Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Colorado

With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs have more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Colorado

  1. University of Denver
  2. Regis University
  3. Colorado State University
  4. University of Colorado-Denver
  5. Metropolitan State University of Denver
  6. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  7. University of Colorado-Boulder
  8. Colorado State University-Pueblo
  9. Colorado Mesa University
  10. University of Northern Colorado

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: University of Denver (1 = Best; 7 = Average; 13 = Worst)

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 10th – On-Campus Crime
  • 10th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Regis University (1 = Best; 7 = Average; 13 = Worst)

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 4th – On-Campus Crime
  • 4th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 4th – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Colorado State University (1 = Best; 7 = Average; 13 = Worst)

  • 7th – Admission Rate
  • 10th – Net Cost
  • 6th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 6th – On-Campus Crime
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 5th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, please visit:

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