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...

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You will only learn a lot if you show up to class, are actively engaged in lectures, and go the extra step to talk to your professors or do outside research on the subject matter you are learning about. Personally, I love to learn and I find the...

” – Lauren from Eagan, MN

The University of Colorado Boulder is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and ranks #90 in National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report. They offer Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), multiple honors programs, and an Education...

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There are classes ranging from several hundred students to just a handful. It is easy to contact teachers and have them help you in the courtesy of their own office. There are also help rooms for several of the math and science classes where you...

” – John from Arvada, CO

The University of Colorado Denver operates the health sciences-related schools of the Anschutz Medical Campus and is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountains. The Anschutz Medical Campus is comprised of a school for medicine...

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The University of Denver I believe is a very good school. It is a pretty big campus with many different types of people. They have very good science programs.

” – Wenda from Littleton, 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...

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I would definitely say I'm learning a lot. As is par with the idea of Mines being super hard and everyone always doing homework, there is always work to do and new material to be learned. The material is very interesting, though, and thoroughly...

” – Elijah

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...

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All of the teachers here are extremely professional and are also very focused on teaching their students. The small class sizes allow for a better environment where we actually learn from the teachers, and if we need help they are usually available...

” – Jake from Evergreen, CO

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

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The teachers are amazing here. I have been a student since 2009; when I began my college journey I had no idea what to expect. I was actually very intimidated from what was to come. The professors are very friendly and easy to work with. The...

” – Ricardo from Aurora, 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...

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There are lots of options for classes that I think will be interesting. I asked my older brother about his favorite teachers and registered for their classes.

” – Shayla from Fort Collins, CO

Faith and learning; at Colorado Christian University, we prefer the combination. With more than 100 majors, minors, and emphases to choose from, you'll integrate dynamic learning with rock-solid faith, and begin to discern God's plan for your life...

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Many of the professors I have had thus far are informed, helpful, and prepared. They are updated on new information, know which textbooks are the best for the level and topic for class, and will generally research any question they do not have an...

” – Kelsi

Red Rocks Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Colorado, with campuses located in Lakewood and Arvada. RRCC offers AA, AS, AGS, and AAS degrees, which cover over 100 different fields of study, as well as over 60...

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A school where the faculty cares about the students. Class sizes are small and tuition is low. This school is a great value when compared to the larger state universities!

” – Eddie from 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...

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My professors have been very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subjects they teach!

” – Carissa from Littleton, 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...

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I have learned allot I'm only in my second semester at ccd! I have loved it so far. I am doing online classes and I thought I would not do so well with me teaching myself I feel I have done better in school than when I had a teacher in front of me.

” – Deanna from ARVADA, 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...

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I have been out of high school for a bit, CCA is teaching me alot.

” – Ced'Juan from Centennial, 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...

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Naropa is an extremely unique school that is on the cutting edge of contemplative education.
I've never found another school that values unique, individual, and specific interests in curriculum before.
It's invaluable for whole-self-discovery.

” – Adriana from Trinity, FL

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...

Colorado State University-Global Campus is the online campus of the CSU system. US News & World Report ranks CSU-Global number nine on its list of Top Online Bachelor Programs. CSU-Global features 13 bachelor’s degrees and nine certificate programs...

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...

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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...

CollegeAmerica-Denver is a school of business and technology and a branch campus of CollegeAmerica in the Colorado state capitol. The Denver campus features courses in Computer Technology, Business Management, and Computerized Accounting. All...

The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture is an academy of eastern medicine specializing in classical five-element acupuncture. ITEA offers a master’s degree in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in a traditional track designed for novices...