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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 625,000 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 to 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
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

Enrollment for 2016-2017 (Head Count) 



College Students 7,512
Concurrent Enrollment Students* 3,503

rt-Time  80.2%

Full-Time  19.8%


Male  41.4%


*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 3,500 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 1.7% 
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.0%
African American 21.2%
Hispanic 26.9%
White Non-Hispanic 36.1%
Unknown / Not Reported 6.1%

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
More than 57.5 percent of CCA’s full-time equivalent students are minorities.


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

In State $433.65*
Out of State $1,779

*Tuition cost after Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is applied. Colorado residents are eligible for COF which deducts $231 per 3-credit course. 


Student Outcomes for 2016-2017

  • 80 percent of students earned an A, B, or C grade.
  • 93 percent of students completed a course and did not withdraw.
  • 98 percent of 2016 CCA graduate respondents indicated that their CCA program met their education goals "well" or "very well".2
  • 89 percent of 2016 CCA graduate respondents were employed or continuing their education.2 

 2-3 Source: 2017 VE-135 Graduate Follow-up Survey (2015-2016 Graduates)


Academic Programs

CCA offers 55 associate degrees and 39 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
Regis University
Colorado State University Global
University of Northern Colorado

Average Class Size for 2016-2017

Number of Classes


Average Class Size 15.9


Full-Time Faculty 58
Adjunct Instructors 272
Student to Instructor Ratio 24:1


Established in 1985, the CCA Foundation builds financial and public support for CCA. The Foundation provides over $500,000 a year in student scholarships.

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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