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68 Colleges
20,227 Yearly Graduations
$37,258 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,603 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Colorado ranked #17 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 20,227 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $9,315 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $15,001 a year.

An estimated 60% of college students in Colorado take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,651 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Front Range Community College

Westminster, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,987 Yearly Degrees
$3,986 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Front Range Community College is 19,283, which includes 4,937 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,400 during the early-career years.

#2

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,401 Yearly Degrees
$3,842 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,655 students at PPCC in total, 5,069 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at PPCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,074 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from PPCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,236 Yearly Degrees
$4,263 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Red Rocks Community College is 7,008, of which 6,942 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,272 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,086 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

#4

Aims Community College

Greeley, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,049 Yearly Degrees
$2,762 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,200 full-time undergraduates at Aims Community College, and 6,634 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at Aims Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,054 a year. The student loan default rate of 12.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Aims Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,046 Yearly Degrees
$5,179 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pueblo Community College is 6,545, which includes 1,954 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

45% of Pueblo Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,035 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pueblo Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
991 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,673 students at Escoffier - Boulder in total, 3,673 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 68% of students at Escoffier - Boulder take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,411 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#7

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
771 Yearly Degrees
$3,921 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,110 full-time undergraduates at Arapahoe Community College, and 12,759 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 27% of students at Arapahoe Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,978 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Arapahoe Community College is $32,900.

#8

Pickens Technical College

Aurora, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
697 Yearly Degrees
$4,510 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pickens Technical College is 1,049, which includes 1,020 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Students who graduate from Pickens Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Intellitec College - Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
669 Yearly Degrees

There are 776 full-time undergraduates at Intellitec College - Grand Junction, and 776 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,366 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $18,800 during the early-career years.

#10

Emily Griffith Technical College

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
656 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Emily Griffith Technical College is 5,527, which includes 1,200 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Emily Griffith. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

Students who graduate from Emily Griffith with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
609 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Lincoln College of Technology - Denver is 1,343, which includes 1,343 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 62% of students at Lincoln Tech - Denver take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,965 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,200 during the early-career years.

#12

Pima Medical Institute - Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
599 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Pima Medical Institute - Denver is 767, which includes 767 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 72% of students at PMI Denver take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,074 a year. PMI Denver has a 7.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

#13

Community College of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
571 Yearly Degrees
$4,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Community College of Denver is 8,232, which includes 2,453 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

24% of CCD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,643 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CCD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Concorde Career College - Aurora

Aurora, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
557 Yearly Degrees

There are 423 students at Concorde Career College - Aurora in total, 423 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Around 14% of accepted students are men, and 86% are women.

Roughly 81% of students at Concorde Career College - Aurora take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,101 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,700 during the early-career years.

#15

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
528 Yearly Degrees
$4,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,662 full-time undergraduates at Colorado Mountain College, and 5,636 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 36% of students at Colorado Mountain College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,674 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,900 during the early-career years.

#16

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
512 Yearly Degrees
$8,686 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,239 undergraduates at Colorado Mesa, of which 6,972 are full-time, and there are 9,373 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,836 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Colorado Mesa is $30,700.

#17

Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$4,052 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,621 students at Trinidad State Junior College in total, 716 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,964 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Trinidad State Junior College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Pima Medical Institute - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
477 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Pima Medical Institute - Colorado Springs is 514, which includes 514 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 67% of students at PMI Colorado Springs take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,889 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

#19

IBMC College

Fort Collins, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
372 Yearly Degrees
$14,040 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at IBMC College is 357, which includes 357 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

Approximately 90% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from IBMC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
351 Yearly Degrees
$12,529 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 27,232 students at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs in total, 23,430 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 15,272 are full-time. It takes the average Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,795 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 during the early-career years.

#21

Aveda Institute - Denver

Denver, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
268 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Aveda Institute - Denver is 405, which includes 405 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 69% of students at Aveda Institute - Denver take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,377 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

#22

Northeastern Junior College

Sterling, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
265 Yearly Degrees
$5,072 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeastern Junior College is 1,390, which includes 790 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

49% of NJC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,194 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NJC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Pima Medical Institute - Aurora

Aurora, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
239 Yearly Degrees

There are 322 full-time undergraduates at PMI Aurora, and 322 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

73% of PMI Aurora students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,193 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$8,151 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,080 students at MSU Denver in total, 19,194 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,250 are full-time. For undergraduates at MSU Denver, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

36% of MSU Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,620 a year. MSU Denver has a 7.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MSU Denver is $34,100.

#25

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
208 Yearly Degrees

There are 518 full-time undergraduates at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs, and 518 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,520 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Intellitec College - Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Colorado Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 International Salon and Spa Academy 205
27 Johnson & Wales University - Denver 197
28 Community College of Aurora 195
29 Colorado State University - Global Campus 186
30 Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology 173
31 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs 159
32 Colorado State University - Fort Collins 158
33 Otero Junior College 145
34 Paul Mitchell the School Colorado Springs 132
34 Morgan Community College 132
36 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc 128
37 Paul Mitchell the School Denver 117
38 Delta Montrose Technical College 114
39 National Beauty College 108
40 Colorado Northwestern Community College 107
41 Lamar Community College 105
42 College of International Esthetics Inc 93
43 Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 88
44 Colorado School of Trades 84
45 University of Northern Colorado 76
46 Colorado Christian University 63
47 The Salon Professional Academy - Colorado Springs 62
48 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 61
49 Rolf Institute of Structural Integration 48
50 Colorado State University - Pueblo 46
50 United Beauty College 46
52 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster 43
53 Empire Beauty School-Thornton 37
54 The Salon Professional Academy - Grand Junction 36
54 Stacey James Institute 36
56 CollegeAmerica - Colorado Springs 34
57 Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado 33
58 CollegeAmerica - Denver 31
58 Empire Beauty School-Littleton 31
60 Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology 28
61 Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Fort Collins 26
62 Xenon International Academy-Denver 20
63 CollegeAmerica - Fort Collins 16
64 Empire Beauty School-Aurora 15
65 Regis University 14
66 Aspen University 3
67 Fort Lewis College 1
67 DeVry University - Colorado 1

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