Education

An Education System That’s Second to None

As you may have noticed, Colorado continues to rank at the top of the nation’s “Best of” lists, and our student body is no exception. Ranked among the most educated states in the country, 38 percent of Coloradans have at least a bachelor’s degree, the second highest college attainment rate in the country, and 14 percent hold a graduate or professional degree.

Access to top-tier universities and programs, and one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the country, is one of the leading reasons why brilliant minds choose Colorado. Add to that our 300 days of sunshine and ability to head to the mountains for a much needed break from studying, and it’s easy to see why these students make their roots here – eventually becoming our valued employees.

Educational Attainment

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90.4%
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86.3%
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High School Graduate or Higher Percent of Persons age 25 Years or More
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37.4%
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29.3%
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Bachelor's Degree or Higher Percent of Persons age 25 Years or More
31
2-Year and 4-Year Public Institutions
25,778
Students at 2 and 4-Year Public Institutions
Total Enrollment
Fall 2014
Four-Year Public 156,934
Community Colleges 84,138
Local District Institutions 10,706
Degrees Awarded
2013-2014
Certificates 11,735
Associate 8,651
Bachelor 25,731
Graduate 9,048
Public Institutions Degree Level
Undergrad 89%
Grad 11%

Public Institutions Degrees Offered (September 2015)

CertificatesAssociatesBachelorsMastersDoctorate
1,9279151,4791,088396

Rankings

# 2
Best school system in the U.S. WalletHub , 2015
# 2
Most educated state Yahoo , 2015
# 8
Graduate program, Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering, University of Colorado – Boulder U.S. News & World Report , 2016
# 1
Graduate program, Atomic / Molecular / Optical Program, University of Colorado – Boulder US News & World Report , 2014

Figures

470
Public, private, technical and occupational higher education institutions
19
Four-year colleges and universities
24
State-wide federal research and development laboratories
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