Campus Life

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Campus life at CSU: living and learning

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University located in the heart of Fort Collins; it provides students with a unique and rich campus life.

Resting against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins’ location provides easy access to the mountains and is just one hour north of Denver, a major cultural and business center. From snowboarding, camping, fishing, and rafting to world-class shopping and professional sports, you’ll find it within a reasonable drive. fs-administration


campus and its history

  • CSU was founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870. It was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The doors opened to a freshman class of 20 students in 1879.
  • A 586-acre main campus, which includes 101 acres for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Eight colleges, multiple inter-university programs; 100+ graduate and professional degree programs
  • Library holdings include more than 2 million books, bound journals, and government documents.
  • 300 world-class music, theatre and dance performances; exhibitions; and other high-profile arts events annually

student life

  • 475+ student organizations
  • 16 intercollegiate sports programs
  • More than 11,000 one-on-one career advising appointments annually
  • Over 8,000 full-time jobs and internships posted

international programs

  • Over 20% of tenure-track faculty and 25% of new faculty are international
  • 2,200 international students and scholars representing 90+ countries
  • One of the top universities every year for recruiting Peace Corps volunteers
  • 17 key strategic partnerships around the world, including four with leading Chinese universities

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