The higher education scene is thriving. The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs is the fastest growing campus in the CU system, bringing invaluable partnerships to the community in areas such as healthcare, the arts and business.
Liberal arts Colorado College continues to add to its campus and attract national attention for its innovative programs. Pikes Peak Community College just celebrated a milestone 50 years and continues to sharpen its technical training to anticipate and meet the needs of the growing workforce. Add the tradition of excellence and leadership training of the U.S. Air Force Academy, plus a variety of other technical programs and extension campuses, and it’s a good day to be a student in the Springs.
Here are highlights of the big four. Additional organizations offer local extension campuses, including Regis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Christian University and Colorado Technical University.
Colorado College is a private liberal arts school with more than 80 majors, minors and specialized programs. With a base of creative innovation and its unique Block Plan, CC aspires to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country, immersing its students in the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West. Many courses venture beyond the classroom. The school has over 135 clubs and organizations, and a third of its students identify as people of color or come from outside the U.S.
» No. 27 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
» No. 2 in Most Innovative Schools.
» Student Population: 2,100
» Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
» Tuition: $54,996
» Financial Aid: 42% of students
Pikes Peak Community College
PPCC is the largest, most diverse institution of higher education in the Pikes Peak region, with more than 19,000 students at three campuses across the city, three military satellite locations and a distance education program. Known primarily for offering nearly 200 degrees and certificate programs, many of which have transfer guarantees, and signature programs such as nursing, culinary arts, fire science technology and zoo keeping technology, PPCC recently added its first bachelor’s degree in emergency service administration.
» No. 9 Military Times 2019 Best for Vets: 2-Year Schools
» Student Population: 18,604
» Average Class Size: 16
» Average Annual Tuition: $4,651 Colorado resident, $4,887 nonresident
» Financial Aid: 52% of students
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
UCCS is a comprehensive undergraduate and specialized graduate research university, offering 47 bachelor’s degrees, 23 master’s degrees and five doctoral programs. It consists of colleges of Business; Engineering and Applied Science; Education; and Letters, Arts and Sciences; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Public Affairs. Students come from 50 states and 48 countries and 20 percent are military affiliated.
» No. 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings Top Public Schools, Regional Universities West
» Student Population: 12,500+
» Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
» Tuition: $8,523 Colorado resident, $20,067 nonresident
» Financial Aid: 79% of students
U.S. Air Force Academy
Both military base and university, the Air Force Academy follows a rigorous academic curriculum that balances STEM with the arts and humanities in 27 majors in divisions of Basic Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences. Leadership development is woven through all aspects of academy life, equipping graduates with the knowledge, skills and responsibilities to serve the Air Force and nation as leaders of character.
» No. 30 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings National Liberal Arts Colleges
» Student Population: 4,276
» Student to Faculty Ratio: 8:1
» Tuition: $0, commitment to serve as an Air Force officer
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