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About MSU Denver

Transforming Lives, Communities and Higher Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver continues to be a gateway to opportunity and a courageous change agent for Colorado. MSU Denver’s entrepreneurial spirit drives public-private partnerships and programs that give students unique opportunities while meeting Colorado’s workforce needs. The result? MSU Denver graduates can critically assess, innovate and solve the issues facing Colorado in the 21st century.


MSU Denver’s student population mirrors the ethnic demographics of the state, making the University the leader in diverse enrollment among Colorado’s four-year universities.

  • 1 out of every 5 Colorado undergraduates chooses to enroll at MSU Denver.
  • 75 percent of MSU Denver’s 85,000 graduates stay in Colorado.
  • 31.6 percent are first-generation college students.
  • 37.1 percent are students of color; 7,463 of total undergraduate students.
  • 359 enrolled ASSET* students.
  • Ranked among the nation’s top-100 institutions for awarding bachelor’s degrees to students of color by Diverse Issues in Higher Education (2014).
  • Ranked among the top-100 universities and colleges nationwide in 2015 for graduating Latino students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.
  • Largest, most diverse graduating class in spring 2015: 1,012 students of color out of 3,650 graduates.
  • 36 percent of MSU Denver’s total enrollment are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines—of those, more than 1,900 are students of color.


  • Affordable College Online listed MSU Denver 25th in its 2014-15 list of the 50 most affordable large public colleges.
  • 31.9 percent are Pell Grant recipients.


Student Diversity

Ethnic Classification       Fall 2015 Undergraduate Diversity Percent of Total
American Indian or Alaskan Native       126  0.6
Asian       764 3.8
Black or African American    1,233    6.1
Hispanic or Latino      4,441  22.1
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander        59 0.3
Bi- or Multi-racial    840    4.2
Total        7,463 37.1


Top rankings acknowledge MSU Denver’s leadership in offering a transformative education.

  • Ranked among the best in business education. Only 5 percent of business programs worldwide are AACSB-accredited.
  • 18th out of the nation’s best 50 residential master’s in education programs in’s 2015 “Best Value” list.
  • One of the top Colorado colleges for veterans in the Military Times’ 2016 list of the nation’s Best for Vets: Colleges.
  • STEM Job-Approvedsm College 2015.
  • No. 646 overall and No. 109 in the West in Forbes’ 2015 America’s Top Colleges list.
  • One of the “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” for 2015 by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) – the only Colorado university to receive this recognition and one of fewer than 100 institutions nationally.

Academic Experience

Average class size 19.5
Student/faculty ratio 19 to 1
Number of faculty 557 full time, 891 part time
Majors 67
Internships 1,200 at more than 600 businesses and organizations
Master’s degrees Professional Accountancy, Teacher Education and Social Work (3)
Master's degrees starting in 2017 Business Administration, Health Administration (2)
Students working full or part time 85 percent

MSU Denver is Colorado’s preeminent, public, urban university, with 93 percent of its undergraduates from metro Denver.

  • With student help, support from a local nonprofit and 144 aluminum cans, Mechanical Engineering Technology Professor Aaron Brown fabricated a solar device to reduce home heating bills in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood by an average of $30 per month.
  • The Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department created Food for Thought – providing space and student volunteers to assemble weekend “powersacks” of donated food for local low-income elementary schoolchildren.
  • Through the Undergraduate Research Program, more than 250 students per year present research at a conference related to a wide-variety of topics including social issues and community-based research.
  • Athletics developed partnerships with Denver Parks and Recreation’s Citywide Tennis Program and the Colorado Youth Soccer Association offering Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver facilities to neighborhood youth and community groups.
  • Our Summer Science Institute offers STEM education through hands-on activities to both middle-school and high-school students, exploring fun applications of math and science in an exciting, hands-on, team-oriented atmosphere on and around campus, like a physics lesson on the Sidewinder roller coaster at Elitch Gardens.

Entrepreneurial and Transformative

  • State-of-the-art,technologically advanced Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building (opening 2017) will provide workforce-ready professionals to meet the needs of Colorado’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing sciences industries.
  • SpringHill Suites® Denver Downtown, a teaching hotel located within the living laboratory of the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, was named Sage Hospitality’s top-performing hotel for 2014 out of its 64 properties nationwide.
  • Agreement with Great Lakes Aviation offers priority hiring to aviation students; a partnership with American Airlines subsidiary, Envoy Air Inc., gives students a direct pathway to employment as early as their sophomore year.
  • Groundbreaking partnership with the Detroit Institute of Music Education will offer DIME students an MSU Denver curriculum in performance, songwriting and music entrepreneurship taught by University faculty.

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1965
Main Campus: 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
President: Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Mascot: Rowdy the Roadrunner

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