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Institutional Capabilities Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s heritage as an urban land-grant institution, coupled with its location in the heart of Colorado's largest metro area, embodies the mission of accessibility, diversity and academic excellence. Integrated into the fabric of civic life, MSU Denver is seen as a respected community asset that is responsive to the changing needs of our surrounding environment. The University has the ability and the self-assigned mandate to assume a measure of responsibility for the economic health, cultural health and well-being of the community to benefit the public good.

MSU Denver is more powerfully poised than ever before to apply the intellectual strength of faculty and the energy of students to solve real-world problems. The Institutional Capabilities Statement outlines and demonstrates MSU Denver’s commitment to forming enterprises which enable students, faculty and staff to address issues that will attract the broader community to seek its expertise.

Aviation & Aerospace


Visualization & Experiential Analysis


Engineering Technology

Global Initiatives

Hospitality, Tourism and Events

One World One Water

Urban Education


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1 in 5 Coloradans seeking a bachelor’s degree choose MSU Denver.

• 22,316 students enrolled at MSU Denver during the fall 2013 semester.

• 33% of undergraduate Coloradans who are students of color chose MSU Denver in 2013.

• 93% of MSU Denver students are from the 7-county area.

• Over 77,000 graduates call MSU Denver their alma mater.