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68 Colleges
20,227 Yearly Graduations
$35,821 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,502 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. Colorado colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $8,955 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $15,093 per year.

About 52% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,625 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
$4,032 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,531 full-time undergraduates at FRCC, and 18,703 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,762 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from FRCC is $30,400.

#2

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,401 Yearly Degrees
$3,967 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pikes Peak Community College is 12,506, which includes 4,394 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,528 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from PPCC is $25,500.

#3

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,236 Yearly Degrees
$4,379 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,932 undergraduates at Red Rocks Community College, of which 1,839 are full-time, and there are 6,029 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,016 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Red Rocks Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Aims Community College

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

There are 5,981 students at Aims Community College in total, 1,707 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,520 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% 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.

#5

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
1,046 Yearly Degrees
$4,520 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,551 students at Pueblo Community College in total, 1,598 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,694 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% 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

The total student population at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder is 7,600, which includes 7,600 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 97 to 1.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,147 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#7

Arapahoe Community College

Littleton, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
771 Yearly Degrees
$4,029 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,001 students at Arapahoe Community College in total, 2,065 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 23% of students at Arapahoe Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,125 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Arapahoe Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 903, which includes 867 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pickens Technical College is $26,400.

#9

Intellitec College - Grand Junction

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

There are 874 students at Intellitec College - Grand Junction in total, 874 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

67% of Intellitec College - Grand Junction students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,547 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.0% 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

There are 1,123 full-time undergraduates at Emily Griffith, and 5,059 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,100 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
609 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,529 students at Lincoln Tech - Denver in total, 1,529 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 37 to 1.

64% of Lincoln Tech - Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,196 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Lincoln Tech - Denver is $29,200.

#12

Pima Medical Institute - Denver

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

There are 721 students at PMI Denver in total, 721 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

75% of PMI Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,671 a year. PMI Denver has a 8.2% 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
$4,788 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Community College of Denver is 7,273, which includes 2,050 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,045 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,100 during the early-career years.

#14

Concorde Career College - Aurora

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

There are 329 students at Concorde Career College - Aurora in total, 329 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Concorde Career College - Aurora is 94%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 10% are men and 90% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,275 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Concorde Career College - Aurora with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Colorado Mountain College

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
528 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,315 students at Colorado Mountain College in total, 1,422 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,732 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#16

Colorado Mesa University

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

There are 8,945 undergraduates at Colorado Mesa, of which 6,857 are full-time, and there are 9,110 students altogether. It takes the average Colorado Mesa undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

54% of Colorado Mesa students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,312 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,700 during the early-career years.

#17

Trinidad State Junior College

Trinidad, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$4,168 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 687 full-time undergraduates at Trinidad State Junior College, and 1,404 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,212 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,900 during the early-career years.

#18

Pima Medical Institute - Colorado Springs

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

There are 463 full-time undergraduates at PMI Colorado Springs, and 463 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 72% of students at PMI Colorado Springs take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,150 a year. PMI Colorado Springs has a 8.2% 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.

#19

IBMC College

Fort Collins, Colorado
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
372 Yearly Degrees
$14,400 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at IBMC College is 408, which includes 408 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

Approximately 96% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,151 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% 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
$12,573 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,759 undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, of which 15,135 are full-time, and there are 28,244 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 31 to 1.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,610 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is $27,900.

#21

Aveda Institute - Denver

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

The total student population at Aveda Institute - Denver is 403, which includes 403 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,310 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

#22

Northeastern Junior College

Sterling, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
265 Yearly Degrees
$5,288 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeastern Junior College is 1,293, which includes 692 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

39% of NJC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,092 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%.

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 362 full-time undergraduates at PMI Aurora, and 362 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,969 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Public Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$8,693 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 19,086, of which 17,988 students are undergraduates and of those, 11,134 are full-time. It takes the average MSU Denver undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 31% of students at MSU Denver take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,621 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,100 during the early-career years.

#25

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs

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

The total student population at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs is 585, which includes 585 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,405 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,800 during the early-career years.

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 Technical College of the Rockies 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 Beauty Academy-Forty 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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