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2021 Best Colleges in Colorado by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list features the best schools in Colorado based on a bachelor's degree Salary Score. A higher Salary Score indicates that alumni from that college tend to have higher salaries when compared to alumni with the same major at other schools. To determine this score, we compared alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for each major at a college to alumni earnings for the same major across all schools. The program scores are then combined to create an overall bachelor's degree Salary Score for the college. Colorado School of Mines ranks first in the state with a score of 70.30, which also places it well above the national median of 50.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in Colorado. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Golden Golden $18,964 70.30
#2 #2 Boulder Boulder $12,532 68.37
#3 #3 Denver Denver $7,666 66.57
#4 #4 Lakewood Lakewood $31,866 66.35
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Fort Collins Fort Collins $11,707 59.68
#5 (tie) #5 (tie) Denver Denver $50,556 59.68
#7 #7 Denver Denver $9,283 59.13
#8 #8 Denver Denver $36,810 56.32
#9 #9 Greeley Greeley $9,918 50.76
#10 #10 Grand Junction Grand Junction $8,627 44.59
#11 #11 Pueblo Pueblo $10,408 42.90
#12 #12 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs $8,523 39.82
#13 #13 Gunnison Gunnison $10,114 36.84
#14 #14 Alamosa Alamosa $9,440 30.54
#15 #15 Durango Durango $9,040 21.68