Fact Sheet

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 11,000 students representing over 60 countries, CCA’s service area includes more than 680,000 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. 

Economic Impact

CCA students and alumni generated $216.1 million in added income for the CCA Service area in 2016.1


CCA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditation agencies in the United States.

1 Source: EMSI report: Economic Value of CCA

Fall 2018 Enrollment (Head Count) 



College Students 4,591
Concurrent Enrollment Students* 3,391
Pie Chart of Part-Time and Full-Time Students at CCA

Part-Time  82.0%

Full-Time 18.0%

Pie Chart of Male and Female Population at CCA

Female  58.0%

Male  41.9%


*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 4,600 concurrent enrollment students annually through active partnerships with over 30 high schools from the following school districts:

Aurora Public Schools
Cherry Creek School District
Denver Public Schools


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

American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.9% 
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.6%
African American 20.1%
Hispanic 31.6%
White Non-Hispanic 31.0%
Unknown / Not Reported 6.8%

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 61 percent of CCA's students are minorities. 


Cost of Tuition Per 3-Credit Course for 2017-2018

In State


Out of State $1,909.88

*Tuition cost after Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is applied. Colorado residents are eligible for COF which deducts $255 per 3-credit course. 


Graduate Outcomes for 2017-2018

  • 97 percent of 2017 CCA graduate respondents indicated that their CCA program met their education goals "well" or "very well".2
  • 90 percent of 2017 CCA graduate respondents were employed or continuing their education.2 

 2 Source: 2018 VE-135 Graduate Follow-up Survey (2016-2017 Graduates)


Academic Programs

CCA offers 54 associate degrees and 46 certificates. There are 23 associate degrees with designation that allow students to transfer to a public Colorado college or university as a junior in that field.


Top Four-Year Transfer Schools for CCA Students

Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado Denver
Colorado State University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Northern Colorado

Average Class Size for 2017-2018

Number of Classes


Average Class Size 16.1


Full-Time Faculty 62
Instructors 348
Student to Instructor Ratio 20:1


Established in 1985, the CCA Foundation builds financial and public support for CCA. The Foundation provides over $500,000 a year in student scholarships. The CCA Foundation’s full-ride promise program, Aurora Gives, is supporting nearly 30 students to earn a certificate or degree 100 percent debt-free. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 361 students were awarded scholarships. Of those students, 71 percent were students of color and 77 percent were first-generation students.

Click here for more information about scholarships.



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



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