Metropolitan State University of Denver is located at the Auraria Higher Education Center, a 127-acre campus in downtown Denver at Auraria Parkway and Speer Boulevard. The Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver share the facilities with MSU Denver.
Student Success Building
The campus includes more than one million square feet of space for classrooms, laboratories and offices. The Student Success Building, the first of two new MSU Denver Neighborhood buildings, opened in March 2012. The $62 million building, funded entirely by student-approved fees, houses classrooms, administrative offices, and student services, including admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, and the bursar’s office, all in one convenient location.
Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
MSU Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center is one of only 11 teaching hotels on a university campus in the country. The hotel, a SpringHill Suites ® by Marriott, includes 150 hotel rooms and conference facilities. It also provides hands-on training opportunities for students in the University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. The adjacent Hospitality Learning Center boasts more than 28,000 square feet of academic space, including classrooms, specialty learning labs and faculty offices.
Historic Ninth Street Park and Tivoli Brewery
Other administrative offices are located in restored Victorian homes in Denver’s historic Ninth Street Park located on the Auraria site. The campus also features a child care center; the comprehensive, 184,000 square-foot Auraria Library designed by Helmut Jahn of CF Murphy, which won an award from the American Institute of Architects; and one of the most unusual student union facilities in the country located in the historic, Bavarian-style Tivoli Brewery Building. Excellent physical fitness facilities include a block-long physical education/events center with a swimming pool, weight room, game courts, dance studios, a climbing wall, and event seating for 3,000.
Center for Visual Art on Santa Fe
The University’s proximity to downtown Denver enables students and faculty to use the community as a learning laboratory and to connect classroom theory to the cultural, economic, social, and political practices of the city. The Center for Visual Art (CVA), located in the Santa Fe Art District, is the University’s off-campus art gallery. In addition to showing significant contemporary art, the award-winning CVA serves as an interactive art laboratory for MSU Denver students and the larger community.