These Are The 10 Best Colleges For English Majors In Colorado

by Chris Kolmar
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You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in English — the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

But what program in Colorado offers the most to would be English majors?

We at Zippia decided to take a look at the data on the 133 institutions of higher learning in the Centennial State to determine which programs offer the best career opportunities for English majors.

After the dust settled, we’re left with this set of the top colleges for English majors in Colorado:

  1. Metropolitan State University Of Denver
  2. University Of Colorado Colorado Springs
  3. University Of Colorado Denver
  4. University Of Colorado Boulder
  5. University Of Denver
  6. Colorado College
  7. Colorado State University-Pueblo
  8. University Of Northern Colorado
  9. Colorado Mesa University
  10. Colorado State University-Fort Collins

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best English programs the Centennial State has to offer.

How We Determined The Best English Schools In Colorado

English is, at its core, the study of language and reasoning. When it comes to identifying the best English schools we wanted to approach the ranking like English major would, by looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another.

What better way to optimize your choice?

So with that mind, we looked at the following data from the NCES (National Center For Education Statistics) and College Scorecard data from to understand what English department offer the best career opportunities:

  • Career Results
    • Mean Earnings After 6 Years
    • Mean Earnings After 10 Years
    • Ratio of people working to not working after 10 years
  • English Emphasis
    • Percentage of Graduating Class That Are English Majors (Larger the better)
  • School Performance
    • Admissions Rate (More selective the better)
    • Graduation Rate
    • Average Cost Of Attendance (Lower is better)
    • Average amount of debt

It’s hard to argue with a selective school that features English and produces strong earning potential for your career.

After we had this data, we looked at the 133 institutions of higher learning in Colorado. We then ranked each of these schools from for each of the criteria above with 1 being the best in any given criteria.

Next, we averaged the ranks for each school to create an “English Quality Index”. The school with the best score on the “English Quality Index”, Metropolitan State University of Denver, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For English’ in Colorado.

1. Metropolitan State University Of Denver

Metropolitan State University Of Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 23,788

It might be surprising to hear, but Metropolitan State University of Denver has the best English department in the state of Colorado. The two main factors? This is the least expensive English degree you can get in the state, and the 5th most exclusive.

Often, ‘hard to get into’ is a sign of greatness. When you can afford to turn students away in droves, and you offer a great product at a low price, that’s a solid combination.

2. University Of Colorado Colorado Springs

University Of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 11,312

UCCS gets high marks in several areas for its English department. It’s the 2nd-least expensive program in the state, and is above average in several categories, including student debt incurred and earning potential upon graduation.

3. University Of Colorado Denver

University Of Colorado Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 18,000

English majors who want the highest-paying jobs 10 years after leaving school are coming out of the University of Colorado’s Denver campus. English grads here earn a whopping $93,000 a year a decade after completing their degrees, on average.

Plus, it’s below average, cost wise, meaning English majors get a good bang for their buck here.

4. University Of Colorado Boulder

University Of Colorado Boulder, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 33,612

CU-Boulder is the flagship institution for Colorado, so this is the place to go if you want to be around a bunch of other English nerds. Sure, this is one of the easiest programs to get into (87% of students are admitted), but grads earn the 3rd-highest salaries, even a decade after graduating.

And think about how many other English alumni from CU that are out there to network with, too.

5. University Of Denver

University Of Denver, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 11,797

If you’re an English major at the University of Denver, you can expect the 2nd-highest annual incomes of all English graduates in the state. Plus, the 77% graduation rate here is the 2nd-highest in Colorado as well.

Who can argue with those numbers?

6. Colorado College

Colorado College, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 2,050

English majors who want up-close, personal attention would thrive at tiny Colorado College. Only 22% of applicants are admitted, and 88% of students graduate – both of which are tops in the state.

7. Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 5,192

CSU Pueblo is just about the easiest program to get into, and it’s nearly the most affordable English degree to obtain in the state. What stands out here is the high number of English graduates from Pueblo who are still working in their fields, even 10 years after graduation.

Only three other English programs in the state have more English grads still in their fields than those who went to Pueblo.

8. University Of Northern Colorado

University Of Northern Colorado, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 12,075

The English department in Greeley, CO is the 3rd-hardest to get into, which is quite impressive. The graduation rate here is above average, and the cost of attending is below average.

9. Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa University, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 10,662

Grand Junction is not only a beautiful place to attend school, if you’re an English major, it’s a great place to learn. This is the 5th-least expensive English program in Colorado, and students leave with the 3rd-lowest amount of debt.

If that doesn’t perk up your ears how about this stat: Colorado Mesa English grads command the 3rd-highest salaries in the state, even a decade after leaving school.

10. Colorado State University – Fort Collins

Colorado Mesa University, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Enrollment: 32,000

You’d be in large company if you went to CSU at Fort Collins, which recently set a record for enrollment numbers. The high number of students doesn’t have an impact on graduation rates (5th), and might help English majors out in the real world, since its grads are the 5th-highest paid English majors in Colorado.

Detailed List Of The Best Schools For English Majors In Colorado

City Rank Enrollment % English
Metropolitan State University Of Denver 1 17,688 5.99%
University Of Colorado Colorado Springs 2 4,967 4.44%
University Of Colorado Denver 3 8,093 3.52%
University Of Colorado Boulder 4 23,612 3.71%
University Of Denver 5 3,992 3.58%
Colorado College 6 1,919 7.77%
Colorado State University-Pueblo 7 5,303 5.06%
University Of Northern Colorado 8 10,213 2.76%
Colorado Mesa University 9 5,092 3.26%
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 10 20,728 2.41%
Regis University 11 5,446 1.31%
Adams State University 12 2,080 2.49%
Colorado Christian University 13 1,843 1.2%
Fort Lewis College 14 4,285 4.73%
Western State Colorado University 15 2,325 4.06%
Naropa University 16 433 7.22%
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