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Since 1965, MSU Denver has tailored degree programs to keep up with students’ real lives – new high school graduates, military veterans, adult learners and transfer students.


First Generation 


Military Veteran/Dependent Students


New Students Are Transfers

What’s possible when you reimagine higher education?

A thriving urban university that fosters student success through classroom-to-career connections, relevant degrees and excellent faculty.

MSU Denver is among the lowest tuition rates of Colorado's 4-year public universities.

Most students also receive assistance from financial aid and scholarships.

> Cost


undergraduate students


25 years of age or older


of students working full or part-time

Rowdy The Roadrunner

Meet Rowdy

Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is MSU Denver's current president. She is a bold supporter of our student body and has our sights set on making MSU Denver the model urban university for opportunity, excellence and innovation.

Service is her life’s work. Prior to leading MSU Denver, Davidson was the undersecretary of the United States Navy and then President Barack Obama’s appointed chief management officer for the Navy and Marine Corps.

>Read More About President Davidson



46% Students of Color

MSU Denver is among the most diverse 4-year universities in Colorado and was recently named an HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution). 

Diversity is a core value. MSU Denver seeks to promote an inclusive community of learners, an awareness and appreciation of multicultural perspectives.

> Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Life on Campus


student clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities, volunteer and social-justice organizations.

>Stay Involved Even Virtually

Check it out!

Homecoming, Fall Fest, concerts, plays and art exhibits — most of which are free for students.

16 NCAA Division II Varsity Teams

Including basketball, soccer, volleyball and track. Take a look at the teams winning national championships and the new Regency Athletic Complex!








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. 

Fighting Crime In The Classroom

Retired NCIS Director Andrew Traver joins the criminal justice and criminology faculty.

> Read The Full Story

MSU Denver pursues a single academic goal across all fields of study: to provide every student a college education rooted in rigorous, relevant and valuable content.

> Academics at MSU Denver

Formats That Fit Your Life

Flexibility to choose from classroom, online or hybrid classes or multiple campuses – downtown Denver or South Campus.

> Online Learning

MSU Denver offers 100+ academic programs/majors and minors.

You can even choose an Individualized Degree Program and create a degree that aligns with the future you’ve imagined.

> See all academic programs



Nuclear physicist. Nurse. Opera singer. Teacher. Engineer. Pilot. Hotel manager. Entrepreneur. Brewmeister. Artist.

That's POSSIBLE here!

730 Partner Businesses and Organizations Providing Students With 1,300 Internships a Year. Jump start your career with the all new Classroom to Career (C2) Hub.

> C2 Hub

95,000+ Alumni

At MSU Denver, become part of a family and network of 95,000 work-ready Roadrunners. These alumni have taken their degrees into the world and transformed it.

Award-winning programs that produce successful alumni.

ESPN SportsCenter host Gary Striewski has followed opportunity from Thornton Middle School to MSU Denver to the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

> Read the Full Story



Denver, CO

Located right in the heart of downtown and less than an hour from the mountains. Take a day trip to ski, hike and enjoy the outdoors, or walk to theme parks, live music, restaurants, sporting events and more.

Four Campus Light Rail Stations

Ride free with your CollegePass, which is included in your student fees.

Housing and Commuter Resources

MSU Denver is a nonresidential commuter campus. This means there isn't on-campus housing. Save money and live at home, find a roommate, or explore nearby housing options.

> Housing Information

Visit Campus

Visit campus virtually or in person with options offered year round. 

> Visit


Explore the City to the Slopes. Stay Local. Visit MSU Denver.

> Plan Your Visit


Get Started

Admission Requirements

See what is required for you to apply and get accepted to MSU Denver.

> Admission Requirements

Financial Aid and Scholarships

At MSU Denver, we offer excellent, high-quality programs at the best value. Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid round out the picture.

> Financial Aid

What's your possible?

Apply today and get an admissions decision in as little as three days!


Learn more about what MSU Denver has to offer!

>Request Information

Download the 2020-21 PDF Viewbook



Campus Safety

Campus has it's own police station and officers. 24/7 - 365 they are here for the campus community of all three institutions. You may even see them eating lunch with students or patrolling, they are always available for students and staff. (and make sure to say hi to Jet - the auraria police K9 and mascot)

You will also see blue-light phones, emergency call buttons, a NightRider service and a text alert system - all in place to ensure the safety of the auraria community.


Campus Safety and Compliance

MSU Denver is committed to the safety of its students and employees.

Click to view the Annual Campus Security Report


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Read about current students, alumni and the community. 

>Read Red Stories

Principal Catalyst

Hard work and perseverance fueled Michael Atkins' journey from school janitor to principal. Now he’s empowering students to be themselves.



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