Universities & Colleges in Colorado
Colorado in spite of being one of the larger states of USA has quite an average population. With a population growth of hardly 2% and on last count of 2011 it was more than half a million. Named on the river Colorado which is flowing more on the psyche of the state and plays hugely significant role in the shaping of the state, Colorado has a spontaneous landscape that comprises of mountains, forests and rivers. The state is famous for extreme weather conditions of thunderstorms, lightning and tornados and many severe devastations are part of life of Coloradans. Denver as the capital of the state has been instrumental in building the industrial establishment of Colorado that makes this state third among all states of USA in prosperity.
The state has a number of good education institutes and some of them are even famous internationally. Certain courses are considered path breaking in their approach and methods of teaching. This is though a bit segmented case of some courses at University of Colorado. Some other colleges that are providing some quality educations are Adams State College, Fort Lewis College and other sections of Colorado University. The fees for some of the elite courses are comparative to other top class universities situated Outside Colorado. An average University education of four years cost 50k USD in most of the Universities that have an international reputation. Some of the Ivy League universities may charge extra depending on the courses chosen and material costs can also add to this if there is need for journals and research paper consultation. All these together make for an annual cumulative cost of nearly 60K USD for a non resident student. The costs marginally include boarding fees and lodgings as this depends more on the choice of the student (the average annual cost considered is USD 12-15000) and if they want to have some comfort the cost may rise. In established universities of Colorado it is 50-60k USD as annual cost. In some of the universities where dorm life is also a significant part of education the living costs rise (dorm cost is higher than staying outside) and this also happens with metropolitan universities where cost is higher.
The cost though doesn't look prohibitive once one looks at the career opportunities present in the state. A mining dominated economy of earlier years has transformed itself into highly industrialized state. The economy of the state ranges to USD 300 billion and a per capita income of USD 60,000. This is quite high among the country (average per capita income of the country is USD 45000) and there are many industries to support this income. The state has one of the highest technology driven high end industries. There are many government enterprises, which started the trend and even today plenty of military bases are working in Colorado. Defense and other research is another area where Colorado is quite strong and providing good results. To some extent the weather is responsible for such experiments. With extreme heat and dry conditions this works wonder for this sector in Colorado.