DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – Metropolitan State College of Denver announced Thursday that they are considering changing the name of their institution. Proposed names include Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Central Colorado and Denver State University.

School president Stephen Jordan said the college is evaluating the merits of making the transition. An assessment found the current name creates confusion for some people who aren’t sure whether the college is a four-year institution or a community college. The assessment also found that the current name might not be as helpful as it could be in summarizing what the school has to offer.

“The trustees see the value and benefits that could accrue to students and alumni, were the college to vote to change its name to something that would increase its stature within the community,” Trustee Chairman Rob Cohen said in a prepared statement.

The college will host a town hall meeting to discuss the possible name change next week and they will be staging focus groups throughout the month.

College officials said a poll conducted during the fall semester found most students are in favor of a name change.

Kathryn Cammack, another trustee, said she think the change is “long overdue” and comes at a good time considering the college’s recent addition of graduate programs.

The town hall meeting will take place on Feb. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the college’s downtown Denver campus.

Comments (11)
  1. gary w miller says:

    it also needs to bring it’s teachings into todays world, not aristotle’s

  2. Chad Ochman says:

    We use chisels and stones to take notes, I am only kidding but I hate the fact that they want to change their name because naive people think that it is a community college. If you don’t know that Metro is a standard college, then maybe you shouldn’t attend MSCD.

  3. Rae717 says:

    If there going to change their name then it should be Metropolitan State University of Denver. It will give the school a competitive edge against the other state schools plus they will keep the Metro name.

    1. Mary McGivern says:

      I absolutely agree that the college should include “university” in the name. I graduated from MSCD in 2001 and have had employers ask if it was a four-year school. This would clear it up.

  4. Shane says:

    The only issue I have with them changing the name to something that includes the word university, is universities supply both undergrad and postgrad degrees. I know MSCD has two or three post grad degrees, but it may lead to even more confusion with students thinking they offer more. However if they can get an accreditation and offer post grad degrees that would be awesome.

  5. Byron M. says:

    I am currently a chemistry major at MSCD and I think adding university to the name would be good for the college. I am not in favor of a complete name change as it is part of Denver’s culture and history (plus I have grown fond of it). Boasting over 24,000 students, many professors with PhD’s, shared courses with UCD, and a growing number of masters programs it is definitely worthy of university title in my opinion.

  6. Deana says:

    I think Metropolitan State University of Denver is a great name. Denver State University doesn’t sound right, as Denver is a CITY, not a state. I’m a third grade teacher and my students are quite confused about the difference between a city and a state. Don’t let us confuse them more, please.

  7. Mike says:

    Boise State University – seems to work for them


  8. Patrick1976 says:

    I graduated from MSC and now called MSCD.
    I can live with MSU or MSUD.
    The other three names do not reflect the history of my alma mater.

  9. Gary1974 says:

    San Diego State University
    San Jose State University

    Denver State University…is my choice

    Metro is the name of the subway where I live

  10. shaza says:

    I think the name Metro state university sounds perfect….Metro has almost the same programs as UCD why not have university in it too…

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