Choosing a University in Colorado

Choosing a college is an important step for anyone. Whether your reasoning to go to a university is to improve your chances of getting a well-paid job or if it is because you believe that an education generally leads to crucial development in a person’s character, choosing a university is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. There are multiple universities in Colorado.  Each university has it’s own personality as well as pros and cons. Read on for a brief description of the universities to see which is the best fit for you.

The University of Colorado has been a leader in higher education and research in the Rocky Mountain region for over 130 years. CU has evolved into a dynamic network of four campuses, including one of the newest biomedical and health care centers in the world. The four campuses are Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Anschutz Medical Campus. Schedule a tour, visit the universities you are most interested, at least twice. Aside from academics also look into what types of student organizations are available.

The first of Colorado University’s (CU) four campuses, CU-Boulder was founded in 1876 and today is a nationally renowned comprehensive research university and residential campus with about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located on 700 acres in Boulder, a vibrant city west of Denver that is a national leader in high-tech startups. CU-Boulder offers more than 2,500 courses in more than 150 areas of study through its nine colleges and schools.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a blossoming regional academic and research powerhouse with new on-campus housing, and a rapidly growing undergraduate and graduate student population of about 8,500. UCCS offers 34 bachelor’s, 19 master’s and five doctoral degree programs through its six colleges.

CU-Denver became an autonomous campus in 1974. CU Denver awards the most graduate degrees in the state. The university has strengths in business, public affairs, computer science, art and digital media and is a leader in sustainability on its campus and in its curriculum.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, located at the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Garrison, is one of the nation’s newest and most dynamic educational, healthcare and biomedical research facilities in the world. This campus encompasses 6.5 million gross square feet for cutting-edge research, education and clinical facilities. The campus is home to CU’s health schools and programs, University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado, both designated “magnet” facilities for nursing excellence.

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Colorado State’s world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, environmental science, and biomedical technology attracted more than $300 million in research funding annually. Their professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management are ranked among the nation’s best.

The University of Denver was founded in 1864 and is one of the country’s premier private universities. The University’s 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,000 students from all regions of the U.S. and 93 other countries.
The University of Denver has more than 170 undergraduate programs and more than 120 graduate and professional programs.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a comprehensive college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. Founded in 1965, MSU Denver has grown to nearly 24,000 students and educates more undergraduate Coloradans than anyone else in the state. Metro State balances the benefits of being one of the largest public colleges in the country with the goal of giving students the individual academic experience they deserve by providing classes of 22 instead of 200, accessible professors, targeted advisers, and Industry mentors.

Colorado College is a private, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college in Colorado Springs. In an average class size of 16, your professors will not only know your name, but they’ll also respect your ambition and your capacity to learn. Since  founded in 1874, CC students have bustled to and from class in the foreground of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

These are just a few of the great colleges in Colorado. Take a look at each of their websites for more information about what they have to offer. Remember, “Ask not what my university can do for me, but what I can do for my university.”

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