Living Here

Education

High Altitude, High Aptitude

From high quality K-12 schools to nationally ranked higher educational institutions, Colorado Springs schools are producing the talented workforce businesses need today and in the future. It’s no surprise that Colorado Springs is ranked as one of the most educated cities in the country, or that families choose to raise their kids in proximity to the excellent schools in the region.

Coupled with the draw of the Rocky Mountains and all that the region has to offer in terms of recreation and lifestyle, Colorado Springs is a highly attractive location for students with active minds and industrious spirits. What’s more, because of our high-quality jobs and low cost of living, more and more graduates are staying in the region after graduation and adding to our top-notch workforce.

#2
Most Educated State in America Yahoo 2016
#16
Most Educated City in the Country WalletHub 2016
#9
Best City for Families WalletHub

Higher Education

From liberal arts universities to technical colleges to a national military institution, the Colorado Springs region offers higher education opportunities across a broad range of fields of study, including four universities which are certified by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Universities and Colleges:

Colorado College: Colorado College is one of the nation’s top private liberal arts schools, and is ranked the second-most innovative school in the country.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS): The fastest-growing campus in the University of Colorado system, UCCS offers 45 bachelors, 22 masters and five doctoral degree programs, including nationally-ranked programs in business, engineering, nursing and public affairs. More than 65 percent of UCCS graduates live in Colorado.

United States Air Force AcademyCurrently ranked as one of the top public schools in the nation as well as a top liberal arts school, the U.S. Air Force Academy is both a university and a military organization. The Academy offers more than 500 courses across 32 academic disciplines.

Pikes Peak Community CollegePikes Peak Community College (PPCC) serves the Colorado Springs region with four campuses, three satellite locations for military personnel and a robust distance-education system. PPCC has been a leader in developing innovative partnerships with the business community and offers a wide range of learning opportunities for its 19,000 students

Colorado Technical University: Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University is a for-profit accredited school offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs in areas such as business, engineering and applied sciences, health science, and information systems and technology.

Other Higher Education Institutions:

Colorado Christian University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Regis University

University of Phoenix

Webster University

Colorado On-line Colleges

K-12

Colorado Springs schools offer a wide array of K-12 options across 17 school districts — from public education to charter and private schools. The diverse academic choices include International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, STEM-focused and arts-focused curriculum, and studies integrating foreign language learning such as Mandarin Chinese and French immersion programs. Colorado Springs is home to two of the Top Ten high schools in the state.

The State of Colorado promotes “Schools of Choice,” an approach which allows students to attend schools outside their neighborhood boundary, as capacity allows. This innovative approach allows families to select housing and schools as independent decisions.

Rebekah Adair Economic Development Analyst (719) 884-2828 | RAdair@cscedc.com