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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16Fort Lewis College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$174,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,100
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
17University of Northern Colorado(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,500
18Mesa State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$151,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
19Fort Lewis College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$132,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
20Johnson & Wales University - Denver, CO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$104,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,200
21Colorado College (CC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$100,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
22Western State Colorado University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$99,700
Total 4 Year Cost$82,100
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
23Adams State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$93,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,400
Grad Rate21%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
24Western State Colorado University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$58,500
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
25Adams State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$50,100
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate21%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-Metropolitan State University of Denver(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
-Nazarene Bible College(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate17%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$17,200
-University of Colorado - Denver Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
-University of Colorado - Denver Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*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.