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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 164 Post-Secondary Schools In Colorado
|Colorado School of Healing Arts||Lakewood||CO||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||274|
|Iliff School of Theology||Denver||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||276|
|Institute of Business and Medical Careers||Fort Collins||CO||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||276|
|Intellitec Medical Institute||Colorado Springs||CO||2-year private, for-profit||277|
|Pima Medical Institute||Denver||CO||2-year private, for-profit||288|
|Concorde Career Institute||Aurora||CO||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||321|
|Johnson & Wales University - Denver||Denver||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||325|
|Parks College||Thornton||CO||2-year private, for-profit||330|
|ITT Technical Institute||Thornton||CO||4-year private, for-profit||372|
|Denver Automotive and Diesel College||Denver||CO||2-year private, for-profit||390|
|College America - Denver||Denver||CO||2-year private, for-profit||399|
|Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design||Lakewood||CO||4-year private, for-profit||410|
|Cambridge College - Aurora||Aurora||CO||2-year private, for-profit||426|
|Denver Technical College at Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||CO||4-year private, for-profit||470|
|Nazarene Bible College||Colorado Springs||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||473|
|Everest College - Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||CO||2-year private, for-profit||578|
|Intellitec College - Grand Junction||Grand Junction||CO||2-year private, for-profit||591|
|Bel - Rea Institute of Animal Technology||Denver||CO||2-year private, for-profit||608|
|Denver Seminary||Littleton||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||678|
|Intellitec College - Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||CO||2-year private, for-profit||742|
|T H Pickens Technical Center||Aurora||CO||Less than 2-year public||765|
|Denver Technical College||Denver||CO||4-year private, for-profit||814|
|Lamar Community College||Lamar||CO||2-year public||991|
|Naropa University||Boulder||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||1033|
|Parks College - Aurora||Aurora||CO||2-year private, for-profit||1114|
|Redstone College||Broomfield||CO||2-year private, for-profit||1188|
|San Juan Basin Technical College||Mancos||CO||2-year public||1198|
|Otero Junior College||La Junta||CO||2-year public||1361|
|Morgan Community College||Fort Morgan||CO||2-year public||1757|
|Colorado Northwestern Community College||Rangely||CO||2-year public||1834|
|Colorado Technical University||Colorado Springs||CO||4-year private, for-profit||1851|
|Healthone - School of Medical Technology||Denver||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||1912|
|Trinidad State Junior College||Trinidad||CO||2-year public||1921|
|Colorado College||Colorado Springs||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||1942|
|Colorado Christian University||Lakewood||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||1967|
|Art Institute of Colorado||Denver||CO||4-year private, for-profit||2090|
|Delta Montrose Technical College||Delta||CO||Less than 2-year public||2312|
|Western State College of Colorado||Gunnison||CO||4-year public||2325|
|University of Colorado Health Sciences Center||Denver||CO||4-year public||2399|
|University of Phoenix - Denver Campus||Lone Tree||CO||4-year private, for-profit||3098|
|Northeastern Junior College||Sterling||CO||2-year public||3670|
|Colorado School of Mines||Golden||CO||4-year public||3738|
|Fort Lewis College||Durango||CO||4-year public||4285|
|United States Air Force Academy||Usafa||CO||4-year public||4330|
|Community College of Aurora||Aurora||CO||2-year public||4642|
|Pueblo Community College||Pueblo||CO||2-year public||4654|
|Mesa State College||Grand Junction||CO||4-year public||5212|
|Colorado State University - Pueblo||Pueblo||CO||4-year public||5531|
|Community College of Denver||Denver||CO||2-year public||6635|
|University of Colorado at Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs||CO||4-year public||6666|
|Aims Community College||Greeley||CO||2-year public||6948|
|Emily Griffith Opportunity School||Denver||CO||Less than 2-year public||7377|
|Colorado Mountain College||Glenwood Springs||CO||2-year public||7407|
|Arapahoe Community College||Littleton||CO||2-year public||7436|
|Red Rocks Community College||Lakewood||CO||2-year public||7520|
|Adams State College||Alamosa||CO||4-year public||8188|
|Regis University||Denver||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||9129|
|University of Denver||Denver||CO||4-year private, not-for-profit||9444|
|Pikes Peak Community College||Colorado Springs||CO||2-year public||9997|
|Front Range Community College||Westminster||CO||2-year public||12962|
|University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center||Denver||CO||4-year public||13737|
|Metropolitan State College of Denver||Denver||CO||4-year public||17688|
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins||CO||4-year public||26807|
|University of Colorado at Boulder||Boulder||CO||4-year public||29352|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/< 1 2