Metro Denver students have access to a wide range of higher education options, including world-class research institutions, graduate and professional schools, and a broad spectrum of undergraduate programs. It’s no wonder that the city has such a high percentage of college graduates. The following listings include community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, and technical/vocational schools.


Arapahoe Community College (ACC)

5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, 80160

ACC serves more than 7,700 credit-earning students each semester in four locations. Its Art and Design Center, ACC@DTC, and main campus are located in Littleton. ACC also offers courses at the University Center at Chaparral in Parker, which is a partnership with other metro Denver educational institutions. ACC’s fastest growth is occurring in online and hybrid courses—ones that require less classroom time and more online work. Established in 1965, ACC is the oldest community college in the metro Denver area. The college offers more than 80 degree and/or certificate programs in fields such as accounting, automotive, business, information technology, law enforcement, engineering, financial services and several health professions programs.

Community College of Aurora

1600 E. Centre Tech Pkwy.
Aurora, 80011

The Community College of Aurora has more than 5,500 students enrolled at two Aurora campuses— the main campus on East Centre Tech Parkway and the Lowry Campus on East 10th Place. The college offers over 40 degree and certificate programs that specialize in transfer and vocational education. This fully accredited educational institution accommodates the adult student in traditional and nontraditional education, as well as online courses. The college serves students seeking associate of arts and science degrees.

Community College of Denver (CCD)

1111 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, 80204

Community College of Denver is regarded as Denver’s community college. CCD partners with local business and government leaders to stay on top of what’s going on in Denver’s fast-paced business community. CCD has more than 14,000 students at its main site on the Auraria Campus downtown and at its four community campuses. The college offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs with flexible classes that fit into even the busiest schedule. In addition to its degree and certificate programs, CCD offers continuing education, training, and consulting services to help individuals and organizations achieve their peak performance. CCD’s Performance Solutions also offers a full spectrum of on-site, customized training, consulting, assessment, skill gap analysis and related services. Performance Solutions has online and continuing education courses with individualized and alternative delivery options. For information about Performance Solutions, call 303-352-6922, or visit

Front Range Community College

2190 Miller Drive
Longmont, 80501
1931 E. Bridge St.
Brighton, 80601
4616 S. Shields St.
Fort Collins, 80526
3645 W. 112th Ave.
Westminster, 80031

The largest community college in Colorado, Front Range Community College is a comprehensive, two-year, state-supported community college with an enrollment of more than 23,000. It has three campuses and one center. Front Range offers more than 100 degree, occupational and technical programs, as well as a full complement of transfer courses. The college also offers more than 225 online courses. Hybrid courses are available, allowing students to combine online and classroom learning. The Center for Workforce Development provides skill training, educational and organizational development consulting services to help organizations maximize their profit and productivity potential.

Red Rocks Community College

13300 W. 6th Ave.
Lakewood, 80228
5420 Miller St.
Arvada, 80002

Founded in 1969, Red Rocks Community College serves more than 14,000 credit and non-credit students.  Some of the college’s special programs include construction technology, film and video technology, medical assisting and biotechnology. Red Rocks offers traditional classroom instruction during the day, night or weekends, as well as online, self-paced independent study or telecourses at its Lakewood and Arvada campuses. The Rocky Mountain Education Center provides continuing educational opportunities at the college and includes all professional workforce development training. Red Rocks works closely with employers and an Advisory Council to anticipate the training needs of the workforce of the future.


Colorado School of Mines (CSM)

1500 Illinois St.
Golden, 80401
303-273-3000 or 800-446-9488

Established in 1874 to serve the needs of the local mining industry, Colorado School of Mines now has an international reputation for excellence in engineering and applied sciences, with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth’s resources. The university offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention for its 4,000 students. With the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado, also among the highest in the nation, the school offers an innovative curriculum emphasizing practical, hands-on experiences and an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems of importance to society. Contributing highly valued and talented individuals to the workforce, Mines places 98 percent of its graduates within 12 months of graduation.

Colorado State University (CSU)

102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, 80523

A student-centered research university, CSU ranks among the nation’s top public institutions.  Founded in 1870, this world-class institution has grown from 19 students in 1879 to nearly 26,000 students today. CSU has four campuses in Fort Collins— Main Campus, Foothills Campus, Veterinary Teaching Hospital (agricultural campus) and Pingree Park (mountain campus). More than 150 programs of study are offered within eight colleges—agricultural sciences, applied human sciences, business, engineering, liberal arts, natural resources, natural sciences and veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. CSU’s Denver Center offers graduate degree programs that are designed for working professionals and are held in the evening or weekends. Colorado State offers online and distance learning education, as well as on-site and custom training. The university also has a large athletics program with opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports.

Emporia State University – School of Library & Information Management

1059 Alton Way #222
Denver, 80230

The School of Library & Information Management at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, has offered its master of library science (MLS) degree program in Denver since 1989. Faculty members travel from the home campus to Denver to teach classes on weekends and online. More than 300 residents of the Rocky Mountain region have earned the MLS degree without attending classes at the Kansas campus. The program is designed for nontraditional students, particularly those with full-time employment and family commitments. Students meet approximately 14 weekends per year and complete the 42-hour requirements for graduation in less than three years. The curriculum is also accredited by the American Library Association. For information about the MLS program in Denver, call 303-340-2575 or 800-710-2959.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

900 Auraria Pkwy.
Denver, 80204
5660 Greenwood Plaza
Englewood, 80111
11990 Grant St.
Northglenn, 80233

Located close to the financial and artistic heart of downtown Denver, Metropolitan State is the third largest higher educational institution in Colorado and one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation with an annual enrollment of approximately 20,000. Established in 1965, Metropolitan State offers day, night, weekend, correspondence and online courses. The college provides approximately 160 online courses to more than 3,700 students each semester. Metropolitan State offers 50 major fields of study and nine minors through its three schools—business; letters, arts and sciences; and professional studies. The college’s main campus is located at the Auraria Higher Education Center, a 175-acre site shared with the University of Colorado at Denver and Community College of Denver. Metropolitan State has two satellite campuses— Metro State South in Englewood and Metro State North in Northglenn.

University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder

Boulder, 80309

Founded in 1876 at the base of the Rocky Mountains, CU-Boulder was the first established university of the University of Colorado system, which today also has two campuses in Denver and one in Colorado Springs. With more than 30,300 students and nine colleges and schools, CU-Boulder offers 3,400 courses in 150 fields of study. Students can choose from 85 majors at the bachelor’s level, 70 at the master’s level and 50 at the doctoral level. It has nearly 100 research centers, institutes and laboratories and received more than $260 million in sponsored research awards for the 2004 fiscal year. CU-Boulder has three locations in Boulder—the 786-acre Main Campus, the East Campus (including the Research Park) and Williams Village—and the Mountain Research Station north of Nederland. The award-winning university is home to a prestigious faculty, including three Nobel Prize winners.

University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center

1250 15th Street
Denver, 80217

The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) joins the strengths of a comprehensive campus in downtown Denver with the research and advanced health care programs of the Health Sciences Center. The combined UCDHSC now serves more than 27,000 students in Denver and Aurora. It awards more than 3,400 degrees each year and more graduate degrees than any other school in Colorado. Founded in 1912 as an extension of the University of Colorado, the downtown Denver campus became the University of Colorado at Denver in 1974. In July 2004, the University of Colorado at Denver consolidated with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to form the new University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. With a solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, the downtown Denver campus offers more than 80 highly rated degree programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Schools and colleges include architecture and planning, arts and media, business, education, engineering and applied sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and public affairs.

The downtown Denver campus is home to more than 12,200 students, traditional and nontraditional, from recent high school graduates to seasoned professionals. Students come from throughout Colorado, around the country and overseas to pursue an education here. Located at the Auraria Higher Education Center, the downtown campus of UCDHSC is just steps away from Denver’s historic lower downtown district with its myriad entertainment, cultural and sports venues.

University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

Ninth Avenue at Colorado Boulevard & Fitzsimons Campuses
Denver, 80262

CU-Health Sciences Center routinely ranks among the top 25 medical centers in the nation. Serving the entire Rocky Mountain region, the center encompasses the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and a graduate school. Its widely renowned health sciences institutions include two teaching hospitals—University of Colorado Hospital and Colorado Psychiatric Health—as well as the University of Colorado Cancer Center and a host of prestigious research and treatment institutions. CU-Health Sciences Center’s more than 2,600 students enroll in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate educational programs. As the major health research base in Colorado, the center attracts more than $200 million in research and training grants and contracts annually. The campus’ $31 million Biomedical Research Building houses centers of excellence in molecular biology, cancer and neuroscience.


Argosy University/Denver

1200 Lincoln St.
Denver, 80203

Argosy University/Denver is one of 14 Argosy University campuses and four approved degree sites in 12 states. Argosy University/ Denver offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in psychology, business, counseling and education. The university also offers bachelor degree completion programs in psychology and business. Argosy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Argosy University/Denver offers an expanded portfolio of academic programs within its American School of Professional Psychology, College of Business and Information Technology, and College of Health Sciences.

The Denver campus is initially offering a doctor of business administration (DBA), a doctor of education in organizational leadership (EdD), a doctor of education in counselor education and supervision (EdD), a master of business administration (MBA), a master of arts in community counseling (MA), a bachelor of arts in psychology (BA), and a bachelor of science in business administration completion programs (BSBA).

Colorado Christian University (CCU)

8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, 80226

With a heritage dating back to 1914, CCU is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. As the only member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in an eight-state region, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences. More than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the main campus near Denver and at regional locations located in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Loveland. CCU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a comprehensive spectrum of educational programs for traditional undergraduate, adult-focused and graduate-level learning. Convenient accelerated course schedules and online degrees are available for working adults and professionals with travel requirements.

Denver Seminary

6399 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, 80120

Founded in 1950, Denver Seminary is committed to the Christian faith and offers the following programs—a master of divinity, a master of arts and a doctor of ministry. The seminary has approximately 700 students. In addition to a traditional classroom setting, the seminary offers online courses.

DeVry University

1870 W. 122nd Ave.
Westminster, 80234

DeVry’s University is one of the largest higher-education systems in North America and provides career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which integrate general education with industry-specific coursework. The applications-oriented focus used by DeVry helps students to apply their education to the workplace. Students can attend traditional classroom-based courses during the day, accelerated courses for working professionals during the evenings and weekends, or take courses online. On campus and online courses are known for their smaller class sizes and instructors with real-world experience. The university offers undergraduate degree programs in business, biotechnology, computer and information technology, electronics and engineering, and network and communications. Degree completion programs are available for students with associate’s degrees or previous college credits.

Johnson & Wales University

7150 Montview Blvd.
Denver, 80220

Johnson & Wales was founded in 1914 in Providence, R.I., and has campuses in six states. The 26-acre Denver campus opened in 1999 in one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. Today, more than 1,300 students attend classes in Denver. The university offers undergraduate degrees in business, secondary education, hospitality and culinary arts. Johnson & Wales has an upside-down curriculum – which means that students are immersed in their chosen field of study during their first year. For 25 years in a row, at least 98 percent of Johnson & Wales graduates are working within their field of study within 60 days of graduation.

Regis University

3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, 80221

Regis University offers programs for many different types of learners. Nationally recognized as a leader in adult higher education since the 1970s, Regis University School for Professional Studies (SPS) offers affordable bachelor’s/master’s degrees and certificates designed specifically for working adults. Regis University also offers the Rueckert– Hartmann School for Healthcare Professions and a traditional undergraduate program through Regis College.

University of Denver (DU)

2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, 80208

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, offering multidisciplinary undergraduate degrees and an extensive graduate program. This innovative research university also has more than 9,500 students from all 50 states and 90 countries. The school’s undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs offer small class sizes with an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1. The University of Denver offers more than 65 programs of study, and the National Endowment for the Humanities has recognized its core curriculum for undergraduates as a model program in higher education. The school is also recognized for its graduate and professional programs. The University of Denver High School is also located on the DU campus. A division of the College of Education, it serves as a reservoir for model programs that can be shared with other private and public high schools.

Webster-University –Denver Graduate Center

9250 E. Costilla Ave.,
Suite 310
Greenwood Village, 80112

Webster University’s Denver Graduate Center has been in the Denver area since 1976, offering graduate programs to working adults. Webster offers five, nine-week terms per year, and classes meet only once a week. Degree programs include a master of business administration, as well as master of arts degrees in management and leadership, human resources development, and human resources management. The university also offers a master of science in space systems operations management. Webster University is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited university founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915. Webster is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.