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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 are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,315 per year to get their degree at a college in Colorado, while out of state students will pay an average of $15,001 per 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

There are 4,937 full-time undergraduates at FRCC, and 19,283 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from FRCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 5,069 full-time undergraduates at PPCC, and 13,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

24% of PPCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

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
$4,263 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 average amount of student loans is $4,086 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Red Rocks Community College is $30,200.

#4

Aims Community College

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

There are 6,634 students at Aims Community College in total, 2,200 are full-time undergraduates. 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%.

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
$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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pueblo Community College is $23,800.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
991 Yearly Degrees

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

68% of Escoffier - Boulder students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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

The total student population at Arapahoe Community College is 12,759, which includes 2,110 full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount is $4,978 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.5% which is much lower than the average rate 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

There are 1,049 students at Pickens Technical College in total, 1,020 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,400 during the early-career years.

#9

Intellitec College - Grand Junction

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

There are 776 students at Intellitec College - Grand Junction in total, 776 are full-time undergraduates. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Intellitec College - Grand Junction is $18,800.

#10

Emily Griffith Technical College

Denver, Colorado
Public Public vs. Private
656 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,527 students at Emily Griffith in total, 1,200 are full-time undergraduates. Emily Griffith has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

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.

62% of Lincoln Tech - Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,965 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lincoln Tech - Denver with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from PMI Denver is $26,700.

#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%.

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

The total student population at Concorde Career College - Aurora is 423, which includes 423 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 14% are men and 86% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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

The total student population at Colorado Mountain College is 5,636, which includes 1,662 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

36% of Colorado Mountain College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Colorado Mountain College is $28,900.

#16

Colorado Mesa University

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

There are 9,373 students at Colorado Mesa in total, 9,239 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,972 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Colorado Mesa is 4.8 years.

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

Roughly 62% of students at Colorado Mesa take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,836 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% 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
$4,052 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.

Roughly 20% of students at Trinidad State Junior College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Trinidad State Junior College is $23,900.

#18

Pima Medical Institute - Colorado Springs

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

There are 514 students at PMI Colorado Springs in total, 514 are 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.

90% of IBMC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 23,430 undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, of which 15,272 are full-time, and there are 27,232 students altogether. For undergraduates at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

There are 405 students at Aveda Institute - Denver in total, 405 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

69% of Aveda Institute - Denver students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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

There are 1,390 students at NJC in total, 790 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 49% of students at NJC take out loans to pay for college. 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 students at PMI Aurora in total, 322 are full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans 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 19,194 undergraduates at MSU Denver, of which 12,250 are full-time, and there are 20,080 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

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.

Roughly 36% of students at MSU Denver take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs is 518, which includes 518 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Roughly 51% of students at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs take out loans to pay for college. 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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