Best Of 2013: Higher Ed for the Money
Students' core expenses at UCCS are 14 percent lower than at peer universities, and tuition and fees are 8 percent cheaper. Of course, the parking tickets around here can get a bit expensive, but UCCS is building a 1,227-space parking garage on the western edge of campus that includes a playing field (due to open in March), and there are already free shuttles from North Nevada Avenue. The parking developments speak to the school's popularity — enrollment has grown by 821, to 10,598, from last year. UCCS offers 36 bachelor's degrees, 19 master's and five doctoral degrees and has been named to US News & World Report's Best Colleges list for undergraduate engineering programs and graduate programs in nursing, business and public affairs. — Pam Zubeck
Camp Guide 2011
UCCS Summer Camps
UCCS offers summer programs for ages 4 to 18, including individual and team athletics; recreation programs; science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) camps; and an array of art and culture programs, including the TheatreWorks Shakespeare Camp. Check the website for a full schedule.
Best Place of Higher Education
When the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs completes construction of its new events center in the next few months, spokesman Tom Hutton says, you might expect to see some larger speakers. "And I don't mean the kind that connect to your stereo," he quips. Hey, with all the infrastructural improvements UCCS has made over the past few years, you never know. In just the past 15 months, the school has added a 160,000-square-foot science and engineering building and a new recreation center, plus renovated old buildings. Such is the price of growth: Enrollment has increased by 27 percent this decade, to nearly 8,500 students, including hundreds of active military personnel and dozens of Olympic athletes. Notable fact: 61 percent of those who've graduated before them are employed in the greater Colorado Springs area. — Kirk Woundy