Diversity is a core value at MSU Denver. We believe our differences make us stronger and work hard every day to make sure that our campus is a welcoming and inclusive place for all people.
For more than 50 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in higher education.
We empower Colorado’s students to advance their lives and careers through high-quality, real-world education. And we power the state economy through our 95,000 work-ready graduates, more than 80% of whom stay in Colorado. Based in the heart of the Mile High City, MSU Denver provides unparalleled access to internships and professional networks that jump-start careers.
University type: Public, modified open enrollment
President: Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Provost: Vicki Golich, Ph.D.
Mascot: Rowdy the Roadrunner
Number of NCAA Division II sports teams: 16
Conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Location: Auraria Campus, shared with two other institutions
Number of students: Nearly 20,000
Number of alumni: 95,000
Percent of resident students: 95%
Start your possible with a comprehensive baccalaureate degree or certificate; or master your future with one of our graduate programs.
At MSU Denver, we see higher education as the foundation of the American dream.
If you are willing to put in the work, you should have an opportunity to get ahead. Period. Regardless of where you’ve been, we can help you get to where you want to go.
MSU Denver offers high-quality education without the high-end price tag.
Our classes are taught by noted academics, national experts and industry icons. And they build hands-on learning into every course, which helps students become career-ready, critical thinkers who companies want to hire.
classes taught by faculty, not teachers assistants
most innovative university in the West, U.S News and World Report
ranking of median graduate salary compared to Colorado's other public universities
At MSU Denver, we never settle.
We believe that the key to great education is always adapting to meet the needs of today’s students and the needs of society. That’s why we connect classrooms to careers through cutting-edge learning spaces and partnerships with some of Colorado’s leading companies. Here's what is possible:
In the early days of the University, students dubbed themselves “Roadrunners” because they sprinted across downtown Denver’s busy streets to get to classes. In 1974, students voted to make the Roadrunner the University’s official mascot. Over the years, the MSU Denver Roadrunner has come to signify more, including these five characteristics shared by every graduate of the University.
Diverse: They come from every background imaginable and learn to be broad-minded by grappling with a variety of experiences and viewpoints.
Tenacious: They are determined to succeed and achieve. If they get knocked down, they get back up.
Primed: They have career-ready skills and a deep knowledge of the issues and dynamics that shape the workforce.
Purposeful: They want to use their education to make change. Every degree earned has a ripple effect, spreading benefits across the metro area and beyond.
Entrepreneurial: They don’t settle for walking on well-worn trails. They reimagine what is possible for themselves and their communities.