3,466 reviews
  1. Fort Collins, CO
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  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+
Colorado State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523

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

Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Scores Range
1030-1250
ACT Scores Range
22-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Colorado State University

Cost

Net Price
$14,511/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,449/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,998/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,905/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,987/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,394/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.230 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.235 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.235 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,456Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 139 responses
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  • Open to adventure
    27%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Very friendly and happy to be there
    14%
  • Very diverse
    14%
  • White students who believe the campus is diverse
    8%
  • White kids looking to party
    6%
  • All of the above
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.266 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.325 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 162 responses
Report
  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    25%
  • College town with dedicated, awesome students
    23%
  • College town with outgoing, fun students
    17%
  • College town, with dedicated/drunk students
    11%
  • College town with dedicated students
    10%
  • College and family town
    7%
  • Rural
    2%

After Colorado State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.174 responses

Colorado State University Reviews

3,466 reviews
All Categories
The process of going to college is a big one, but CSU made it as easy as they could. At the time it seemed annoying to get email after email about things like move in tips, or just info about CSU programs and organizations. Although looking back it was a huge help and the really did try to help make this huge transition as seamless as possible. Now that I've finished a semester at CSU, I cant think of being anywhere else. the location of the campus is great, many freshmen don't have cars with them, but there is plenty of things in reasonable walking/biking distance. There's programs and sports for everyone, and it's extremely easy to get involved with whatever you want. As a whole the campus and town have a really nice home-like environment, wether you're on campus or down town Fort Collins. I love the city and school, GO RAMS!
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I love Colorado State University! I love how supportive the faculty is with the students; most of them are really empathic and understanding. I love the classes that I am taking, they are engaging in all subjects that I am taking. There are a few programs like the Honors Program that can help students adjust to college better. Everyone on campus is really nice and friendly. They have a concert in the fall every year that is free for students with bands like The Head and The Heart. There are various clubs that you can do like the Dead Poet Society if you are an inner poet.
One thing I absolutely love about Colorado State is how easy it is to get involved! If you are willing to put yourself out there and get to know people, you'll be amazed at the opportunities that come your way. For example, I was invited by a friend to attend my residence hall's Hall Council meeting, and I am now a senator and Ops. Liaison in student government, about to run for vice president! My point is, if you love CSU, there are so many ways to show that love and that spirit. If there is something you'd like to change, being the one who changes it is just as easy, if you are willing to put in the work.