Metropolitan State University of Denver

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,236
12.5% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$13,563
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.82%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
83.3%
12,045 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
19,086
61.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
32%
525 Graduates

About

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a higher education institution located in Denver County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Metropolitan State University of Denver were General Biological Sciences (189 degrees awarded), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (177 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (167 degrees).

In 2020, 3,481 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 58.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,107 degrees), 2.77 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (760 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Metropolitan State University of Denver is $7,236, which is $−15,294 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Metropolitan State University of Denver is $7,236, which is $−15,294 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,563.

In 2020, 59% of undergraduate students attending Metropolitan State University of Denver received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,236
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Metropolitan State University of Denver was $7,236. The cost of tuition at Metropolitan State University of Denver is $−15,294 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$13,563
2020 Value
3.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Metropolitan State University of Denver had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,563. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Metropolitan State University of Denver grew by 3.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,799
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Metropolitan State University of Denver was of $11,799 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 2.18% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Metropolitan State University of Denver received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 18% with respect to 2019, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.82%
2018 Default Rate
350
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Metropolitan State University of Denver was 6.82%, which represents 350 out of the 5130 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Metropolitan State University of Denver received 12,045 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 11.3% annual decline. Out of those 12,045 applicants, 10,037 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.3% acceptance rate.

There were 19,086 students enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2020, and 84% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Metropolitan State University of Denver has an overall enrollment yield of 20.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
10,037
Accepted Out of 12,045

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Metropolitan State University of Denver was 83.3% (10,037 admissions from 12,045 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 61.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −11.3%, while admissions grew by 20.6%.

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SAT Scores

84%
Submission Percentage
1,721
Scores Submitted

84% of enrolled first-time students at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Metropolitan State University of Denver has a total enrollment of 19,086 students. The full-time enrollment at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 11,748 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,338. This means that 61.6% of students enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Metropolitan State University of Denver, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.8% White, 31.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.5% Black or African American, 4.99% Two or More Races, 4.26% Asian, 0.498% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.183% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.3%), followed by White Male (23.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (19.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (56%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (17.3%) and White Male (10.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

61.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Metropolitan State University of Denver, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,086 students. The full-time enrollment at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 11,748 and the part-time enrollment is 7,338. This means that 61.6% of students enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

61%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Metropolitan State University of Denver was 61%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Metropolitan State University of Denver had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,503
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    5,967
  3. Black or African American
    1,241

The enrolled student population at Metropolitan State University of Denver is 49.8% White, 31.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.5% Black or African American, 4.99% Two or More Races, 4.26% Asian, 0.498% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.183% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 345 students (1.81%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 585 more women than men received degrees from Metropolitan State University of Denver. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Metropolitan State University of Denver is white (2,107 degrees awarded). There were 2.77 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (760 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Metropolitan State University of Denver is General Biological Sciences (189 degrees awarded), followed by Other Research & Experimental Psychology (177 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (167 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Metropolitan State University of Denver, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Transportation (96 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (297 degrees), and English (164 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Elementary & middle school teachers (223,355 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (180,291 people), Social workers, all other (154,592 people), Other managers (146,240 people), and Postsecondary teachers (118,842 people).

The most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Transportation (96 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (297 degrees), English (164 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (244 degrees), and History (57 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, Clinical and counseling psychologists, and Computer hardware engineers

The most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Transportation (96 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (297 degrees), English (164 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (244 degrees), and History (57 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Elementary & secondary schools (486,598 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (263,010 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (186,775 people), Legal services (149,513 people), and Individual & family services (126,556 people).

The most specialized majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Transportation (96 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (297 degrees), English (164 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (244 degrees), and History (57 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Most Common
  1. 189 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 177 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 167 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Metropolitan State University of Denver was General Biological Sciences with 189 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,448
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,033
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,448 degrees were awarded to men at Metropolitan State University of Denver, which is 0.712 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,033).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 107 degrees were awarded to men at Metropolitan State University of Denver in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.51 times more than the 71 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 204 degrees were awarded to women at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Social Work, which is 9.71 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%
100% Completion Time
28%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 8% of students graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 28% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 34% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (42.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Metropolitan State University of Denver is Female and Asian (42.9% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.05% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,107 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    760 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    172 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Metropolitan State University of Denver is white (2,107 degrees awarded). There were 2.77 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (760 degrees).

2.59% of degree recipients (90 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,191 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    916 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    498 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Metropolitan State University of Denver is white female (1,191 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (916 degrees).

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Operations

Metropolitan State University of Denver has an endowment valued at nearly $18.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.7M (31.6%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Metropolitan State University of Denver had a total salary expenditure of $207M. Metropolitan State University of Denver employs 221 Professors, 136 Associate professors, and 109 Lecturers. Most academics at Metropolitan State University of Denver are Male Professors (123), Female Professors(98), and Female Associate professors (73).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver are: Office and Administrative Support, with 416 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 104 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 66 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.1M
2020 Endowment
17.1%
growth from 2019

Metropolitan State University of Denver has an endowment valued at about $18.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Metropolitan State University of Denver grew 17.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $21.6M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $8.27M - Federal
  2. $52.2M - State
  3. $510k - Local

As of 2020, Metropolitan State University of Denver received $8.27M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $52.2M from state grants and contracts, and $510k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$125M
2020 Salaries
5.84%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Metropolitan State University of Denver paid a median of $125M in salaries, which represents 60.7% of their overall expenditure ($207M) and a 5.84% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.39% growth from 2018 and a 3.18% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$46.3M
Instructional Salaries
558
Number of Employees

In 2020, Metropolitan State University of Denver paid a total of $46.3M to 558 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
221 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
416 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver were Professor with 221 employees; Associate professor with 136 employees; and Associate professor with 109 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver were Office and Administrative Support with 416 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 104 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 66 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver was Male Professor with 123 employees, Female Professor with 98 employees, and Female Associate professor with 73 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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