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2023 Best Colleges in Colorado

34 Colleges
$47,223 Avg Salary*
40% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Top Colorado Colleges ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 34 schools in Colorado, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. Our ranking is based on over 20 objective factors, including post graduate earnings, freshman retention, and graduation rate. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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We've developed a number of other tools and rankings to help you make your college decision. Start by filtering this list by location or field of study and then explore our other rankings that feature schools great for different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

We've created a tool called College Combat that lets you create your own customized comparisons based on the factors that matter the most to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Top Colleges in Colorado

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

Our analysis found Colorado School of Mines to be the best school for overall quality in Colorado in this year’s ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Golden, Colorado, and it awarded 1,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Mines make an average of $90,060 per year during the early years of their career.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Colorado Boulder. The school came in at #2 in Colorado on this year’s overall quality ranking. Located in Boulder, Colorado, the large public school handed out 9,728 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from CU - Boulder make an average of $60,740 a year.

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#3

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Denver. It ranked #3 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. DU is located in Denver, Colorado and has a fairly large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 5,008 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from DU is $66,004 during the early years of their career.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Colorado State University - Fort Collins. It ranked #4 on our 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Colorado State is a public institution located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,914 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 2.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State make an average of $54,983 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

A rank of #5 on our Best Colleges in Colorado list means Colorado College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Colorado College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It awarded 528 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. During the early years of their career, graduates from Colorado College make an average of $57,013 a year.

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#6

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Colorado State University - Global Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Greenwood Village, Colorado, the fairly large public school awarded 3,895 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 2.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 6,864 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs make an average of $35,877 a year.

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With a ranking of #8, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Denver, Colorado, the large public school awarded 5,658 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from CU Anschutz make an average of $57,987 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Regis University landed the #9 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.Denver, Colorado is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,297 students in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 3.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Regis U go into careers with an average salary of $63,625 during the early years of their career.

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#10

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

University of Northern Colorado ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list. University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado and has a fairly large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 3,009 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Colorado make an average of $47,112 per year during the early years of their career.

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#11

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Colorado Christian University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list. CCU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,379 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from CCU go into careers with an average salary of $45,728 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado

Front Range Community College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Westminster, Colorado, the fairly large public school awarded 6,238 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from FRCC is $41,930 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Community College of Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

With a ranking of #13, Community College of Aurora did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Aurora, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 838 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $39,567 during the early years of their career..

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#14

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

With a ranking of #14, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the fairly large public school handed out 2,788 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UCCS is $47,797 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Aims Community College

Greeley, Colorado

Aims Community College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking. Located in Greeley, Colorado, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,501 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Aims Community College go into careers with an average salary of $40,288 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pikes Peak Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking, coming in at #16.Colorado Springs, Colorado is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,559 students in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from PPCC is $36,036 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

Adams State University landed the #17 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking. Adams State is located in Alamosa, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 946 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Adams State make an average of $37,685 a year.

Full Adams State University Report

#18

Otero Junior College

La Junta, Colorado

Otero Junior College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list.La Junta, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 413 students in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Otero JC go into careers with an average salary of $34,393 during the early years of their career.

Full Otero Junior College Report

#19

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Colorado Mountain College landed the #19 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking. Colorado Mountain College is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 1,446 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mountain College go into careers with an average salary of $40,062 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Community College of Denver ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges in Colorado list. Located in Denver, Colorado, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,130 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,041 during the early years of their career..

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#21

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado

Arapahoe Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking, coming in at #21. Arapahoe Community College is a fairly large public school situated in Littleton, Colorado. It awarded 653 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,663 during the early years of their career..

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#22

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado

With a ranking of #22, Red Rocks Community College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Red Rocks Community College is located in Lakewood, Colorado and has a medium-sized student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 2,151 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Red Rocks Community College make an average of $41,061 a year.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado ranking, coming in at #23. MSU Denver is a fairly large public school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 3,635 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from MSU Denver make an average of $47,439 a year.

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#24

Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad, Colorado

With a ranking of #24, Trinidad State Junior College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list.Trinidad, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 673 students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,049 during the early years of their career..

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#25

Morgan Community College

Fort Morgan, Colorado

With a ranking of #25, Morgan Community College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Colorado list. Morgan Community College is located in Fort Morgan, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Morgan Community College make an average of $37,205 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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