Metropolitan State University of Denver Reviews
I earned my bachelors degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2018. I attended Metro State University of Denver after earning my associates degree from a local community college. When beginning, I had aspired to become an elementary teacher, but I changed my mind approximately half way through my junior year. The more I took psychology classes, the more I knew I would rather work in the field of psychology, than in education. I would recommend MSU to other students and it is an affordable school. I highly recommend that you speak with an advisor after every semester to make sure you on the right track. I graduated with many classes that were not required for my degree, which was very frustrating.
This school is such a strange hodge podge. On one hand it is wonderfully affordable and a great deal for some programs. Many of the classes I have taken outside of my major or other sciences have been great. This brings me to my main point, the biology and chemistry departments are ATROCIOUS. The chemistry department is particularly horrible because even though there are a couple okay teachers the overall structure and policies are very inconsistent and unorganized. The person who writes the lab notebooks doesn't have even a slight grasp on how to educate people and for someone who was just taking prerequisites and wasn't a chemistry major it was horrible to try to succeed no matter the effort I put in. It didn't matter what you did because the standards were extremely unclear and the lab manuals read as though written by a five year old. I majored in Biology and the same issues were systemic in this department as well although the course matter is a bit more intuitive so it is slightly easier to navigate the lack of consistency and organization. The teachers in the biology department are extremely hit and miss though some are okay and some are VERY BAD. It would also be nice if more courses were offered more often each semester and with a variety of teachers so choices weren't so limited. I had to stay for an additional 2-3 semesters (when you include a summer semester) due to the poor scheduling of courses and pure lack of options. Even though they have very little choice they provide no flexibility or substitutions even for students who are actively trying to succeed (they are very condescending and act like you are trying to circumvent "difficult" requirements when in actuality you are simply trying to compensate for their inadequacies). Overall I would say this is an okay institution. My minor was in Nutrition and those courses were great and the department as a whole was great. I also took courses in HCM and never had an issue. I also have a major issue with the advising staff for the biology department. They misinformed me and mislead me so many times that I just stopped going and had to figure it out myself. They also tried to give me "career advice" for the health care field which I have worked in for over a decade and I had to stifle laughter during the meetings. I would strongly caution anyone seeking a science degree in either biology or chemistry to reconsider attending MSU. Despite their beautiful science building and state of the art facilities the quality is just not there and overall my degree felt like and immense waste of time.
Metropolitan State University of Denver was a great undergraduate college to attend. The campus is situated in downtown Denver and its a beautiful city campus. There is a light rail close and RTD bus routes close. It's easily accessible. There is on campus parking if needed. I found the classrooms comfortable and easily accessible as well. The staff was fantastic and I had great experiences with all my professors. There were plenty of common area options and on campus food options as well. I enjoyed staying on campus for lunch and coffee while studying. I would highly recommend MSUD.
For a school with nearly 50,000 people enrolled you get a lot of hands on experience. They do their best to limit the number of huge lecture classes they offer and increase the number of smaller classes. You will know almost ever faculty member in your department and through the psychology department this is important. It opens up opportunities for you to participate in research and clubs that will prepare you for graduate school.
I attended Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2007-2012. I entered MSUD after being homeschooled throughout high school, and I had no idea what the college experience would be like. I found MSU Denver to be an incredibly warm, helpful and challenging institution. I enjoyed courses from all departments, but found my place in the Social Work department. The social work department had fantastic faculty and professors who were invested not only in what was happening in classes, but how each student was developing as a professional. I felt inspired in classrooms, and excited to attend every week. Social Work requires a heavy amount of reading, writing, assessment of documents, policies and societal barriers: You will be intellectually and emotionally challenged. Get ready to do some growing! I was provided excellent volunteer opportunities and internships during my time in the program, which undoubtedly led me to incredible jobs after college including Denver Health, National Jewish, Peace Corps, and at a school-health program in NYC. I am now living outside of Colorado, and will be attending graduate school at NYU this fall. MSU Denver was a wonderful undergraduate experience that gave me all of the tools and skills I needed to find a fulfilling career in social work. Thank you MSUDenver/Social Work (and Hi D. M.! You Rock!)
The Metropolitan State University of Denver is an excellent place to study. The campus is very unique as is it tri-institutional, meaning that three schools share the same campus. This provides many opportunities to transfer credits and network with students from the other schools.
Metro allowed me the freedom to take classes and work at the same time. It was really relaxed and flexible. The professors were knowledgable and truly cared about our education. The best part of the education was the professors were professionals in education (i.e. principals) or taught our classes at Denver Public Schools so we really had a lot of networking opportunities. The campus and its surrounding area doesn't have a lot of free parking options, but it is right next to the lightrail.
Social Work at Metropolitan State University was a very good education with excellent professors. I feel that I was well prepared to join the field upon completion. Cons are they were very disorganized and they were not many opportunities to network or to be counseled on career options. I also felt that their research courses did not adequately prepare me for masters level research.
I was a behavioral Science Major with Elementary Education. I received a great education that prepared me to become a teacher. I got a teaching job right our of college and got a permanent teaching job this year. The classes prepared me with everything that I needed to be successful!
Metro is a great University to attend. As a student, you will find the staff to be friendly and helpful, always willing to assist in whatever capacity. I thought I would feel completely out of sorts as a non traditional student, but that was not the case. Everyone, even my classmates were accepting and friendly. I enjoyed my time as a student with Metro and would highly recommend them to anyone.