Fort Collins, CO (population: 141,921) has sixteen MSN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Regis University, the highest ranked school in this group with a MSN program, has a total student population of 10,874. It is the 279th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
MSN students from Fort Collins schools who go on to become computer engineers, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, computer programmers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 338,890 people working as network and computer systems administrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,930. Also, Computer programmers make on average $74,690 per year and there are about 367,880 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fort Collins-Loveland area alone, there are 200 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $64,710. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $73,550/yr and there are 290 employed.
Fort Collins lies in Larimer county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Fort Collins-Loveland area has 128,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $43,210 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Fort Collins are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 2/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 16 MSN schools with a 100-mile radius of Fort Collins, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Platt College comes out as the most expensive ($41,227/yr) for MSN students, with Laramie County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,768/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Collins|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||48.9 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||65.5 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||70.1 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||71.4 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||82.5 miles|