Metropolitan State University of Denver

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School Overview

Metropolitan State University of Denver (formerly the Metropolitan State College of Denver and locally referred to as “MSU Denver” or “Metro State”) is a public university in Denver, Colorado. With roughly 24,000 undergraduate students, MSU Denver is one of the largest universities in the state. It offers over 50 undergraduate majors and 90 minors and is well-known for its liberal arts and science education including its business, criminal justice, teacher education, and aviation programs.

General Information

Admission Office

Campus Box 16

Box 173362

Denver, CO 80217

(303) 556-3058

Fax: (303) 556-6345



Contact: Elena Sandoval-Lucero

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 173362

Denver, CO 80217-3662

(303) 556-3058

http://www.msudenver.edu/
Size

Total undergrads: 21,729

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,504

Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,662

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 64%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,033 $3,241 $3,639 $4,093 +12.48%
Books and Supplies $1,698 $1,500 $1,535 $1,600 +4.23%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $4,731 $4,741 $5,174 $5,693 +10.03%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,127
In-state Student Fees $2,218
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,490
Out-of-state Student Fees $2,218

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,252 60%
Grant or scholarship aid 902 43% $3,565,801 $3,953
• Federal grants 565 27% $2,172,142 $3,844
• Pell grants 565 27% $1,874,021 $3,317
• Other federal grants 191 9% $298,121 $1,561
Local and state government scholarships or grants 648 31% $952,344 $1,470
Institutional scholarships or grants 329 16% $441,315 $1,341
Student loan financial aid 793 38% $4,041,952 $5,097
• Federal student loans 783 37% $3,868,031 $4,940
• Other student loans 21 1% $173,921 $8,282

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2735
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 9
Black/african-american Studies 2
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 7
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 147
Biology and Biological Sciences 147
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 579
Accounting 129
Business Administration and Management 158
Finance 88
Hospitality Administration/management 64
Management Information Systems 49
Marketing/marketing Management 91
Communication and Journalism Studies 84
Journalism 64
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 20
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 18
Computer Science 18
Education 39
Music Teacher Education 12
Special Education Teacher Education 27
Engineering Technology 56
Civil Engineering Technology/technician 11
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 16
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 21
Surveying Technology/surveying 8
English Language and Literature/letters 241
English Language and Literature 129
Rhetoric and Composition 112
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 45
Foreign Languages and Literatures 45
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 124
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other 10
Health/health Care Administration/management 46
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 68
History 123
History 123
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 149
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 149
Human Services 46
Social Work 46
Mathematics and Statistics 39
Mathematics 39
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 226
Behavioral Sciences 155
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 64
Nutrition Sciences 7
Natural Resources and Conservation 45
Environmental Science 21
Land Use Planning and Management/development 24
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 124
Health and Physical Education/fitness 110
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 14
Physical Sciences 56
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 7
Chemistry 41
Physics 8
Psychology 196
Developmental and Child Psychology 69
Psychology 127
Social Sciences 149
Anthropology 27
Economics 15
Political Science and Government 81
Sociology 26
Transportation and Materials Moving 80
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 70
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 10
Visual and Performing Arts 160
Art/art Studies 101
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 12
Industrial and Product Design 29
Music 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Industrial Design B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing B
Marketing Management B
Tourism/Travel Services B
Travel/Tourism Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education

Art Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B

History

History – General B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Land Use Planning B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Traffic Control B
Air Transportation B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(303) 556-3058
Website:www.msudenver.edu/
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.msudenver.edu/admissions/apply/
Address:Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:20,474
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):26%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:13,154 (64% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,930
Out-of-state Tuition:$20,096
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:68%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,871

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Metropolitan State University of Denver Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services261
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education31
Engineering1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields4
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics12
Health Professions and Related Programs25
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies3
Natural Resources and Conservation12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies12
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Psychology2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions221
Social Sciences5
Transportation and Materials Moving12
Visual and Performing Arts7
Grand total12623

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Health Professions and Related Programs2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Grand total61

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Metropolitan State University of Denver and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$6,930
Out-of-state$20,096
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$8,641
Out-of-state$12,946

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,09068%
Grant or scholarship aid81451%$5,871
Student loan aid61938%$5,274

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid9,51247%$5,487
Federal student loans9,14145%$6,943

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Metropolitan State University of Denver. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Metropolitan State University of Denver students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants7,2763,2754,001
Percent admitted100%64%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled29%33%27%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Metropolitan State University of Denver Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment20,474
Undergraduate enrollment19,940
Graduate enrollment534

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics (Department of Health Professions)
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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