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.

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RankSchool Name20 Year Net ROI
Total 4 Year Cost
Graduation Rate
Typical Years to Graduate
Average Loan Amount
Rank:1School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$988,000Total 4 Year Cost:$126,000Graduation Rate:77%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$26,700
Rank:2School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$953,000Total 4 Year Cost:$0Graduation Rate:83%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:-
Rank:3School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$919,000Total 4 Year Cost:$195,000Graduation Rate:77%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$26,700
Rank:4School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$474,000Total 4 Year Cost:$120,000Graduation Rate:70%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$32,100
Rank:5School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$407,000Total 4 Year Cost:$191,000Graduation Rate:68%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$29,600
Rank:6School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$398,000Total 4 Year Cost:$95,300Graduation Rate:67%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$26,900
Rank:7School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$383,000Total 4 Year Cost:$210,000Graduation Rate:70%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$32,100
Rank:8School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$348,000Total 4 Year Cost:$91,000Graduation Rate:47%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$26,100
Rank:9School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$331,000Total 4 Year Cost:$162,000Graduation Rate:67%Typical Years to Graduate:5Average Loan Amount:$26,900
Rank:10School Name:20 Year Net ROI:$309,000Total 4 Year Cost:$236,000Graduation Rate:79%Typical Years to Graduate:4Average Loan Amount:$29,700

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.