Colorado Colleges & Universities

Find out what colleges in Colorado have to offer, and how this might help your career.

New Heights in the Rocky Mountain State: Colleges in Colorado: The spectacular Rocky Mountains evoke many images, but is education really one of them?

After all, with Colorado's breathtaking scenery, ten national parks and monuments, and 300 days of sunshine annually, the state seems more about the great outdoors than the inside of a classroom. Still, colleges in Colorado offer as much variety as its majestic landscape, and as much opportunity for you to explore and reach new heights.

This article will give you a snapshot of what might be out there for you in Colorado schools, and the career heights those schools might lead you to.

Overview of Colorado Colleges: According to the Colorado Department of Higher Education, there are 28 public and 67 private schools in Colorado offering college degrees, in addition to 38 seminary schools and 340 occupational schools. Public colleges in Colorado serve over 240,000 students, representing a diverse group of ethnic backgrounds.

The cost of schools in Colorado varies greatly, depending on the type of institution. According to College Board figures for the 2009-10 school year, the average annual tuition and fees at four-year private Colorado colleges totaled $31,222. The cost of four-year public Colorado colleges was considerably less, at $6,309 for in-state students, and two-year public Colorado schools cost only $2,757 for in-state students.

Financial aid can help offset some or all of these costs, but whatever the cost of education, most people find it pays off when it comes time to pursue a career.

Colleges in Colorado Help You Reach the Career Summit: Choosing a career is like exploring the great outdoors -- there are many paths and many destinations. One common denominator, though, is that a college education typically helps people go further and climb higher than they would without the benefit of that education. Here are some examples

  • • On average, each step of educational attainment results in higher earnings. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of 2009 people with an associate's degree earned an average of 21.6% more than people with just a high school diploma. Those who had earned a bachelor's degree did 63.7% better than those with just a high school diploma, and those with a master's degree roughly doubled the earnings of high school graduates.
  • • Educational attainment should also improve your chances of employment. That same BLS study showed that the there was less unemployment than average for people with college degrees, and more unemployment than average for people without.
  • • Rates of educational attainment are rising, so people today have to aim higher in their educational goals in order to stay competitive.

The above are some general observations about what employment can mean to your career. To be more specific, consider some of the job opportunities that Colorado schools can open up for you.

First, here are some of the biggest employment categories in Colorado which typically require a college degree:

  • • Business and Financial Operations
  • • Education
  • • Healthcare

At $45,990, average wages in Colorado are higher than the national average. Here are some occupations which generally earn considerably more than that in Colorado:

  • • Management
  • • Computer and Mathematical Science
  • • Architecture and Engineering

You probably already know that the State of Colorado has a great deal to offer. Just keep in mind that some of those attractions can be found indoors, in Colorado colleges.

The writer Richard Barrington has earned the CFA designation and is a 20-year veteran of the financial industry, including having previously served for over a dozen years as a member of the Executive Committee of Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc. Richard has written extensively on investment and personal finance topics.


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