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The Community College of Aurora (CCA) is a two-year public, open access institution in Aurora, Colorado and is one of 13 community colleges in the Colorado Community College System. The school of choice for nearly 10,800 students representing over 60 countries, CCA’s service area includes nearly 686,000 residents in Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver counties, and its student population reflects the broad diversity of this area. The college offers more than 103 degrees and certificate programs for students seeking to enhance their current skill set, pursue employment, or transfer to a four-year college or university upon graduation.


Founded 1983

Campus Locations

CentreTech Campus
16000 East CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, CO 80011
Campus Size: 33 acres  

Lowry Campus
710 Alton Way
Denver, CO 80230
Campus Size: 156 acres

President Dr. Mordecai Brownlee
Mascot Red Fox
Vision We aspire to be the college where every student succeeds.
Mission CCA serves our diverse community by providing high quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.
Values Respect, Collaboration, Quality, Access, Diversity, Inclusion
Institutional Outcomes 

Career and Transfer Readiness, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Competence

Inclusive Excellence

You matter. You are valued. You belong.
CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together. 


CCA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States.


Enrollment for AY 2021-2022 (Head Count) 



College Students 5,591
Concurrent Enrollment Students* 5,400
Female 57%
Male 43%

*Concurrent Enrollment allows qualified high school students to obtain both high school and college level credit from the same course.


Concurrent Enrollment

CCA serves over 5,400 concurrent enrollment students annually through active partnerships with around 56 high schools, including public and charter schools. The three major school districts we serve are below.

Aurora Public Schools
Cherry Creek School District
Denver Public Schools

Diversity for AY 2021-2022

CCA students come from five continents and more than 60 countries.

African American 20.7% 
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.1%
Hispanic 33.4%
White Non-Hispanic 30.1%
Unknown / Not Reported 5.1%

Hispanic Serving Institution 
CCA has achieved Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). This designation is awarded to institutions with at least 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment.


Minority Serving Institution
Approximately 65 percent of CCA's students are minorities. 


Cost of Tuition Per 3-Credit Course for 2021-2022

In State


Out of State $1,925.4

*Tuition cost after Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is applied. Colorado residents are eligible for COF which deducts $312 per 3-credit course. 


Outcomes for 2021 Graduates

  • 93.3% of 2021 CCA Graduate Survey respondents had some level of agreement that CCA helped them meet their educational goals.1
  • 95.5% of 2021 CCA Graduate Survey respondents were either employed or continuing education.2 

 1, 2 Source: 2022 VE-135 Graduate Follow-up Survey (2020-2021 Graduates)


Academic Programs

CCA offers 55 associate degrees and 43 certificates. Of the associate degrees, 26 are degrees with designation that allow students to transfer to a public Colorado college or university as a junior in that field.

Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways is a framework to work with students via specific goal-planning and holistic services to increase retention, persistence, and completion. It follows four principles: 1. Create a clearly defined path toward a degree/certificate; 2. provide assistance to students to choose their best path; 3. use wraparound services to keep students on the path; 4. ensure student learning.

Communication and Languages
Creative Industries
People, Societies, and Ideas
Professional Studies and Public Service
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Top Four-Year Transfer Schools for CCA Students

Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado - Denver
Colorado State University 
University of Colorado - Boulder
Colorado School of Mines

Average Class Size for AY 2020-2021

Number of Classes


Average Class Size 14.2


Full-Time Faculty 57
Instructors 206
Student to Instructor Ratio 16:1


CCA and the CCA Foundation provide over $820,000 a year in scholarships. Provided on a first-come, first-served basis, the college’s Institutional Scholarships require a paper application and target specific populations of students. The CCA Foundation uses one on-line application for its more than 70 scholarship programs. First-year students, returning students, students from every career pathway – there is a scholarship for you. Have questions? Contact Scholarships.CCA@ccaurora.edu

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For more information about the Fact Sheet, contact the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, at InstitutionalResearch@ccaurora.edu or call 303-361-7365.



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