• Colorado School of Trades (CST) is the oldest and largest Gunsmithing School in the United States. The Colorado School of Trades has been teaching Gunsmithing since 1947. We prepare our students for an exciting career as a Gunsmith. Gunsmiths spend their workday repairing and building custom firearms, operating lathes and mills, and performing detailed wood shaping and finishing. Their machinists skills are on display every day.

School Highlights

Colorado School of Trades serves 96 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 5:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 57% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 43%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 96 students
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Minority enrollment: 57%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Colorado School of Trades ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 18 teachers has grown by 50% over five years.
Colorado School of Trades
(CO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Private, for profit
Total Faculty
18 staff
87 staff
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Number of Programs Offered
1
18

Student Body

The student population of Colorado School of Trades has declined by 38% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 5:1 has decreased from 8:1 over five years.
The Colorado School of Trades diversity score of 0.80 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
96 students
723 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
96 students
528 students
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# Part-Time Students
n/a
952 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
157 students
443 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
96 students
431 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
31 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
717 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
370 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
8%
22%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
43%
57%
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% Hawaiian
3%
1%
% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
29%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.80
0.62
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.42%
1.52%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.61%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$40,200
$33,300
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
46%
87%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$20,000
$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,750
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
86%
62%
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Founded in 1947, the Colorado School of Trades (CST) has been a gunsmith training destination since its inception. Our school enjoys a worldwide reputation built on a nearly 70-year history and a long list of successful graduates recognized by top Gunsmith employers everywhere.The Colorado School of Trades has applied a system based on hands-on, project-oriented training geared to train individuals who wish to become artisan craftsmen. Our gunsmith classes offer a personal approach to training that allows a motivated student to enter the profession of Gunsmithing as an entry level general Gunsmith.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Colorado School of Trades?

The acceptance rate of Colorado School of Trades is 86%, which is higher than the state average of 62%.

What is Colorado School of Trades's ranking?

Colorado School of Trades ranks among the top 20% of community college in Colorado for: Diversity in US community colleges and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 96 students
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Minority enrollment: 57%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Broomfield County, CO community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Broomfield County, CO is Colorado School of Trades. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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