Our Impact

CU Denver positively affects the economy of the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado. Our education, research, and public service activities benefit students and alumni, as well as nonprofit, government, and private companies. 

Economic Impact

$802 Million

Through research, teaching, operations, construction, and student spending

Significant Financial Force

CU Denver boasts a large percentage of minority and first-generation college students (defined as students of parent/s with no bachelor’s degree), successfully narrowing the college achievement gap. Our graduates also enjoy more earning potential than their peers. Additionally, we serve a large percentage of Colorado high school students who start earning college credit early through the CU Succeed program.


Our Graduates: 
110,000+

84%

reported employment within 1 year of graduation

67%

live in Colorado

Diversity:
CU Denver Outperforms Peers

57%

of 2018 1st-years are students of color

48%

 first-generation college students

Earning Power:
8% higher than peers

Median Income: 
10 years after graduation

 

CU Denver

All CO 4-year Institutions

BA/BS

$61,107

$56,413

MA/MS

$75,153

$68,646

EdD/PhD

$110,499

$94,515

 


Urban Expertise:
Knowledge Serving the City

Impact Icons9

Affordable Housing


Transportation


Health Disparities


Educational Inequities


Gentrification


Sustainable Development


Governance


Arts and Culture


CU Succeed Program:
5-Year Tuition Savings of $51 Million 

Over the last 5 years:

25,000+
CO high school students have earned more than
158,000 college credit hours


136 high schools served in 21 CO counties


51% of dual-enrollment students in the state are in this program


Internships: Career Readiness 

56%

of all internships paid

51%

of for-credit internships paid