Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University or CSU is a public institution of higher learning located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The University was ranked 124th of 248 national universities in the 2007 U.S. News and World Report's rankings of "America's Best Colleges and Universities."

CSU offers more than 150 programs of study across 8 colleges and over 50 academic departments. CSU has a main campus at Fort Collins, a veterinary teaching hospital, an agricultural campus and Pingree Park mountain campus. The colleges are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Applied Human Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Warner College of Natural Resources

The official mascot of CSU is Cam the Ram, and the sports teams are nicknamed The Rams.

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Colorado State University
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins , CO 80523-0100
General Phone: (970) 491-1101

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Colorado State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,028foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management728business
Science615biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, botany, call and molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, entomology, animal physiology, ...
Family and Social Work442family and consumer science, merchandising and retailing, food and nutrition, human nutrition, family studies, social work
Engineering394engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy369parks and recreation management, exercise science, occupational therapy
Therapy and Counseling258psychology
Engineering Technician234engineering technology, industrial tech, construction engineering tech, computer systems tech
Conservation and Resource Management167conservation, wetlands management, fisheries sciences, forest sciences, wildlife management
Education and Teaching162higher education administration, educational admin and supervision, agricultural teaching
Medicine153veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Media145journalism, organizational communications
Animal Science and Care144equestrian studies, animal science
Fine Arts141fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering104computer and info science, computer engineering
Landscaping and Horticulture103applied horticulture, horticultural science, pest management, range management, soil science
Construction Trades94apparel and textile marketing
Mathematics88mathematics, statistics
Hospitality56restaurant and food services management
Agricultural Science and Management46agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural economics
Design45interior design
Medical Administration37environmental health
Religion and Philosophy22philosophy
Architecture and Planning17landscape architecture
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Medical Support and Technology6radiographer

Number of programs and degrees for Colorado State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,02458
Bachelor's degree4,28663
Doctor's degree20637
First-professional degree1361

Colorado State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Colorado State had a total enrollment of 27,569 students (24,272 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 2%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 28%
22-24 18%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico1%

Colorado State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 39 %

Colorado State Room and Board (2007)

Colorado State offers campus housing for 5,240 of its 24,272 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fort Collins, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Colorado State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500610
SAT Math510620
SAT Writing480590
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT37%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT91%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Colorado State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,874
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,590
Room and board $ 8,134
Room charge $ 4,114
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,020
Books and supplies $ 1,126
Other expenses $ 2,142

Financial Aid:
Colorado State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 135000)

Colorado State Faculty

Colorado State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track177138
Non-tenured and not on tenure track89123

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year76$145,57817$120,314
Associate professorcalendar year30$102,18728$97,000
Assistant professorcalendar year28$86,79151$82,577
Instructorcalendar year7$53,65812$49,749
All faculty totalcalendar year141$120,108108$88,609

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year229$106,99061$92,324
Associate professoracademic year179$82,45883$75,547
Assistant professoracademic year159$69,307130$62,374
Instructoracademic year38$48,77456$41,629
All faculty totalacademic year605$86,172330$67,703

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Colorado State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mountain West Conference
Basketball Mountain West Conference
Track Mountain West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports88694

Colorado State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Architecture And Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Restaurant/Food Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Horticultural Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Range Science and Management
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Organizational Communication, General

Medical Administration
Environmental Health

Medical Support And Technology
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy

Animal Physiology
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Natural Sciences
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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