Best Grad Schools in Colorado 2022

Best Grad Schools in Colorado 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Colorado offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Colleges and Universities in Colorado

Fans of the outdoors will feel right at home in Colorado. With the Rocky Mountains, Colorado River, and even part of the Great Plains, you’re sure to find adventure in The Centennial State. Students looking to balance outdoor adventure with higher education can choose from over 40 colleges and universities offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees for an average in-state tuition of $10,800.

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Colorado’s 28 public institutes include junior colleges, universities, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Colorado School of Mines, a research university that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and math. Tuition for Colorado’s public schools ranges from $3,000 to $19,000, with many of the colleges and junior colleges starting at $4,000 and the universities at $8,000. With smaller class sizes and student populations, Colorado’s private institutions, which includes five religiously affiliated campuses, tend to be more expensive, ranging from $4,000 to $55,000 in tuition. The University of Colorado, Boulder, a notable research institute, is ranked as the number one school in the state and has a student population of just over 32,000. Students can earn degrees in computer science and physics and, once graduated, can share alumni status with influential people, such as Steve Wozniak and Robert Redford. Prospective art students can check out Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and those desiring a career in the medical field can look into the Institute of Business and Medical Careers.

To learn more, check out the best degree programs and top career opportunities offered in Colorado.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 9 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Colorado. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Colorado is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Colorado 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    34K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1250/28

    What is University of Colorado Boulder known for?

    University of Colorado Boulder’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Anthropology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    University of Denver

    Denver , CO
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    61%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/28

    What is University of Denver known for?

    University of Denver’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Business
    • Law
    • Anthropology
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Colorado State University

    Fort Collins , CO
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    29K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/26

    What is Colorado State University known for?

    Colorado State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Colorado School of Mines

    Golden , CO
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1310/30

    What is Colorado School of Mines known for?

    Colorado School of Mines’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Sociology
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/23

    What is University of Colorado Denver known for?

    University of Colorado Denver’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    What is University of Northern Colorado known for?

    University of Northern Colorado’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • History
    • Business
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Aspen University

    Denver , CO
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    4K

    What is Aspen University known for?

    Aspen University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs , CO

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    What is University of Colorado Colorado Springs known for?

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • Anthropology
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Adams State University

    Alamosa , CO

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    What is Adams State University known for?

    Adams State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Colorado Boulder
  2. University of Colorado Denver
  3. Colorado State University
  4. University of Denver
  5. Colorado School of Mines
  6. University of Northern Colorado
  7. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  8. Iliff School of Theology