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Established in 1964, CollegeAmerica-Colorado Springs is a for-profit college that offers accelerated undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields, including Heathcare Administration, Computer Networking, Medical Specialties, Management and Accounting, and Graphic Arts. Other popular programs include Computer Programming, Business Management, and Medical Assisting. Classes are available on the weekend and at night to suit the needs of working adults, as well as during the day.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Prospective students should first figure out when they would like to start classes. Because there are a few different tracks to choose from, and because classes frequently start at different times during the year, it is important to apply at least one semester in advance and make it clear in the applications material when your intended start date is.

First-time college students should include their high school diploma or GED equivalent, as well as their high school transcript, a completed application, and an application processing fee. Certain courses of study might also require SAT or ACT test scores. The best way to determine if it is necessary for your application is to get in touch with the head of the department you are applying for.

Nontraditional students, or those transferring from another institution, should be sure to also include their college transcript. This way, there is the potential for credits to transfer, which is always a big help. Students who are interested in completing their four-year bachelor’s degree are also often recommended to have completed the ACT or SAT.

Financial Aid

Most students attending college require a bit of financial assistance, and things are no different at CollegeAmerica. As an accredited institution, students are eligible for federal and state help. The best advice that the counselors from the admissions and financial aid offices have is to get the FAFSA completed as soon as possible after deciding to attend. This way, if there are going to be any complications, there will be enough time to submit a new version of the form well in advance of the semester starting and tuition being required. The financial aid office can also offer advice on specific loans for students and their parents to choose from, including the subsidized Stafford loan, the Pell grant, and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 433rd for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Colorado.


The campus location on Citadel Drive South is centrally located for convenience. It is also near a number of different cafes and shops, meaning that there are spaces nearby to study if you don’t feel like going all the way home between classes.

Students can take advantage of the contemporary facilities for working on reports and research, too. The school’s four different computer labs make staying on top of things easy, while the 65-seat theater often hosts exciting extracurricular events, as well as large lectures and coursework-related activities.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Because the focus is on earning an associate or bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible, there is more of an emphasis on activities in the classroom as opposed to outside of it. This means that while students may participate in occasional informal sporting activities, including hikes in the nearby mountains and bicycle trips, there are not official sports teams that compete with other colleges in the area. For those students interested in organized sports, there are a number of community-based leagues to choose from.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny 1 0.17
Vehicle theft 1 0.17
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,071 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 26 0.01
Forcible Rape 319 0.08
Robbery 449 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,323 0.78
Larceny 11,375 2.68
Vehicle theft 1,168 0.28

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population37,510 (37,510 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,940 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,041
Families9,571 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work required1
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District805

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2389th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $17,211 $17,211 $17,211
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,211 $17,211 $17,211
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,379 $30,379 $30,379
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,563 $23,563 $23,563

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,790 $16,795 $15,790 $16,795 $15,790 $16,795
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,136(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,488(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,096(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4813th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $30,016 ($26,686 male / $37,441 female)
Number of FT Faculty 11 (9 male / 2 female)
Number of PT Faculty 28
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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3645 Citadel Drive South
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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