Three Colorado colleges are ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation by U.S. News &World Report.
In the marquee "national universities" category, Colorado School of Mines was the highest-rated Colorado university tied for No. 75 with five other institutions while University of Denver was at No. 82 and the University of Colorado at Boulder tied for No. 94.
"Far and away, DU has one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen. It's even a certified arboretum. The size is pretty good. It's small enough that you'll get a good deal of individual attention, and professors will most often know you. However, it's also large enough to have access to many of the resources that larger colleges get. If you're into any sort of performing arts, the Newman Center offers some fantastic facilities. DU is also only a few minutes away from Downtown Denver, which is brimming with cultural activities--art, music, theatre, and so on. Studying abroad is huge for DU students. Roughly 70% of our undergrads go abroad at some point, and thanks to the Cherrington Global Scholars program, it doesn't cost anything more than studying at DU. The one main complaint is that school spirit is rather low, but we expect this to be remedied with the return of our old mascot, Boone, who was retired in 1999." - Kevin DU Freshman