Colorado State University

3,421 reviews
  1. Fort Collins, CO
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Colorado State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Colorado State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
1030-1250
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,511/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,449/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,998/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,905/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,987/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,394/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.230 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.235 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.235 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,456Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 139 responses
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  • Open to adventure
    27%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Very friendly and happy to be there
    14%
  • Very diverse
    14%
  • White students who believe the campus is diverse
    8%
  • White kids looking to party
    6%
  • All of the above
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.266 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.325 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 162 responses
Report
  • College town with dedicated, fun students
    25%
  • College town with dedicated, awesome students
    23%
  • College town with outgoing, fun students
    17%
  • College town, with dedicated/drunk students
    11%
  • College town with dedicated students
    10%
  • College and family town
    7%
  • Rural
    2%

After Colorado State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.174 responses

Reviews

3,421 reviews
  • Excellent
    589
  • Very Good
    1408
  • Average
    1236
  • Poor
    139
  • Terrible
    49
I would choose CSU again in a heartbeat! At the orientation, the group leaders were approachable and knowledgeable, and I had great conversations with everyone one I talked to!

When I job shadowed one of the professors, he was in love with his research, and was open to answering my questions!

CSU also is home to a number of learning communities where students who study similar majors live together and study together. The Natural Sciences Learning Community has been very welcoming so far!
  • College Freshman
  • 5 months ago
I would never choose my school again, nor would I recommend it.

The university president refers to himself as "President Frank"... barf. Sorry, Obama.

We get the e-mail that since the budget is just so tight, our tuition is going up by 5%. In the meantime, CSU built/is building an ENTIRE NEW CAMPUS IN MEXICO. And if that wasn't enough, they are crippling an entire indigenous population and decimating a whole beach front to do it. The epitome of earth-friendly, eh?

Parking passes are 450$. Enough said.

The university does not listen to the students. No one supports or wants the new multi-million dollar stadium they are building, yet they are pushing forward despite massive student, community, and alumni opposition.

The school buildings and classrooms are falling apart and practically fossilizing. But no budget for that nonsense - we have an unwanted stadium to build!

More than anything I find the lack of integrity and utter lack of effort to even moderately disguise the greed running rampant throughout the university just deplorable.
  • College Junior
  • Nov 16 2015
Colorado State University wasn't my first choice for a college, and I actually felt pressured to go there. I ended up attending CSU and I've only completed my first semester but I absolutely love it and I can't see myself anywhere else! One of my favorite parts of the CSU is the Honors Program that I'm a part of. The Honors Seminar I took my first semester was by far the most engaging and useful class I took at CSU. The Honors Program also offers a lot of opportunities to get involved and meet other like-minded students in the Honors Program. All the teachers I've had so far at CSU are easy to work with and have their students best interest in mind, which is another great thing about CSU. I love going to a school where all the students and faculty have so much school pride. My favorite part about CSU has got to be all the life-long friends I've already met. I've never connected to people on such a deep level. My friends and I even went on a road trip to Utah to support the football team about 3 months into school! Overall, I'm just really grateful that I have the opportunity to attend such an awesome school with an outstanding community.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago