mountain College recently received distinction for being ranked among the nation’s top 20 community colleges based upon its graduation rates.

One of the more unusual Colorado schools, the Colorado School of Mines, is well known for its campus wide focus on Earth's resources, including minerals, materials and energy. Specializing in the geosciences, this school is also known for obtaining some of the country’s highest starting salaries for its graduates.

Soaring Above the Clouds: The Air Force Academy

Outside Colorado Springs, elite military students receive their undergraduate degrees while training as top-notch pilots and support personnel at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy.

Occupational Colleges

Colorado also has a wide variety of occupational colleges available. Some of the occupational training available at colleges across the state includes bartending, massage therapy, automobile mechanics, casino dealing and gunsmithing.

Colorado: Incomparable Beauty, Incredible Adventure

Colorado is renowned for its breathtaking Rocky Mountains and its cities set amidst stunning deep canyons and snow-covered mountains. With so many rivers, mountains and national wilderness areas, Colorado serves as a great backdrop for a student seeking advanced education in a state that can be considered a veritable recreational mecca. Boasting many national forests and vast national wilderness areas, there is never a lack of activity available for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking to whitewater rafting, skiing to mountain climbing, there are numerous activities to challenge college students seeking a way to relax on the weekends or over the holidays.

The unique nature of the surroundings also cannot be denied. Colorado’s glorious mountain ranges provide the perfect backdrop for some of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. The University of Colorado at Boulder has been named as the fourth most beautiful college campus in the United States. The overwhelmingly breathtaking settings of Colorado colleges cannot be denied.

With enticing wilderness adventures available within a short drive of most major cities, outdoor adventure guides, photographers and other artists have a veritable wealth of opportunities at every turn to hone their newly-acquired skills. The stunning beauty of the Colorado landscape has long served as the muse for those pursuing artistic endeavors.

Colorado Career Opportunities

For the post-graduate, the opportunities available for employment are vast and unparalleled. Recent trends show growth across many industries, increasing employment opportunities for graduates of Colorado’s higher learning institutions.

Major Industries

Some of the major industries located in Colorado are those related to mining, tourism and agriculture. Some industries on the cutting edge of the industry include aerospace science, bioscience and exploration of renewable energy resources. Graduates who have received their degrees in these fields increase their chances of obtaining desirable employment within the state.

Federal Employment Opportunities

Numerous federal agencies maintain facilities in Colorado, including but not limited to NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Other federal agencies maintaining a major presence in the state include the Department of Defense, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Major Employers

Other major industry employers located within Colorado include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Roche and numerous medical providers. Colorado sustains a large number of companies, particularly in the Denver area, which employ persons skilled in scientific fields as well as highly technical fields.

With its wealth of natural beauty and resources as well as the abundance of educational opportunities available for college students, Colorado is one of the most desirable locations in the United States for pursuing post high school education.

Found 165 Post-Secondary Schools In Colorado


Title City State Type Enrollment
Academy of Beauty Culture Grand Junction CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 60
Academy of Natural Therapy Eaton CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Adams State College Alamosa CO 4-year public 8188
Advanced Concepts Inc Real Estate Academy Aurora CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Aims Community College Greeley CO 2-year public 6948
American Health Science Univ & Nat Inst of Nutr Ed Aurora CO 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Americana Beauty College #2 Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 78
Arapahoe Community College Littleton CO 2-year public 7436
Art Institute of Colorado Denver CO 4-year private, for-profit 2090
Artistic Beauty Colleges - Arvada Arvada CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
Artistic Beauty Colleges - Lakewood Lakewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 83
Artistic Beauty Colleges - Thornton Thornton CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 55
Artistic Beauty Colleges - Westminster Westminster CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 87
Avalon Institute Boulder CO 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Bartending Academy Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bel - Rea Institute of Animal Technology Denver CO 2-year private, for-profit 608
Belleview Christian College Westminster CO 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boulder College of Massage Therapy Boulder CO 2-year private, not-for-profit 252
Brooks Divinity School Denver CO Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cambridge College - Aurora Aurora CO 2-year private, for-profit 426
Casino Dealers School of Colorado Lakewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Center Beauty College Pueblo CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Center of Advanced Therapeutics Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Centura - Penrose Hospital School of Clin Lab Sci Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Centura St Anthony School of Radiologic Science Denver CO 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Century 21 Academy Real Estate School Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture Fort Collins CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 18
Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture Greeley CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
College America - Denver Denver CO 2-year private, for-profit 399
College for Financial Planning Greenwood Village CO 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
College of the Canons Canon City CO Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Collinson School Therapeutic Massage Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado Association of Realtors Real Estate Sch Englewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado Baptist College Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Colorado Christian University Lakewood CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 1967
Colorado College Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 1942
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs CO 2-year public 7407
Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely CO 2-year public 1834
Colorado Real Estate Institute Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado School of Healing Arts Lakewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 274
Colorado School of Mines Golden CO 4-year public 3738
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood CO 2-year private, for-profit 82
Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine Denver CO 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado School of Travel Lakewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado School of Upholstery Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado Springs School of Therapeutic Massage Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Colorado State University Fort Collins CO 4-year public 26807
Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo CO 4-year public 5531
Colorado Technical University Greenwood Village CO 4-year private, for-profit 383
Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, for-profit 1851
Community College of Aurora Aurora CO 2-year public 4642
Community College of Denver Denver CO 2-year public 6635
Concorde Career Institute Aurora CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 321
Cooking Sch of the Rockies - Prof Culinary Arts Prog Boulder CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cortiva Institute - Colorado Broomfield CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Delta Montrose Technical College Delta CO Less than 2-year public 2312
Denver Academy of Court Reporting - Main Campus Westminster CO 2-year private, for-profit 213
Denver Automotive and Diesel College Denver CO 2-year private, for-profit 390
Denver Career College Thornton CO 4-year private, for-profit 106
Denver Paralegal Institute - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, for-profit 26
Denver Seminary Littleton CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 678
Denver Technical College Denver CO 4-year private, for-profit 814
Denver Technical College at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 4-year private, for-profit 470
Durango Air Service Inc Durango CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Emily Griffith Opportunity School Denver CO Less than 2-year public 7377
Englewood Beauty College Englewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Environmental Training Center Englewood CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Everest College - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 2-year private, for-profit 578
Flight Training International Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Floraison Academy of Floral Design Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fort Lewis College Durango CO 4-year public 4285
Front Range Community College Westminster CO 2-year public 12962
Glenwood Beauty Academy Glenwood Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 51
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary - Englewood Englewood CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 27
Guild for Structural Integration Boulder CO Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Healing Arts Institute Inc Fort Collins CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Healthone - School of Medical Technology Denver CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 1912
Heritage College Denver CO 2-year private, for-profit 271
Iliff School of Theology Denver CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 276
Institute for Nuclear Medical Education Boulder CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute of Business and Medical Careers Fort Collins CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Intellitec College - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 2-year private, for-profit 252
Intellitec College - Grand Junction Grand Junction CO 2-year private, for-profit 156
Intellitec Medical Institute Colorado Springs CO 2-year private, for-profit 277
International Beauty Academy Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit 170
International Guide Academy Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Isim University Denver CO 4-year private, for-profit No Data
ITT Technical Institute Thornton CO 4-year private, for-profit 372
Jefferson County Association of Realtors Educ Trng Lakewood CO Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Johnson & Wales University - Denver Denver CO 4-year private, not-for-profit 325
Jones Real Estate Colleges Inc Colorado Springs CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Jones Real Estate Colleges Inc Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Jones Real Estate Colleges Inc Durango CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lamar Community College Lamar CO 2-year public 991
Littleton Academy of Hair Design Littleton CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Macintosh Real Estate School Inc Arvada CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado Denver CO Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Colorado Springs CO 2-year public No Data

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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