Studying a Postgrad Program in Colorado

Colorado is in the west of the US and is known for its beautiful scenery. It’s one of the largest states in America with 73 cities, and a population of around 5.5 million people.  Denver is the state capital. Colorado has a rocky terrain, filled with mountains, hills and cliffs. However, since it is such a big state the terrain can vary from place to place as can the weather.  For example, Denver has a relatively high temperature, while places such as Grand Junction and Alamosa feature a slightly cooler climate.

Where Can You Study A Postgrad Program In Colorado?

There are many universities in Colorado – here is a roundup of just a few to give you an idea of what’s on offer:

University of Denver:  The University of Denver was established in 1864 and is a 4-year private (not-for-profit) university. This school is relatively small, making for a more homely environment. There are 11,797 students enrolled in total. 5, 758 are undergraduate students while 6,039 are postgraduate students. In total there are more than 1,400 international students enrolled at the University of Denver from 89 different countries. It has a 125-acre campus close to downtown Denver, although the surroundings are quiet and urban. The campus also has a number of historic buildings on its campus, as well as an observatory, which is open to students and the public weekly.

Colorado State University: Colorado State University (CSU) is a public university in Fort Collins and was established in 1870. CSU is a large university with around 32,230 students enrolled. The majority of students are undergraduates with 25,622 undergrads enrolled. While the postgrad enrollment is much lower at 7,458. CSU's campus is surrounded by greenery making it a beautiful place to study.

University of Northern Colorado: The University of Northern Colorado is a public university in Greeley. It was established in 1889. There are currently around 12,000 students enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado, split into approximately 9,700 undergrads and 2,300 postgrad students. It is located in a suburban area and has a beautiful campus. There are many libraries throughout the campus as well as art collections. These can be helpful with studies while also being a fun pastime!

What Can You Study In Colorado?

There are a variety of postgrad options for students wishing to live and study in Colorado. There are masters degrees and PhDs as well as dual degree programs. The dual degree program is very flexible in Denver University allowing you to pick any two masters degrees together for your degree. This is good for students who may be indecisive or are looking for a more flexible option. Different universities will offer different subjects so you may have to search around if your subject is niche.

Tuition Fees and Living Costs in Colorado

Tuition fees can vary in Colorado depending on which university you choose to attend. Here are some examples of the tuition fees you can expect to pay at the different universities.

Postgraduate tuition fees at the University of Denver is on the pricier side at around $45,288 a year for full-time out-of-state graduate students. Meanwhile the yearly tuition fee for Colorado State University is a much more affordable option of $25,698.

In regards to living costs, Colorado is a relatively reasonably priced state to live in. Your student housing will probably cost $10,000-$12,000 per annum. Other costs you’ll have to factor in are books and study aids for about $1,500. Transportation is also an essential cost you need to factor in. Living closer to your chosen university especially if you manage to get university accommodation on the campus will cut down travel costs substantially. Other costs such as health insurance and food need to be taken into consideration. All things considered, on average living in Colorado as a postgraduate student will probably cost around $18,000 a year.

Admissions & Applications In Colorado

Admissions at universities in Colorado for international students will depend on which college you choose to attend – but all should require similar paperwork and qualifications. You will need to have successfully completed a bachelors degree or equivalent, and if you are from a non-English speaking country you will also need proof of your English-language abilities in order to succeed with your application. You will need to have proof of sufficient funds (including grants, scholarships, etc.) in order to pay for your studies and living costs. Expect to have to apply earlier than regular students.

Interesting Colorado Alumni

Many successful people have studied at Colorado universities. Nobel prize winners such as Eric Allin Cornell, Muhammad Yunus and Thomas Cech all attended universities in Colorado. Physicist Theodore Harold Maiman, the demonstrator of the first laser also studied in Colorado, as have many artists, musicians, scientists and more. In fact it’s true to say that as a postgrad student in Colorado you can achieve your dreams, whatever you're passionate about.

Student Case Study

Evan Paul is a postgraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He says, "I am currently a second year graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience PhD program within the department of Integrative Physiology. In addition to my research work, I am a graduate teaching assistant for the Human Anatomy lab. This opportunity has really increased my passion for teaching, and it is a very rewarding experience to be able to influence other student's lives for the better."

What You Do In Colorado When You’re Not Studying?

Do you fancy spending some time enjoying the great outdoors? Being a vast a stunning state well renowned for its areas of national beauty, there are many national parks in Colorado. These are great for a relaxing and peaceful day out. Since you may be on a budget, parks are a great option as they are free and easy. If that doesn't suit your needs, there is a vast array of cultural things to do such as museums including the Denver Art Museum and music concerts in the Pepsi Center. Colorado also has great areas to shop such as Pearl Street Mall, not to mention and places to go for days out such as the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. You certainly won't be bored in your free time, there is something in Colorado for every type of person!

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