The Best Colorado Colleges

The Best Colleges in Colorado for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Colorado as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Colorado is University of Denver. The top rated public state college is Colorado School of Mines. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


13 results

University of Denver
D
Denver, CO

University of Denver

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Colorado

  • 14,130enrollment
  • $38,322net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Colorado School of Mines
C
Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 7,187enrollment
  • $27,675net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Colorado Boulder
C
Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Colorado

  • 39,000enrollment
  • $21,198net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1390SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Regis University
R
Denver, CO

Regis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Colorado

  • 5,566enrollment
  • $27,785net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Colorado State University Fort Collins
C
Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University Fort Collins

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 32,586enrollment
  • $17,609net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

University of Colorado Denver
C
Denver, CO

University of Colorado Denver

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 24,267enrollment
  • $15,585net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.46Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of Northern Colorado
N
Greeley, CO

University of Northern Colorado

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 10,348enrollment
  • $16,510net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 970-1210SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Western State Colorado University
W
Gunnison, CO

Western State Colorado University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 3,689enrollment
  • $16,951net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1230SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Colorado Mesa University
C
Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Mesa University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 8,907enrollment
  • $15,327net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 948-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA

Fort Lewis College
F
Durango, CO

Fort Lewis College

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 3,567enrollment
  • $15,723net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Colorado State University Pueblo
C
Pueblo, CO

Colorado State University Pueblo

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 6,110enrollment
  • $13,388net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 940-1130SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Metropolitan State College of Denver
M
Denver, CO

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 17,678enrollment
  • $13,563net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 910-1140SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.03Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Adams State College
A
Alamosa, CO

Adams State College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 3,138enrollment
  • $13,193net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • 920-1140SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA