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Community College of Denver

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Founded in 1967, the Community College of Denver is a public, two-year institution located in Denver, Colorado. The school provides students with more than 125 program choices to prepare for new careers, job advancement, or transfer to a four-year institution. With multiple sites, traditional classrooms, and online learning options, scheduling and class offerings are flexible. Both credit and non-credit courses are taught at locations city-wide, including the main CCD Auraria Campus (which shares a campus with the University of Colorado Denver and the Metropolitan State College of Denver), CCD Lowry, and the Online Learning center. Continuing education and professional development courses offer education options for busy professionals.


Students choose from associate degree- or certificate-granting areas of study, including but not limited to, accounting, behavioral sciences, early childhood education, engineering, foreign language, graphic design, liberal arts, nursing, biology, paralegal, radiologic technology, per-aerospace engineering technology, theatre and veterinary technology.

By providing real-world training to its students the college hopes to prepare a well-trained workforce for not just the current job market but long-term careers. Through partnerships with businesses, the community and individuals, CCD supports the local economy which promoting personal and academic success with opportunities for non-traditional students, workforce development and training resources, strategic community partnerships, and K-12 and higher education programs. Some of the schools top features and resources are an Open-Admissions policy, academic and student support services, and membership with the American Association of Community Colleges & Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

The school is an Academic Quality Improvement Program participant. Programs with specific accreditations are the dental hygiene program by the American Dental Association, human services by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, nursing by the Colorado State Board of Nursing, radiologic technology by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation and the Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technology, the CCD Children’s College on the Auraria Campus by the National Association for Education of Young Children Center, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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All students 17 or older are automatically admitted thanks to the open admissions policy. Acceptance to any particular program of study is not, however, guaranteed, and may require meeting further criteria. Students may apply online, in person, or by mailing or faxing an application to the admissions office.

All students are welcome to apply for admission; however, non-Colorado residents should expect to pay higher tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid all applicants must fill out the FAFSA. Students may qualify for college or federal grants, loans, or employment opportunities, such as the Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program, or need-based or the Colorado no-need work study programs.

Need or merit based scholarship are available to students, and criteria may include program affiliation, academic achievement, or civic involvement. Students may search for scholarships by criteria on the school’s website, or by consulting the Financial Aid department.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4395th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body is comprised of nearly 15,000 students from every walk of life. High school students taking Postsecondary Enrollment Options program courses make up part of the student body, as do Career Education Center Middle College of Denver or Southwest Early College dual-enrollment high school students. Recent high school graduates make up a large percentage of students, as do adults looking for retraining or a career change.

First-generation, low-income and minority students are encouraged to apply. In fact, Latino students make up more than 25% of all students, and 46% of students are minority. The school even has federal recognition as the sole Hispanic Serving Institution in the urban Denver area.

A variety of Student Life activities are arranged annually. Some examples are BBQ’s, the Urban Arts Festival, the Latina Initiative, Backpack Talks, the Women’s Leadership Conference, the African American Leadership Conference, and Lunch with Lawmakers events. Students join a variety of clubs and organizations like the African Culture Club, La Mision, SAFI, International Students Inc of Auraria, the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, the YESS Empowering service club, and student government.

Students may elect to stay in housing at the Regency: Auraria’s Student Housing Community. Amenities include a swimming pool, internet access, cable TV, and phone services, as well as a coffee shop and convenience store in the building. Residents may buy a meal plan for the dorm-style cafeteria. Other student housing options include the Inn at Auraria downtown Denver, and the Campus Village.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Colorado and 3035th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 5 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 66 0.51
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.07
Arrest 68 0.52

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 80204-2026
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population32,789 (32,789 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,089 (2.92 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,247
Families6,701 (3.75 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
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 3078th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,868 $2,868 $11,767
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $840 $840 $840
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $120 $120 $490
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 $4,987 $4,987 $13,886
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,880 $18,880 $27,779
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,754 $9,754 $18,653

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,186 $2,962 $3,186 $2,962 $10,956 $11,263
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,749(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 $8,712(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,671 $4,815
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,671(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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 28 100 237 58 10 467 45 967
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 3 3 7 5 1 21
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 6 8 1 6 2 24
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 4 1 4 10
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 1 19 24
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 2 1 7 2 13
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4 35 1 23 4 70
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 1 1
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 10 3 63 1 78
General Studies 4 15 35 6 2 44 5 113
Graphic Design 2 1 1 4
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 9 1 23 2 42
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 3 12 25 9 40 8 97
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 10 14 28 5 2 62 6 131
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 5 3 1 14 23
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2 2
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 4 1 9 17
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 6 7
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 3 2 2 3 11
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 7 8 3 2 7 1 28
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6 19 2 6 7 42
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 4 10 32 13 66 2 132
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 3 3 27 2 35
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 2 3
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 4 17 1 22
Welding Technology/Welder 3 1 9 1 14

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3418th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,349 ($50,468 male / $43,466 female)
Number of FT Faculty 123 (52 male / 71 female)
Number of PT Faculty 435
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,646,057

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