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Why Colorado State University?

Colorado State University is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories and disciplines – from teaching and learning to research and student achievement in studios, laboratories, and classrooms. Live, learn, work, and play here at Colorado State University, we can’t wait to hear from you.

GradRam Spotlight

CSU Graduate Students forge new paths, take success to new levels and serve as role models. Be inspired by a few graduate students in the gallery below.

  • Eight students receive NSF graduate fellowships

    Awardees were chosen from over 13,000 applicants.

  • Parental leave for grad assistants a reality

    Leading the charge for further work-life balance at Colorado State University became a passion for three graduate students last year.

  • MLK Scholarship winner’s passion, generosity lead to success

    Theresa Barosh is recognized for her advancement of underrepresented student education and her efforts as a role model.

  • Chrissy Chard and Kellie Walters

    Chrissy Chard and Kellie Walters, Department of Health and Exercise Science won a $5,000 grand prize.

  • From combat to counseling, CSU grad student inspires

    Steven Baldwin’s story is truly inspirational. Baldwin served in the U.S. Army and won the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for saving a fellow soldier’s life.

  • The sky’s the limit for CSU’s first paraplegic veterinary student

    Bernard Dime was paralyzed in a skydiving accident at the age of 25. Today, he is the first paraplegic veterinary student at CSU.

  • Grad student awarded counseling fellowship, plans to open youth center

    Eric Wilson received a fellowship from the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program to help youth in Fort Collins.

  • First female Namibian national park manager pursues studies at CSU

    Monika Shikongo, the first woman to manage a Namibian national park, is now studying in the Conservation Leadership through Learning program.

  • Scholarship feeds CSU student’s appetite for health and nutrition research

    Dustin Lee received a scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to fund his research on cardiovascular disease.

  • Oklahoma shakes lead CSU researchers into earthquake forecasting

    CSU graduate student Nicole McMahon is doing her thesis research in seismology, focusing on the earthquakes in Oklahoma.

  • CSU student wins national poster contest

    The 2016 Great Plains Soil Fertility Contest resulted in a big win for Colorado State University’s Nora Flynn.

  • Five students to study on four continents on Fulbrights

    Five CSU students will be headed to four continents to study during the 2016-17 year, thanks to grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

  • International internship opens a world of possibilities for toxicology grad student

    Tim Mowry to  intern for Sekisui Chemical Company’s Corporate Research Center in Tsukuba Japan.

  • Keeping cannabis workers safe, healthy and happy

    Graduate student Kevin Walters and Assistant Professor of Psychology Gwen Fisher have completed a study of working conditions in the Colorado cannabis industry.

  • CSU chemists are helping us not get food poisoning

    A CSU research team has created a simple, cheap set of handheld tests that can detect the presence of many water- or food-borne pathogens.

  • Zookeeping is destiny for Carson Jones

    Jones’ lifelong ambition has led him to CSU and the two-year Professional Science Master’s in Zoo, Aquarium and Shelter Mgmt.

  • CSU grad students: Lettuce start eating more leafy greens

    It’s not easy to make kale and chard sexy, but two Colorado State University graduate students have found clever ways to get everyone to eat more leafy greens in 2017.

  • Helping unleash some of the world’s brightest X-rays

    Joel Williams, a graduate student in electrical engineering, is spending the next few months at Los Alamos Nat’l Laboratory working on the design of an X-ray free-electron laser.

  • Forging a new path with an online MBA

    Wanting to chart her own course, Joshalynn Green dreams of one day founding a business and encouraging others who might think an education is out of their reach.

  • A traffic cop for the cell surface: Illuminating a basic biological process

    Sanaz Sadegh, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Diego Krapf’s lab will be first author of a study describing the breakthrough visualization and analysis of the process.

  • Education student finds her passion pursuing school counseling master's

    Meg Mealy appreciates CSU’s intimate, cohort-style program which is focused on equipping counselors to positively affect others.

  • Study: Dancing may offset some effects of aging in the brain

    Graduate student, Yuqin Jiao, is working with professor Aga Burzynska to study the positive effects dancing has on the aging brain.

  • M.S.W. student zooms in on hunger awareness

    Mallory Andrews wants you to focus on food insecurity, and show what it really looks like to be hungry in your local community.

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    Ready to take the plunge?  Once you’ve found the perfect program and have had a chance to speak with your prospective department, you can begin the application process. Visit our program pages for departmental contact information. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    • I am interested in a program, who can I talk to? It is best that you start a discussion with your department. They can help you better understand the program and department requirements. Visit our program pages for contact information.
    • I am applying, where do I send transcripts, scores, letters, etc? Your department reviews your complete applications initially, send your transcripts to your department unless otherwise instructed.
    • Who can I talk to about getting a waiver of the admission fee? Your department can help you with application fee waiver questions.
    • I have applied and would like a status update on the progress of my application, who can I talk to? Your department can help you determine the progress of your application.
    • What do I need to do to become a resident? The Office of Financial Aid determines residency, please feel free to contact their office with questions.