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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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 25,688
   Women 13,303 (51.8%)
   Men 12,385 (48.2%)
Graduate Students 7,370
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 78% of 21,759 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.61
SAT Math 572 average
510-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 568 average
510-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25 average
23-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $25,336
Out-of-state: $42,630
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $11,052
Out-of-state: $28,346
  Room and Board $11,110
Average Percent of Need Met 84%
Average Freshman Award $10,664
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,009
Regular Class Size 2-9 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 Population 152,061
Nearest Metropolitan Area Denver
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Ram (Cam')
Sororities 13% 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 Students 3.7% from 78 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 41.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 24.0%