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.

Overview

Applicants
17,970
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

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

Test Scores

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

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

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

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,009
with Terminal Degree
1,007

647
Men
362
Women
165
Minority
24
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
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

Overview

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.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,670

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,274

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,629

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,726

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,858

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,868
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,048
Required Fees
$2,029
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,140

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$2,385
Transportation for Commuters
$674

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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
23,798
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
77

Demographics

1.99%
Asian
2.18%
African-American
9.82%
Hispanic
77.00%
Caucasian
5.04%
Unknown
3.08%
International

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

Overview

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
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
77

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
599
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
41

7% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

18% participate in intramural sports
2% 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.

Green Rating
99
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

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

17,970
Applicants
23,798
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists