Metropolitan State College of Denver

Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

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Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State) is a large and comprehensive public college located in downtown Denver, Colorado. Metro State offers bachelor's and master's degrees, with offers 55 majors at the undergraduate level, with 90 minors to choose from. It offers master's degrees in professional accountancy, teacher education and social work.  Metro State's top ten majors are management, biology, criminal justice/criminology, psychology, art, accounting, English, marketing, human performance and sport, and history.

Many programs at Metro State are developing and expanding, including its Center for Urban Education, which trains teachers for middle and high schools. Metro State's Center for Visual Art, which is located off campus in the Santa Fe Arts District, features award-winning artists and serves as an interactive learning laboratory for Metro State Students. Metro State is constructing a Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) and Student Success Building. The college's Aviation and Aerospace Program is positioned to make Colorado a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.


Metropolitan State College of Denver was founded in 1965.


The academic calendar for Metropolitan State College of Denver follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters.

Colleges and Schools

The three schools of Metro State are:

  • School of Business
  • School of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies

Student Life

Metro State offers a special program for incoming freshmen called the "First Year Success Program" - a collaboration between Student Services and Academic Affairs. This program helps new students transition to life on campus. It groups students together according to similar backgrounds and goals, and provides targeted programs that include shared schedules, linked courses, and supplemental instruction and peer study sessions.

Metro State also has more than 150 student clubs and organizations available for involvement on campus. These clubs cover a wide range of academic, social, political, cultural and other interests.

Local chapters of fraternities and sororities have existed at Metro State for roughly six years, and offer many opportunities for service, leadership and involvement.


The Metro State school colors are blue, white and red. The school mascot is the roadrunner, and the college athletic teams are nicknamed the "Roadrunners."


The Metro State "Roadrunners" athletic teams have won two national championships in track, and four in women's soccer and men's basketball. The Roadrunners compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Metropolitan State College of Denver has three campuses:

  • Main Campus, Auraria Campus, downtown Denver
    Corner of Colfax Ave. and Speer Blvd.
  • Metro North, Northglenn
    Northglenn, CO 80223 (near 120th Ave. and I-25)
  • Metro South, Denver Tech Center
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111 (near I-25 and Orchard Rd.)

Community Life

Metro State is an urban college, and its activities and programs mirror the needs, values and goals of its surrounding communities. Many initiatives foster growth and change through partnerships with local businesses, agencies and organizations throughout the city of Denver.

The Center for Visual Art offers many exhibitions and for both students and community members. Recent events at the CVA have included:

  • ALTERED NATURE: Notable Interpretations from South America
    Reading in Spanish and English
    Fantasy and Nature in Latin American Art by Jillian Mollenhauer, MSCD Assistant Professor of Art History
    Honoring Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey
    Colorado Ballet responds to Altered Nature at the Center for Visual Art
    This site-specific and audience interactive dance work takes a humorous look at everyday telephone communication, especially what happens when things go awry.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants Metropolitan State College of Denver accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Metropolitan State College of Denver is about 21,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 10% enrolling as graduate students and 98% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $25 application fee for those applying to a program. 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 estimates:
    • In-State Tuition: $5,200-$6,300
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $19,000-$22,630
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $220-$260 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $790-$940 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid70%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships52%$5,496
Receiving Student Loans40%$5,229

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Metropolitan State College of Denver may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

Metropolitan State College of Denver has an overall graduation rate which is around 26%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years6%
Graduating in 5 Years12%
Graduating in 6 Years9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Metropolitan State College of Denver is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

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,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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