Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver Enrollment Information

Located in Denver, Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year, public school that offers primarily bachelor's degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Metropolitan State University of Denver?

The main campus of Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver is located within the downtown area of Colorado's capital city. Extended campuses can be found in the northern metro area and just south of Denver. The university has three undergraduate schools: the School of Business, the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the School of Professional Studies. Read the pros and cons below to help you decide if MSU Denver is the school for you.


  • Accepts dual and AP credit and credit for life experience
  • Offers career and academic counseling, employment and placement services, and on-campus daycare
  • Campus is located within the city of Denver and is around 25 miles from Denver International Airport


  • 4-year graduation rate is 36 percentage points below the national average
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1, which is higher than the national average of 16:1

About Metropolitan State University of Denver

Fifty-five majors are available for students at MSU Denver, and you can customize your education by adding one of 90 minors or 40 certificate programs. The School of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the largest school at Metropolitan State University, with 19 departments including biology, art, history, physics, and political science. Graduate options are limited. The university offers master's degree programs in accounting, teaching, and social work, but no Ph.D. programs.

According to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), total cost for both in-state and out-of-state students at MSU Denver is on par with the national average. For in-state students, total cost, including all school and living expenses, was $18,296 for the 2012-2013 academic year, which was slightly higher than the national average of $17,860. Out-of-state students paid a total cost of $29,977 that academic year, which was less than $1,000 lower than the $30,911 national average. On-campus housing is not available at MSU Denver. However, NCES reported that off-campus room and board cost $8,712 for 2012-2013, which was less than the national average cost of $9,315 for on-campus room and board.

NCES figures show that the 4-year graduation rate for MSU Denver students who began their studies in Fall 2005 was just 4%, which was significantly lower than the national average of 40%. However, 21% of students had graduated after six years of study.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Metropolitan State University of Denver

At 63% for 2012-2013, MSU Denver's acceptance rate is nearly equal to the national average of 63.8%. Your application must include your GPA, class rank, and high school records, as well as SAT or ACT scores. You also might have to submit TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.

The application deadline for financial aid is rolling; as long as there are funds available, your application will be considered. If your financial aid package does not cover all of your expenses, U.S. News & World Report notes that part-time job opportunities for MSU Denver students are excellent.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (Fall 2013) July 1st***
Financial Aid Application Deadline Rolling***
Application Fee (2012-2013) $25*
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 63%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $18,296 (in-state)*
$29,977 (out-of-state)*
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $25,789***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 15.5%*

Student Life at Metropolitan State University of Denver

There are no on-campus housing options at MSU Denver, so you'll be responsible for finding a place to live. You can contact the university's Tivoli Student Union Commuter Resource Center for some guidance, but you're also encouraged to use local newspapers, magazines, and referral companies.

Depending on your interests, you can choose to become involved with the student newspaper, choral groups, jazz band, or literary magazine. The university also hosts seven minority and international organizations and 18 honor societies. MSU Denver supports intercollegiate varsity sports such as soccer, volleyball, and baseball, as well as club sports including ultimate Frisbee, martial arts, ice hockey, and fencing.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city*
Student Population (2011) 23,538 undergraduates*
251 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 46% to 54%*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 60%*
% of In-State Students (2011) 96%***
% of International Students (2011) 0.5%***
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 66% full-time*
58% part-time*
Campus Housing Available No*
Number of Libraries 1**
Extracurricular Activities 144***

Sources: * NCES College Navigator, ** Metropolitan State University of Denver, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Campus Box 16, PO Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
  • Phone: (303) 556-3058