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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
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:  20,676 (20,186 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 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 opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty556862
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-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 year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,664$600$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$8,982$9,072$9,602$9,6941.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Off Campus$19,000$18,370$22,924$23,9884.6%
Off Campus with Family$14,194$13,474$17,614$18,1403.0%
Off Campus$31,093$31,188$36,561$37,1541.6%
Off Campus with Family$26,287$26,292$31,251$31,3060.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
In-state tuition$7,568
In-state fees$1,073
Out-of-state tuition$11,873
Out-of-state fees$1,073
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, 2014-2015
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 aid11,22870%————
Grant or scholarship aid92252%$5,067,073$5,496
Federal grants71240%$2,793,572$3,924
Pell grants71240%$2,769,926$3,890
Other federal grants161%$23,646$1,478
State/local government grant or scholarships67238%$1,222,822$1,820
Institutional grants or scholarships36421%$1,050,679$2,886
Student loan aid70440%$3,681,131$5,229
Federal student loans68839%$3,409,108$4,955
Other student loans282%$272,023$9,715
  • 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 aid110,38649%$54,380,563$5,236
Pell grants7,87937%$28,587,990$3,628
Federal student loans10,02347%$69,471,306$6,931
  • 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.
Average net price$9,646$9,145$8,416
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$8,618$8,399$7,139
$30,001 – $48,000$9,446$8,510$7,546
$48,001 – $75,000$11,365$10,636$9,656
$75,001 – $110,000$13,565$13,931$13,252
$110,001 and more$13,949$14,254$13,651
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment20,676
Undergraduate enrollment20,186
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,830
Graduate enrollment490
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 61%
Part-time: 39%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 22%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 57%
25 and over: 43%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 98%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 59%
Part-time: 41%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 66%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 20%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants6,0522,8053,247
Percent admitted65%64%66%
Percent admitted who enrolled47%49%44%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
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 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  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 Critical Reading440560
SAT Math440550
ACT Composite1823
ACT English1623
ACT Math1723
  • MSU Denver has a modified open admissions policy. Selective for first-time freshmen under 20 years of age.
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: 70%
Part-time students: 51%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 33 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 25%
Transfer-out rate: 33%
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 2007]
4-year: 6%
6-year: 26%
8-year: 34%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 6%
6-year: 25%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 21%
Female: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 14%
Asian: 25%
Black or African American: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 24%
White: 27%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 24%
Non-resident alien: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • 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--1
Category total--1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies2--
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies2--
Women's Studies10--
Category total14--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General188--
Category total194--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General151--
Finance, General70--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General130-1
Management Information Systems, General80d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General102-9
Category total688d3810
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other39--
Category total83--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science34--
Category total34--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1--
Education, General-59-
Music Teacher Education6--
Special Education and Teaching, General23--
Category total3059-
Materials Engineering--36
Category total--36
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician17--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician38--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician31--
Surveying Technology/Surveying0--
Category total86--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General95--
Rhetoric and Composition59--
Category total154--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General28-5
Category total35-5
Health Professions and Related Programs
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other21--
Athletic Training/Trainer9--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General18-12
Health/Health Care Administration/Management63d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse124d--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--5
Category total235d-17
History, General90--
Category total90--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies202d--
Category total202d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General37--
Category total37--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences40--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other144--
Nutrition Sciences91--
Category total275--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science36--
Environmental Studies--1
Land Use Planning and Management/Development34--
Category total70-1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General113--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies25-1
Category total138-1
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total17--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General8--
Chemistry, General31--
Physics, General5--
Category total44--
Developmental and Child Psychology91--
Psychology, General171--
Category total262--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General89-1
Social Work68d85d2
Category total157d85d3
Social Sciences
Economics, General14--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography2--
Political Science and Government, General36--
Category total122--
Transportation and Materials Moving
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew63--
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations8-4
Category total71-4
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation3--
Art/Art Studies, General0--
Design and Visual Communications, General20--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General23--
Fine/Studio Arts, General96--
Industrial and Product Design27--
Music, General29--
Category total198--
Grand total3,23618278
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
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 military and veteran support specialist, 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, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 851
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 2
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: $5,294
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,744
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
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
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined5248
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The 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 -  Accredited
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
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs2/6/2003 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession235
Drug law violations111260
Liquor law violations018
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault211
Motor vehicle theft8613
  • 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate9.9%10.1%13.4%
Number in default678668738
Number in repayment6,8216,5735,469
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)