Published Fall 2013

Facts & Figures

Updated June 2014

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University (very high research activity). CSU was founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, six years before the Colorado Territory gained statehood. 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.


  • Fort Collins is a midsize city of approximately 150,000.
  • Located in northern Colorado at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains
  • Fort Collins was ranked the third-healthiest midsize city in America in a 2014 Gallup survey.


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


  • About 30,700 total students and 26,775 on-campus, resident-instruction students
  • About 22,425 undergraduate students, 3,800 graduate students and 550 Professional Veterinary Medicine students
  • Students attend from every state; 78 percent are Colorado residents.
  • 16 percent of students are ethnic minorities.
  • Entering freshmen class of about 4,425 students
  • About 1,650 new transfer students
  • The average entering freshman ranks in the 73rd percentile of their high school class, brings a 3.57 grade-point average, and has an ACT composite score of 24.8 or an SAT combined score of 1,143.

Online Education


  • About 1,600 faculty members
  • About 1,000 faculty on tenure-track appointments
  • 99 percent of tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees
  • Student-faculty ratio is 17 to 1

Other Employees

  • About 2,500 administrative professionals (860 are research associates)
  • About 1900 state-classified personnel
  • About 400 other salaried employess, including 270 post doctorates
  • Fort Collins' largest employer

Student Life

  • 563 student organizations
  • 33 honor societies
  • 14 percent of the student population participates in intramural sports
  • 6 percent of the student population joins one of 24 fraternities or 16 sororities

Residence Life

  • 13 residence halls with a capacity of about 5,325 students
  • 603 apartment units for students with families
  • 233 apartments for graduate students

Career Services

  • More than 11,000 one-on-one career advising appointments annually
  • More than 7,000 full-time jobs and internships posted
  • 3,000+ on-campus interviews
  • 12 career fairs and 10 networking events, which featured more than 400 employers
  • 63 percent of CSU graduates secure their first destination plans by graduation day.


  • Library holdings include more than 2 million books, bound journals, and government documents.
  • Access to more than 46,000 electronic journals and 530,000 e-books available at
  • 350 desktop PCs plus more than 220 laptop computers (Macs and PCs), iPads, video cameras, and specialized calculators are available for checkout.
  • An expedited interlibrary loan service, including desktop delivery of articles

University Honors Program

  • Outstanding academics feature superb students and faculty. Small classes, which include seminars, fulfill half of the University's general education requirement. A senior-year creative activity and an Honor’s thesis are mentored by faculty.
  • The Academic Village and Edwards Hall are residential learning communities that include seminar rooms, the Honors office suite, and the Fireside Lounge. This small community provides students with individual attention and support, which fosters learning, social interaction, and an ethic of involvement in University life.

Degrees Awarded – 2012-2013

  • About 6,835 degrees were awarded.
  • About 4,875 bachelor's degrees were awarded.
  • About 1,590 master's degrees were awarded.
  • About 230 doctoral degrees were awarded.
  • About 140 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees were awarded.

Tuition, Fees, and Housing

  • Average undergraduate tuition and fees for 2013-2014 are $9,313 for Colorado residents.
  • Average undergraduate tuition and fees are $25,166 for nonresidents.
  • Room and board is $9,818 (standard room and meal option).

University Center for the Arts

  • 300 world-class music, theatre and dance performances; exhibitions; and high-profile arts events annually
  • Facilities include the University Center for the Arts with the Runyan Music Hall, Griffin Concert Hall, University Theatre and Studio Theatre, Dance Theatre, the Organ Recital Hall, University Art Museum, and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising.


  • Annual research expenditures of $375.9 million in FY12
  • $252.3 million from federal sources, $75.7 million from non-federal external sources, and $47.9 from local funds


  • CSU Extension provides information and educational programs in 62 of 64 Colorado counties. Extension applies research to address local issues such as cutting-edge agricultural production technologies, water quality and conservation, nutrition and food safety, gardening, 4-H youth development and community economic development. Additional information is available at
  • The 17 district offices of the Colorado State Forest Service provide landowners with information and technical assistance on forest management, wildfire mitigation, urban and community forestry, and conservation education.
  • The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station conducts site-specific research on agriculture and related issues through its eight off-campus research centers.
  • CSU OnlinePlus, from the Division of Continuing Education, combines CSU's academic excellence with the flexibility of online learning and offers high-quality degrees and courses to more than 10,000 students annually.
  • The Colorado Water Institute focuses academic water expertise on the evolving water conditions faced by Colorado citizens.

University Budget

  • A 2013-14 education and general budget of $490.5 million
  • A 2013-14 total budget of $952.5 million, which includes $44.8 million of indirect cost recoveries that are included in contracts and grants budgeted funds

University Distinguished Professors

  • Barry Beaty, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
  • Patrick J. Brennan, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
  • Edward A. Hoover, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
  • Jan E. Leach, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
  • Karolin Luger, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • C. Wayne McIlwraith, Clinical Sciences
  • Ian M. Orme, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • David A. Randall, Atmospheric Science
  • Philip E. Risbeck, Art
  • Jorge J. Rocca, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics
  • Bernard E. Rollin, Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences, Animal Sciences
  • John N. Sofos, Animal Sciences
  • Thomas H. Vonder Haar, Atmospheric Science
  • Diana Wall, Biology, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory
  • Robert M. Williams, Chemistry
  • Stephen J. Withrow, Clinical Sciences


  • A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I Level — Mountain West Conference
  • Sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports programs
  • Athletic facilities include Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (capacity 32,500), Moby Arena (capacity 8,745), Ram Field, University Tennis Complex, Moby Pool, Harmony Club, Jack Christiansen Track and the Glenn Morris Field House.
  • Other facilities include a $20 million, 66,267-square-foot indoor practice facility, an academic and training Center, and a new 12,800-square-foot sports medicine center
  • Since the Mountain West was formed in 1999, CSU has won 29 conference championships, including 21 regular season titles and eight tournament titles.

University Distinguished Teaching Scholars

  • Ken Barbarick, Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Darrell Fontane, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Matthew Hickey, Health and Exercise Science
  • K. Douglas Hoffman, Marketing
  • Paul A. Kennedy, Mathematics
  • Kate Kiefer, English
  • Nancy E. Levinger, Chemistry
  • Mike Palmquist, English
  • Erica Suchman, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
  • Ray Whalen, Biomedical Sciences
  • Toni Schindler Zimmerman, Human Development and Family Studies

International Programs

  • Recipient of the 2013 "Senator Paul Simon National Award for Outstanding Campus Internationalization"
  • #1 in the U.S. for international student satisfaction for academics and student support in the "International Student Barometer Survey"
  • More than 20 percent of tenure-track faculty and 25 percent of new faculty are international.
  • 1,600 international students and scholars representing 90+ countries
  • 1,300 students participate annually in Education Abroad programs in 70+ 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
  • Host to the new Confucius Institute with its focus on water and environmental sustainability
  • Co-host with East China Normal University in Shanghai for the Joint Research Institute for New Energy and the Environment
  • Integrally involved with the INTOCSU partnership to increase campus globalization and enrollment

Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence

  • Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
  • Center for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Science and Technology
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS)
  • Center for Meat Safety and Quality
  • Graduate and Research Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
  • High Energy Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  • Human Performance/Clinical Research Laboratory
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience Program
  • Musculoskeletal Research Program
  • Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory (NREL)
  • Occupational Therapy Program
  • Prion Research Center
  • Program in Chemical and Molecular Sciences
  • Program in Molecular Plant Biology
  • Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center
  • Water Science for Environmental Sustainability
  • Wheat Research, Outreach and Education Program

Other Facts

  • CSU ranks 67th among public universities nation-wide, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2013 "Best Colleges."
  • The Professional Veterinary Medicine program is tied for third in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is also ranked third in the country in federal research dollars.

Produced by Institutional Research, Fall 2013. Additional information available at Call 491-5939 for additional copies or more information.

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