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Metropolitan State College of Denver: Narrative Description


PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Tel: (303)556-2400; Admissions: (303)556-3058; Fax: (303)556-6345; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 175-acre urban campus. Endowment: $2.3 million. Total enrollment: 20,261. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 4,550 applied, 79% were admitted. 4% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 11,772 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 8,489 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 58 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 6% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 40% 25 or older, 13% transferred in. Retention: 62% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at 3 members of the Consortium of State Colleges in Colorado, University of Colorado at Denver, Community College of Denver. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/12. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $1025. State resident tuition: $2130 full-time, $89 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8737 full-time, $364 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $538 full-time, $35 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 90 open to all. Most popular organizations: Political Science Association, Accounting Students Organization, Christian Students Organization, LGBTA, Golden Key National Honor Society. Major annual events: Into the Streets, Campus Involvement Week, Earth Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Auraria Library with 607,971 books, 1 million microform titles, 2,380 serials, 16,309 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See University of Denver.

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