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Academics

Colorado State University is "an institution that is determined to engage and challenge its students, preparing them for post-graduate life beyond the university." Despite being a large public research university, CSU does a "phenomenal" job of fostering a "community feel." Students guarantee you won't "feel like just a number" here. Many students tell us that they are drawn to Colorado's "amazing" science and engineering programs and "outstanding" business school. And they really appreciate CSU's commitment to "sustainability." Undergrads here also note that the academics are "both challenging and fun." While you're likely to encounter "some good and some bad professors," the "vast majority are very interested in what they are teaching and very passionate." As one pleased student boasts, "My professors are fantastic, they make everything easy to learn, and teach [in] ways that make classes enjoyable even with large lectures." A fellow student concurs adding that "they bring the material to life and maintain a comfortable environment for discussion." Moreover, it's clear that not only do they care about each student's academic growth, professors here care about "their personal well-being" as well. All in all, Colorado State provides students with "the resources to succeed in academics, pursue hobbies and interests, and maintain good mental and physical health."

Student Body

Colorado State students frequently describe their peers as "down to earth and energetic." They're also "respectful, kind, and full of CSU pride." And although undergrads here might appear "predominantly white" as you stroll through campus, many students assert that it's actually "a pretty diverse place." These undergrads also know how to carve out a good work/life balance. Indeed, "they understand when it is time to sit down and work really hard, but also know when a break from the work is needed." Ever better, Colorado State undergrads are "extremely friendly." A pleased student shares, "I am always meeting new people and seeing warm faces." Another undergrad agrees adding, "No one ever hesitates to help out a fellow Ram." They are also highly intellectual and approach learning with "excitement and enthusiasm." Despite being a state school, CSU still manages to have a "good mix of out-ofstate students." No matter where they hail from, most undergrads are "liberal and...environmentally focused." Finally, as one thankful student concludes, "It is a great, helpful community that I am so proud to be a part of."

Campus Life

Colorado State seems to attract a lot of outdoor enthusiasts. And with good reason. There are many "opportunities from volunteer cleanups to hiking and fishing all along the Poudre River." And, of course, "you have the Rocky Mountains at your doorstep." Therefore, "rock climbing" and "biking" are also popular activities. Further, many weekends are dedicated to "skiing and snowboarding." Of course, there's plenty happening on campus as well. A number of students participate in "intramural sports or [attend] rec center classes." Additionally, "there's always...a movie showing or a visiting professor lecture." And football games are well attended. Students can also join one of the "500 clubs and organizations at CSU." A handful of undergrads are active in Greek life too. Fraternities and sororities do tend to "throw parties on the weekend"; however, these typically "happen off campus." Students also love exploring downtown Fort Collins. After all, the "restaurants are amazing." Moreover, "there is always a buzz around the square, and often times a local band will be playing." And undergrads that are of age enjoy exploring and partaking in the city's "amazing craft beer culture." Finally, when CSU students are looking to get away, they can easily "travel to Denver or Boulder" for some fun!

Overview

Applicants
21,759
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,046
with Terminal Degree
1,044

661
Men
385
Women
185
Minority
24
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture, General
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • Range Science and Management
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Related Services
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Management Information Systems and Services
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

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

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • 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
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts 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
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

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

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Environmental Health

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • 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
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Protection

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music
  • Sculpture


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Walter Scott, Jr.
Former CEO Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated, Level 3 Communications & Berksh

Yusef Komunyakaa
Pulitzer Prize winning poet

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,107

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,663

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,431

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,155

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,479

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,716
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,010
Required Fees
$2,336
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$2,466
Transportation for Commuters
$900

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,110
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,688
Foreign Countries Represented
78

Demographics

2.56%
Asian
2.33%
African-American
11.86%
Hispanic
72.37%
Caucasian
3.12%
Unknown
4.00%
International

52% female
48% male
23% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

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
498
Number of Honor Societies
41

Number of Social Sororities
19
Number of Religious Organizations
33

9% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

28% 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.

99/99
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
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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 March, 2017.

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
Kelly Nolin
Assoc. Dir. of Admission & Recruitment

Address
Admissions (1062 Campus Delivery)
Colorado State University
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
Morgan 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

Contact Email Address for Visit
sara.manning@colostate.edu

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 Denver International Airport--65 miles to the south of Fort Collins. Greyhound Bus Service, Yellow Cab Taxi, Uber, Green Ride, Super Shuttle, MAX transit, TransFort

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 Rocky Mountains are visible to the west from I-25.

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


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