Colorado State University

102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO

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Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is named as the "university of choice" for residents of Colorado. The university offers more than 150 programs of study and 55 departments in eight colleges. It has excellent academic programs in science, math, business, creative writing, engineering and technology. It also has top professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism and agriculture, atmospheric science, sustainability and clean energy, among others.

CSU is considered one of the best undergraduate education institutions in the nation, and deemed one of the "Best in the West" universities overall by education services company, The Princeton Review. CSU offers a combination of excellent academics and affordability for graduate-level and undergraduate-level students, along with some unique programs, that makes it a popular choice for many. One unique program is offered through the university's School of Global Environmental Sustainability, which allows students to add environmental courses to their major and receive training in a broad range of environmental issues.


Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant college called "Agricultural College of Colorado." It's first students (five of them) enrolled in 1879.

By 1882 the school had 24 women among its student body, and over the years the curriculum was expanded from its popular agriculture and engineering programs to include programs in typewriting and stenography, that were tailored more for women.


The academic calendar for Colorado State University follows the semester format with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Applied Human Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Graduate School
  • Online Plus (Distance Learning School)
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Education
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • School of Social Work

Student Life

The student activities and resources on the Colorado State University campus are plentiful.  There are more than 200 student groups, clubs and organizations to become involved in, as well as helpful resources like the RamRide program. Modeled after the CARPOOL program at Texas A&M, RamRide is a safe ride program for students who need safe, carpool-style transportation during the nighttime (RamRide is available Thursday through Saturday.)

A "Twilight Garden Series" is offered to students and gardeners of all abilities.  This is a series of three, 2-hour workshops.  There are many intramural sports activities available in all seasons, including ski trips and the Colorado State Ultimate Frisbee League.

Live music concerts are available at the Lory Student Center, among other arts and entertainment offered on campus.  On campus housing is available, along with many on-campus dining options.  There are several chapters of fraternities and sororities at CSU.


The CSU school colors are green and gold and the school mascot is the ram.


The Colorado State "Rams" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, and there are always many vocal Rams fans at the college's sporting events.

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Fort Collins City Parks, Colorado State Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer plenty of outdoor recreation for CSU students in the area around campus and Fort Collins, Colorado. Ski Colorado offers ski vacation packages so students can enjoy the world-class ski slopes in the area during the winter months.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the applicants Colorado State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Colorado State University has a total student population of about 31,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 16% enrolling as graduate students and 78% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $8,300-$10,000
    • Out-of-State: $25,000-$30,010
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $380-$450 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,300-$1,500 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid77%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships59%$7,240
Receiving Student Loans45%$6,726

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Colorado State University may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

Colorado State University has an overall graduation rate which is around 64%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years37%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Colorado State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Mountain West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mountain West Conference)
  • Football (Mountain West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Colorado State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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