MSU Denver GraduatesMSU Denver grads who stay in Colorado to work earn more out of the gate than graduates of CU Boulder and CSU, according to the College Measures/Colorado Department of Higher Education report, “Higher Education Pays: The Initial Earnings of Graduates from Colorado’s Colleges and Universities Working in Colorado.”

President Stephen Jordan noted that the earnings information for each institution on the College Measures website can be compared with the schools’ tuition rates “to get a reasonable idea of the cost of education versus future earnings.”

For instance, the median, first-year earnings for an MSU Denver student with a bachelor’s degree was $38,547 compared to $36,777 for a CSU grad and $37,735 for a CU Boulder grad.

“When you combine that earnings potential with our tuition rate — which is the lowest tuition among the state’s largest universities — you can see the educational value we offer,” Jordan said. “We should be proud because I think it’s the best value in the state.”

Jordan also pointed out that there are many other reasons besides salary to pursue a college degree. But, he added, “This data offers a great place for students and families to begin the college conversation.”

The report was meant to inform parents and students about school choice and the outcomes of certain degrees. The earnings data did not include graduates who continued their education or those who were self-employed, earned less than the minimum wage, left the state or went to work for the federal government in Colorado.