Best Value Colleges in Colorado

Best known for sublime expanses of wild scenery and the Rocky Mountains, Colorado also happens to have plenty of colleges that deliver exceptional value for students.  Read More

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1Colorado School of Mines(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$883,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
2Colorado School of Mines(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$818,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
3University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
4Regis University - Denver, CO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$395,000
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
5Colorado State University (CSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$349,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
6University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$342,000
Total 4 Year Cost$207,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
7University of Colorado at Colorado Springs(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$291,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
8Colorado State University (CSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$284,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
9University of Colorado at Colorado Springs(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$249,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
10University of Denver(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$245,000
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
11Colorado Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$157,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
12Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$233,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
13University of Northern Colorado(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$210,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
14Mesa State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$192,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
15Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$188,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Though it's not a household name, the Centennial State's Colorado School of Mines is frequently ranked highly in terms of 20-year net ROI, making it one of the highest-ranked public colleges in the country. Founded in 1873, all three of the Golden, Colorado, school's colleges revolve around engineering and the applied sciences, so it's no wonder that a school with such a strong science, technology, engineering and math focus does so well in our rankings. If that's in your area of interest, it's a worthwhile school to consider even if you have to pay the higher out-of-state tuition.

Located in the famously eclectic and hip city of Boulder, the University of Colorado is regarded as a "Public Ivy," meaning it delivers the quality of education found in the Ivy League even though it's a (much more affordable) public school. More than 150 academic programs are offered at the school, with aerospace engineering, the entrepreneurship program and the environmental engineering program being among the most prestigious. Interestingly enough, UCB ranks fourth in terms of the number of astronauts it has produced.

With eight colleges offering a variety of programs -- most notable among them including engineering, biomedical sciences and environmental science -- Colorado State University, or CSU, is another great choice for students. Located in central Fort Collins in the foothills of the Rockies, the school has produced many notable alumni, including two former Colorado governors, several astronauts and a few Pulitzer Prize winners.