From the School

A purposeful education
As one of the nation’s top research universities, Colorado State is grounded in a rich tradition of scholarship, innovation and public service. Regardless of which field you choose to pursue, you’ll have every opportunity to take your studies to the highest level. But CSU is more than just a place where you can explore your interests wherever they take you. It’s also a community in every sense of the word, and that means you’ll develop connections that will literally change your life. Our Living Learning Communities will unite you with people who share your interests. Our faculty will open the door to incredible research and internship experiences. And our career advising and support services will give you the tools you need to excel in your chosen field. Colorado State’s eight colleges encompass the major areas of human knowledge, with more than 150 programs of study in the sciences, arts, humanities and professions. From internationally known programs in veterinary medicine and chemistry to our highly ranked business college, you’ll work with professors who know their fields inside and out. But the faculty at Colorado State are more than just experts who make significant contributions to our understanding of the world. They’re also some of the most talented and personable instructors you’ll ever meet. Whether they’re leading a spirited class discussion or making themselves available outside office hours, your professors will give you the kind of attention you might not expect at a university of 25,000 students. “The professors here aren’t just academically gifted — they really know how to relate to students,” says Jake Blumberg, a senior technical journalism major. “There’s not a communication gap, and they expect us to act like adults. If I could list the best friends I’ve had, some of them would be professors. I feel that makes the education here so much more varied and purposeful.” At Colorado State, you’ll discover that an exceptional education isn’t simply about amassing knowledge. It’s about using what you’ve learned to change lives for the better — and if you choose to pursue your education here, you’ll join forces with students, faculty and alumni who are making an impact on a global scale.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 620
SAT Math
510 - 630
ACT Composite
22 - 27


February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

An exceptional learning environment With more than 150 undergraduate programs of study, Colorado State gives you the flexibility to design a course of study that meets your personal and professional goals. The All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) is the centerpiece of Colorado State's integrated learning experience and provides all students with a well-rounded education. Typically, students meet the AUCC requirements in their freshman and sophomore years and devote their junior and senior years to specialization in their major field. You’re required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Many of our students choose to pursue a minor, an interdisciplinary studies program or a double major. Here’s a look at the majors we offer in eight colleges:  The College of Agricultural Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in agricultural business, agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal science, equine science, horticulture, landscape architecture, landscape horticulture, and soil and crop sciences.  The College of Applied Human Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in apparel and merchandising, construction management, family and consumer sciences, health and exercise science, human development and family studies, interior design, nutrition and food science, and restaurant and resort management. The college also offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in social work.  The College of Business offers Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration, with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, real estate, and organization and innovation management.  The College of Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degrees in civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, and chemical and biological engineering, as well as engineering science.  The College of Liberal Arts offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in anthropology, art, economics, English, history, liberal arts, music, performing arts, philosophy, political science, sociology, speech communication, technical journalism, and languages, literatures, and cultures. The college also offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in art and music.  The Warner College of Natural Resources offers Bachelor of Science degrees in forestry, geology, natural resource recreation and tourism, natural resources management, rangeland ecology, watershed science, and fish, wildlife, and conservation biology.  The College of Natural Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in applied computing technology, biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, physics, psychology and zoology.  The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical sciences, environmental health and microbiology. In addition, teacher licensure is available in early childhood education; at the secondary level in biology, biology/natural resources, chemistry, English, French, general science, geology, German, mathematics, physics, social studies, Spanish and speech; and in grades K-12 in art and music. Vocational secondary education licensure is available in agricultural education, business education, consumer and family studies, marketing education, and trade and industrial education. CSU also offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine (chiropractic, optometry, osteopathy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and podiatry), nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. If you’d like to pursue a particularly challenging course of study, the University Honors Program is an outstanding option. If you’re accepted into the program, you can sign up for small, seminar-style courses that fulfill many of the University’s graduation requirements. The classes touch on a variety of disciplines, but all of them challenge you to communicate with the utmost precision. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in another culture, the Office of International Programs coordinates a variety of study abroad programs that allow you to pursue your studies almost anywhere in the world. These programs range from two-week seminars to semester and yearlong periods of study in any major.

Students Say

Colorado State University provides its 30,000 students with numerous academic resources that guide them toward academic success. Even in light of its size, there is “open communication” between students and the administration, and “the institution strives to prepare students with hands-on experience while they are students so they can be prepared in the real world.” This “hidden gem” offers a “wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture,” along with “excellent” green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities. CSU also cares about its students becoming active members in the community (“Social responsibility, ethics, and sustainability play a large part in our education at CSU,” one student says), and the school is quite connected with its hometown of Fort Collins.

Most professors are “willing to help you however way they can”; their feedback is “honest and beneficial for students.” “Our professors genuinely care, and they leave their legacy on campus by helping students network and make an impact in the community,” says a student. For those in need of extra assistance, there is free tutoring offered for classes in the College of Natural Sciences and College of Liberal Arts. Even though it is a large campus, the school has “so many ways to meet people and create communities on campus that really help you succeed.” Green is god here; no matter what aspect of the university you look at, “everyone is concerned with how their actions affect the environment,” and “many majors look toward educating their students about job opportunities in the green job force.” As for the working world, “an education at CSU is valued and therefore opens up many career opportunities.” The college also “does a great job or bringing resources to campus through speakers, panels, and career fairs.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Bill Ritter, Jr.
Former Governor of Colorado

Roy Romer
Former Governor of Colorado

Mary Cleave
NASA astronaut

Kent Rominger
NASA astronaut

Amy Van Dyken
Olympic gold medalist in swimming

John Amos

Yusef Komunyakaa
Pulitzer Prize winning poet


From The School

For the 2007-2008 school year, full-time tuition and fees for undergraduates are $5,418 for Colorado residents and $18,858 for non-residents. The average cost for room and board in on-campus housing is $7,092, based on standard residence hall rates. For books and classroom supplies, expenses are estimated at $990.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

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Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

A close-knit community Our students come from 50 states and 86 countries, so you can count on a diversity of opinion at Colorado State. You also can count on students who treat you with respect and appreciate what you bring to the table — narrow-mindedness and superficiality simply aren’t part of the campus scene. If you enter the University as a freshman, you’ll live in one of our 11 residence halls. You’ll have easy access to recreation and study areas and a wide variety of activities, including educational programs, social gatherings and recreational events. Several floors within the residence halls are designated for either academic or leisure interests, giving you a chance to live with students who share your interests. Our 13 Living Learning Communities include honors, leadership, engineering and pre-veterinary medicine. Once you settle in, you’ll have a chance to participate in more than 300 clubs and organizations, including student government, honor societies, sororities and fraternities, athletic and recreation clubs, cultural and religious organizations, advocacy offices, and major-oriented or professionally-oriented clubs. Many students participate in intramural sports and sport clubs, which feature nationally recognized teams in polo, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby and other sports. Men's and women's intercollegiate athletic teams are part of the Mountain West Conference at the NCAA Division I level. If you enjoy community service, you should check out the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement. You can choose from one-day special events, yearlong service work, community-based research projects and other volunteer opportunities. When it’s time to focus on your studies, the William E. Morgan Library is a comfortable place to work on individual or group projects. The library features a coffee cart, vending machines, couches and an unmatched view of the foothills. And with more than 330 desktop computers available for general use, you’ll always have the technological resources you need. Looking at the bigger picture, Colorado State comprises four campuses covering about 4,900 acres. The main campus is situated in the center of Fort Collins and includes nearly 100 academic and administrative buildings. South of the main campus is the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, one of the nation's top facilities for teaching and research in the clinical sciences. The agricultural campuses support instruction and research in agronomy and animal science, including the nationally recognized Equine Teaching and Research Center. The Foothills Campus, located two miles west of the main campus, is home to many of the University's research projects. Pingree Park (elev. 9,000 feet) is used primarily for summer educational and research programs in forestry and natural resources.

Students Say

CSU is “probably the friendliest campus I visited,” according to many students. Rams are “chill and outgoing,” “well-rounded, physically fit,” and “place an emphasis on grades.” They are “laid-back but serious about studies,” and they “want to succeed, but also like to have fun outside of class.” Most are “generally very involved either in the campus community or the Fort Collins community whether it is with service, jobs, or community events.” Everyone here “finds their comfort zone in some way or another, and it seems to work for everyone.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



51% female
49% male
89% are full time
11% are part time


From The School

An ideal location
With 300 days of sun per year and the Rockies at our doorstep, it’s no wonder Money Magazine singled out Fort Collins as the “Best Place to Live in America” in 2006 among cities with a population of more than 50,000. Whether you’re into winter sports, water sports or extreme sports, Northern Colorado is a great place to play. And whether you like biking, catching live music or sampling a wide assortment of restaurants in Old Town, Fort Collins is a great place to enjoy life. But Fort Collins is more than just a recreational and social hot spot. It’s also a community where the lives of students and citizens blend seamlessly to form bonds that aren’t easily broken. Colorado State has been the focal point of the city since the University was founded in 1870, and countless alumni remain here long after they’ve graduated. The result: Whether you’re taking advantage of internship and service opportunities throughout Fort Collins or inviting people of all ages to campus events, you’ll be part of a community that values what you have to offer.

Students Say

“People enjoy each other here; they enjoy life here.” “Bike-friendly” Fort Collins offers a “big-city, small-town life that is green but not pretentious.” When everyone is done with the various meetings they have that evening, they “most likely enjoy some great food in our Old Town then head to the nice nightlife in the area.” “Fort Collins is such a fun town with fabulous food and many things to do. There is always something to do around here: go to a concert, go shopping, spend a day in the mountains,” says a student. “Living in Colorado encourages us to be better students so we can go outside and enjoy why we live in this beautiful state.” People are “definitely more outdoors-oriented”; yearround sports are expected—on the weekends “lots of people will rock-climb, trail-run, bike, ski, snowboard, or ice-climb”—and “the gym is always busy.” Once in a while, students go to Denver or Boulder “just to try something new,” such as malls, the aquarium, or attending sports games—though CSU football gets some criticism from students due to its performance. Basically, life is “usually hectic, yet productive.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Resources for Disabled Students

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Rosemary Kreston

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational evaluation, medical assessment

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

7% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

18% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Rams)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


Colorado State University has signed both the Talloires Declaration and ACUPCC, and historically the university has racked up some impressive sustainability accolades. CSU has the highest score of all universities in the STARS reporting system. The university boasts a veritable LEED fleet with thirteen LEED Gold buildings and several more pending certification, including two buildings pursuing Platinum certification. It was also the first university to collect data via satellite for weather forecasting, and it founded the first emissions control program in the United States, an invaluable resource for reducing greenhouse gases on campus. CSU brought online a 30-acre solar plant (5,300-kilowatt array with an annual expected output of 8.5 million kilowatt hours), which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 13 million pounds each year. CSU’‘s composting and waste-to-energy programs divert 93 percent of the food waste from the dining centers out of the landfill. CSU also has a taste for culinary sustainability: The campus-based, student-run Aspen Grille is the second Green Seal-certified restaurant in Colorado and provides environmentally-minded cuisine by purchasing locally produced meats, cheeses, and produce. Furthering its commitment to local sustainability, CSU’s Forest Service tree nursery produces 2 million seedlings annually in order to reduce carbon monoxide and to provide even more greenery for the surrounding area.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Bryan Whish

Admissions (1062 Campus Delivery)
1062 Campus
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lory Student Center
Student Recreation Center
University Center For the Arts
Moby Arena
The University Center for the Arts features the newly-constructed University Art Museum. Also housed at the UCA is the Griffin Concert Hall, Bohemian Complex with 317 seat thrust theatre, Casavant Organ Recital Hall, and other world-class student resources.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Horsetooth Reservoir
Poudre River Trail
Poudre Canyon
Old Town Ft. Collins
Rocky Mountain National Park
Many of Colorado's world-renowned ski destinations are a short drive away.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
7:45AM-4:45PM school year, 7:30AM-4:30PM summer

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00AM, 2:00PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle buses from Denver International Airport--65 miles to the south of Fort Collins, Greyhound Bus Service, Yellow Cab Taxi

Driving Instructions to Campus
Interstate 25 (I-25)runs North/South through Colorado with 3 exits for Fort Collins; Harmony Road, Prospect Avenue, and Mulberry/Hwy 14. The mountains are visible to the west from I-25

Local Accommodations
Hilton Fort Collins, Marriott, The Armstrong Hotel (vintage downtown), Best Western Kiva Inn, Days Inn (budget)
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