In this article, we review the top 10 online colleges in Colorado, with a focus on the Denver area.
Denver ranks among the top 25 most populous U.S. cities. 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.
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. 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. Schools with multiple rankings were positioned higher on our list.
Below are the top 10 online colleges in Colorado (Denver area).
#10 – Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver offers select online programs designed with the working student in mind. Currently the school offers an online MSW program, an RN to BSN completion, and several self-paced distance-learning courses that fulfill most program requirements. Three programs that lead to teacher licensure are also available online. Metropolitan State has received recognition from major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, Forbes ranks the institution as the 109th college in the West and 646th overall. U.S. News and World Report lists the university as a Tier 2 regional college in the West.
#9 – Colorado State University Global Campus
Greenwood Village, Colorado
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, applied social sciences, business management, human resource management, and marketing. Popular online master’s degree programs include finance, healthcare administration and management, international management, professional accounting, and project management. The online Denver school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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 11th Best Online Bachelor’s Program in the nation.
#8 – University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado offers an Extended Campus with over 50 online undergraduate and graduate academic programs. According to the school’s website, UNC has earned national recognition for quality and online educational experience. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university’s online programs as #179 among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #136 among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Many of the university’s graduate schools have earned rankings with U.S. News and World Report. Some of these recognitions include the 15th Best Rehabilitation Counseling program, the 31st Best Public Health program, and the 45th Best Audiology program in the nation.
#7 – Colorado Technical University
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Technical University offers various online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs designed for students who require a balance between life and school obligations. Popular online bachelor’s degrees include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, healthcare management, and information technology. Various online master’s degree programs include accounting, business administration, homeland security, management, and nursing. U.S. News and World Report surveyed more than 1,200 accredited programs and offered rankings accordingly. Colorado Technical University ranked #23 among the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs, #18 among the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, #63 among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, and #148 among the Best Online MBA Programs.
#6 – Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ranked as the 25th Best National Liberal Arts College in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, Colorado College serves over 2,000 undergraduate students from all over the world. Classes are small, with no designated end-time. The college encourages faculty-student relationships inside and outside the classroom. Online courses are available in nearly every program. However, 100 percent online degree completion is limited. Currently, online degree programs at Colorado College include a Block Plan in Geology that allows students to study abroad and complete online requirements to satisfy the degree. Additional online programs are currently being considered by the college, and may open up in the future.
#5 – University of Colorado at Denver
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. Online degrees include bachelor’s in communication, English writing, nursing, psychology, and sociology. Various teaching master’s degrees are available online. The school even offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing that can be completed entirely online. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Colorado at Denver as the 199th Best National University in the country. The school’s online programs are also ranked with U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.
#4 – Regis University
Regis University’s World Campus offers online degree programs in the Denver area. 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. 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. In fact, U.S. News ranks Regis University as the 28th Best Regional University in the West and the 24th Best College for Veterans. The institution’s online programs, including bachelor’s and graduate nursing degrees, are ranked highly with U.S. News.
#3 – Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Located less than an hour from Denver, Colorado State University is a public institution that offers more than 150 degree programs. Many of the school’s degrees are available online. Graduate degrees include business (MBA), dietetics, engineering, and social work. Some of the most popular bachelor’s degrees available online include agricultural business, economics, human development, and psychology. Colorado State has earned numerous rankings from Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranks Colorado State as the 127th Best National University. The school’s online program rankings include #86 out of 1,200 best online bachelor’s programs and #50 out of 1,200 best online MBA programs.
#2 – Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a nationally ranked public institution located approximately 13 miles from Denver. The school offers several online degree options for students who require flexibility to balance work and life obligations. Online graduate programs are available in various science and engineering programs. The school’s graduate engineering school ranks 56th in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Colorado School of Mines has also earned rankings as the 75th Best National University, the 29th Top Public School, and the 407th Best Global University. From earth sciences to mathematics, Colorado School of Mines degree programs are ranked among the top tier graduate schools in the country.
#1 – University of Denver
University of Denver’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies offers accredited online degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are designed with convenient scheduling for working students. Popular online bachelor’s degrees include communication arts, global studies, and information technology. Online master’s degree programs include healthcare leadership, information and communications technology, and strategic human resource management. The University of Denver has received recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. Rankings include #86 among the Best National Universities, #20 among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, and #21 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs.
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This concludes our ranking of the top 10 online colleges in Colorado (Denver area).
By GVC Staff
Published February 2016