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Top 10 Online Colleges in Colorado: Denver


In this article, we review the top 9 online colleges in Colorado, with a focus on the Denver area.

From professional sports teams to its quality of life, Denver is an attractive city for college-aged individuals. To accommodate the influx of young professionals, the city provides a large university network with online study options. The University of Denver, founded in 1864, was the first institution of higher learning in the city. Since then, prominent private colleges and universities have spread throughout the surrounding metro area.

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We reviewed colleges and universities within eighty miles of the city. We selected accredited universities and private colleges that offered at least one online degree program. Programs with flexible and vast options ranked higher on our list. From our pool of schools, we examined rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. We selected institutions that earned at least one ranking.

Below are the top 9 online colleges in the Denver, Colorado area.

#9 Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 6,209

Located just 13 miles from Denver, Colorado School of Mines services students in the unique areas of Earth, Energy, and Environment. Mines offers an impressive 17:1 student to faculty ratio, creating an environment that cultivates forward-thinking entrepreneurs. Students can choose from over 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees specialized in the fields of science and engineering. Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs are available for students who are confident that graduate school is their next academic step. At this point, Mines only offers one online program, with 3 additional pending programs in the works. While the undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the graduate programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Colorado School of Mines is impressively ranked in the top 120 regional universities in both Forbes and U.S. News and World Report.
Out-of-State Tuition: $37,436

#8 University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 11,434

The University of Denver values a holistic approach to education that is rooted in research, rigor, and adventure. With an impressive 11:1 faculty to student ratio, students will receive individual attention with what their website calls “big-city connections.” There are over 300 degree programs students can choose from, as well as over 100 study abroad opportunities in 55 different countries around the world. Popular online Bachelor’s Completion programs include Communication Arts, Global Commerce and Transportation, Global Studies, Information Technology, and Leadership and Organization Studies. For students looking to continue their education, the University of Denver also offers over a dozen online Master’s Degrees, including programs like Nonprofit Leadership, Professional Creative Writing, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Community Engagement. The University of Denver has received recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education.
Out-of-State Tuition: $48,669

#7 Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 8,341

Regis University’s World Campus offers a mixture of online, accelerated, hybrid, and on-campus degree programs right in the heart of Denver, Colorado. With an impressive 14:1 student to faculty ratio, students can choose between many areas of study like Business, Computer Science, Education, Healthcare, Humanities, Engineering, and Math. In addition, the school’s College of Computer and Information Sciences, College for Professional Studies, and Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions offer affordable online degrees for busy students in need of flexible education. While there are 132 degree programs at Regis University, 80 of them can be completed online. Popular bachelor’s degree programs include accounting, business, computer information systems, computer science, finance, and nursing. Online RN to BSN and MSN degrees are also available. The school is ranked regionally and nationally with major publications like U.S. News and World Report.
Out-of-State Tuition: $35,360

#6 University of Colorado—Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 35,338

A public research institution, the University of Colorado Boulder prides itself on its commitment to innovation, community outreach, and career potential. Impressively, UCB has the #1 spot amongst Colorado public universities for four year graduation rates, as well as an 86% annual student retention rate. In addition, the university has several top 10 national rankings in aerospace engineering, ceramics, geology, environmental law, physical chemistry, and quantum physics. Students can choose from over 150 fields of study, as well as over 50 fully online post-bachelor’s degrees. The online school at the University of Colorado Boulder also offers 7 dual degree programs, where students can earn their Bachelor’s and Master’s simultaneously. Dual degree programs include Art and Art History, Anthropology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, German, Telecommunications, and Theatre. Located only 30 miles from Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder is a solid choice for students seeking an innovative, entrepreneurial environment that will foster a supported, individualized, and rigorous education.

Out-of-State Tuition: $36,220

#5 University of Colorado—Denver

Denver, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 24,839

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, variety and affordability set the University of Colorado at Denver apart from other schools. CU Online is a part of the University of Colorado system and provides flexible education designed with the working student in mind. Among the 50+ degrees offered online include a Bachelor’s in Communication, English Writing, Nursing, Psychology, and Sociology. Various teaching Master’s degrees are also available online like an MS in Finance and Risk Management, an MA in Early Childhood Education, or a Master of Public Administration, among others. The school even offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice that can be completed entirely online. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Colorado at Denver as the 205th Best National University in the country. The school’s online programs are also ranked with U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.

Out-of-State Tuition: $25,259

#4 Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 20,304

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Metropolitan State University of Denver prides itself on offering a rigorous, high-quality education but with the lowest tuition rate among Colorado’s largest universities and colleges. While Out-of-State tuition is $20,149, In-State tuition is only $7,352. MSU of Denver offers over 85+ majors with select online programs designed with the working student in mind. Currently, the school offers six online degrees: Accounting, Criminal Justice & Corrections, Health and Medical Administrative Services, Management Information Systems, Nursing, and Social Work. With a student to faculty ratio of 18:1, students can expect class sizes to be around 20 students per class. Metropolitan State has received recognition from major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. Other accolades include rankings as a Diversity Champion, as well as a 2018 Best College for Veterans.
Out-of-State Tuition: $20,149

#3 University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 13,399

The University of Northern Colorado, located in Greeley, Colorado, offers an Extended Campus that services 4 campus locations and an extensive online program. With over 16 different areas of study, students can choose from over 50 online undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including unique options like Brewing, ASL & Interpreting, and Performing and Visual Arts. Degree options range from Bachelor’s all the way to Doctorates, as well as certificates and endorsements. Impressively, 72% of incoming first-year students receive financial aid. According to the school’s website, UNC has earned national recognition for quality and online educational experience. Though the school is comprised of almost 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UNC still maintains a low student to faculty ratio at 18:1, with an average class size of 26 students. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university’s online programs as #29 among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
Out-of-State Tuition: $21,132

#2 Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 33,083

Located less than an hour from Denver, Colorado State University is a public institution that offers more than 150 degree programs, with many of the school’s degrees are available online as well. Students seeking an online Bachelor’s degree can choose between 10 disciplines, including Natural Resource Tourism, Horticulture, Fire and Emergency Services Administration, and Agricultural Business. In addition, both Master’s and Doctoral degrees are offered online, including popular degrees like business (MBA), dietetics, engineering, and social work. Online certificates, digital badges, professional development, and training programs are also available. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Colorado State has earned numerous rankings from Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, US News and World Report ranks Colorado State’s online Bachelor’s programs as #20. CSU has also been named a leader amongst its peers in the area of sustainability, receiving consecutive STARS platinum ratings.

Out-of-State Tuition: $28,903

#1 Colorado State University-Global Campus

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Total Enrollment: 12,381

Students looking for variety in online degree programs within the Denver region find Colorado State University’s Global Campus to be a top choice. Undergraduate and graduate online degree programs are available. Popular online Bachelor’s degrees include Accounting, Business Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. Popular online Master’s degree programs include Finance, Healthcare Administration, International Management, Professional Accounting, and Project Management. The online Denver school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the school’s business programs have also earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). U.S. News and World Report ranks the school’s bachelor’s program as the 8th Best Online Bachelor’s Program in the nation. For its low tuition rate, rankings, and flexible options, Colorado State University-Global Campus takes our #1 spot on this ranking.

Out-of-State Tuition: $8,400
By GVC Staff
Published February 2019