Where to Start Looking to Find Colorado Colleges
The CollegeInColorado.org website is your first stop when searching for Colorado colleges. The site provides a basic search function for colleges in Colorado and the nation. You can save selected schools to your online portfolio and even apply directly to some of them. Users can also practice filling out a college application before doing the real thing.
The site includes high school and college planning timelines as well free test prep for the SAT and ACT. Users can enter their academic information and have their admission index score calculated. The minimum index score for public institutions is listed. Users can also access various skills inventories and a career exploration page.
The Financial Aid 101 section is a detailed description of the financial aid process organized around frequently asked questions. It also includes several financial aid calculators and a scholarship finder. There is also information on the Colorado College Opportunity Fund. Users can download much of the information in PDF formats.
The Students & Parents section of the Colorado Department of Higher Education is worth a visit as well. Here you’ll find information on the New Mexico-Colorado Tuition Reciprocity Agreement and Student Exchange Programs. The site also lists gtPathways, which is a list of all lower division courses that are guaranteed to transfer among public colleges and universities.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 18 four-year Colorado colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. Five are private colleges and 13 are public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 114,751 students, 11% attend private colleges and 89% attend public universities.
The average four-year graduation rate for private Colorado colleges was 52% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 44.4%. Only three Colorado colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in Colorado s had an average of 20.6 ACT Composite score with a 20.1 for English and 20.4 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 25, 25 for English, and 24 for Math. A total of 10 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Colorado applied to:
- Colorado State University
- Univ of Colorado-Boulder
- Univ of Northern Colorado
- Metropolitan State Univ of Denver
- University of Denver
- Univ of Colorado-Colorado Springs
- University of Colorado Denver
- Colorado Mesa University
- Colorado State University-Pueblo
- Colorado School of Mines
- Community College Of Denver
- Fort Lewis College
- Art Institute of Colorado The
- Red Rocks Community College
- Pikes Peak Community College
- Arizona State University
- Adams State University
- Regis University
- University of Wyoming
- Colorado College
Colorado Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Colleges in Colorado
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Colorado Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
Name Type Full-time
Adams State University Public 1873 21 53 533 550 22 11293
Colorado Christian University Private 1472 24 98 24031
Colorado College Private 2025 79 22 710 720 32 24526
Colorado Mountain College Public 1990 9946
Colorado School of Mines Public 4080 66 37 670 720 31 23759
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Public 20400 59 77 620 630 27 13487
Colorado State University-Pueblo Public 3742 28 94 510 540 23 12484
Fort Lewis College Public 3670 33 88 570 580 25 15407
Johnson & Wales University-Denver Private 1373 48 78 25116
Metropolitan State University of Denver Public 13202 17 71 590 610 23 9646
Regis University Private 2508 42 70 600 600 26 23873
United States Air Force Academy Public 3993 86 15 690 710 32 University of Colorado Boulder Public 23948 66 88 630 650 29 20294
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Public 6962 42 91 580 600 25 12167
University of Colorado Denver Public 7782 32 76 600 605 26 12580
University of Denver Private 5129 67 77 660 660 30 32212
University of Northern Colorado Public 8733 43 70 570 570 24 13311
Western State Colorado University Public 1869 40 93 560 550 24 14419