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Top Colorado Small Colleges and Universities

Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College, United States Air Force Academy

The gorgeous and picturesque state of Colorado is one that draws students and visitors from all over the world each year. The host of the Southern Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau and part of the Great Plains, Colorado has a bit of everything when it comes to geography, and a little bit of everything when it comes to culture too on the cusp of the Southwestern US, the Mountain States and the American West. From hip and happening metropolises like Denver, Aspen and Boulder to the rolling plains, mesas, canyons and mountains of the state, a person can enjoy top cuisine and culture as well as skiing, trekking, biking and a multitude of other activities while spending time in Colorado. A great place not only to live but to study, there’s no wonder why thousands of students head to Colorado to live, work, learn and play.

Colorado School of Mines

Established in 1874, the Colorado School of Mines is a small public postsecondary institution located on nearly 400 acres in Golden, Colorado. With only about 3,000 undergraduate students, the Colorado School of Mines students, or the blue and silver Orediggers led by Marvin the Miner & Blaster the Burro field 18 varsity competitive intercollegiate athletic teams. A teaching and research university, academics at the Colorado School of Mines are largely concentrated in the fields of engineering and applied science. A focus is given to ‘development and stewardship of the Earth’s natural resources.’ With a highly selective admissions process, top students at CSM and ensured top salaries post graduation. Students are able to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in areas like Engineering Systems, Engineering Physics, Geological Engineering, Geophysical Engineering, Bioengineering, Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Economics and Business. In addition to top research facilities, the Colorado School of Mines operates one of the Nation’s top geology museums, the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and hosts the annual Colorado State Science Olympiad. The CSM is ranked amongst top public and engineering campuses in the country on many lists including the U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes. In addition to academics, CSM fields intercollegiate competitive Division II sports teams in areas like cycling football, cross country and more.

Colorado College

Since 1874 Colorado College has been educating students as a private, liberal arts college located in Colorado Spring, Colorado. With just over 2,000 undergraduate students on the urban campus of just under 100 acres, Colorado College is a stone’s throw away from top urban centers like Denver and Boulder, Colorado, as well as the nearby Rocky Mountains. Students at Colorado College enjoy the unique structuring of the academic year referred to as the “block plan.” Under such a plan the academic year is divided into eight, 3.5 week, terms during which time the student focuses on a single class. Alongside academics, the Colorado College black and gold Tigers compete in Division III NCAA athletics, as well as Division I men’s hockey and women’s soccer. With more than 80 majors, minors, and programs offered at Colorado College, students have a wealth of academic choices. Special programs at Colorado College include Southwest Studies, Neuroscience, Latin American Studies Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences. Ranked as one of the top US schools in its category of ‘liberal arts colleges,’ Colorado College has been named amongst the best by sources like Forbes, US News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Magazine. It also boasts one of the highest student retention rates of all universities and colleges in the US, just shy of 100%. This innovative campus features not only new buildings and structures, but has taken sustainability measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions and create recycling and composting programs.

United States Air Force Academy

Established in 1954, the United States Air Force Academy is a Federal military academy with approximately 4,000 undergraduate students. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado on an 18,000 acre Air Force base, the Fighting Falcons as represented by mascot ‘The Bird,’ study and train to become Air Force officers. Upon graduation from the US Air Force Academy, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, and many go on to become second lieutenants in the US Air Force. An extremely selective school, the US Air Force Academy has been ranked amongst top colleges and universities by US News and World Report, and Forbes, amongst others. Academics on campus are enhanced by state of the art campus facilities like the Cadet Chapel, the Robert F. McDermott Library, the Aeronautics Research Center, the Consolidated Education and Training Facility, Cadet Gymnasium and Cadet Fieldhouse. While at the Air Force Academy, students work towards Bachelor of Science degrees, awarded based on the technical content of the core requirements of study. Beyond the core requirement Cadets or students may study in a wide variety of areas including basic sciences, social sciences, engineering, military studies, physical education and more. All students take part in athletics at the Air Force Academy, whether it be intercollegiate or intramural athletics. The Air Force Falcons compete in nearly 30 men’s and women’s Division I intercollegiate athletics including football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, fencing, track, lacrosse, gymnastics, swimming and diving, soccer and more.

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