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Colorado Schools

In the state of Colorado, academia is a thriving field. The trends in Colorado's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Colorado By Profession

1,490 1,588 1,587 1,627
310 279 334 345
1,738 1,973 2,074 2,056
1,653 1,667 1,734 1,786
2,084 2,092 2,328 2,400
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 123 colleges and universities in Colorado grew from 7,275 members to 8,214.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 13%.

Average faculty salaries in Colorado

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in Colorado state is $56,708 per year, which is less than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Colorado earn more than female faculty by 6%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Colorado

No data at this time.

Of the 7,352 college faculty in Colorado, 44% are tenured. Another 23% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Colorado by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Colorado Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.33% 6.8% 10.82%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Colorado
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in Colorado the number of part-time faculty has shrunk from 2006 to 2009 by 3%. Conversely, the number of full-time faculty in the state has grown by 3%. This shows that in academia in Colorado, working full-time is becoming more popular.

National Vs. Colorado Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 8.68% -15.99% -2.7%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Colorado
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Colorado

No data at this time.

And 12% of part-time faculty in Colorado belonged to an ethnic or racial minority in 2009. While as many as 13% of full-time faculty in Colorado identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Colorado

No data at this time.

National Vs. Colorado Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 5.69% 10.14% 20.42%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Colorado
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Colorado has increased by 18%. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Colorado by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Colorado by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Colorado Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 3.72% -7.83% -0.25%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Colorado
  • Light Blue: National

Just as the percentage of ethnic or racial minorities has increased in academia in Colorado, the percentage of women has also increased. National trends are consistent with this. On a national level, the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has increased by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009.

National Vs. Colorado Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 7.43% -1.88% 8.04%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Colorado
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Colorado Faculty employment by Gender

National Colorado
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Colorado


As the number of higher education faculty in Colorado has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

There are currently 295,935 undergraduate students in the state and 50,851 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Colorado

9355 8918 11195 14561 11931
26330 27360 28522 27093 25813
975 974 1403 1084 2135
11067 10672 11017 11842 12423
15716 14197 13978 15441 16988
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Colorado


A total of 21,868 students graduated from colleges and universities in Colorado in 2009. Of these students, 37% graduated from bachelors degree programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Colorado


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Colorado.

Retention rates in Colorado

Returning Students 56%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Colorado, only 56 students return to school the following year and 44 eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Colorado

Graduation Students 44%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Colorado Students By Gender

National Colorado
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 43%
Women 57%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Colorado is not very diverse. 57% of the 346,786 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 23% of Colorado's students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. Colorado Students Minorities

National Colorado
Minorities 29%
Minorities 23%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Colorado

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  1. Colorado Business Schools86,655 Employed
  2. Colorado Engineering Schools57,330 Employed
  3. Colorado Liberal Arts Schools38,624 Employed
  4. Colorado Biology Schools34,162 Employed
  5. Colorado Psychology Schools30,986 Employed
  6. Colorado Business Administration Schools25,901 Employed
  7. Colorado Art Schools24,385 Employed
  8. Colorado Law Schools22,177 Employed
  9. Colorado English Schools19,176 Employed
  10. Colorado Information Technology Schools18,970 Employed
  11. Colorado Music Schools18,932 Employed
  12. Colorado Information Systems Schools18,765 Employed
  13. Colorado Teaching Schools18,656 Employed
  14. Colorado Math Schools18,542 Employed
  15. Colorado Management Schools18,486 Employed
  16. Colorado Physics Schools18,397 Employed
  17. Colorado Educational Leadership Schools16,271 Employed
  18. Colorado MBA Schools16,017 Employed
  19. Colorado Design Schools15,314 Employed
  20. Colorado Chemistry Schools15,055 Employed
  21. Colorado Health Science Schools14,403 Employed
  22. Colorado Communications Schools14,402 Employed
  23. Colorado Nursing Schools13,464 Employed
  24. Colorado Accounting Schools12,214 Employed
  25. Colorado History Schools12,185 Employed
  26. Colorado Criminal Justice Schools11,976 Employed
  27. Colorado Political Science Schools11,064 Employed
  28. Colorado BSN Schools10,862 Employed
  29. Colorado Forensic Nursing Schools10,862 Employed
  30. Colorado RN to BSN Schools10,862 Employed
  31. Colorado Sociology Schools10,551 Employed
  32. Colorado International Business Schools10,256 Employed
  33. Colorado Architecture Schools10,247 Employed
  34. Colorado Counseling Schools10,109 Employed
  35. Colorado Finance Schools10,042 Employed
  36. Colorado Biochemistry Schools8,857 Employed
  37. Colorado Veterinary Schools7,831 Employed
  38. Colorado Mechanical Engineering Schools7,610 Employed
  39. Colorado Human Resources Schools7,468 Employed
  40. Colorado Computer Engineering Schools7,372 Employed
  41. Colorado Early Childhood Education Schools6,953 Employed
  42. Colorado Healthcare Administration Schools6,590 Employed
  43. Colorado Civil Engineering Schools6,535 Employed
  44. Colorado Computer Science Schools6,529 Employed
  45. Colorado School Psychology Schools6,448 Employed
  46. Colorado Marketing Schools6,394 Employed
  47. Colorado Construction Management Schools6,335 Employed
  48. Colorado Hospitality Schools6,322 Employed
  49. Colorado Business Management Schools6,188 Employed
  50. Colorado Journalism Schools6,084 Employed
  51. Colorado Theology Schools6,063 Employed
  52. Colorado Speech Therapy Schools5,576 Employed
  53. Colorado Human Services Schools5,515 Employed
  54. Colorado Visual Communications Schools5,169 Employed
  55. Colorado Public Administration Schools5,138 Employed
  56. Colorado Property Management Schools5,067 Employed
  57. Colorado Nutrition Schools5,002 Employed
  58. Colorado Fire Science Schools4,852 Employed
  59. Colorado Interior Design Schools4,310 Employed
  60. Colorado Biomedical Engineering Schools4,063 Employed
  61. Colorado Social Work Schools3,972 Employed
  62. Colorado Creative Writing Schools3,946 Employed
  63. Colorado Organizational Psychology Schools3,851 Employed
  64. Colorado Paralegal Schools3,817 Employed
  65. Colorado Animation Schools3,676 Employed
  66. Colorado Video Game Design Schools3,676 Employed
  67. Colorado Electrical Engineering Schools3,667 Employed
  68. Colorado Special Education Schools3,648 Employed
  69. Colorado Radiology Technology Schools3,518 Employed
  70. Colorado Public Health Schools3,485 Employed
  71. Colorado Culinary Schools3,474 Employed
  72. Colorado X Ray Technician Schools3,474 Employed
  73. Colorado Graphic Design Schools3,418 Employed
  74. Colorado Computer Networking Schools3,336 Employed
  75. Colorado Computer Animation Schools3,086 Employed
  76. Colorado Film Schools2,866 Employed
  77. Colorado Video Production Schools2,866 Employed
  78. Colorado Drafting Schools2,727 Employed
  79. Colorado Web Design Schools2,610 Employed
  80. Colorado Physical Therapy Schools2,545 Employed
  81. Colorado Criminology Schools2,329 Employed
  82. Colorado Forestry Schools2,180 Employed
  83. Colorado Advertising Schools1,998 Employed
  84. Colorado Public Relations Schools1,998 Employed
  85. Colorado Occupational Therapy Schools1,953 Employed
  86. Colorado Clinical Psychology Schools1,940 Employed
  87. Colorado Fashion Marketing Schools1,858 Employed
  88. Colorado Small Business Schools1,742 Employed
  89. Colorado Carpentry Schools1,739 Employed
  90. Colorado Healthcare Management Schools1,690 Employed
  91. Colorado Restaurant Management Schools1,664 Employed
  92. Colorado Mental Health Schools1,663 Employed
  93. Colorado Physician Assistant Schools1,584 Employed
  94. Colorado Sports Medicine Schools1,526 Employed
  95. Colorado Health Information Management Schools1,359 Employed
  96. Colorado Elementary Education Schools1,308 Employed
  97. Colorado Homeland Security Schools1,302 Employed
  98. Colorado Software Engineering Schools1,296 Employed
  99. Colorado Industrial Design Schools1,154 Employed
  100. Colorado Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,048 Employed
  101. Colorado Forensic Psychology Schools970 Employed
  102. Colorado Web Development Schools947 Employed
  103. Colorado Dental Hygienist Schools849 Employed
  104. Colorado Health Information Schools740 Employed
  105. Colorado Hotel Management Schools684 Employed
  106. Colorado Surgical Technology Schools658 Employed
  107. Colorado Gerontology Schools636 Employed
  108. Colorado Computer Programming Schools622 Employed
  109. Colorado Game Design Schools590 Employed
  110. Colorado Game Development Schools590 Employed
  111. Colorado Ministry Schools522 Employed
  112. Colorado Respiratory Therapy Schools469 Employed
  113. Colorado Ultrasound Technology Schools398 Employed
  114. Colorado Sonography Schools398 Employed
  115. Colorado Medical Billing Schools369 Employed
  116. Colorado Sports Management Schools352 Employed
  117. Colorado Supply Chain Management Schools269 Employed
  118. Colorado Fashion Schools252 Employed
  119. Colorado Fashion Design Schools203 Employed
  120. Colorado Emergency Management Schools190 Employed
  121. Colorado Medical Coding Schools151 Employed
  122. Colorado Fashion Merchandising Schools136 Employed
  123. Colorado Christian Counseling Schools124 Employed
  124. Colorado Court Reporter Schools24 Employed

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