Online Schools & Colleges in Colorado

Colorado boasts more than 470 institutions of higher education, including four-year public and private institutions, two-year technical and community colleges, and private occupational schools. Colorado has two networks of public, four-year universities: the University of Colorado System and the Colorado State University System. The state also has seven unaffiliated public, four-year universities; seven private, nonprofit universities; and 13 public, two-year institutions. On the K-12 front, Colorado is home to numerous fully-online programs serving over 16,000 students across the state, while many district schools and charter schools are moving into online education by incorporating blended learning.

Colorado Online Colleges and Universities

A high-tech, forward-thinking culture is reflected in the state’s wide array of distance-learning programs. Both of its public university systems have expansive online education programs, while the schools in the Colorado Community College (CCC) system present a unified distance-learning program. In addition, most of the state’s private, nonprofit institutions provide online education options. A number of traditional colleges, including the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, have online degree and certificate programs. Colorado’s three technical colleges, and its numerous community colleges, offer hundreds of short-term certificate programs.

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Aims Community College 5401 W. 20th St. Greeley +
Community College of Aurora 16000 E CentreTech Pky Aurora +
Front Range Community College 3645 W 112th Ave Westminster +

Best Online Schools in Colorado for 2017

Distance learning opportunities in Colorado continue to grow, with many colleges and universities in the state now offering online degree programs. These programs open the door for may non-traditional students who need a flexible alternative to earning a traditional degree. Students can make their own schedule and access courses from anywhere with an internet connection. But it can be a challenge to find the right college or university and the right academic program. We’ve ranked the schools to bring you our list of the 2017 Best Online Colleges in Colorado. Find out where your school of choice ranked.

1 Trinidad State Junior College
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Ranking SCORE 99.79
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Students enrolled at Trinidad State Junior College will be pleased to hear that they can complete the majority of their coursework without leaving their home. Online learning allows students to develop motivational and scheduling skills that lead to successful careers in the future. Online students may split their time between campus and home with hybrid courses, further allowing for social engagement. While on campus, students can spend their time participating in student clubs or attending on-campus events. Students can stay fit by trying out for one of Trinidad State's nine sports teams, including baseball, basketball, and soccer.

  • Additional Benefits:
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
2 Pueblo Community College
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Ranking SCORE 96.15
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By taking advantage of online learning options at Pueblo Community College, students are able to pursue their education in a flexible and convenient way. PCC offers individual online courses as well as full degrees that can be completed entirely at a distance including degrees in Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology and Library Technician. The eLearning staff and faculty are trained to best help distance learners meet their academic goals and provide the same quality of learning as on-campus courses. Students have access to technical support services at all hours of the day to help with any technical issues that may arise.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
3 Aims Community College
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Ranking SCORE 95.21
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Students interested in pursuing their education in a flexible way that works with their other time commitments may benefit from enrolling in one of Aims Community College's online courses or programs. Before beginning their online course, students must first complete the Online Orientation which provides students with a self-assessment quiz, computer setup tutorials, and other helpful resources to get them started. If any technical issues arise, students can access their orientation tech tutorials or contact the Aims Helpdesk for further assistance.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
4 Otero Junior College
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Ranking SCORE 94.75
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Based in Colorado, Otero Junior College has been helping students meet their academic goals since 1941. OJC is mindful of students' long-term goals and future prospects to help educate highly skilled and competent citizens. OJC gives students the opportunity to enroll in hybrid courses, which is a blend of in-person and online education. This allows students to complete course work, exams, and have one-on-one interactions with their professors in a way that best fits their schedule. Students are expected to commit the same amount of time to their online courses as they would with on-campus learning.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
5 Colorado Northwestern Community College
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Ranking SCORE 94.52
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Online learning at Colorado Northwestern Community College allows students to take part in courses and programs entirely at a distance. Through the instructional program, Virtual Classroom, students are able to have most of the same learning experiences as their on-campus peers by having set meeting times and similar coursework. CCCOnline is another online learning option provided by the school to help make higher education accessible for more students. Students can receive support 24/7 through the Student Support Center where they can also access resources such as the Online Library, Brainfuse Online Tutoring, course materials, and trouble shooting help.

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  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
6 Pikes Peak Community College
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Ranking SCORE 94.08
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The eLearning Department at Pikes Peak Community College supplies various resources to help students who wish to enroll in online or hybrid courses. In addition to a student orientation to online learning, students can complete the "Online Learning Readiness Survey" to determine if the online format is a good educational fit. Additional advising takes place both face-to-face as well as by telephone or email. All online and hybrid courses use Desire2Learn software. If students do not have access to a computer or Internet, they can seek out computer and Internet at one of the multiple campuses. Online classes are offered through both Pikes Peak Community College and CCCOnline.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
7 Front Range Community College
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Ranking SCORE 93.61
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Students seeking online education opportunities can find various class, degree and certification options through Front Range Community College. Several classes spanning multiple fields of study offer flexibility in educational goals. Students can choose from degrees and certificates completed entirely online as well as "Primarily Online Degrees and Certificates." A required online orientation instructs students on successful navigation of online course structure, including the Desire2Learn software and course expectations. Multiple resources are available, including access to research and journal databases. Students can also connect with one another through the Front Range Community College online student union.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
8 Lamar Community College
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Ranking SCORE 93.17
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Lamar Community College offers course programming for traditional and nontraditional students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, students can choose from several online courses, certifications and associate degree programs. For students who prefer a blend of online and face-to-face course structure, hybrid courses are also available. Lamar Community College provides support in career development, including help with developing a resume, interviewing strategies and career counseling. Additionally, students who previously started but did not complete a degree may seek out the Alternative Credit Project and the possibility of counting previously completed online courses towards a degree.

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  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
9 Arapahoe Community College
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Ranking SCORE 92.29
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A member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Arapahoe Community College offers online and hybrid courses as well as online degrees. Online courses parallel traditional face-to-face formats and strategies and may include video or audio lectures. Online and hybrid courses utilize Brightspace by Desire2Learn; an orientation to Desire2Learn is available. Multiple resources are accessible to students, including: online course tips, 24/7 help desk and a getting started guide for online and hybrid course formats. For students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution, transfer options to multiple Colorado schools are available.

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  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
10 Morgan Community College
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Ranking SCORE 90.42
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Students can enroll in online and hybrid courses directly through Morgan Community College as well as access additional online courses through CCCOnline. Those choosing online or hybrid courses have resources available to them, including various ebooks, research and journal databases, help guides (e.g., APA and MLA resources) and tutorials. Students may seek out career-planning services, such as networking, connecting with employers and interview skills. Listed potential salaries based on degrees further help students in determining desired courses and degree programs. Morgan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
11 Northeastern Junior College
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Ranking SCORE 90.25
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
12 Community College of Denver
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Ranking SCORE 88.79
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13 Community College of Aurora
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Ranking SCORE 86.73
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1 University of Denver
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Ranking SCORE 99.83
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Flexible degree completion options are available through University College at the University of Denver, including fully-online undergraduate and graduate degree paths. Certificate programs and individual online courses are also available and programs can be completed in a hybrid format for students looking to combine online learning with in-class meetings. Online content is delivered through the Canvas learning interface and multiple videos and resources are provided to familiarize students with the course content platform. Online learning through University College is flexible and convenient, as classes are asynchronous and students can study according to their schedule, rather than being required to log in to the virtual environment at chosen times.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
2 Colorado State University-Fort Collins
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Ranking SCORE 98.91
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Accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, Colorado State University provides online courses and certificate programs, in addition to degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online students are invited to participate in on-campus graduation ceremonies, and university resources such as library access, academic advising, and career assistance are available to all students. Financial aid options are available through a range of source including federal loans, scholarships, and benefits for active military and veterans. The university also offers educational content online, free of charge, for knowledge acquisition outside of being a registered student.

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  • Credit for ExperienceNo
3 University of Colorado Boulder
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Ranking SCORE 98.51
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Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, in addition to graduate certificates, the University of Colorado at Boulder provides multiple academic paths for degree seekers, in addition to free online non-credit courses for educational enrichment. Course lectures are typically available for online streaming, or recorded and accessed at a time that meets the student's schedule. Asynchronous collaboration with faculty and other students is commonly delivered through the D2L learning platform, which also houses resources for accessing assignments, course syllabus, and communication features. The campus library can be accessed remotely and career services enable students to seek guidance before entering the workforce.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
4 University of Northern Colorado
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Ranking SCORE 96.17
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Utilizing the Blackboard learning interface to deliver online course content, the University of Northern Colorado offers online courses in an asynchronous format, yet typically offers a structured curriculum with weekly assignment deadlines and exam completion dates. Having offered distance learning since 1902, the university is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in an online format, and most courses are taught by the same faculty who provide on-campus instruction. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, scholarships, grants, and student work opportunities.

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  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
5 University of Colorado Denver
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Ranking SCORE 96.04
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The University of Colorado at Denver offers a collaborative, yet flexible learning experience through their online degree completion programs. With a range of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, CU online allows degree-seeking students to pursue their career choice in a convenient and efficient environment. The virtual classroom for CUonline can be accessed through the Canvas learning management tool, which offers tools for communication, assignment delivery and completion, and a dashboard to keep track of assignments and deadlines. The online Student Guide to Canvas familiarizes students with the interface and can be set to provide notifications through email or social media.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceNo
6 Colorado Christian University
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Ranking SCORE 95.90
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Undergraduate and graduate students can earn an online degree through Colorado Christian University and programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Online courses typically follow the same curriculum as on-campus courses, with the added flexibility of accessing the virtual classroom any day and any time. Class material is delivered through the Blackboard course management system, which can also be accessed through the Blackboard mobile application for added convenience. The interface provides students with communication tools to contact the instructor and other students, as well as submit assignments and receive announcements and new material.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
7 Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Ranking SCORE 94.40
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Students attending the Metropolitan State University of Denver can complete many courses online and can often fulfill all general education requirements utilizing only the online class format. A unique option offered at MSU is the Individualized Degree Program in which students are required to work with an advisor to develop the major and minor that suit their personal, professional, and academic goals. Individualized degrees have often highlighted new and innovative fields of study and have later been added to the MSU catalog as a permanent offering. Additional student resources include a job posting area exclusively for MSU alumni and current students, as well as career fairs and events.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
8 Regis University
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Ranking SCORE 94.38
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Providing a range of discipline choices for online bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as certificate programs, Regis University provides a faith-based mission rooted in the Jesuit Catholic framework. Student resources include the Center for Career and Professional Development where students have access to career counselors to assist with choosing a major, connecting with potential employers, or honing job search skills. The university library has a wealth of resources to facilitate research and offer media services and the student bookstore offers textbook price-matching and the option to order texts online with free bookstore pick-up.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
9 Adams State University
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Ranking SCORE 94.15
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Adams State University in Colorado offers distance learners fully online degree completion options in multiple fields. Students who wish to complete singular courses outside of degree completion paths can do so through the university online program without registering as a student. Associate and bachelor's degree paths are available and programs are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. An online graduate degree in education is also available and the university's Prison College Program provides an online MBA for incarcerated individuals. Academic advising is available to assist students with major choices and course schedules.

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  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
10 University of Colorado Colorado Springs
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Ranking SCORE 93.73
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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs provides fully online undergraduate and graduate degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates. The university requires all incoming students to complete an orientation session, which is available in an online format. The Blackboard learning management platform is used to deliver course content and serves as the virtual classroom environment in which students can access and submit assignments, communicate with other students via discussion boards or online chats, and view course deadlines. Additional student resources include the Excel Writing Center which provides assistance at all levels, and the Global Engagement Office which serves to facilitate inclusion for international students.

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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
11 Western State Colorado University
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Ranking SCORE 93.20
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12 Colorado State University-Pueblo
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Ranking SCORE 92.49
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13 Johnson & Wales University-Denver
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51%
Ranking SCORE 92.26
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
14 Colorado Mesa University
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Ranking SCORE 91.89
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes
15 Nazarene Bible College
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Ranking SCORE 90.57
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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16 Colorado State University-Global Campus
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Ranking SCORE 86.73
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
  • Credit for ExperienceYes

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Colorado K-12 Online Schools

Colorado has embraced online learning for K-12 students, offering fully-online schools for all grades, as well as blended-learning opportunities and supplemental programs. In the 2013-14 school year, more than 16,000 students took advantage of 56 full-time online schools. A pilot program introduced in 2014 took the integration of online learning even further, allowing Title I funds to follow students to their chosen online schools. Colorado is continually making strides to include even more K-12 students in the online opportunities available in the state, with many district schools and charter schools incorporating blended learning into their everyday curriculum.

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Colorado Cyber School K - 12 Castle Rock Both Live/On-Demand Public (888) 427-2863
Colorado Virtual Academy K - 12 Northglenn Both Live/On-Demand Public (866) 339-6816
Eldorado Academy K - 12 Erie Both Live/On-Demand Private (303) 604-2822
Falcon Virtual Academy K - 12 Colorado Springs Both Live/On-Demand Public (719) 494-8940
Grande River Virtual Academy K - 12 Grand Junction Both Live/On-Demand Public (970) 254-5343
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-op K - 12 Englewood Both Live/On-Demand Public (303) 989-3539
Poudre School District Global Academy K - 12 Fort Collins Both Live/On-Demand Public (970) 490-3086
Woodland Park Online Learning Program K - 12 Woodland Park Both Live/On-Demand Public (719) 687-6048
21st Century Virtual Academy 7 - 12 Golden Both Live/On-Demand Public (303) 982-6770
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Best Online Schools in Colorado for 2015-2016

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1 University of Colorado – Denver 98.66 11:1 85%

University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) offers five different online bachelor programs in a variety of colleges and is in the process of adding four more programs to the list available. In addition to the 100 percent online programs, UC Denver has many hybrid master programs. Online certificates and minors are also accessible to students. Because of the large variety of programs offered from different schools within UC Denver, online courses' structures vary. However, all programs match the requirements of the degrees obtained on-campus and follow the same calendar system. The online programs are offered to adhere to learning styles not present in the traditional classroom setting.

2 University of Northern Colorado 98.45 18:1 90%

University of Northern Colorado's (UNC) extended campus system offers fully online B.A. and M.S. degrees. The university's online program prides itself on the faculty teaching the courses. UNC emphasizes online instructors are the same professors that teach on-campus courses. Instructors' enthusiasm is stressed to ensure students stay motivated during online courses. Online courses are not considered an easier option than on-campus due to the same course structure and being a fully accredited institution. UNC uses Blackboard as its online communication system. Blackboard does not require students to be necessarily tech-savvy, but online students are encouraged to have a comfortable level using computers.

3 Regis University 98.24 8:1 98%

Regis University is one of only 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. Its online programs were designed to give flexibility to students that may not have the ability to get a degree in a traditional setting. Regis online courses are offered in accelerated terms of both five- or eight-weeks and run on the same calendar system as on-campus courses. Courses have weekly assignments due, but still give students the ability to read, research, and communicate with others in the program in a way more convenient to their schedules. The university offers 18 different bachelor programs completely online.

4 Nazarene Bible College 97.72 12:1 50%

Nazarene Bible College offers two majors within the B.A. in Ministry only online. These programs have a firm outline of required classes including general education, bible and theology, and course specific requirements. They also outline specific core courses needed in the first and then second year depending on if the student chooses the AdVantage structure or Salvation Army. Online courses at Nazarene Bible College are divided into four terms (spring, summer, fall, and winter) with an A and B session offered within every term. The college provides classes from an assortment of professors to give students diverse learning opportunities.

5 Colorado Mesa University 96.4 23:1 90%

Colorado Mesa University's (CMU) fully online courses are offered only in specific states. The university has a state authorization map accessible on its website to verify if prospective students are in an approved state. Two of CMU's bachelor programs offered completely online require students have already completed their A.A. at another institution. However, other programs are designed to cater to students beginning at the freshman level. CMU offers three branches of online courses: classes 100 percent online, hybrid courses (both face-to-face time with instructor and online), and web-enhanced classes (assignments given and turned in through same online software system).

6 Johnson & Wales University-Denver 93.6 22:1 99%

Johnson & Wales University (JWU)- Denver offers a variety of bachelor and master programs fully online. The online academic calendar consists of four terms, each term roughly 10 weeks long. The JWU School of Online & Continued Education follows the same standards as the on-campus JWU locations. JWU provides students with the resources needed to succeed in courses, and emphasizes diversity to create a unique online learning community. Most of the fully online programs offered fall under business management. However, there is also a liberal arts program available. Students can further their education at JWU with many master programs to choose from as well.

7 Colorado State University-Global Campus 86.96 26:1 N/A

Colorado State University - Global Campus (CSU Global) offers a vast amount of fully online programs. These programs are geared to motivate students who may not have been able to succeed in a traditional on-campus program. CSU Global focuses on the end goal: a degree will help students get ahead in their careers. Additionally, there is a tuition guaranteed rule. It states that a student's tuition will not be raised while the student is enrolled at the school. To further cost efficient, CSU Global does not charge out-of-state tuition. Therefore, non-Colorado residents are not charged higher tuition fees.

Four-Year Public and Private Institutions in Colorado

Among the numerous online schools in Colorado, the University of Colorado (UC) is the state’s largest, with campuses in Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs. The second largest system is Colorado State University (CSU), which houses campuses in Fort Collins, Greenwood Village and Pueblo. Public institutions are governed by the state, making tuition available at lower rates to residents. Showing the prowess of Colorado schools, UC Boulder ranked 88th among national universities according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015.

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University of Colorado Denver Public 1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400 Denver +
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Colorado State University-Pueblo Public 2200 Bonforte Blvd Pueblo +
Colorado Mesa University Public 1100 North Avenue Grand Junction +
Nazarene Bible College Private not-for-profit 1111 Academy Park Loop Colorado Springs +
Johnson & Wales University-Denver Private not-for-profit 7150 Montview Blvd Denver +
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Colorado Post-Secondary School Spotlight

University of Colorado Denver (CU Online)

Among the degrees offered by CU Online are bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs administered through the Denver campus, as well as certificate programs and individual courses. CU Online offers a wide variety of subjects — including education, engineering, business, art and human development — that students can take from the University of Colorado’s Business School, School of Public Affairs and other divisions.

CU Online has 450 individual courses to choose from, which can be taken online only or in the hybrid format, where students complete some of their work on campus. Final examinations for CU Online’s courses are administered in a few different ways, depending on the instructor. For instance, in-person, take-home and online exams are all options.

While the application process for CU Online is the same for traditional campus studies, there may be additional requirements specific to the desired degree or certificate program. Interested students can take a sample course online before they commit to a program or class.

For more information about distance learning at CU Denver, visit: http://www.ucdenver.edu/Academics/CUOnline/Pages/CUOnline.aspx.

Colorado Community College System (CCCOnline)

CCCOnline is an extension of the services offered by the multiple colleges that make up the CCC System. Through this collaboration, the system’s home colleges can offer complementary courses that they would not be able to provide as individual entities. There is no substantive difference between courses taken or credits earned online and those received on campus. Not only does CCCOnline involve all 13 of its member colleges, but it also includes a 14th college: Dawson Community College located in Glendive, Montana. Although CCCOnline does not grant online degrees or certificates, it does offer a number of courses in five general areas: career and technical education, liberal arts and communication, math, science and social sciences.

The spring and fall terms include both 10-week and 15-week courses. In the summer, students can choose between 10-week courses and an accelerated 6-week program. One standout element of CCCOnline is the guaranteed-transfer program, which provides a list of courses to help take the guesswork out of deciding which credits would apply to a transfer.

Visit CCCOnline for more information: http://www.ccconline.org.

Colorado State University (CSU-Global Campus)

Colorado State University’s distance learning program, CSU-Global Campus, is home to more than 5,000 students. CSU-Global Campus is dedicated wholly to delivering online education through the Blackboard learning system and virtual classrooms. Thanks to a streamlined scheduling process, courses start every eight weeks. Most classes have a weekly schedule that includes peer discussions, readings, assignments and exams. Some courses include limited classroom instruction in addition to the online components.

Choices include individual courses, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificate programs. Online bachelor’s degree programs are available in areas such as agricultural business, anthropology, fire and emergency services administration, human development and family studies, liberal arts and psychology. The majority of CSU’s online offerings are at the graduate level, with dozens of degree programs, including applied statistics, tourism management, mechanical engineering, computer science and business administration. Professional development certificates are found in subjects such as project management, finance and business intelligence.

CSU also has a unique program in which students can earn digital badges that represent competency and mastery in a subject area. Student can tailor badge programs according to their needs and goals. In addition, the Division of Continuing Education and CSU OnlinePlus host free, non-credit Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs.

Learn more about CSU’s online classes: http://www.online.colostate.edu/.

Colorado Technical University (CTU Online)

A private, for-profit university, Colorado Technical University (CTU) offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs across a broad range of subjects such as business, law enforcement, liberal arts, health sciences and homeland security. Many courses use Intellipath, the university’s online educational technology. This software is designed for adaptive, customized learning and tailors course materials on the basis of a student’s prior knowledge. CTU has earned accreditation from six accrediting bodies, including the Higher Learning Commission, the Engineering Accreditation Commission, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Best Online Colleges in Colorado

Best for Future Service Members

Colorado’s national parks tend to attract fans of the great outdoors, but its schools often attract service-oriented students. Among the variety of degree tracks, many colleges have ROTC programs that can include Army, Navy and/or Air Force, with a focus on the student who wants to give back to their community. Here is a list of the best four-year degree granting, nonprofit colleges that boast at least two ROTC programs. Kudos to these online schools in Colorado that are offering economical educational choices and opportunities for students interested in serving their communities.

College
Name
Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
University of Colorado Boulder$8,056 Boulder Yes Yes Yes
Metropolitan State University of Denver$4,304 Denver Yes No Yes
University of Northern Colorado$5,214 Greeley Yes No Yes
University of Colorado Denver$6,384 Denver Yes No Yes
Colorado State University-Fort Collins$6,875 Fort Collins Yes No Yes
Colorado School of Mines$13,590 Golden Yes No Yes
Colorado Christian University$18,540 Lakewood Yes No Yes

Best for Personal Attention

Colorado is home to dozens of top-quality colleges and universities, some with targeted training, and others offering a variety of degree programs. Whatever their desired specialties or degree goals, students are often looking for that special blend of a quality education coupled with individualized attention. These online schools in Colorado could meet those goals, with fewer than 20 students per professor on average. The following four-year, nonprofit colleges in Colorado deserve praise for some of the best student-teacher ratios in the state.

College
Name
STUDENT-TEACHER-RATIO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TUITION TYPE CITY
Montessori Education Center of the Rockies 20 to 1 16N/A Private not-for-profit Boulder
University of Northern Colorado 20 to 1 11,895$5,214 Public Greeley
Fort Lewis College 19 to 1 3,962$4,800 Public Durango
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 19 to 1 25,590$6,875 Public Fort Collins
University of Colorado Boulder 19 to 1 29,890$8,056 Public Boulder
Colorado State University-Pueblo 18 to 1 7,122$5,494 Public Pueblo
Western State Colorado University 17 to 1 2,387$4,627 Public Gunnison
Colorado School of Mines 17 to 1 4,118$13,590 Public Golden
University of Colorado Denver 17 to 1 16,271$6,384 Public Denver
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 16 to 1 10,027$5,640 Public Colorado Springs
Adams State University 14 to 1 3,058$3,816 Public Alamosa
Regis University 14 to 1 7,165$31,200 Private not-for-profit Denver
Colorado Christian University 13 to 1 4,317$18,540 Private not-for-profit Lakewood
University of Denver 12 to 1 5,879$38,232 Private not-for-profit Denver
Colorado Heights University 11 to 1 117$4,776 Private not-for-profit Denver
Naropa University 11 to 1 484$27,510 Private not-for-profit Boulder
Colorado College 10 to 1 2,345$41,332 Private not-for-profit Colorado Springs
Nazarene Bible College 9 to 1 1,228$10,050 Private not-for-profit Colorado Springs
Colorado Mountain College 9 to 1 10,566$2,850 Public Glenwood Springs
United States Air Force Academy 8 to 1 4,422N/A Public USAFA
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary 7 to 1 24$7,750 Private not-for-profit Denver

Best for Women in Technology

Colorado is home to many premiere degree programs aimed at women in technology. These online schools in Colorado showcase the very options for women seeking diplomas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. What sets these schools apart from others is their ability to create gender ratios in STEM courses that match those of other programs. The number of women flourishing at these schools speaks volumes about the healthy environment, which may be created through mentorships and all-female residence hall options. Below is a list of Colorado colleges that could be a fantastic choice for women interested in pursuing an education in technology or engineering. Here is more information on the methodology driving these rankings.

College
Name
TUITION + FEES CITY WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED TOTAL ENROLLMENT TYPE
University of Colorado Boulder$9,482 Boulder 227 26,842 Public
Colorado School of Mines$15,654 Golden 223 4,892 Public
Colorado State University-Fort Collins$8,649 Fort Collins 85 23,121 Public
University of Denver$39,177 Denver 47 8,412 Private Not for Profit
United States Air Force AcademyN/A USAFA 35 4,413 Public
University of Colorado Denver$7,494 Denver 27 11,681 Public
University of Colorado Colorado Springs$6,688 Colorado Springs 20 6,576 Public
Colorado Mesa University$6,870 Grand Junction 5 6,738 Public

Best Schools Fighting for Families

Colorado’s higher education is home to some of the nation’s best social work programs. Strong programs with family and child concentrations are listed below. What sets these online schools in Colorado apart from other institutions is the extraordinary commitment to providing students with the foundations of skills, values and experience necessary for this demanding field. Through clinical settings, rigorous classes and constant fieldwork, these programs grant degrees to exemplary social work graduates. Taking into account rankings, reputation and academic facilities, here are the ultimate social work programs at Colorado schools, including the best degrees for rewarding careers working with children and families. More details are available on the methodology used.

College
Name
CITY SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED WOMEN MEN TUITION & FEES TOTAL ENROLLMENT
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Fort Collins 295 209 86 $8,649 23,121
University of Colorado Boulder Boulder 274 185 89 $9,482 26,842
University of Denver Denver 267 242 25 $39,177 8,412
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo 148 96 52 $7,327 4,436
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver 118 106 12 $5,341 14,260
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs 64 50 14 $6,688 6,576
University of Colorado Denver Denver 61 45 16 $7,494 11,681
Fort Lewis College Durango 42 28 14 $6,462 3,533
University of Northern Colorado Greeley 40 28 12 $6,514 10,323
Colorado College Colorado Springs 33 28 5 $41,892 2,025
Regis University Denver 24 20 4 $31,800 5,690
Western State Colorado University Gunnison 24 13 11 $6,449 1,983
Adams State University Alamosa 23 15 8 $6,448 2,231
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction 11 7 4 $6,870 6,738