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.”

Overview

Applicants
16,655
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

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

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,029
with Terminal Degree
1,023

659
Men
370
Women
179
Minority
23
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
  • Horticultural Science
  • Range Science and Management
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Environmental Health
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Fire Services Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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
actor

Yusef Komunyakaa
Pulitzer Prize winning poet

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,653

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,749

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,675

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,721

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,461

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,301
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$25,010
Required Fees
$2,257
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,140

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$2,457
Transportation for Commuters
$674

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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
23,858
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
72

Demographics

2.37%
Asian
2.40%
African-American
10.75%
Hispanic
76.97%
Caucasian
3.83%
Unknown
3.96%
International

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

Overview

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”; year-round 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
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Resources for Disabled Students

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Rosemary Kreston

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational evaluation, medical assessment

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
661
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
47

8% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

25% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
6 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

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

Sustainability

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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
26%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bryan Whish
Director

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

Phone
970-491-6909

Email
admissions@colostate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lory Student Center
Student Recreation Center
Library
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
M-F
7:45AM-4:45PM school year, 7:30AM-4:30PM summer
970-491-6909

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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, Uber

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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Key Stats

16,655
Applicants
23,858
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists