• Greenest College
  • US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools
  • STARS Award
  • Facebook Award
  • Peace Corps
  • Fiske Guide to the Best Colleges
  • Princeton Review

Our University

Ranked Among the Nation's Best

July 2015

Academic Rankings and Accolades

Best Schools

  • Colorado State climbed nine spots in the past two years in U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of top universities and colleges. CSU is now No. 58 among America's public universities. CSU's influence as one of the best research institutions in the nation contributed to our improved ranking. [read more]
  • The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, features Colorado State University in the 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges." Students surveyed for the review said CSU is a "hidden gem" that offers a "wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture," along with "excellent" green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities. CSU also cares about its students becoming active members in the community, according to the 2014 Princeton Review "Best 378 Colleges."
  • The 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges focused on selecting universities with strong engineering, technical and environmental programs and emphasis, and featured CSU. According to Fiske, the guide includes 300 universities with an overview of the student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.
  • CSU is among Forbes' Top Colleges for 2013. The university ranks among the top Research Universities and Universities in the West.
  • Colorado State ranks highly for graduation rates and affordability, according to the College Scorecard developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard makes it easier to search information about a college's value and affordability. CSU is the most affordable research university in Colorado while boasting a high graduation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard also shows that the university is the only institution among Colorado's research universities to decrease in average net price in recent years.
  • Colorado State ranks number two in the 35 Best Outdoor Schools in America, according to Best College Reviews. In addition to its idyllic campus and location, Colorado State hosts outdoor student organizations: airsoft, fishing, climbing, mountaneering, Nordic skiing, skydiving, snowboarding, English riding, jousting, logging sports, longboarding, mountain horse riding, the outdoor club, and the Heisenberg Society (trebuchet builders).

Veterinary Medicine

  • CSU's professional doctoral veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Graduate Schools edition. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences consistently places among the top three vet schools in the nation. It was ranked No. 2 in the nation for federal research funding, according to a 2013 analysis by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Occupational Therapy

  • In the latest rankings by GraduatePrograms.com, CSU was ranked in the top spot, #1. The GraduatePrograms.com ranking is unique because it’s based on student satisfaction. It uses surveys from current and former students, covering areas such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.
  • The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU's College of Health and Human Sciences — designated a "Program of Excellence" by the state of Colorado — ranks No. 6 among similar programs nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition.

Atmospheric Science

  • Colorado State's Department of Atmospheric Science is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Research Council for departments of atmospheric sciences, meteorology, and oceanography.

Social Media

  • Colorado State was recognized as the 9th Most Influential College on Google+ by College Atlas for work done using Google+ Hangouts.
  • Colorado State's Facebook page was named one of the Top 10 Most Engaging College Facebook Pages of 2013 by Varsity Outreach. CSU came in #6 in the 75,000+ Facebook fans category. It's the only Colorado university to make the top 10 in this size category, which is the largest measured.

Military Friendly

  • Colorado State was designated a Top School in Military Advanced Education's 2015 Guide to College & Universities. The guide measures best practices in military and veteran education.
  • For the fifth year in a row, CSU is among the top military friendly schools in the nation, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students.

    Recognized schools offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff. CSU's inclusion in the list demonstrates its committment to providing a supportive environment for military students and to ensure their success on campus.


  • U.S. News and World Report recently named the graduate program in chemistry at Colorado State one of the top 50 programs in the country in the 2011 Edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

Design and Merchandising

  • Fashion-Schools.org has ranked Colorado State University's Department of Design and Merchandising ninth in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 16th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields. Rankings are based on academic reputation; admission selectivity; geographic location; depth and breadth of the program and faculty; and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.


  • According to a 2010 report from the National Research Council, CSU's Ecology program is among the top doctorate programs in the nation.


  • In the U.S. News and World Report 2016 list of Best Colleges, the CSU College of Business undergraduate programs ranked 93rd. The online Graduate Business programs ranked 31 and the Online MBA program at 57.
  • CSU's College of Business is among the "Best Administered" business schools in the nation according to the Princeton Review. CSU's College of Business ranks third in the nation in the recently released "Best 296 Business Schools" book for 2015.
  • Colorado State's business and economics programs ranks in the top 15 percent of the world's best universities for its research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The College of Business placed 76th out of the top 500 universities included in the rankings, which were released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The College was ranked at 101 last year — the first year it appeared on the list — based on objective measures of faculty research.
  • CSU's College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 31st in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • The College of Business has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. The Aspen Institute's 2011-2012 edition of "Beyond Grey Pinstripes," an independent, biennial survey and global ranking of business schools, ranked the GSSE program at CSU number 27 on its list of the Top 100 MBA Programs in the world.
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Colorado State University's College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. Colorado State ranked No. 73 in this year's BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.


  • For 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked the CSU College of Engineering graduate program in Civil Engineering 37th in the nation; Environmental Engineering came in at 38.
  • In its 2011 "Education" issue, Popular Science listed the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in CSU's College of Engineering as one of the 25 Most Awesome College Labs.
  • More than any other Colorado campus, 30 percent of all of the state's science, math, engineering and technology majors pursue degrees at CSU.

Agricultural Sciences

  • CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences programs rank in the top 10 percent of the world's best universities according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Online Education

  • CSU's online education graduate degree programs rank among the top 100 in the nation, landing at no. 75 according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The list highlights the top graduate degrees in education from regionally accredited schools that meet the federal standard of 100 percent online course delivery.
  • CSU's online Psychology undergraduate degree completion program, Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree completion program, Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering specialization and Master of Computer Science and Information Technology were independently reviewed and ranked by GetEducated.com as top "Best Buys." The data-driven lists spotlight the most affordable online degrees from regionally accredited colleges.

Peace Corps

  • The university ranks sixth in the nation for the number of graduate alumni serving in the Peace Corps and moved up a spot to number 12 in the 2014 national rankings for large schools producing undergraduate volunteers.


  • The 2012 U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges and Universities" edition named CSU in the top 20 for a university that makes writing a priority as a critical element of student success.
  • In 2009, Poets & Writers Magazine ranked Colorado State's Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts as one of the nation's top 50 programs.


  • CSU has been named the most sustainable university in the nation. BestColleges.com named CSU the Greenest University in a review of more than 240 universities across the nation, adding to the university’s already impressive list of recognitions for sustainability efforts.
  • In 2015, Colorado State University is recognized as the first and only university to ever receive a Platinum rating – the highest available – for its sustainability efforts. CSU achieved the highest score ever reported to Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Reporting System — or STARS — a national survey that measures sustainability efforts at universities and colleges across the country.
  • In April 2015, Colorado State was ranked #12 on The Princeton Review's Top 50 Green Colleges List.
  • CSU earned a high slot in Sierra Magazine's "Coolest Schools" ranking. CSU appeared in the 11th position on the list of nearly 175 universities published by the Sierra Club. The Sierra ranking recognizes commitment to upholding high environmental standards.
  • CSU is ranked in the top four nationally for solar power at a major public research university according to an October 2011 report by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or AASHE.
  • In 2011, Wired magazine singled out CSU's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory as one of "The Emerging Epicenters" for innovation and high-tech job growth in green technology in Fort Collins.


  • Outside magazine has named Fort Collins an "editor's choice" for its "America's Best Towns 2013" edition.
  • Fort Collins was ranked the fourth healthiest midsize city in America in a 2013 Gallup survey.
  • In 2013, the City of Fort Collins was awarded a platinum rating from the League of American Bicycles (the highest possible rating given to a community). In addition, the Colorado State University was just one of two universities in Colorado that was recognized as a bike-friendly campus.

International and Diversity in Higher Education

  • CSU is ranked No. 2 in the United States in international student satisfaction with their educational experience according to a major world-wide survey of international students by International Student Barometer in 2013.

First-Generation Students

  • "The Best Colleges" recently featured Colorado State among the best in the nation for first-generation college students. Recognized as ahead of its peers, CSU began offering assistance to first-generation students in 1984 when it created the First Generation Award. The award program, which is only available to eligible students who are the first in their family to attend college, was created to encourage high school students and incoming transfer students to further their education.

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