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Colorado State University-Fort Collins

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Introduction

Colorado State University, also known as Colorado State and CSU, is a public research university located in the city of Fort Collins. It is Colorado’s land grant university as well as the flagship institution of the Colorado State University System.

In addition to the main Fort Collins campus, which includes a veterinary teaching hospital, the university also has two smaller campuses, Pingree Park and Foothills. The Pingree Park campus, which is just over 50 miles west of Fort Collins, is home to CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. The Foothills campus, approximately three miles west of the main campus, houses many special research facilities.

History

CSU was founded in 1870 as an agricultural college. It became a state college in 1935 and received university status in 1957. Today, the university awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees.

The institution’s origins as an agricultural college are evident in the large number of agricultural and environmental courses offered.

Academics

CSU is comprised of several different colleges:

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

The university is also home to a Graduate School, School of the Arts, School of Biomedical Engineering, School of Education, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, and School of Social Work.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in over 65 fields of study. Students can major in horticulture, agriculture, consumer and family studies, nutrition and food science, teacher education, engineering, arts and humanities, sciences, journalism, forestry, natural resource recreation and tourism, environmental health, and interdisciplinary studies, among others. Minors are also awarded in many of these areas.

Master’s and doctoral degrees are awarded in nearly a hundred fields altogether, including the arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, environmental programs, agriculture programs, health programs, sociology, education, and business. There are also several interdisciplinary graduate degree programs.

Research Opportunities

CSU has a number of special programs for research and scholarship; these include programs and corresponding facilities in infectious disease, occupational therapy, biotechnology and biosciences, a natural resource ecology laboratory, the water management science and technology program, and The Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology. The university also maintains an Environmental Learning Center. Research and laboratory facilities are located on the main campus and on the Foothill branch.

Library Resources

CSU has a large main library as well as branch libraries in atmospheric sciences and veterinary medicine. The main library features a large number of online resources for research, interlibrary loans, a special collection of Vietnam War literature, and assistive technology rooms for students with learning disabilities.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted through July 1 for the fall semester; for the spring semester the deadline is December 1. In addition to the application form, standardized test scores, and application fee, students must submit official high school transcripts, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation. Among the other factors taken into account for admissions is evidence of students’ overall involvement and leadership in school, community, or family activities.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: completed application and application fee, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and additional materials as required by the department which the student is applying for admission. Students should contact the department for specific details and requirements. Graduate students are admitted by their department, and individual department should be contacted for admissions criteria.

Students applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine must apply to the university and submit a supplemental application and fee to the veterinary college. GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts are also required.

Application procedures and requirements may vary for international students and transfer students.

Financial Aid

Eligible Colorado State students may receive financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Scholarship amounts and durations vary depending on previous academic performance and intended areas of study. For specific scholarship programs in a certain area of study, students should contact the appropriate department directly.

Students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4121st for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Colorado.

Students

All incoming freshmen are required to live on campus unless they live with their parents in the Fort Collins area, or they are over 21 years of age. Residence halls include 15 Learning Communities. The University Apartments also offer living options.

There are over 300 student clubs and organizations to meet virtually every personal or professional interest. CSU also offers student-run media outlets, including a TV station and student magazines. Facilities for student life on campus are generally considered to be excellent; the New York Times rated the Lory Student Center as one of the country’s ten best.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Colorado State Rams are a member of the NCAA’s Mountain West Conference. Sports include men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track, basketball, and golf. There is also a men’s football team as well as women’s volleyball, tennis, swimming, softball, soccer, and water polo teams.

The Intramural Sports Program, “IM Sports,” allows all members of the campus community who have a current Rec membership to get involved and have fun playing organized, recreational sports, which include badminton, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, kickball, wiffleball, table tennis, and more.

Local Community

The city of Fort Collins, situated on the Cache La Poudre River, has a population of nearly 150,000. It has been called one of America’s most livable cities and ranked as one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” on multiple occasions. Fort Collins offers big-city amenities like shopping, restaurants, and community recreational facilities. The city is also a short distance from snowboarding and skiing facilities, as well as other exciting outdoor sporting venues.

CSU students as well as full-time Fort Collins residents enjoy several large and small festivals put on by the Downtown Business Association throughout the year. Beer fans enjoy visiting the city’s numerous microbreweries. For those who enjoy the arts, the Fort Collins Museum and The Center for Fine Art Photography are nearby.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Colorado and 205th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Colorado and 401st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.02
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 4 0.01
Burglary 21 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 99 0.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 315 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 56 0.04
Robbery 46 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 560 0.38
Larceny 3,553 2.43
Vehicle theft 159 0.11

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District802

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 688th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,494 $7,494 $23,347
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,819 $1,819 $1,819
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $340 $340 $1,167
FT Graduate Tuition $8,811 $8,811 $21,600
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,640 $1,640 $1,640
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $490 $490 $1,200
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,203 $23,203 $39,056
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,409 $21,409 $37,262
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,427 $12,427 $28,280

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $24,452 $51,269
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $2,000 $2,000

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,952 $8,649 $7,952 $8,649 $23,652 $24,441
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,126(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,172 $10,278
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,232(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,622 $8,901
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,232(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,232(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 17,970 (8,218 male / 9,752 female)
Admitted 13,914 (6,022 male / 7,892 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 4,443 (2,016 male / 2,427 female)
FT Enrollment 4,398 (1,993 male / 2,405 female)
PT Enrollment 45 (23 male / 22 female)
Total Enrollment31,186

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mountain West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mountain West Conference

ACT Test Admission

320th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

297th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 28%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,325
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,820
Board Fee$4,956

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 268 96 430 129 26 4,838 376 6,314
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 3 1 39 3 48
Agricultural Economics 4 1 12 1 18
Agricultural Teacher Education 10 10
Agricultural and Extension Education Services 1 1
Agriculture, General 1 1 30 1 33
Animal Physiology 6 1 44 4 55
Animal Sciences, General 3 5 1 42 1 54
Anthropology 1 1 1 54 6 64
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 1 4 4 2 67 3 83
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 3 33 2 41
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 15 1 17
Biochemistry 3 1 5 20 4 33
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 2
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 2 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 14 5 122 18 167
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 7 3 1 57 5 77
Botany/Plant Biology 1 3 5
Business Administration and Management, General 5 1 1 12 2 22
Business/Commerce, General 59 18 70 45 3 805 45 1,064
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 2 2
Chemical Engineering 8 2 1 29 3 43
Chemistry, General 2 1 2 18 4 27
Civil Engineering, General 16 2 5 2 2 78 11 120
Communication and Media Studies, Other 9 2 11
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 7 1 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 18 4 5 77 6 114
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 2 4 6 1 123 8 146
Creative Writing 1 6 1 8
Dance, General 1 4 1 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 15 4 21
Ecology 1 1 8 3 13
Economics, General 38 2 12 1 99 8 163
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 1 4 10 1 1 107 13 138
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 17 5 25 2 51
Engineering Science 8 1 9
Engineering Technology, General 8 8
Engineering, General 2 2 3 27 1 35
English Language and Literature, General 9 1 11 3 129 8 166
Environmental Health 3 1 9 2 45 9 73
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 12 2 15
Equestrian/Equine Studies 1 2 2 57 2 66
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 4 1 3 1 14
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 8 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 6 5 1 109 7 133
Fire Services Administration 1 20 22
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 1 1
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 1 20 2 24
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 7 1 27 4 42
Forest Sciences and Biology 5 4 31 3 44
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 33 2 38
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 3 3 10 2 19
History, General 12 1 1 114 12 140
Horticultural Science 1 1 26 6 34
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 7 24 1 259 8 311
Human Nutrition 4 7 1 66 5 84
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 1 4 6
Information Science/Studies 1 23 24
Interior Design 2 1 1 30 2 36
International/Global Studies 1 3 4 35 3 47
Journalism 5 5 2 1 104 8 129
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 14 5 1 216 7 251
Landscape Architecture 1 1 19 1 23
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 6 8 1 66 4 88
Mathematics, General 8 3 2 41 5 59
Mechanical Engineering 6 10 3 104 7 133
Microbiology, General 2 2 50 2 58
Music, General 6 1 5 1 71 7 94
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 1 1 4 6
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 2 42 7 54
Natural Sciences 2 1 11 15
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 29 3 34
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 3 1 2 1 107 6 120
Philosophy 1 14 3 19
Physics, General 4 16 2 23
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 4 1 5
Political Science and Government, General 2 10 2 1 84 8 109
Psychology, General 7 2 20 2 2 148 9 197
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1 4 3 9
Range Science and Management 1 17 1 21
Restaurant/Food Services Management 3 2 38 2 48
Social Work 5 19 2 134 13 177
Sociology 2 3 20 2 1 114 8 155
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 3 2 24 5 34
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 13 16 1 2 159 6 203
Statistics, General 1 2 2 7 1 13
Systems Engineering 2 2
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 2 1 6 2 11
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 1 3 1 17 2 24
Wildlife Biology 2 1 58 5 67
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 5 47 5 58

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 442nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $87,901 ($95,819 male / $68,817 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,435 (844 male / 591 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,084
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $33,984,999
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