The College Database recently ranked UCCS one of the top 50 colleges in the nation for advancing women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Among public and private universities, UCCS ranked 50th for the number of women enrolled in STEM programs by the San Francisco-based College Database. UCCS and CU Denver were the only Colorado universities or colleges included in the rankings.

To compile the rankings, College Database used information provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a government resource, according to a news release. The list identifies fully accredited higher education institutions that offer a breadth of STEM programs and have a high proportion of women enrolled in these programs, along with a high number of female STEM-program graduates. Criteria from the National Science Foundation guided the selection process.

“This listing of UCCS in the top 50 STEM colleges in the nation recognizes our ongoing commitment to building southern Colorado’s ability to compete with the best in the nation and world,” said Provost Mary Coussons-Read, in a news release. “Further enriching the quality of STEM education and research and growing our numbers of women students and faculty in STEM continue to be strong priorities for UCCS.”

In addition, through its Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, UCCS actively promotes STEM education to kindergarten through 12th grade students.

To view a complete list of ranked schools, visit Online College Database.

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Located in Colorado Springs, UCCS is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation, offering 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. The university enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit