10 Biggest Colleges in Colorado

Find out which schools serve the most students in Colorado and their average cost.

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Colorado is known for having a wide range of terrain. People vacation there to go skiing in the mountains. But at the same time, Denver is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.

Colorado also has a variety of public and private colleges, many of which have high enrollments. The state is working to keep costs affordable so that students of all backgrounds can afford to attend.

10. University of Colorado

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 8,660

Cost: In-state: $7,879, Out-of-state: $17,399

Best Programs: criminal justice, special education, professional golf management, applied geography

Fun Fact: According to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, UCCS is one of two national leaders in the area of community engagement efforts.

9. University of Denver

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 11,053

Cost: $39,177

Best Programs: visual and performing arts, communications, psychology, and business


Fun Fact: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earned her bachelor's and her PhD from the University of Denver.

8. Regis University

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 11,238


Cost: $31,800

Best Programs: business, computer science, journalism, and general liberal arts

Fun Fact: Regis University joins schools like Georgetown and Boston College in being one of 28 schools accredited by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

7. Pikes Peak Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 11,407

Cost: In-state: $112.75 per credit hour, Out-of-state: $462.55 per credit hour

Best Programs: automotive technology, culinary arts, and health information technologies


Fun Fact: PPCC has a Child Development Center on two of its campuses. This and other amenities like fitness centers help students improve multiple aspects of their lives and ensure that their children are taken care of.

6. University of Northern Colorado

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 12,702

Cost: In-state: $6,514, Out-of-state: $17,788

Best Programs: nursing and other health-related majors, business, communication and media studies, and interdisciplinary studies


Fun Fact: In addition to the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, which supports Black Studies, UNC also has centers that support Latino, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islander students.

5. Front Range Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 15,270

Cost: In-state: $112.75 per credit hour, Out-of-state: $462.55

Best Programs: welding technology, early childhood education, and forestry, wildlife, and natural resources


Fun Fact: Front Range works closely with single parents to help them achieve their academic goals. They provide various support services and set up social activities so that single parents can meet and learn from each other.

4. Metropolitan State College of Denver

Type of College: Public college

Enrollment: 24,425

Cost: In-state: $4,834, Out-of-state: $15,690

Best Programs: biology, criminal justice, management, accounting, hospitality, tourism, and events


Fun Fact: MSU Denver is committed to making Denver a better place to be. They've created partnerships with other schools and non-profit organizations to help with economic and education development.

3. University of Colorado Denver

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 21,658

Cost: In-state: $266 per credit hour, $829 per credit hour

Best Programs: University of Colorado, Denver is home to the Anschutz Medical Campus, where students can earn a bachelor's in biomedical sciences or nursing.


Fun Fact: Professor Stenmark, who is also the director of lung and cardiovascular labs at University of Colorado, Denver, is currently working on the longest running lung research project and is receiving continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health.

2. Colorado State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 27,569

Cost: In-state: $8,608, Out-of-state: $24,400

Best Programs: veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences


Fun Fact: CSU started as an agricultural school and has now grown to be one of the leading research universities in the country. Students at this school work alongside faculty to study matters like infectious disease and different energy technologies.

1.University of Colorado, Boulder

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 31,796

Cost: In-state: $9,482, Out-of-state: $31,378

Best Programs: social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, and business management


Fun Fact: The alumni association at CU-Boulder is free and some famous members include the creators of South Park and a couple ESPN sportscasters.

Quick Facts

  • The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a unique stipend available to Colorado residents who attend Colorado public institutions or certain private institutions. The Colorado Legislature has set up a trust fund from which they pay a portion of tuition for each eligible Colorado resident.
  • Looking for some more state specific information? College in Colorado is a campaign that works to promote access to higher education in that state.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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