Local Atmosphere

Fort Collins, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$24,441 ($8,649)
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The University and the City try to get along. The people living downtown have a bit more trouble since there are lots of bars there and that causes problems. And there is currently a very large argument about the University building a new football stadium on campus, but for the most part things are good. The city is nice, though small if you are used to living in a large city and huge if you are used to living in the country. But there is lots to do if you know where to look and where to go.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere around CSU and in Fort Collins. We have beautiful parks and reservoirs to visit during the day, and an avid night scene in Old Town, where there are numerous breweries and bars to hang out at. There are also various community events that happen throughout the year that are very fun, and make living in Fort Collins exciting and rewarding.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Fort Collins has a wonderful atmosphere. The city has the most restaurants per capita.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Fort Collins is a beautiful historic town that has been. the buildings and streets have been kept up and renovated. There is a gorgeous walking mall complete with fountain, pergola, and local sculptures - all surrounded by upscale restaurants, bars, and shops. Outside of town the streets are clean and kept up, with nice local and corporate eateries and shopping centers. The city backs up to the Rocky Mountain foothills and Horsetooth Reservoir. the mountain scenery is stunning and spectacular. The mountain town Estes Park is not too far away with ll its fun touristy things as well as Rocky Mountain National Park. In the summer there is camping, hiking, and rafting...in the winter there is skiing and snowboarding. The atmosphere here in northern Colorado is next to none!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere of Fort Collins is really homey, just an overall good vibe from there. Most places are walking distance from campus which makes eating out or partying convenient. There are a lot of cops out and shuttle services for the weekends and buses during the days. I feel safe walking around at night. There are tons of small business with unique items, but there are still places like walmart. Most people don't give students too hard of a time.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 138 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 137 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 80% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 13% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 137 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 136 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 35% Totally.


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