Community College of Denver (CCD)

1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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Community College of Denver, located in Denver, Colorado, was founded in 1967 by the Colorado Legislature.  The school operates three campuses within the city, with the main campus being known as the Auraria Campus and others in the Denver metropolitan area. The school is one of thirteen that comprise the Colorado Community College System, which operates public two year institutions throughout the state. The school is a leader in providing education to underprivileged and first generation minority residents, and has a high success rate for transfer and graduation. The school is a public two year institution dedicated to providing a high quality education and services for residents of its community.


Individuals attending Community College of Denver will be able to choose from academic and career programs that best reflect the personal and professional needs of the student. Academic transfer programs replicate a curriculum that covers the first two years of a four year education locally and at low cost, followed by applying to a four year institution in order to continue toward one's bachelor's degree. Transfer to public Colorado institutions is made easier through agreements in place that facilitate transfer if certain academic requirements are met. Transfer to out of state or private institutions may prove more difficult, and as such a meeting with a counselor is encouraged.

Career training programs prepare individuals for long term employment in a high demand field or industry by first providing a solid foundation of education and training in that field. Courses are taught by industry professionals and take place in both practical and classroom settings as needed. Practical courses provide skill development and training through practice under the supervision of the instructor to ensure safety. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a degree or certificate upon completion that demonstrates competency.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Community College of Denver is an open enrollment institution that admits any individuals interested in attending if they are at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Individuals should submit an application and pay all associated fees, as well as submit transcripts and test scores if available. Participation in orientation and meeting with a counselor to discuss program enrollment, curriculum and goals is highly encouraged. Students may be required to take a placement exam.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships awarded based on need. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the school to determine the extent of need and aid program eligibility when constructing the financial aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for annually and should be submitted by posted deadlines to ensure disbursement occurs in a timely manner.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,100-$3,800
    • Out-of-State: $13,000-$15,420
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $130-$160 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $540-$640 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$5,215
Receiving Student Loans29%$4,590

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Community College of Denver may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for CCD, versus those community colleges in Colorado, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 CCDDenver CountyColorado
Graduation Rate10.4%-24.9%
Transfer-out Rate11.0%-13.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Community College of Denver

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1996)

Campus: Community College of Denver at Lowry

  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1970)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Precision Production

Science Technology

    Security and Protective Services

    Visual and Performing Arts

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