Forbes's Top 12 Colorado Colleges and (Often) Falling National Ranking

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Around this time last year, we shared a list of Forbes' top thirteen Colorado colleges and noted that their national rankings were mostly unimpressive.

That's even truer in the 2015 edition.

The headline of this post offers one piece of evidence for the downturn: Only twelve colleges were included in the 650 institutions of higher learning nationwide that made the magazine's cut, with Colorado Mesa University (which I attended!) falling out.

In addition, seven of the twelve colleges that make repeat appearances actually slipped — sometimes a little, other times more than that.

Continue to see the photo-illustrated Colorado roster, which compares rankings from the past two years and includes other info about cost and student population. To see the original Forbes post, including all 650 schools across the country, click here.

Forbes's Top 12 Colorado Colleges and (Often) Falling National Ranking
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Number 12: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Overall ranking, 2014: 638
Overall ranking, 2015: 646
Cost: $31,188
Student population: 22,752

Forbes's Top 12 Colorado Colleges and (Often) Falling National Ranking
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Number 11: University of Northern Colorado
Overall ranking, 2014: 610
Overall ranking, 2015: 616
Cost: $33,527
Student population: 12,710

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Number 10: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Overall ranking, 2014: 536
Overall ranking, 2015: 586
Cost: $32,294
Student population: 11,321

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Number 9: Fort Lewis College
Overall ranking, 2014: 596
Overall ranking, 2015: 572
Cost: $34,082
Student population: 4,021

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Number 8: Western State Colorado University
Overall ranking, 2014: 496
Overall ranking, 2015: 498
Cost: $31,297
Student population:  2,404



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