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  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
711 Oval Drive Ammons Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
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
84%
SAT Range
1070-1280
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,914/ 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
$8,641/ 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.265 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.265 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
9
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    16%
  • On Campus
    79%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,527Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,435
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 168 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
    5%

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.296 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.355 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 192 responses
Report
  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    27%
  • College town with dedicated, awesome students
    22%
  • College town with outgoing, fun students
    19%
  • College town, with dedicated/drunk students
    10%
  • College town with dedicated students
    9%
  • College and family town
    7%
  • Rural
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $47,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    71%
    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

    Colorado State University Reviews

    3,915 reviews
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    At CSU I felt that there were high expectations placed under students to be academically successful. While their expectations are high, they provide a lot of assistance to become academically successful, however, it's up to the student to take the initiative. While it's okay to relax and have fun, it's important to stay on top of school work!
    Diversity is on the low as CSU is predominantly Caucasian, however, as an Asian, I felt welcomed by my peers and that race did not matter.
    The Campus is very spacious and there's a lot offered. The Lory Student Center and CSU Rec Center are hotspots along with the Oval, and the plaza.
    Many of my professors in the past year and this semester have been incredibly understanding either with unexpected situations or miscommunication. I realized this a bit late, but it's essential to reach out to your professors if you want to succeed in college.
    The local area is a college town and has a lot to offer. Definitely check it out!
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    I took summer classes online and while it was challenging at first, I managed to acclimate to the situation fairly quickly. This fall semester, almost all of my classes (minus one lab that's every other week) is online! Some of my professors are very well situated with teaching online so the change wasn't too noticeable. However, some of my other classes have had a bit of trouble. Most of the trouble stemmed from audio issues and lag during zoom meetings.
    In all honesty, I find that some of the classes lose little to no value by going online, and that the ones that do just need to be revised. As long as the professor knows how to use technology, I found that my online experience at CSU was very straight forward.
    Colorado State is such a welcoming, diverse and beautiful campus. The second you walk on campus, it is easy to see that people are happy and healthy here. There are beautiful views all from campus, and it is overall really green. Additionally, as one of our motto's is "Rams Take Care of Rams", the community is extremely supportive and helpful. We are all in this together, and as a student here, you truly do feel the support of staff, students and professors all around campus. Additionally, Fort Collins is such a gorgeous and safe place to live, and you can always find things to do around town!