Index: Education / Subcategory: Adult

Higher Education Enrollment and Tuition

Date Updated: 12/03/2012

According to the Colorado Department of Higher Education, there are 28 public institutions of higher learning in Colorado. Thirteen of these institutions are four-year public institutions and fifteen are two-year public institutions.

Resident, undergraduate enrollment for the 2011-12 school year at the four-year institutions ranged from a low of 1,491 at Western State College in Gunnison to a high of 22,590 at Metropolitan State College - Denver.

Tuition and fees at the four-year institutions for the 2011-12 school year, ranged from $4,834 (Metropolitan State College) to $14,454 (Colorado School of Mines) for full-time, resident undergraduate students.


FY2011-12 Enrollment and Tuition and Fees for
Full-Time, Resident, Undergraduates

Institution

Enrollment

Tuition Rates

Adams State College 2,441

$5,627

Colorado School of Mines 3,623

$14,454

Colorado State University - Fort Collins* 21,584

$8,042

Colorado State University - Pueblo 4,612

$6,269

Fort Lewis College 2,448

$5,592

Colorado Mesa University (Mesa State College) 7,920

$6,548

Metropolitan State College - Denver 22,590

$4,834

University of Colorado - Boulder* 20,080

$9,152

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs* 8,524

$7,894

University of Colorado - Denver* 15,862

$7,702

University of Northern Colorado* 10,044

$6,624

Western State College 1,491

$5,504

*Level and specific programs may vary (Business, Engineering, Journalism, Nursing, etc.)

Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education (Enrollment) and Colorado Department of Higher Education (Tuition Rates)

What this chart shows: Total Enrollment by College or University, Colorado State University & Front Range Community College, Fall 2002 to Fall 2011

Data Sources:

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Colorado State University is a four-year university and offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral coursework. Front Range Community College is a two-year college and offers undergraduate courses.

Enrollment at Colorado State University (CSU) has remained relatively steady over the last ten years. Since 2002, enrollment at CSU has declined in 2 years: 2005 (1.9%) and 2006 (1.1%). Student enrollment increases have fluctuated between 0.4% (2009) and 3.2% (2002).

Front Range Community College (FRCC) has experienced more variation in enrollment over the past ten years. Whereas enrollment increased 7.6% at CSU over the last ten years, enrollment at FRCC increased 43.5%.

It is likely the downturn in the economy is responsible for the recent increases in enrollment as more unemployed adults look to update skill sets and families try to maximize their education-related expenses.

What this chart shows: Degrees Awarded* by College or University, Colorado State University & Front Range Community College, 2002 - 2011

*Associate Degrees and higher.

**Data represents all Front Range Community College campuses.

Data Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Overall, the number of degrees awarded by Colorado State University (CSU) and Front Range Community College (FRCC) has increased 26.0% since 2002. The increase has been greater (60.1%) for FRCC than it has been for CSU (20.6%). The higher cost of tuition at CSU, combined with adults returning to school for retraining, is likely the cause for this increase. In addition, more students are apt to stay in school if there are no good paying jobs available to them.

What this chart shows: Public and Private College or Graduate School Enrollment by Age and Gender - Larimer County, 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

Data Source: American Community Survey (Table B14004)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Larimer County's enrollment in colleges or graduate schools totaled approximately 40,392 in 2011. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, 46% of students in the United States, 15 to 24 years old, are male and 54% are female. The breakdown in Larimer County is similar where 47% of students, 15 to 24 years old, are male, and 53% are female.

Nationally, 42% of students over the age of 25 are male and 58% are female. In Larimer County, the division is slightly closer with 45% older male students versus 55% older female students.

What this chart shows: Colorado State University Tuition Rates by Academic Year, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado State University - Fact Books

See data table

What this chart shows: Rate Change in Tuition by Residency and Student Level, Colorado State University, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado State University - Fact Books

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Students considered residents of Colorado by the Colorado State University (CSU) Admissions Office pay the resident tuition. Those considered not to be residents of Colorado pay the nonresident tuition. See additional information to understand how CSU evaluates residency status. Tuition rates for all CSU students have increased over the last ten years. The rate for resident graduate students increased 151% from $3,350 during the 2003-04 school year to $8,392 during the 2012-13 school year. This was the largest percentage increase among all tuition rates at CSU.

Additional Information:

Colorado State University - Qualifying for Resident Tuition

Until a student is 23 years old or legally emancipated, tuition classification is based on the parent/legal guardian's state of residence. Obtaining Colorado residency requires at least 12 months continuous presence in the state prior to the first day of classes, as well as evidence indicating the intent to make Colorado the permanent home (such as a driver's license, vehicle registration, payment of Colorado state income tax and other forms of proof). [Admissions - Qualifying for Resident Tuition].

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Data Tables:

Enrollment by College or University

Fall Semester

Colorado State University

Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus

Total

2002

25,139 4,487 29,626

2003

25,392 4,750 30,142

2004

25,768 5,116 30,884

2005

25,287 4,887 30,174

2006

25,014 5,092 30,106

2007

25,382 5,336 30,718

2008

25,496 5,205 30,701

2009

25,893 5,838 31,731

2010

26,598 6,328 32,926

2011

27,055 6,437 33,492

See chart

Degrees* Awarded by College or University

Spring Semester

Colorado State University

Front Range Community College - All Campuses

Total

2002

5,121

819

5,940

2003

5,339 901 6,240

2004

5,261 911 6,172

2005

5,651 1,081 6,732

2006

5,780 1,068 6,848

2007

5,474 1,011 6,485

2008

5,665 1,038 6,703

2009

5,811 1,010 6,821

2010

6,090 1,120 7,210

2011

6,176 1,311 7,487

*Associate Degrees and higher

See chart

Public and Private College or Graduate School Enrollment by Age and Gender -
Larimer County, 2011 American Community Survey

 

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Public college or graduate school

7,833,178

9,993,371

147,350

174,755

18,183

20,663

15 to 24 years

4,895,066 5,664,052 83,370 91,215 13,269 14,849

25 and over

2,938,112 4,329,319 63,980 83,540 4,914 5,814

Private college or graduate school

2,600,309

3,437,972

35,678

44,886

528

1,018

15 to 24 years

1,358,135 1,721,570 12,888 15,885 126 210

25 and over

1,242,174 1,716,402 22,790 29,001 402 808

See chart

Colorado State University Tuition Rates by Academic Year

 

Resident

Nonresident

Undergraduate

Graduate

Undergraduate

Graduate

2003-04

$2,908 $3,350 $13,380 $13,955

2004-05

$2,940 $3,386 $13,527 $14,109

2005-06

$3,381 $3,690 $14,343 $14,958

2006-07

$3,466 $4,248 $14,994 $15,642

2007-08

$4,040 $4,887 $17,480 $16,425

2008-09

$4,424 $5,621 $20,140 $17,253

2009-10

$4,822 $6,464 $20,744 $18,116

2010-11

$5,256 $7,434 $21,366 $19,022

2011-12

$6,307 $7,992 $22,007 $19,592

2012-13

$6,875 $8,392 $22,667 $20,572

Ten Year % Increase

(2003-04 to 2012-13)

136.4% 150.5% 69.4% 47.4%

See chart - Tuition Rates by Academic Year

See chart - Rate Change in Tuition by Residency and Student Level