The state of Colorado is home to a large number of public and private post secondary institutions. The state funds multiple public institutions, including two university systems. Colorado is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, and Utah to the west. Due to its location, Colorado is a short distance from multiple urban centers in several states. The largest city is Denver, which also doubles as the capital. Colorado is the 22nd largest state in the United States in terms of population. The state is also home to the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Colorado is home to two university systems, the Colorado University System and Colorado State University System, alongside other public colleges and universities. These schools are overseen by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. The University of Colorado System is comprised of three schools and four campuses and began operation the same year Colorado joined the union, 1876. The schools in the system are primarily research undergraduate and graduate institutions with a selective admissions process.
Colorado University System:
- University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder)
- University of Colorado at Denver (Denver)
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs)
The Colorado State University System was founded in 1870, as the states land grant institution. Each campus in the system serves a different mission, with Fort Collins being a research institution, Pueblo being a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the Global Campus working with non-traditional students.
Colorado State University System:
- Colorado State University, Fort Collins (Fort Collins)
- Colorado State University – Pueblo (Pueblo)
- Colorado State University – Global Campus
Colorado also operates several public two year and four year institutions that operate independently of the above systems. These schools provide educational and vocational opportunities to their community, or liberal arts and other such forms of education.
Private schools in Colorado come in the form of liberal arts colleges, Christian colleges, and for-profit institutions. These schools are generally more expensive that public institutions and offer specific educations and opportunities and/or smaller class sizes and more personalized experience. These schools tend to have more opportunities for individuals through internships, research projects, and study abroad programs.
Some private institutions:
- Colorado College (Colorado Springs)
- Naropa University (Boulder)
- Regis University (Denver)
- Johnson and Wales University (Denver)
Private career schools can also be found throughout the state, offering career and vocational training in high demand fields. These programs are typically short, resulting in a diploma or certificate that demonstrates competency in their area of study. Graduates of such programs will be prepared for immediate entry into the workplace at the entry level. Many of these schools provide job placement services for graduates to assist in post graduation employment.
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- Veterinary Schools in Colorado (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
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- Law Schools in Colorado (J.D.) (2 Schools)