The Metropolitan State University of Denver (colloquially known as MSU Denver or Metro State) is a public university located in Denver, Colorado
As of 2009, Metropolitan State University of Denver had the second-largest enrollment of undergraduates of any college in Colorado. With 56 majors and 82 minors, the college is noted for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation, and criminal justice programs.
In fall 2010, the university began offering master’s programs in teacher education and accounting, with social work to begin in fall 2011. The college is noted for its fine athletic programs: Metro State’s women’s soccer team won the Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006; the men’s basketball team won the Division II National Championship in 2000 and 2002. Metro State is located on the Auraria Campus, along with the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, in downtown Denver, adjacent to Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. Metro State has an enrollment of over 23,000 students.
On April 18, 2012, Metro State achieved university status. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper approved the changing of the name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver, effective July 2012.
MSU Denver has produced 239 All-Americans and was one of the seven charter members of the Colorado Athletic Conference in 1989 before joining the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 1996. MSU Denver competed as a NAIA member until 1983, when the Roadrunners jumped to the NCAA Division II ranks. Since 1998, MSU Denver has captured 32 regular season conference titles, 35 conference tournament championships, as well as the 2000 & 2002 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships and the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer national crowns. MSU Denver also boasts five individual national championships. Men’s swimmer Darwin Strickland won national championships in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle in 1995 and also won the 100 free in 1996. Anthony Luna won men’s track championships in the 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2009. Metro State’s main rivals are Colorado School of Mines, Fort Lewis College, and Regis University.