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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
About Colorado State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523
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At Colorado State, we use our knowledge to address substantive questions with practical solutions. With so many majors, disciplines, and people working toward a greater good, you're bound to find your fit and your passion. Of course, Colorado State couldn't be Colorado State without Fort Collins. Our entrepreneurial spirit, combined with a global outlook, make Fort Collins a magnet for innovation, careers, and healthy, happy people. If you're looking for a college experience with the perfect fusion of culture, opportunity, and adventure, Fort Collins is where you'll find it.

Colorado State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
May 1
Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
1020-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,232/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,287/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,474/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,705/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,814/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,061/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.230 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.243 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.243 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,977Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 147 responses
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  • Open to adventure
    28%
  • Chill
    18%
  • Very friendly and happy to be there
    16%
  • Very diverse
    13%
  • White students who believe the campus is diverse
    7%
  • White kids looking to party
    5%
  • All of the above
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.274 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.333 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 170 responses
Report
  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    27%
  • College town with dedicated, awesome students
    23%
  • College town with outgoing, fun students
    18%
  • College town, with dedicated/drunk students
    11%
  • College town with dedicated students
    10%
  • College and family town
    7%
  • Rural
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.174 responses
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Colorado State University Reviews

3,643 reviews
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For the most part, I love CSU. Most of the professors are really supportive, intersting, and caring. Parking and financial aid are an absolute joke. It's outrageous I have to pay 600 more a year to park my car and you aren't even guaranteed a spot! Financial aid told me "I need to wake up and realize I can't afford to go to school." If it weren't for the amazing professors and student community and beautiful campus, parking and financial aid would ruin CSU.
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I loved my experience at CSU! As a pre-medical student it gave me amazing opportunities to academically prepare for graduate programs and network with supportive healthcare professionals. The campus, professors, and student body were actively involved during my entire undergraduate journey to ensure I was comfortable and succeeding.
Colorado State University met all my expectations for the college I had always imagined going to for my bachelors degree. Unfortunately for me, at the time I had no clue what I wanted out of life and very little passion for the degree I had chosen to study there which was Journalism. I had no direction, no motivation, and no confidence which quickly led to my demise. Finally, over three years later, I now have realized my path and it has absolutely nothing to do with CSU or politics. I am sure it's a great school with tons to offer if you apply yourself, but to be honest I got very little out of my education there and feel like I may have waisted a lot of time and money during my 7 year stint at Colorado State University. But not regrets, it made me exactly who I am today and for that I couldn't be more grateful!