Colleges in Denver

Colleges in Denver

Denver is located smack dab in the middle of the state of Colorado. Technically, the full name of the area is the “City and County of Denver,” and it’s also the state capital and most populous municipality in the state. This Beta World City is one of the fastest growing major cities and home to 20 higher education institutions.

The Mile High City, named so for its exactly one-mile-high elevation above sea level, has its own educational facility, which houses three different institutions. The Auraria Campus hosts more than 63,000 students and features the Tivoli Union, a lounge, brewery, cafeteria, movie theatre, and more for students of all three institutions. The University of Colorado Denver, one of the three that calls Auraria headquarters, is the largest research institution in Colorado, while the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) is the largest of the three, maintaining a student body of over 20,000 students. The third institution is the Community College of Denver, one of the 13 members of the Colorado Community College System. The institution focuses on underrepresented, first generation, and minority students, and it’s the only 2-year college to share a campus with two 4-year institutions in the nation.

The majority of Denver’s colleges are split between for-profit and nonprofit. On the nonprofit side is the University of Denver, which claims the honorific of being the first institution of higher learning in the city, as well as the oldest in the Rocky Mountain Region of the US. The city is also home to a campus of Johnson & Wales University, a career-oriented institution, as well as Regis University, a Roman Catholic, Jesuit university.

For-profit institutions include the Lincoln College of Technology, Colorado Technical College, The Art Institute of Colorado, National American University, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. There are also four seminaries in the city, Denver Seminary, Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, and the Iliff School of Theology, as well as a Jewish yeshiva, Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary.

Transportation in Denver, Colorado, is varied. With streets laid out in a grid pattern following the four cardinal directions, driving is one of the primary modes of transport. The city does feature more than 850 miles of bicycle lanes, as well as micro-mobility options including electric scooters and e-bike services. Denver is also the sixteenth most walkable of the 50 largest US cities, so there are plenty of ways to get around!

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Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic fields of study and every major enables students to take courses across different subjects....

“…This is a university that does everything it can to push you and help you in the right direction. I've never been to a place that has so many services to help tutor and get you to an a grade. Also this expects a lot from you and strives to see you at...” – Jeremy from Denver, CO

The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, Colorado. Established in 1873, Mines has been focusing on the sciences and engineering for more than 130 years, expanding its focus to include understanding the Earth, harnessing energy, and...

“…The campus is beautiful, in a bowl of mountains and bordered by west Denver. The amenities on campus aren't as shiny as some, but they're everything you could need for any sport or hobby you may have. They do a really good job of keeping campus safe;...” – Mary from Colorado Springs, CO

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, Regis University is a Jesuit Catholic institution in Denver. Situated against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Regis is home to five colleges and 184 degree-granting programs. As a Jesuit university, Regis...

“…All of my classes have been taught by brilliant and passionate professors who really care about teaching and want students to succeed, both on tests and in life. Regis provides you with a challenging academic curriculum, but professors and tutors are...” – Joanna from Pueblo, CO

Front Range Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Westminster, Colorado, with satellite locations in Brighton, Fort Collins, and Longmont. FRCC offers over 60 associate’s degree and certificate programs, many of which are...

“…One can learn fast and a lot because of the small class sizes and great teachers.” – Susan from Longmont, CO

Originally founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute, Colorado Christian University is a 4-year interdenominational Christian college in the Denver area. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors and 37 minors. As a Christian...

“…The Professors are all very well educated and deeply care that students are keeping the knowledge they gain from the classes throughout life.” – Katherine from Colorado Springs, CO

Arapahoe Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Littleton, Colorado, with satellite campuses located in Parker and Castle Rock. ACC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a variety of...

“…I took a semester of online classes at ACC, and I'd have to say, I really learned a lot from them! They go much more in depth into the subjects that you are studying than in high school. They had many projects that we did with each lesson, which...” – Ashlynn from Morrison, CO

The Community College of Denver is a 2-year community college in the heart of Colorado’s capital city. CCD offers degrees and certificates in over 100 subject across 45 programs of study. The US Department of Education has designated CCD as a...

“…Community College of Denver is where people like me should be. It helped me with furthering my education and instructors are very helpful. I love everything about CCD it just made my life more easier. So I would give it 100%.” – riska from Aurora, CO

The Community College of Aurora is a 2-year institution with two campuses in the Denver metropolitan area. CCA is home to 20 academic departments and the college’s World Languages division includes courses in American Sign Language. CCA also hosts...

“…I was a bit nervous about going to college at the age of 27, ten years since I have had any formal schooling, but the amount of information that is coming back to me here at CCA is incredible. The new information I am learning has made me enjoy the...” – Alanna from Aurora, CO

Naropa University is a private, 4-year institution established in Boulder, Colorado. Academics at Naropa are liberal arts-centric, featuring programs in areas of study such as Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Peace Studies. The college is...

“…Naropa is a place of contemplative learning. This means that students aren't forced to stuff a bunch of information in their brains, memorize it, and then spit it back out on a test only to forget about it the next week. That often happened in high...” – Helen from Hillsdale, MI

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is a private, 4-year institution established in Lakewood, Colorado. The college offers nine academic programs, seven of which have online options available, ranging from Photography to Game Art to Art Education....

Johnson & Wales University-Denver is a private institution located at the base of the Rockies in Denver Colorado. JWU offers an experiential education, which combines classwork with industry education and a wide variety of career services. JWU-Denver...

“…The student must be driven to lear to really get the full value of the classes at JWU, but if you apply yourself, you can really get a really good education.” – John from Colorado Springs, CO

Established in 1950, Denver Seminary is a Christ-centered, graduate-level educational institution with campuses located in Denver, Washington DC, and West Texas. The college offers over 30 programs awarding Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and...

Pickens Technical College is a technical and vocational school in the Denver metro area. PTC is home to nine technical departments featuring over 40 academic programs. For students looking to earn a 2-year degree, PTC partners with the Colorado...

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Iliff School of Theology is a Christian graduate school with an emphasis on social justice. The Iliff School offers four theological master’s degrees in Divinity, Pastoral Care, Theological Studies,...

“…Overall, Iliff is a wonderful theology school. It is a private, expensive, Methodist graduate school. There are sometimes remiss in creating an environment for student well-being, especially those of historically marginalized heritage.” – from COLORADO

The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies is a Montessori teacher training facility in northern Colorado. The MECR training program is divided into specializations in Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education, and also offers...