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IPEDS ID: 127565
OPE ID: 00136000
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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362
General information:  (303) 556-3058
Website:  www.msudenver.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  20,474 (19,940 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty562887
Instructional562887
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
In-state$6,070$6,420$6,930$7,3526.1%
Out-of-state$18,888$20,057$20,096$20,1490.3%
Books and supplies$600$1,200$1,200$1,40016.7%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,072$9,602$9,694$10,3326.6%
Other$2,628$5,702$6,164$6,098-1.1%
Off Campus with Family
Other$6,804$9,994$10,010$10,3723.6%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
In-state
Off Campus$18,370$22,924$23,988$25,1825.0%
Off Campus with Family$13,474$17,614$18,140$19,1245.4%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$31,188$36,561$37,154$37,9792.2%
Off Campus with Family$26,292$31,251$31,306$31,9212.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
In-state tuition$7,707
In-state fees$1,120
Out-of-state tuition$12,020
Out-of-state fees$1,120
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • The university requires payment in full by the Friday before classes start. Student paying after that day are assessed a 4% service charge the following day, and then a 1.5% service charge the 7th business day of each month after.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,35971%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,03854%$6,161,331$5,936
Federal grants79141%$3,201,423$4,047
Pell grants79141%$3,190,430$4,033
Other federal grants50%$10,993$2,199
State/local government grant or scholarships62833%$1,830,323$2,915
Institutional grants or scholarships36019%$1,129,585$3,138
Student loan aid74539%$4,046,944$5,432
Federal student loans72538%$3,626,672$5,002
Other student loans523%$420,272$8,082
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid19,42147%$54,494,102$5,784
Pell grants6,88735%$25,596,812$3,717
Federal student loans8,74644%$60,246,827$6,889
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2014-20152015-20162016-2017
Average net price$8,416$12,104$12,175
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$7,139$10,771$10,477
$30,001 – $48,000$7,546$11,226$11,121
$48,001 – $75,000$9,656$13,894$13,859
$75,001 – $110,000$13,252$17,118$17,305
$110,001 and more$13,651$17,668$18,362
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment20,474
Undergraduate enrollment19,940
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,642
Graduate enrollment534
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 63%
Part-time: 37%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 57%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 57%
25 and over: 43%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 3%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 58%
Part-time: 42%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 64%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 14%
Enrolled in some distance education: 24%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 62%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants11,4354,6806,755
Percent admitted64%64%65%
Percent admitted who enrolled33%38%29%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT151%
ACT2,18091%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing460570
SAT Math440560
ACT Composite1722
ACT English1622
ACT Math1622
  • MSU Denver has a modified open admissions policy. Selective for first-time freshmen under 20 years of age.
  • MSU Denver has a modified open admissions policy for students 20 or older, where they only need to provide a GED or high school diploma for admissions.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 65%
Part-time students: 45%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 39 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 28%
Transfer-out rate: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 6%
6-year: 25%
8-year: 30%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 8%
6-year: 28%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 25%
Female: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 25%
Asian: 32%
Black or African American: 19%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 33%
Two or more races: 21%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 17%
Non-resident alien: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 24%
Received award in 8 years: 31%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 4%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 39%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 45%
Received award in 8 years: 48%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 2%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 37%
PART-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 12%
Received award in 8 years: 18%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 7%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 36%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 29%
Received award in 8 years: 33%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 3%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 50%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural and Food Products Processing--0
Category total--0
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies10--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other10--
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies3--
Category total23--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry12--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General213--
Category total225--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting130d50-
Business Administration and Management, General166--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1--
Finance, General68--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General95-2
Management Information Systems, General67d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General98-14
Meeting and Event Planning21--
Category total646d5016
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism66--
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other36--
Category total102--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science52--
Category total52--
Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching11--
Education, General-67-
Music Teacher Education6--
Special Education and Teaching, General26--
Category total4367-
Engineering
Materials Engineering--11
Category total--11
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician24--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician25--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician39--
Category total88--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General85--
Rhetoric and Composition70--
Category total155--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General29-12
Linguistics11--
Category total40-12
Health Professions and Related Programs
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other45--
Athletic Training/Trainer10--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General22-9
Health/Health Care Administration/Management49d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse126d--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--5
Category total252d-14
History
History, General81--
Category total81--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies186d--
Category total186d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General43--
Category total43--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences13--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other161--
Nutrition Sciences96--
Category total270--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science34--
Environmental Studies--9
Land Use Planning and Management/Development26-9
Category total60-18
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General110--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies31-0
Category total141-0
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy10--
Category total10--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General13--
Chemistry, General51--
Physics, General6--
Category total70--
Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology104--
Psychology, General207--
Category total311--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General92-0
Social Work60d101d0
Category total152d101d0
Social Sciences
Anthropology27--
Economics, General20--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography4--
Geography1--
Political Science and Government, General40--
Sociology29--
Category total121--
Transportation and Materials Moving
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew42--
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations14-3
Category total56-3
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation8--
Art/Art Studies, General0--
Design and Visual Communications, General24--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General16--
Fine/Studio Arts, General94--
Industrial and Product Design26--
Music, General30--
Category total198--
Grand total3,32521874
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • MSU Denver has a Veteran & Military Center Manager, as well as two dedicated school certifying officials for administering education benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 968
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 28
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,883
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,627
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 84%
Part-time students: 78%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined4156
Baseball34
Basketball1414
Golf7
Soccer2824
Softball18
Tennis910
Volleyball13
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1971 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics4/24/2009 - 7/11/2014Accredited
Didactic Program in Dietetics(!)7/11/2014 -  Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program4/1/1976 - 3/4/2011Accredited
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(!)10/1/2003 - 3/3/2018Accredited
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(!)9/1/1976 -  Accredited
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(!)3/1/2012 -  Accredited
Internship/Residency
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs2/6/2003 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession352
Drug law violations126039
Liquor law violations183
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape031
Fondling232
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery014
Aggravated assault114
Burglary18811
Motor vehicle theft61312
Arson002
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate9.7%9.9%10.1%
Number in default655678668
Number in repayment6,6906,8216,573
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)