MSU Denver

Who We Are

A leader in social mobility. Committed to fostering equity. All while offering an accessibly excellent experience. As the top transfer destination among Colorado colleges and universities, our students are engaged citizens, making an immediate impact on our workforce and community from the moment they enroll.

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Our Mission

... is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society. That’s possible here.

Our Values

MSU Denver’s mission, vision, ongoing operations and strategic plan are informed by CADRE, a core set of values that define who we are – and aspire to be – as a University

  • Community
  • Accessibility
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Excellence
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Graduate Students



Recognizing Excellence

The word is out – great things happen at MSU Denver. But don’t take our word for it.

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Top College for Diversity

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Best for Vets

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Hispanic-Serving Institution

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Most Civily Engaged Students

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Most Innovative University

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AACSB Accreditation

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Economic Impact

During the 2019 fiscal year, MSU Denver generated $703.4 million economic impact on local and statewide economies.

MSU Denver directly employs 2,848 people, including 738 student employees.

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$703.4 Million

Generated in Economic Impact

7,250 Jobs

Supported and Sustained

$35.5 Million

in State and Local Taxes Generated

$6.5 Million

Given Back to the Community in Donations and Volunteer Hours

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Volunteer Hour

$2.4 Million

Annual Charitable Donation

Community Impact

From outreach initiatives to student, faculty and staff contributions, we empower our community.

  • Employees and students make an estimated $2.4 million in charitable donations and volunteer for nearly 372,000 hours.
  • The MSU Denver Skills Lab provides free, curated training courses for high-growth industries available to those looking to land new jobs or advance their careers.
  • Displaced Worker Grants provides tuition assistance to those who lost their job or wages due to COVID-19.
  • The University’s Launch Denver initiative provides free entrepreneurship courses and small-business loans to aid local business.

By The Numbers

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a leader and innovator in higher education, a university committed to fostering an equitable culture while offering a high-quality, accessible college experience.

Get a snapshot of who we are, academic offerings and our economic, civic and community impact.

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21 Students

Average Class Size

3,711 Degrees

Awarded in 2021

Number 1

Transfer Destination in Colorado

16 Sports

MSU Denver NCAA Athletics

Our Student Body

As of December 2021


Average age of undergraduate Students


Military, veteran and dependent students


Undergraduate transfer students (51.7%)



Nearly 80% of students work while pursuing their education

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

MSU Denver has one of the most diverse student bodies in Colorado

50.3 % of MSU Denver’s undergraduate students are students of color. We are a Hispanic-Serving Institution, earned in February 2019, and are committed to serving DACA and undocumented students.

The University’s Board of Trustees issued a resolution in June of 2020 committing to engaging in the anti-racism work necessary to dismantle institutionalized create systemic change. Trustees pledged to dismantling institutionalized racism and bring together civic, industry, public and nonprofit community to address the most pressing issues of racial justice.

Academic Offerings

From philosophy to literature, health care, brewing science and even the option to create your own degree, your future can be whatever you want it to be.








Graduate Programs


Certificate Programs

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We come from every background imaginable and learn to be broad-minded by grappling with a variety of experiences and viewpoints.

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We are determined to succeed and achieve. If we get knocked down, we get back up.

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We have career-ready skills and a deep knowledge of the issues and dynamics that shape the workforce.

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We want to use our education to make change. Every degree earned has a ripple effect, spreading benefits across the metro area and beyond.


We don’t settle for walking on well-worn trails. We reimagine what is possible for ourselves and our communities.

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The Roadrunner Difference

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