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.
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.
- In 1935, the school became the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A & M, and was renamed Colorado State University in 1957.
- A 586-acre main campus, which includes 101 acres for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
- Eight colleges, multiple inter-university programs
- 114 graduate degree programs (64 Masters, 50 Ph.D.) graduate degree programs; 21 professional master’s degree programs
- 40+ Graduate Certificates
- 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
- 475+ registered student organizations
- 14 intercollegiate sports programs
- 1 st – Greenest Universities according to Bestcolleges.com 2018
- Academic partner with Semester at Sea and CSU Todos Santos Center in Mexico
- Over 20% of tenure-track faculty and 25% of new faculty are international
- 2,000 international students and scholars representing 110 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