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    Top Colleges in Colorado

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: June 6th, 2024

    When you hear Colorado, you probably think of national parks and mountain ranges. But did you know that Colorado is also home to many world-class colleges and universities? Whether you’re seeking a state school experience at University of Colorado Boulder or a liberal arts education at Colorado College, Colorado has great colleges to choose from. Check out our list of Colorado colleges below to find a school for you.

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    Colorado School of Mines

    Golden, CO • Public, Suburb

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    Top College Top College

    Colorado School of Mines, located in Golden, Colorado, is known for its strong focus on engineering and applied sciences. Established in 1874, Mines has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence…

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    58% acceptance
    82% graduation rate
    5,662 undergrads
    $27,978 net price
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    Colorado College

    Colorado Springs, CO • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado College follows the innovative Block Plan, where students take one intensive course at a time for three-and-a-half weeks. This schedule allows for deep engagement…Read More

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    16% acceptance
    86% graduation rate
    2,174 undergrads
    $28,892 net price
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    University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder, CO • Public, City

    University of Colorado Boulder is a public 4-year college located in Boulder, Colorado. There are currently 30,598 undergraduates at CU Boulder and the school’s acceptance rate is 81%. The tuition…

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    81% acceptance
    75% graduation rate
    30,598 undergrads
    $20,971 net price
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    Colorado State University-Fort Collins

    Fort Collins, CO • Public, City

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    Colorado State University-Fort Collins is a public 4-year college located in Fort Collins, Colorado. There are currently 25,150 undergraduates at CSU Fort Collins and the school’s acceptance rate is 91%.…

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    91% acceptance
    67% graduation rate
    25,150 undergrads
    $18,512 net price
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    University of Denver

    Denver, CO • Private, Non-Profit, City

    University of Denver is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Denver, Colorado. There are currently 5,986 undergraduates at Denver and the school’s acceptance rate is 78%. The tuition at…

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    78% acceptance
    77% graduation rate
    5,986 undergrads
    $34,737 net price
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    Regis University

    Denver, CO • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Regis University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Denver, Colorado. There are currently 2,239 undergraduates at Regis and the school’s acceptance rate is 76%. The tuition at Regis…

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    76% acceptance
    67% graduation rate
    2,239 undergrads
    $23,367 net price
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    University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

    Denver, CO • Public, City

    University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is a public 4-year college located in Denver, Colorado. There are currently 10,922 undergraduates at CU Denver and the school’s acceptance rate is 75%.…Read More

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    75% acceptance
    44% graduation rate
    10,922 undergrads
    $13,782 net price
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    University of Northern Colorado

    Greeley, CO • Public, City

    University of Northern Colorado is a public 4-year college located in Greeley, Colorado. There are currently 6,024 undergraduates at UNC and the school’s acceptance rate is 79%. The tuition at…

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    79% acceptance
    52% graduation rate
    6,024 undergrads
    $17,465 net price
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    Colorado Christian University

    Lakewood, CO • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Colorado Christian University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Lakewood, Colorado. There are currently 5,399 undergraduates at CCU. The tuition at CCU is $37,432.

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    --% acceptance
    61% graduation rate
    5,399 undergrads
    $22,405 net price
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    Western Colorado University

    Gunnison, CO • Public, Town

    Western Colorado University is a public 4-year college located in Gunnison, Colorado. There are currently 1,673 undergraduates at WCU and the school’s acceptance rate is 92%. The tuition at WCU…

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    92% acceptance
    47% graduation rate
    1,673 undergrads
    $15,175 net price
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    Fort Lewis College

    Durango, CO • Public, Town

    Fort Lewis College is a public 4-year college located in Durango, Colorado. There are currently 3,113 undergraduates at Fort Lewis and the school’s acceptance rate is 91%. The tuition at…

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    91% acceptance
    39% graduation rate
    3,113 undergrads
    $14,766 net price
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    Colorado State University Pueblo

    Pueblo, CO • Public, City

    Colorado State University Pueblo is a public 4-year college located in Pueblo, Colorado. There are currently 3,008 undergraduates at CSU Pueblo and the school’s acceptance rate is 99%. The tuition…

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    99% acceptance
    35% graduation rate
    3,008 undergrads
    $12,815 net price
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    Colorado Mesa University

    Grand Junction, CO • Public, City

    Colorado Mesa University is a public 4-year college located in Grand Junction, Colorado. There are currently 7,654 undergraduates at Colorado Mesa and the school’s acceptance rate is 82%. The tuition…

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    82% acceptance
    39% graduation rate
    7,654 undergrads
    $15,483 net price
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    Colorado Mountain College

    Glenwood Springs, CO • Public, Town

    Colorado Mountain College is a public 4-year college located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. There are currently 2,701 undergraduates at CMC. The tuition at CMC is $2,580 for in-state students and…

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    --% acceptance
    27% graduation rate
    2,701 undergrads
    $7,531 net price
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    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Denver, CO • Public, City

    Metropolitan State University of Denver is a public 4-year college located in Denver, Colorado. There are currently 14,947 undergraduates at MSU Denver and the school’s acceptance rate is 98%. The…

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    98% acceptance
    29% graduation rate
    14,947 undergrads
    $15,602 net price
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    Adams State University

    Alamosa, CO • Public, Town

    Adams State University is a public 4-year college located in Alamosa, Colorado. There are currently 1,307 undergraduates at Adams State and the school’s acceptance rate is 99%. The tuition at…

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    99% acceptance
    28% graduation rate
    1,307 undergrads
    $12,836 net price
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    Red Rocks Community College

    Lakewood, CO • Public, City

    Red Rocks Community College is a public 4-year college located in Lakewood, Colorado. There are currently 4,146 undergraduates at Red Rocks CC. The tuition at Red Rocks CC is $4,471…

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    --% acceptance
    39% graduation rate
    4,146 undergrads
    $10,303 net price
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    Pueblo Community College

    Pueblo, CO • Public, City

    Pueblo Community College is a public 4-year college located in Pueblo, Colorado. There are currently 3,237 undergraduates at Pueblo CC. The tuition at Pueblo CC is $4,626 for in-state students…

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    --% acceptance
    23% graduation rate
    3,237 undergrads
    $11,105 net price
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    Naropa University

    Boulder, CO • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Naropa University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Boulder, Colorado. There are currently 338 undergraduates at Naropa and the school’s acceptance rate is 100%. The tuition at Naropa…

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    100% acceptance
    31% graduation rate
    338 undergrads
    $26,838 net price
    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    State grants in Colorado

    College Opportunity Fund (COF): 

    The College Opportunity Fund is a stipend that covers a set amount of participating institutions’ tuition each academic year. The amount of the stipend is determined by the Colorado Legislature. Usually that stipend is capped at 145 credit hours, but there are opportunities to get additional credit hours covered as well.  

    Colorado tuition reciprocity agreements

    Tuition Reciprocity in Colorado allows students to receive tuition discounts by going to school in partner states. Not only is Colorado included in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), but they also have specific agreements with both New Mexico and Nebraska. 

    The states included in the WUE are as follows: 

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    Colorado Collegiate Apprenticeship Program:

    The Colorado Collegiate Apprenticeship program is a federally funded program that matches college students with apprenticeships, in order for them to have the opportunity to get hourly pay, as well as experience in their desired field. This program also included reimbursement for  things like childcare, books and travel. 

    Frequently asked questions about colleges in Colorado

    What is the hardest college in Colorado to get into?

    The college with the lowest acceptance rate is Colorado College, with only 14% of students being admitted. With lower acceptance rate schools, it’s important for students to remind themselves that there is a lot that goes into college admissions, and sometimes students get admitted into lower acceptance rate schools, while being denied admission from higher acceptance rate schools. So, when in doubt, apply to more colleges to give yourself the greatest chance.

    Does Colorado have tuition reciprocity?

    Yes! Colorado students have the opportunity to receive tuition discounts when going to other schools in partner states of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).

    Why study in Colorado?

    Many schools in Colorado have great environment programs, geosciences, as well as sustainability programs. On that note, Colorado itself has a very diverse environment, going from rolling hills to a beautiful mountain range. Another aspect to consider about Colorado is its growing job market.

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