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Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University is a public university. Founded in 1870, it became Colorado's first land-grant college in 1879 and was granted university status in 1957. The land-grant concept of a balanced program of teaching, research, extension and public service provides the foundation of the university's teaching and research programs. Education at Colorado State encompasses the major areas of human knowledge: sciences, arts, humanities and the professions. The university also has a wide range of programs to meet the social, recreational and academic needs of its diverse student population. The Lory Student Center, rated one of the ten best student centers in the country, provides a focal point for student life on campus. Its 562-acre main campus is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Fort Collins, 65 miles north of Denver.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students25,688
   Women13,303 (51.8%)
   Men12,385 (48.2%)
Graduate Students7,370


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate78% of 21,759 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.61
SAT Math572 average
510-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading568 average
510-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing549 average
ACT Composite25 average
23-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $25,336
Out-of-state: $42,630
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,052
Out-of-state: $28,346
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met84%
Average Freshman Award$10,664
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 8% of classes


Fort Collins Population152,061
Nearest Metropolitan AreaDenver
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotRam (Cam')
Sororities13% of women participate
Fraternities 9% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.7% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
12.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.4% White
3.3% Unknown
International Students3.7% from 78 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.2%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.40 3.65 611 637 27
Low 1.91 1.99 490 520 17
High 4.00 5.00 770 750 34
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• The nation's first "test tube" horse, Firecracker, was born in 1996 at Colorado State's Equine Teaching and Research Center.

• The CSU Outdoor Adventure Program organizes rock-climbing, whitewater kayaking and mountaineering trips for students.

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