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CollegeAmerica-Denver is the main campus of the private educational institution CollegeAmerica, founded in 1964 and featuring five other campuses in the Southwest. The curriculum has many options for students, from online classes and accelerated degrees to free laptops for those enrolled in a four-year program of study.


Undergraduate degrees are available in four main courses of study: business, healthcare, computers and graphic arts. In the Healthcare Program, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration or an Associate of Occupational Studies in Medical Specialties. The Business Program offers students the options of a BS in Accounting or Business Administration, while the Associate of Occupational Studies in Accounting is another possibility. Students can also pursue a BS in Computer Science or an AOS in Computer Programming, Computer Networking or Graphic Arts.

Several of these bachelor’s degrees are available online through CA’s affiliate Stevens-Henager College Salt Lake/Murray, along with a BS in Nursing Administration (a requirement of the RN curriculum). In addition, Stevens-Henager offers a number of master’s degrees fully online, from an MBA to a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Healthcare Administration.

Accreditation is granted by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) to award bachelor’s degrees and also Associate of Occupational Studies degrees.

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Unique Programs

The college is known for its Veteran and Military Education Programs, as well as its all-around approach to helping students find their way in the business world. Military Tuition Assistance is available to all service members and VA Education Benefits are honored by the financial aid office. In addition, the free laptop program could prove to be a great help to any student who is looking to begin the college process but is somewhat wary of the costs of buying a new computer.


Applicants are encouraged to call the school’s toll-free number as the fastest way to get the admissions process rolling. You can also fill out the form online and wait for a representative to contact you. Once you have contacted College America, you will have access to the career planner online, which allows prospective students to zero in on the goals most important to them. Students still in high school or guidance counselors may also access the free admissions help and career planner.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office attempts to help students figure out a way to pay for higher education when direct personal financing is impossible. Aid counselors will construct a financial aid plan for each applicant without obligation.

Options include the Pell Grant, a need-based grant which does not require repayment; the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which is meant to fill in funding which the basic Pell Grant could not cover; the Subsidized Stafford Federal Student Loan, for which the U.S. Government covers the interest until six months after the student has finished attending classes; the Unsubsidized Stafford Federal Student Loan, which have interest accumulating throughout the college career of the student; and the PLUS Loans, a loan offered to parents who are trying to help children make their way through college. Other grants and scholarships may also be available for students, who should spend a good deal of time researching opportunities both online and in the financial aid office.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 111th for the average student loan amount.
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There is no one single type of student to be found at the Denver campus. Students may be single mothers taking classes at night after working a day job, or straight out of high school, just finished military service, or trying to improve their standing in the workplace. This diversity is part of the educational experience.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

The city of Denver is a bustling metropolis, one of the fastest growing in the United States. With plenty of sunny days – and the extensive national parks for enjoying them – students will have no trouble taking a break after long periods of study. Denver is also a terrific city for dining and shopping, while its theaters and cultural centers are renowned. Part of the college experience is having access to cultural landmarks, and the Denver area can deliver on that.

Information Summary

Ranks 60th in Colorado and 3636th overall
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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 N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,135 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 34 0.01
Forcible Rape 396 0.06
Robbery 1,143 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,868 0.80
Larceny 14,040 2.30
Vehicle theft 3,587 0.59

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Denver, CO 80222
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population19,940 (19,940 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,557 (2.02 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,932
Families4,521 (2.77 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 District801

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2388th 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 $16,154 $15,790 $16,154 $15,790 $16,154
  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 $8,216
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,488 $4,528
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,096 $6,152

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 3001st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,287 ($48,307 male / $44,300 female)
Number of FT Faculty 18 (7 male / 11 female)
Number of PT Faculty 38
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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p. 303-300-8740
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