2022 best colleges in Colorado best-colleges

Recognized as a Public Ivy, the University of Colorado, Boulder is just one of the many prestigious schools located in the state of Colorado. The Colorado School of Mines ranks as one of the top universities globally for mineral and mining engineering while Colorado State University boasts one of the nation’s best veterinary programs. Colorado is also home to Naropa University, the first Buddhist-inspired university to achieve accreditation in the United States. Due to its unique history, Fort Lewis College provides tuition-free education to Native American students.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Colorado

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

Admission rate: 55%

Grad rate: 80%

Net cost: $26,750

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $90,060

Vs. state average: + $44,139

Economic score: 0.92

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#2 in Colorado

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: 67%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $15,358

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $57,987

Vs. state average: + $12,066

Economic score: 1.94

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#3 in Colorado

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $25,483

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $63,625

Vs. state average: + $17,704

Economic score: 2.12

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#4 in Colorado

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $21,680

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $60,740

Vs. state average: + $14,819

Economic score: 2.17

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#5 in Colorado

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: 61%

Grad rate: 75%

Net cost: $32,361

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $66,004

Vs. state average: + $20,083

Economic score: 2.40

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#6 in Colorado

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $18,668

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $54,983

Vs. state average: + $9,062

Economic score: 2.48

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#7 in Colorado

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Admission rate: 14%

Grad rate: 88%

Net cost: $26,753

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $57,013

Vs. state average: + $11,092

Economic score: 2.93

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#8 in Colorado

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $15,714

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $47,112

Vs. state average: + $1,191

Economic score: 3.44

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#9 in Colorado

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $16,486

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $47,797

Vs. state average: + $1,876

Economic score: 3.65

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#10 in Colorado

Western Colorado University

Gunnison, Colorado

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $17,282

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $45,755

Vs. state average: - $166

Economic score: 4.20

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#11 in Colorado

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $16,274

Payback: 6.5 Years

Earnings: $38,083

Vs. state average: - $7,838

Economic score: 7.83

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#12 in Colorado

Johnson & Wales University-Denver

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $26,221

Payback: 8.9 Years

Earnings: $41,977

Vs. state average: - $3,944

Economic score: 9.70

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#13 in Colorado

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 36%

Net cost: $14,257

Payback: 3.9 Years

Earnings: $47,439

Vs. state average: + $1,518

Economic score: 3.73

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#14 in Colorado

Colorado State University Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 38%

Net cost: $14,653

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $44,449

Vs. state average: - $1,472

Economic score: 4.22

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#15 in Colorado

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 31%

Net cost: $25,268

Payback: 5.6 Years

Earnings: $45,728

Vs. state average: - $193

Economic score: 5.62

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#16 in Colorado

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 38%

Net cost: $15,569

Payback: 5.1 Years

Earnings: $41,516

Vs. state average: - $4,405

Economic score: 5.69

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#17 in Colorado

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

Admission rate: 100%

Grad rate: 34%

Net cost: $14,064

Payback: 6.3 Years

Earnings: $37,685

Vs. state average: - $8,236

Economic score: 7.69

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Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 18%

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $40,214

Vs. state average: - $5,707

Economic score: N/A

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Denver Seminary

Littleton, Colorado

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

Vs. state average: N/A

Economic score: N/A

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Iliff School of Theology

Denver, Colorado

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

Vs. state average: N/A

Economic score: N/A

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