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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Transforming Lives, Communities and Higher Education

MSU Denver provides students with a transformative academic experience and serves the community as a courageous change agent and a gateway to opportunity. The University’s broad access, affordable tuition, quality academic experience and excellent outcomes add up to a high-value education.

Broad Accessibility

  • 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.
  • MSU Denver is Colorado’s leader in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education to students of color, with more than 1,700 studying STEM subjects.
  • Of the full-time faculty members, 23 percent are professors of color.
  • The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ranks MSU Denver among the top 100 colleges and universities nationwide for enrolling Latino students.
  • Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks MSU Denver among the top 100 institutions in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to students of color.
  • More than two-thirds of the students eligible for in-state tuition under Colorado ASSET are enrolled at MSU Denver.

Student Diversity

Ethnic Classification       Fall 2013 Number Fall 2013 % of  Total
American Indian or Alaskan Native       162  0.7%
Asian       748 3.4%
Black or African American    1,325    5.9%
Hispanic or Latino      4,287  19.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander        55 0.2%
Bi- or Multi-racial    749    3.4%
Total        7,326 32.8%


Affordable Tuition

MSU Denver believes that a great education doesn’t have to be expensive and that accessibility begins with affordability.

  • Our tuition is the least expensive of Colorado’s largest four-year universities offering undergraduate degrees.
  • Affordable Colleges Online lists MSU Denver as one of the country’s most affordable large public colleges.
  • The Online College Database lists MSU Denver among the most financially effective of all Colorado post-secondary schools.

Exceptional Education

Top teachers, top rankings and top programs make  MSU Denver a top leader among colleges and universities in Colorado.

  • MSU Denver Professor Ann Williams was named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
  • MSU Denver is No. 50 on Military Times’ list of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked MSU Denver 23rd among regional colleges in the West.
  • A $60 million Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building will bring together aerospace science and aviation; physics; industrial design; civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology; and computer science. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in these disciplines
  • MSU Denver has the second-largest teacher-preparation program in Colorado.
  • The award-winning Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center provides hands-on learning opportunities for students studying Hospitality, Tourism and Events.
  • MSU Denver boasts a 90 percent pass rate for its accelerated nursing program graduates taking the National Council Licensure Exam. The national rate is 82 percent.

Excellent Outcomes

At MSU Denver, every program and class is designed to help students develop the intellectual and professional skills needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy.

  • The College Measures report shows MSU Denver’s bachelor’s degree graduates have one of the highest median first-year earnings among grads from many other four-year institutions in Colorado.
  • MSU Denver was rated No. 622 overall and No. 104 in the West in Forbes’ 2013 America’s Top Colleges list. The rating recognizes the return on investment MSU Denver provides its students.
  • The MSU Denver internship program offered through the Applied Learning Center helps students get on-the-job experience in more than 1,000 internships at 600 local businesses and organizations every year.

Academic Experience

Average class size 22
Student/faculty ratio 21 to 1
Number of faculty 518 full-time, 1,089 part-time
Majors 55
Master’s Degrees Professional Accountancy, Teacher Education and Social Work


Community Impact

As Colorado’s urban land-grant institution, MSU Denver educates students to think critically, solve problems and meet the needs of our community and state.

  • 1 in 5 Coloradans seeking a bachelor’s degree chooses MSU Denver.
  • The Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver is available to residents from nearby underserved communities. Students at Greenlee Elementary are already using the tennis courts, which opened in fall 2013. The complex is scheduled for completion in early 2015.
  • 75% of MSU Denver’s more than 77,000 graduates stay in Colorado.
  • MSU Denver partners with area school districts to train professionals with non-teaching degrees to fill critical classroom needs.
  • The MSU Denver Center for Visual Art in the Arts District on Santa Fe Drive hosts exhibitions of national and international significance and offers art programs to at-risk youth.
Vital Statistics

Founded: 1965
Main Campus: 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Fall 2013 Enrollment: 22,316 students
President: Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Mascot: Rowdy the Roadrunner

Student Demographics
46% Men
54% Women
26 Average age
41% Attend part time
31% First-generation college students
32% Pell Grant recipients
93% From metro Denver
Tuition Comparison

Resident tuition and fees for 15 credit hours

MSU Denver $2,872
UNC        $3,584
CSU        $4,656
CU-Denver    $4,737–$5,057
CU Boulder    $5,034–$7,326