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June 28, 2013

MSU Denver adds to its ‘affordable, effective’ rankings

‌MSU Denver is adding to its state and national accolades as a university that provides great value to its students and graduates.

“Four times in the last four months, MSU Denver has been included in rankings that substantiate the value of an MSU Denver education,” says President Stephen Jordan. “Our students are earning their degrees for considerably less than other institutions, but leaving with the critical skills and knowledge they need to find success in their careers. They can compete with the best of them.”


In March, the College Measures Report showed MSU Denver graduates earning more in their first year after graduating than CU and CSU graduates.

In April, Affordable Colleges Online listed MSU Denver as one of the country’s most affordable large public colleges.

Now Affordable Colleges Online has added the ranking of “low-cost colleges with high starting salaries for graduates,” listing MSU Denver 34th out of 58 institutions nationwide. Affordable Colleges Online reviewed four-year public institutions with in-state tuition of less than $5,000 per year, and with average starting salaries for graduates of more than $40,000 per year. The website also looked at mid-career salary averages as well as the overall return on investment for the degree.

And in another new ranking, the Online College Database, lists MSU Denver among the most financially effective of all Colorado post-secondary schools. The University is 7th among 11 Colorado schools that charge less than $20,000 for tuition and whose new graduates earn more than $30,000 per year, on average. MSU Denver grads enter the workforce earning an estimated $41,500 per year, the database says.

Considering the University’s low tuition and fees and graduates’ high earning potential, MSU Denver is among Colorado colleges “with the highest financial return on investment,” an Online College Database spokeswoman says.

 “I think we have known for a long time that we are transforming our students’ lives in a significant way—and that includes a return on their investment that leads to a great start in the working world,” Jordan says. 


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