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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 12,200 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 90 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. Betsy Oudenhoven
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), one of six regional accreditation agencies in the United States.


Academic Year 2019-2020 Enrollment (Head Count) 



College Students 6,689
Concurrent Enrollment Students* 5,504
Female 57.3%
Male 42.7%

*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 5,500 concurrent enrollment students annually through active partnerships with around 60 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


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

African American 20.3% 
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.2%
Hispanic 33.2%
White Non-Hispanic 30.5%
Unknown / Not Reported 5.2%

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 64 percent of CCA's students are minorities. 


Cost of Tuition Per 3-Credit Course for 2020-2021

In State


Out of State $1,887.75

*Tuition cost after Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is applied. Colorado residents are eligible for COF which deducts $120 per 3-credit course. 


Graduate Outcomes for 2019-2020

  • 93 percent of 2019 CCA graduate respondents indicated that their CCA program met their education goals "well" or "very well".2
  • 91 percent of 2019 CCA graduate respondents were employed or continuing their education.2 

 2 Source: 2020 VE-135 Graduate Follow-up Survey (2018-2019 Graduates)


Academic Programs

CCA offers 55 associate degrees and 45 certificates. There are 24 associate 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.

Creative Industries
Communication and Languages
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
University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado State University
University of Northern Colorado

Average Class Size for 2019-2020

Number of Classes


Average Class Size 16


Full-Time Faculty 61
Instructors 268
Student to Instructor Ratio 26:1


CCA and the CCA Foundation provide over $750,000 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

Click here for more information about scholarships.



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



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2017 Fact Sheet 

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