Colleges In Colorado

An Overview of Colorado Colleges and Universities

Nearly fifty post-secondary institutions based in other states offer educational programs of various kinds in Colorado. Some are career and technical schools and colleges, some are institutions best known for online certificate and online degree programs, and some are traditional colleges and universities; Adventist University of Health Sciences, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Lesley University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Newman University, Nova Southeastern University, and Webster University are among them. Colorado is also home to more than 300 post-secondary for-profit institutions, many of which are career and technical schools and colleges. For-profits offering traditional college undergraduate and graduate programs include American Sentinel University, Argosy University, Ashford University, Colorado Technical College, DeVry University, and University of Phoenix.

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Specialty institutions in Colorado include College for Financial Planning, Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Denver School of Nursing, Institute of Logistical Management, Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Colorado School of Mines, Southwest Acupuncture College, Johnson and Wales University, United States Air Force Academy, and The Art Institute of Colorado. Students interested in preparing for ministerial and religiously-oriented careers can choose from 45 seminaries within the state.

Exactly half of Colorado’s 28 taxpayer supported institutions are community or junior colleges, several of which offer distance education options. The largest university in Colorado, measured by enrollment, is Colorado State University, with more than 32,000 students on its main campus in Fort Collins. CSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 65 majors, master’s degrees in more than 50 disciplines, and 40 doctoral degree programs. The Global Campus of Colorado State offers several degree programs which can be completed entirely online.

Next in size is the University of Colorado, with about 30,000 students on its Boulder campus. For those who prefer smaller institutions, Colorado has several state colleges with student populations between two and six thousand.

Traditional Colleges – Colorado

Adams State College

Colorado Christian University

Colorado College

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Colorado State University Pueblo

Fort Lewis College

Johnson & Wales University

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Regis University

University of Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Western State College

Colorado – Community Colleges

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Aims Community College

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  • Phone – (970) 330-8008
  • Address – 5401 W 20th St, Greeley, CO 80634

Arapahoe Community College

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  • Phone – (303) 797-4222
  • Address – 5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

Colorado Northwestern Community College

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  • Phone – (800) 562-1105
  • Address – 2801 W 9th St, Craig, CO 81625

Community College of Aurora

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  • Phone – (303) 360-4700
  • Address – 16000 E Centretech Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80011

Community College of Denver

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  • Phone – (303) 556-2600
  • Address – 800 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Front Range Community College

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  • Phone – (303) 404-5000
  • Address – 3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031

Lamar Community College

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  • Phone – (719) 336-2248
  • Address – 2401 S Main St, Lamar, CO 81052

Morgan Community College

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  • Phone – (970) 332-5755
  • Address – 32415 US-34, Wray, CO 80758

Northeastern Junior College

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  • Phone – (970) 521-6600
  • Address – 100 College Ave, Sterling, CO 80751

Otero Junior College

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  • Phone – (719) 384-6831
  • Address – 1802 Colorado Ave, La Junta, CO 81050

Pikes Peak Community College

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  • Phone – (719) 502-2000
  • Address – 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Pueblo Community College

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  • Phone – (719) 549-3200
  • Address – 900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004

Red Rocks Community College

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  • Phone – (303) 914-6600
  • Address – 13300 West 6th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228

Trinidad State Junior College

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  • Phone – (719) 846-5011
  • Address – 600 Prospect St, Trinidad, CO 81082

Career, Vocational & Trade Schools

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Anthem College

Denver School of Massage Therapy

Everest CollegeUniversity of Phoenix

Colorado Springs


Colorado Technical University

DeVry University

Everest College

Intellitec College

Keller Graduate School of Management

National American University

Remington College

University of Phoenix

University of the Rockies


Argosy University

Art Institute of Colorado

Colorado Technical University

Concorde Career College

DeVry University

Heritage Institute

Kaplan College

Keller Graduate School of Management

Lincoln College of Technology

Mile High Medical Academy

National American University

Platt College

Redstone College


University of Phoenix

Westwood College/North

Westwood College/South


Everest CollegeKaplan College

Fort Collins

Institute of Business & Medical Careers

University of Phoenix


Intellitec College

University of Phoenix


Accounting and Business School of the Rockies

Denver School of Massage Therapy

DeVry University

Keller Graduate School of Management
University of Phoenix

Colorado Online Colleges

Prospective students interested in taking a degree program in Colorado will find a very agreeable number of excellent programs to choose from. As a state, Colorado is a hotbed of online educational activity. A 2012 National Center for Educational Statistics report found that the state had just under 20% of students enrolled in Title IV schools were enrolled in fully-online degree programs. This puts Colorado at among the top in the nation for offering college programs through online systems. Although such locations as Denver are very urban, the majority of the state is very rural and mountainous. The availability of online degree programs offers in-state students the chance to take courses at some of the best colleges in the state, despite the challenges that come with distance and harsh weather.

The top-ranked programs in the state can be found at some of the best schools in the state. In order, the best-ranked programs exist at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, Regis University, University of Denver, Nazarene Bible College and Colorado State University-Global Campus. In particular, Regis University and the University of Denver are well ranked according to the U.S. News and World Report. Regis University is ranked at #28 among regional universities (West) and the University of Denver is ranked at #86 among national Universities.

Many of the colleges and universities in the state that offer online degrees offer very unique programs. The University of Northern Colorado has 13 educational categories for students to choose from. Brewing is on their main menu, with an undergraduate certificate available in Brewing Laboratory Science. The university also offers a Bachelor’s and Post-Baccalaureate degree in Dietetics and a Gerontology Graduate Certificate. The University of Denver offers a smaller number of degree programs, to include some fully-online and hybrid online degree programs. Prospective students can find Bachelor’s degree programs in Communication, English Writing, Sociology and Psychology, all fully online. A large number of Master’s degree programs are available as well, including several in Education, Nursing and Business.

One of the more interesting colleges in the state offering degrees is Regis University. Regis University offers a very wide variety of degree programs across three specific educational areas: Computer and Information Sciences, Professional Studies and Health Professions. Within each of these schools, prospective students will find a range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as a large number of certificate programs. These courses are offered on a per-credit basis, ranging from $460 to $780 per credit. The programs cover most areas that those familiar with online schools are familiar with: Education, Business and Nursing. There are several programs that are difficult to find in most colleges offering online degrees. These include programs in Mobile Software Development (graduate certificate), Information Assurance (Master’s), Business Technology Management (Bachelor’s), Nonprofit Management (Master’s), Emerging Markets (Master’s), Autism Education (graduate certificate) and Doctoral Certificates in Optimal Aging and Manual Therapy.