Published Fall 2014

Facts & Figures

Updated Oct. 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
  • Editor’s choice, Outside Magazine’s “Best Towns 2013”


  • 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 30,000 total students and 25,600 on-campus, resident-instruction students
  • About 22,000 undergraduate students, 3,100 graduate students and 500 Professional Veterinary Medicine students
  • Students attend from every state; 75 percent are Colorado residents.
  • 18 percent of total students are ethnic minorities and 5 percent are international.
  • Entering freshmen class of about 4,350 students
  • About 1,400 new transfer students
  • The average entering freshman ranks in the 73rd percentile of their high school class, brings a 3.61 grade-point average, and has an ACT composite score of 24.7 or an SAT combined score of 1,140.

Online Education


  • About 1,700 faculty members
  • About 1,050 faculty on tenure-track appointments
  • 99 percent of tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees
  • Student-faculty ratio is 17 to 1

Other Employees

  • About 2,850 administrative professionals (905 are research associates)
  • About 1,775 state-classified personnel
  • About 400 other salaried employees, including 250 post doctorates
  • Fort Collins' largest employer

Student Life

  • 620 student organizations
  • 37 honor societies
  • 13 percent of the student population participates in intramural sports.
  • 8 percent of the student population joins one of 21 fraternities or 16 sororities

Residence Life

  • 13 residence halls with a capacity of about 5,600 students
  • About 600 apartment units for students with families
  • About 250 apartments for graduate students

Career Services

  • More than 8,500 one-on-one career advising appointments annually
  • 8,500+ job and internship postings, 2,000+ on-campus interviews, and 600+ employers recruited on campus
  • 70% of CSU graduates secure their first-destination plans by graduation day
  • More than 1,100 unique employers hired CSU graduates; more than 200 graduate schools accepted CSU graduates
  • 33 of the top 35 employers who hired the most graduates recruited on campus


  • Library holdings include more than 2.8 million books, bound journals, and government documents.
  • Access to more than 46,700 electronic journals and more than 545,000 e-books available at
  • 325 desktop PCs plus more than 200 laptop computers (Macs and Windows), iPads, Chromebooks, 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 discussion-based interdisciplinary seminars fulfill half of the University's general education requirements. A senior-year creative activity and an Honors Thesis are mentored by faculty
  • The Academic Village and Edwards Hall are the 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 – 2013-2014

  • About 6,930 degrees were awarded.
  • About 4,950 bachelor's degrees were awarded.
  • About 1,610 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 2014-2015 are $9,897 for Colorado residents.
  • Average undergraduate tuition and fees are $26,076 for nonresidents.
  • Room and board is $10,102 (standard room and 14-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 $313.2 million in FY13
  • $219.8 million from federal sources, $46.9 million from non-federal external sources, and $46.5 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 2014-15 education and general budget of $520.7 million
  • A 2014-15 total budget of $998 million, which includes $45 million of indirect cost recoveries that are included in contracts and grants budgeted funds

University Distinguished Professors

  • V. "Chandra" Chandrasekar, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Edward A. Hoover, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
  • Sonia Kreidenweis, Atmospheric Science
  • Jan E. Leach, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
  • Karolin Luger, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • C. Wayne McIlwraith, Clinical Sciences
  • Carmen Menoni, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 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
  • Since the Mountain West was formed in 1999, CSU has won 31 conference championships, including 23 regular season titles and eight tournament titles.
  • 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, the Anderson Academic and Training Center, and a new 12,800-square-foot sports medicine center.

University Distinguished Teaching Scholars

  • Ken Barbarick, Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Stephanie Clemons, Design and Merchandising
  • Darrell Fontane, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Matthew Hickey, Health and Exercise Science
  • K. Douglas Hoffman, Marketing
  • Paul A. Kennedy, Mathematics
  • Nancy E. Levinger, Chemistry
  • John Moore, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
  • 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" for 2013
  • More than 20 percent of tenure-track faculty and 25 percent of new faculty are international.
  • 2,000 international students and scholars representing 93+ countries
  • 1,200 students participate annually in Education Abroad programs in 85+ countries.
  • Manages Peace Corps programs and CSU ranks 11th in the U.S. for recruitment numbers
  • 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 both the INTO-CSU partnership to increase international enrollment and with the CSU Todos Santos Center in Mexico

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 60th among public universities nation-wide, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2014 "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 second in the country in federal research dollars.

Produced by Institutional Research, Fall 2014. Additional information available at Call 491-5939 for additional copies or more information.

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