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It’s Official On July 1: Metropolitan State University of Denver

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Cathy Lucas, Office 303-556-5131, Cell 303-916-1002

Posted: June 27, 2012

(Denver) — Metropolitan State College of Denver officially transitions to Metropolitan State University of Denver Sunday, July 1, 2012, enacting the name-change bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in April. 

“This marks the end of a long road of assessments and the beginning of new opportunities,” says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. 

The name change brings with it a new domain name – --, as well as updated logos and seal. The University’s colors and Roadrunner mascot will remain the same.  

A noticeable change is the removal of the letter ‘M’ in the logo and the use of MSU Denver as the official shorter reference to the institution. The University will no longer use Metro State as the shorter reference.

Jordan feels that the shortened name of MSU Denver will keep one foot in our past while placing one foot in our future.  “It is possible and important to do both. Colloquially, we will always be Metro State, but considering how hard we had to fight to keep the word Denver in our name, I am convinced that MSU Denver is the best choice. ”

“Going from a college to a university will make it easier for students when we begin our job searches,” says Jesse Altum, MSU Denver student trustee. “There won’t be the need to explain to future employers that MSU Denver is a four-year institution.  Our resumes will clearly state that we earned our bachelor of arts from a full-fledged university.” 


About Metropolitan State University of Denver
With nearly 24,000 students, MSU Denver is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.