Metro. State College of Denver
The Metropolitan State University of Denver is a public university located in Denver, in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of 2009, the institution had the second-largest enrollment of undergraduates of any college in Colorado
The institution is located in one of the oldest areas of Denver. The campus is located at the former townsite of Auraria, which was founded in November 1858. Denver was founded three weeks later on the opposing side (east side) of Cherry Creek. Denver would soon overtake Auraria after thriving for a mere two years. For a century following, an Auraria neighborhood would remain. The boundaries of the former neighborhood were Colfax Avenue on the south, the South Platte River on the northwest and Cherry Creek on the northeast. The Auraria Campus, Pepsi Center, and Elitch Gardens now inhabit this area. Auraria had a mix of residential areas and industrial areas through the early to mid-20th century. When the campus was built, many Aurarians, a majority of them Hispanic, were displaced and the school promised to serve the community. The historic Tivoli Brewery was a popular beer brewery on this site that was preserved and the building now serves as the Tivoli Student Union to all three schools on the campus; among other things it is noted for being the site of a stage of the now-defunct Coors Classic world-class bicycle race. Many original buildings remain on campus including a preserved street of Victorian cottages in the 9th Street Historic District. Two churches are still on the campus, St. Elizabeth's of Hungary and St. Cajetan's. The Emmanuel Gallery, which is the oldest synagogue structure in Denver, is on the campus as well and serves as a museum. Metropolitan State University of Denver was founded in 1965 as an opportunity school. The concept was that people from all walks of life could have a chance at a college education. By design, Metro State is required to be accessible to all, which is why it consistently has some of the lowest tuitions of four-year Colorado colleges and universities. Approximately a third of the student body are students of color. The 2008 Democratic National Convention was held in Denver. The Auraria Campus is situated between Invesco Field at Mile High and Pepsi Center. Metro State started that semester a week early, closed it for the convention, and then restarted on schedule. The campus was within the security perimeter designated by the United States Secret Service, leading to the decision to close the campus to all except essential personnel. MSU Denver was the first university to allow DREAMers to have a chance at higher education. It made national headlines.
Metro State is a comprehensive, baccalaureate- and masterï¿½s-degree granting, urban college that offers arts and sciences, professional and business courses and programs to a diverse student population in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Excellence in teaching and learning is Metro Stateï¿½s primary objective. Metro Stateï¿½s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global and technological society. To fulfill its mission, Metro Stateï¿½s diverse college community engages the community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge.
Individuals of note who have attended the institution include: David W. Ball ï¿½ Novelist and short-story writer David Barlow ï¿½ Australian professional basketball player Richard T. Castro ï¿½ educational and civil-rights activist, honored by the Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship Steven Emory ï¿½ Professional soccer player Mark Worthington ï¿½ Australian professional basketball player Pam Grier ï¿½ actress Candi Kubeck ï¿½ captain of ValuJet Flight 592, which crashed into the Florida Everglades on May 11, 1996Joe Rice ï¿½ former legislator in the State of Colorado, former Mayor of Glendale, and Iraq War veteran Jim Saccomano ï¿½ Vice President of Public Relations for the Denver Broncos Hayden Smith ï¿½ New York Jets tight end, played basketball at Metro State Todd Schmitz ï¿½ American swimming coach
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