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Running our own Road

For more than 50 years, MSU Denver has been a pacesetter for transforming lives, the community and higher education.

A Path to Greatness

From humble beginnings in numerous buildings scattered across downtown Denver, MSU Denver is now the top choice for Colorado undergraduates and en route to becoming one of the nation’s preeminent public urban universities.

Top Rankings

From humble beginnings in rented classrooms, today MSU Denver is the top choice for Colorado undergraduates and en route to becoming one of the nation’s preeminent public urban universities.


AACSB Black and White Badge

AACSB Accredited
Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide earn this distinction. MSU Denver is one of them.




Diversity Champion
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized MSU Denver as one of 10 Diversity Champion colleges and universities nationwide for our unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
MSU Denver ranks 18th out of the top 50 residential master’s in education programs.





MSU Denver is a 2015 STEM Jobs-Approved university, because we align our programs to high-paying STEM careers.



Military Times
The Best for Vets: Colleges list regularly ranks MSU Denver as one of the top Colorado colleges for veterans for our vet friendly campus and programs.



American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

2016 Excellence and Innovation Award to MSU Denver Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events.



Sales Education Foundation (SEF) 

SEF hailed MSU Denver as one of less than 100 “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” for 2015 – the only Colorado university on the list.

You Belong Here

MSU Denver welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities and identities. There are no average students here – only individuals seizing the many opportunities we offer them to run their own roads.


Resident undergraduate tuition and fees for 15 credit hours/full-time student.

MSU Denver


UNC $4,773
UCD $5,629
CSU $5,760
CU Boulder $6,043

The Road To Success

MSU Denver helps students on the road to success through:

Small Classes

Average Class Size: 19 Students


Low Student/Faculty Ratio

19 to 1



67 Bachelor's Degrees


5 Master's Degrees

Professional Accounting, Teacher Education, Social Work, Business Administration* and Health Administration*

*Starting Fall 2017


1,200 Internships

at 600 Businesses and Organizations


Hitting the Pavement: A Student’s Journey

Image of Jackie MaiAt the age of 18 Jackie Mai defied her family and left Vietnam to pursue higher education in the United States. After earning an associate’s degree at the Community College of Denver, she transferred to MSU Denver. Along the way, she married and had two children. Today, after graduating summa cum laude and earning a master’s degree at MSU Denver, she is working as a tax accountant at EKS&H and has passed all four parts of the CPA exam.

Jackie Mai

MSU Denver BS ’15,

MPAcc ‘16

Rebel. Accountant. Roadrunner.


"I want to make sure that women, who have pressure from their families or their communities or people who think they can’t get a college education because they have children, know that it is completely doable. MSU Denver offers so much support to nontraditional students who are parents. If you’re willing to work hard, you can do it.”

Student Demographics

19,800 Undergraduate Total Enrollment

7,812 of Total Undergraduate Students, 46.5% Men, 53.5% Women, 39.5% Students of Color, 37% Part-Time, 31.6% First-Generation CollegeASSET* Students: 340

Student Veterans: 881

Average Age: 23

*Undocumented Colorado high school graduates can attend a state public university or college at the in-state tuition rate if they meet certain requirements, per the ASSET Senate Bill, 13-033.

Undergraduate Student Diversity

Fall 2016: 39.5%

Students of Color: 7,812 of Total Undergraduate Students 39.5%, Hispanic or Latino: 24.1%, Black or African American: 6.4%, Bi- or Multi-Racial: 4.3%, Asian: 3.9%, American Indian or Alaska Native: .5%, Native American or Pacific Islander: .3%tive: .5% Native American or Pacific Islander: .3%

MSU Denver is deeply committed to creating a campus environment that not only mirrors the demographics of the state but also celebrates it. MSU Denver is one of the leaders in diverse enrollments among Colorado’s four-year universities, giving students the chance to develop the multicultural awareness critical to thriving in today’s workplace.

A Life in 3-D

Image of Dara Dotz

Dara Dotz (B.S. ’09) set off on her road to success when she met MSU Denver Industrial Design Professor Dave Klein at a college fair and realized she could “make things for a career.” At MSU Denver, Dotz, a first-generation college student and Native American, reinvented herself, getting involved on campus and developing a passion for humanitarian aid work. These days, she is the co-founder and lead designer at Field Ready, a nonprofit that helps global disaster survivors solve problems using digital manufacturing and is the recipient of the White House Champions of Change award.

Dara Dotz 

MSU Denver ‘09

Change maker. Life saver. Roadrunner.

"There’s a certain magic when you work with a successful, supportive team. Everyone on my team complements each other; we respect and encourage each other. It’s a lot like the teams I had at MSU Denver in the industrial design program.”

Preeminent Resources and Opportunities

MSU Denver owns its entrepreneurial legacy through innovative initiatives that are transforming the community and preparing students with workforce-ready skills for Colorado’s economy.

The Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (opening 2017) aggregates technology disciplines under one roof to meet the needs of Colorado’s aerospace, engineering and advanced manufacturing industries.

Springhill Suites Downtown at MSU Denver added much-needed rooms to Denver’s lodging inventory and is located in the living laboratory of MSU Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center in the heart of downtown Denver.

Tivoli Brewing Company
MSU Denver’s partnership with the on-campus, historic Tivoli Brewing Company gives brewery and brew pub operations majors real-world experience so they can become leaders in the state’s craft brewing industry.

MSU Denver's Regency Athletic Complex
Winning a Downtown Denver Partnership Award as a transformational project having significant impact on Denver, this $23.6 million development is a notable public-private partnership. The Athletic Complex hosted the 2016 NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival, has partnerships with the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, Denver Parks and Recreation as well as numerous community organizations with facilities and programs designed to engage the community, including after-school and summer sports programs that benefit more than 5,000 low income families.

An MSU Denver degree is only the beginning. MSU Denver graduates go on to serve as CEOs, pilot jets, teach in underserved neighborhoods, start companies and nonprofit organizations, run hotels, make scientific discoveries, play music, and heal the sick.

In 2015-2016: 3,028 graduates; 884 or 29.2% students of color

These Roadrunners join the University’s 88,500-plus alumni living all over the world and the approximately 75 percent who stay in state, enriching Colorado with their hardworking, entrepreneurial spirits.


Founded: 1962
Opened Doors: 1965
Main Campus: 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
South Campus: 5660 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111
President: Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Mascot: Rowdy the Roadrunner

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