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-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523
From Colorado State University

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
Acceptance Rate
81%
SAT Range
1040-1250
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Colorado State University

Cost

Net Price
$15,664/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,808/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,250/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,092/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,245/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,501/ year

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.239 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.239 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,769Undergrads
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 143 responses
Report
  • Open to adventure
    27%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Very friendly and happy to be there
    17%
  • Very diverse
    13%
  • White students who believe the campus is diverse
    8%
  • White kids looking to party
    6%
  • All of the above
    3%

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.270 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.329 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 166 responses
Report
  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    27%
  • 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 College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
48%
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
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Colorado State University Reviews

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The school is honestly so welcoming! Each section of our hall was given Ram Welcome Leaders that volunteered their time to help you feel accommodated at campus. We did activities to get to know everyone on our floor and the school set up events such as a carnival, food fair, and ice cream social to help incoming students adjust to living in such a big environment. The teachers are also so open minding and accepting when it comes to issues such as race, gender, or any other issues that would otherwise isolate a person, so they try their best to be inclusive by asking people their preferred names, pronouns, and even have gender inclusive bathrooms in almost every building on campus. Academics wise, the school offers so many resources to help students strive to do their best in their classes and in their colleges.
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I am about to attend CSU and I could not be more excited! There are so many opportunities for students, and that is not exclusive to academics. There are so many resources for current students, as well as incoming students, which makes the transition much easier! Any time I had a question about admissions, housing, my major, placement exams, or anything in between, there was always someone available to answer my questions. I am pursuing a career in chemistry and my academic advisor has already helped me so much! I could not be more eager to start school in the fall!
This university has changed my life. I am so proud to be a ram! The town of Fort Collins is magical and there is so much to do. The school makes for a very easy transition for transfer students and there is help everywhere for all your campus needs. CSU does a great job of making a big university feel a little more intimate. The students, professors, and alums are amazing, too. The connections I am already making are absolutely awesome and I know I'll be able to get into a great career with my experience at CSU.