Since its founding in 1870, Colorado State University has become one of the most respected research institutions in the United States. Our students are preparing to impact fields as diverse as Biological Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Health, Arts and Humanities, Construction Management, Business, and Engineering. CSU offers more than 250 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations in eight colleges, attracting students from every corner of the globe.
At Colorado State, you’ll enjoy ample opportunities for hands-on education, undergraduate research, leadership and service. You might find yourself studying at our 1200-acre Pingree Park Campus 9,000 feet high in the Rockies, researching cures for infectious diseases, testing water quality in a mountain stream, redesigning cooking stoves to reduce lung disease among third-world villagers, engineering a portable incubator for premature newborns, performing in the state-of-the-art University Center for the Arts, or getting your hands into any number of learning experiences that improve people’s lives.
Our students enjoy a sense of community that’s unusual for a large university. They develop meaningful relationships with faculty members who bring out their best work, and they associate with diverse peers who value their ideas and expand their perspectives. Colorado State’s innovative living-learning communities, Confucius Institute, and cultural centers provide even more enriched experiences.
The International Student Barometer ranks Colorado State University first in 10 categories among universities nationally and within the top 30 around the world, in areas such as quality of expert lectures, course content and living experience. U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities list Colorado State among the best universities in the nation. Forbes recognized CSU as one of the top 100 Best Buy Colleges in 2012, based on overall quality, costs, caliber of teaching, graduation rates, career prospects and student loan debt.
Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a lively college town nestled against the Rocky Mountain foothills just 60 miles north of Denver. Shuttles run between Denver International Airport and Fort Collins, and students have easy access to city bus service on campus.
With a population of 144,000 and growing, Fort Collins affords ample opportunities to work, play, go to school or appreciate the outdoors. Students enjoy the amenities they’d find in a larger city, but embraced by a friendly atmosphere that preserves Fort Collins’ inviting, small-town charm. In addition, the Fort Collins International Center works with the university to connect international students and their families to the community.
The region has four distinct seasons, but residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine per year. On a typically sunny day, you can find students lounging in Fort Collins’ historic Old Town or dining on the patios of an eclectic assortment of fine restaurants. A thriving arts community surrounds students with a robust cultural scene that features a wide variety of music, dance and theatrical performances, as well as art galleries, shops and pubs, outdoor cafes and a lovely pedestrian mall. It’s no wonder that Money magazine has repeatedly recognized Fort Collins as one of America's "Best Places to Live," based on the city’s low crime rate, friendliness, natural beauty, sunshine, open space and cultural activities.
Students seeking a temporary respite don’t have to go far to find breathtaking scenery and outdoor recreation. Fort Collins is home to 40 parks, 25 miles of hiking trails and extensive paved biking trails. Nearby Horsetooth Ridge and Cache la Poudre Canyon are known for their amazing mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and fishing. Fort Collins is also the gateway to the Rocky Mountain ski slopes and winter playgrounds that have made Colorado famous.
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