Northern Colorado offers high quality, award winning educational programs and institutions that result in a highly educated workforce.

Higher Education

Two four-year universities:

Two community colleges:

Both community colleges are nationally accredited and offer career and technical education, lower tuition costs and ease of transfer into any state four-year university.

Other four-year public colleges and universities nearby:

  • Colorado School of Mines, Golden
  • Metropolitan State University, Denver
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Denver
  • Regis University, Denver



The Poudre School District serves approximately 27,000 students and includes 50 schools. It is the ninth-largest school district in Colorado and covers 1,856 square miles in Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Laporte, Timnath, Wellington, Red Feather, Livermore, Stove Prairie, and parts of Windsor. PSD is consistently recognized nationally and at the state level for student, staff and district excellence.

Weld County is home to 17 school districts, including Greeley-Evans School District 6, which serves more than 21,000 students in the communities of Greeley and Evans. According to a 2013-2014 satisfaction survey, 98% of parents of students in this district said they were satisfied with the schools.


Educational Attainment

K-12 Education Statistics

 School Year 
Number of Schools2014-2015170
Pupil/Teacher Ratio2014-201517.7
Dropout Rate (grades 7-12)2013-20141.9%
Completer Rate2013-201480.3%
Graduation Rate2013-201482.9%
Source: Colorado Department of Education

Shares of Population Age 25 and Over by Educational Attainment (2014)

 Percent of Total
Northern Colorado
Percent with high school diploma or higher92.5
Percent with bachelor's degree or higher35.0
Percent with high school diploma or higher90.5
Percent with bachelor's degree or higher38.3
US Average
Percent with high school diploma or higher86.9
Percent with bachelor's degree or higher30.1

College Entrance Exam Scores

ACT Composite Score - 2015
Northern Colorado20.2
U.S. Average21.0
SAT 2015
Critical Reading
U.S. Average495
U.S. Average511
U.S. Average484
Sources: Colorado Department of Education; ACT, Inc.; and College Board.

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