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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  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
711 Oval Drive Ammons Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80521
From Colorado State University

Learn what you love. Love where you live. You could say we’ve got the whole package at Colorado State. Why? Our progressive academics allow you to explore and discover your passions, then transform your learning experience into a personalized path that incorporates and engages those passions. You’ll find PhDs working alongside undergrads in research settings. You’ll find students, professors, and staff working together to understand and solve current world issues. You’ll find an eclectic mix of artists, scientists, musicians, and athletes. You’ll see people actively working to ensure inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice. You’ll experience a stunning campus located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills. You’ll find a town full of innovators, tech professionals, foodies, animal lovers, and adventurists. And if you find yourself here, you’ll know exactly why.

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
83%
SAT Range
1100-1300
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,191/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,221/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.252 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.252 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,154Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,369
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 156 responses
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  • Open to adventure
    27%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Very friendly and happy to be there
    17%
  • Very diverse
    12%
  • 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.283 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.342 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 179 responses
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  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    26%
  • College town with dedicated, awesome students
    22%
  • College town with outgoing, fun students
    20%
  • College town, with dedicated/drunk students
    10%
  • College town with dedicated students
    10%
  • College and family town
    7%
  • Rural
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $47,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    69%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    87%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.174 responses
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    It is definitely a very large university, and there are plenty of fields of study to choose from. There is almost always a decent amount of construction happening in the central parts of campus--some say CSU stands for Construction State University--but generally it is pretty easy to bike anywhere you need. It is very expensive, and some majors should be considered over others if you're seeking a return on investment. Generally though, the academic rigor and overall reputation of the university makes it an attractive choice for almost 27,000+ students a year!
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    They are a very attentive and proactive school. The opportunities this university has is endless and they have many opportunities for extra learning. I work at the Psychology computer lab and have found it to be a great experience. They have many opportunities for work-studies and scholarships. Everyone working at CSU is there to help you succeed which is the most helpful and encouraging thing. They will help you with every challenge you throw their way-- which I have done a lot of! They have jumped through hoops for me from financial counseling to academic counseling to free therapy offered to students each semester. My only issue is that CSU sciences have a low passible sciences rate which the university has not addressed.
    Professors I've had are very accessible and willing to go the extra mile for their students! I enjoy the ease of getting around campus, though as a music major my classes feel kind of far from main campus and it's easy to feel a little stuck at the UCA. There's endless opportunities to get involved and find a community at CSU but that can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.