2022 Top Private Universities in Colorado

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Colorado’s private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Colorado College

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    83%

    Enrollment

    2,123

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $58086

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $58086

    Colorado College, a private institution in Colorado Springs, Colorado, enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school provides support such as tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Colorado College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #2

    Platt College-Aurora

    Aurora, CO

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    248

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $19286

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19286

    Located in Aurora, Colorado, Platt College-Aurora often ranks among the best schools. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Platt College-Aurora is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #3

    Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    39%

    Enrollment

    288

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12338

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12338

    Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, located in Denver, Colorado, often ranks as one of the best schools. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #4

    Colorado School of Healing Arts

    Lakewood, CO

    Graduation Rate

    96%

    Enrollment

    73

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10830

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10830

    From its Colorado campus, Colorado School of Healing Arts offers 1 academic programs. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The school reports a graduation rate of 96%. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #5

    University of Denver

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    12,931

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $52515

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $52515

    University of Denver offers programs from its campus in Denver, Colorado. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Students also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. University of Denver has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #6

    Aspen University

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    6,893

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $3920

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $3920

    Located in Denver, Colorado, Aspen University educates students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Aspen University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    #7

    Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

    Broomfield, CO

    Graduation Rate

    97%

    Enrollment

    325

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15530

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15530

    From its campus in Broomfield, Colorado, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology offers programs as a private institution. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #8

    Colorado Christian University

    Lakewood, CO

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    7,587

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33434

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33434

    Colorado Christian University, located in Lakewood, Colorado, grants degrees and certificates as a private institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students can fund their education with financial aid such as federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private institution reports a 55% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Regis University

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    6,908

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $38180

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38180

    A private institution located in Denver, Colorado, Regis University enrolls students in several programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Regis University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    National American University-Colorado Springs South

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15000

    National American University-Colorado Springs South, a private institution in Colorado Springs, Colorado, enrolls learners in multiple programs. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #11

    IBMC College

    Fort Collins, CO

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    357

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14040

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14040

    Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, IBMC College grants college degrees as a private institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #12

    National American University-Centennial

    Centennial, CO

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15000

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15000

    A private institution located in Centennial, Colorado, National American University-Centennial enrolls students in several programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #13

    Nazarene Bible College

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    36%

    Enrollment

    698

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $10080

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10080

    Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nazarene Bible College is a private institution that offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Nazarene Bible College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #14

    Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    41%

    Enrollment

    100

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17354

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17354

    From its campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers programs that prepare learners for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

    #15

    DeVry University-Colorado

    Westminster, CO

    Graduation Rate

    24%

    Enrollment

    123

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18136

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18136

    Located in Westminster, Colorado, DeVry University-Colorado enrolls students as a private institution. The school offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Learners receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. DeVry University-Colorado has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #16

    CollegeAmerica-Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    89

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14585

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14585

    CollegeAmerica-Colorado Springs, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, welcomes students with 4 program options. Degree-seekers benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 28%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #17

    CollegeAmerica-Denver

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    72

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14585

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14585

    From its Denver, Colorado campus, CollegeAmerica-Denver enrolls learners in 2 programs. Degree-seekers benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The school reports a graduation rate of 60%. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective applicants can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying.

    #18

    Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

    Lakewood, CO

    Graduation Rate

    43%

    Enrollment

    1,454

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $19670

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19670

    A private institution, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design enrolls students from its campus in Lakewood, Colorado. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school's academic and technical programs prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Enrollees graduate from the school at a rate of 43%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Naropa University

    Boulder, CO

    Graduation Rate

    35%

    Enrollment

    904

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33070

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33070

    A private institution in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 35%. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. Naropa University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #20

    Johnson & Wales University-Denver

    Denver, CO

    Graduation Rate

    52%

    Enrollment

    927

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $33404

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $33404

    From its campus in Denver, Colorado, Johnson & Wales University-Denver enrolls students as a private institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 52%. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

    #21

    CollegeAmerica-Fort Collins

    Fort Collins, CO

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    85

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14585

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14585

    CollegeAmerica-Fort Collins, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, enrolls students in 3 programs. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unknown. Information on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 25%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements.

    #22

    Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduation Rate

    26%

    Enrollment

    27,232

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $12529

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $12529

    Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs offers programs from its campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help learners reach their unique professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students complete their application. Learners also use financial aid to pay for their college degree or certificate. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.