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MSU Denver maintains leadership in higher education diversity

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: September 20, 2013

(Denver) Metropolitan State University of Denver continues to lead all four-year Colorado higher education institutions in diversity, with 7,326 students of color enrolled.

First-generation-college students represent 31 percent of enrollment, and those eligible for Pell grants – needs-based student loans – 31.8 percent.

Overall, Fall 2013 undergraduate enrollment (22,316 students) is down 2.8 percent from 2012, which school officials attribute to an increase in options for higher education and students returning to the workforce due to an improving economy.

“The drop in total enrollment is mirroring national trends, says Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services Judi Diaz Bonacquisti. “We have, however, seen a slight uptick in the average number credit hours taken by students, and we hope this will translate to earlier degree completion.” 

The University’s 2013 Latino enrollment is 4,287 students (19.2 percent), which is still on track to meet the University’s goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by fall of 2018, Bonacquisti adds.

MSU Denver also continues to lead all four-year institutions in the state in the percentage of in-state undergraduate students enrolled. Resident Coloradans make up 96.6 percent of all students, with 92.6 percent coming from the seven-county metro area.

Other characteristics of MSU Denver’s 2013 undergraduate enrollment:

  • The percentage of continuing students declined from 75.2 percent in 2012 to 74.8 percent in 2013
  • Forty-one percent of students attend part-time in 2013, which is one point lower than 2012.
  • The number of students taking only-online courses is up 7.6 percent to 1,509 students in 2013.  
  • The number of veterans receiving benefits remained flat at 854 versus 857 in 2012.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields combined have attracted 6,209 undergraduate majors.
  • The five most popular undergraduate majors are biology (1,345 students); criminal justice and criminology (1,206); management (1,142); psychology (1,113) and accounting (858)

 In addition, 1,468 students – some of whom already have bachelor’s degrees – are seeking teacher licensure.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.