Best Colleges in Colorado for 2017 Ranked by

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Top 35 Schools Recognized for Student Resources, Earnings after College, Overall Quality, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Colorado for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado—Colorado Springs and Colorado Colleges coming in with the highest scores. Of the 15 two-year schools that were also included, Aims Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College were the top five schools. A full list of schools is included below.

“These schools have shown a commitment to preparing their students for success in college and beyond, with numbers to prove it,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “We measure data from each school, but also dig deeper into the success of alumni after college to find which colleges in Colorado truly are the best for students.”

To be included on the “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data points including the number of career and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, visit:

Colorado’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include:
Adams State University
Colorado Christian University
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Fort Lewis College
Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Naropa University
Regis University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Colorado Denver
University of Denver
University of Northern Colorado
Western State Colorado University

Colorado’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include:
Aims Community College
Arapahoe Community College
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Community College of Aurora
Community College of Denver
Front Range Community College
Lamar Community College
Morgan Community College
Northeastern Junior College
Otero Junior College
Pickens Technical College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pueblo Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Trinidad State Junior College

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