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Colorado State University - Fort Collins Overview

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Colorado State University - Fort Collins Known For?

5,498 Undergraduate Awards
$36,431 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Colorado State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Colorado State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Colorado State with a bachelor's degree make about $47,100 a year. That's 15% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins Rankings

Out of the 40 colleges in Colorado, Colorado State is ranked at #3.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Colorado State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#47 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#140 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Colorado State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Animal Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Arts & Media Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Zoology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Pharmacology & Toxicology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Colorado State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Zoology College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#78 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#110 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Colorado State University - Fort Collins?

Location of Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Contact details for Colorado State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100
Phone: 970-491-1101
Website: colostate.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coloradostateuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ColoradoStateU

How Do I Get Into Colorado State?

You can apply to Colorado State online at: admissions.colostate.edu/onlineapplication

Admission Requirements for Colorado State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Colorado State?

83% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 83%, Colorado State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to Colorado State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colorado State University - Fort Collins  ( 560 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Colorado State University - Fort Collins  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800
Colorado State received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Colorado State University - Fort Collins  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Colorado State University - Fort Collins  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Colorado State University - Fort Collins  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Colorado State University - Fort Collins?

$36,431 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Colorado State is $36,431. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Colorado State, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $7,293 a year. That adds up to $29,172 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colorado State is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Colorado State University - Fort Collins Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,247 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,789 undergraduate students at Colorado State, with 22,247 being full-time and 3,542 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Colorado State

There are also 7,637 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,247 full-time undergraduates at Colorado State, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Colorado State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Colorado State University - Fort Collins students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Colorado State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 583
Black or African American 505
Hispanic or Latino 3,354
White 15,556
International Students 904
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,345

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at Colorado State University - Fort Collins. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 107 countries are represented at Colorado State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Colorado State University - Fort Collins

3,457 Took All Classes Online
8,236 Took At Least One Class Online
7.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 19 master’s degree programs available online at Colorado State. In 2017-2018, 8,236 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Colorado State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Colorado State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Colorado State University - Fort Collins was 7.9%. This is the #1,461 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Colorado State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Colorado State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 32%
Civil Engineering 34%
Computer & Information Sciences 3%
Education 23%
Educational Administration 17%
Engineering 8%
Ethnic Studies 32%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 1%
General Engineering 8%
Information Science 4%
Information Technology 36%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 52%
Mathematics & Statistics 34%
Mechanical Engineering 15%
Natural Resource Management 6%
Natural Resources & Conservation 8%
Natural Resources Conservation 6%
Statistics 64%
Sustainability Science 50%
Systems Engineering 59%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Colorado State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Colorado State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Zoology #3
Natural Resource Management #5
Biological & Physical Science #6
Recreation Administration #6
Plant Sciences #6
Statistics #7
Arts & Media Management #7
General Agriculture #7
Nutrition Science #8
Environmental Engineering #8
Agricultural Economics & Business #9
Economics #12
Anthropology #12
Natural Resources Conservation #16
Music #17
Systems Engineering #19
Computer Engineering #19
Natural Resources & Conservation #20
Mechanical Engineering #21
General Engineering #22
Civil Engineering #23
Public Relations & Advertising #24
Fire Protection #24
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #25
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #27
Hospitality Management #29
Electrical Engineering #29
Information Science #33
Mathematics & Statistics #34
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #35
Student Counseling #35
Mental & Social Health Services #39
Finance & Financial Management #41
Management Information Systems #45
Social Work #46
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #48
Public Health #59
Visual & Performing Arts #59
Information Technology #71
Engineering #71
Human Development & Family Studies #71
Marketing #74
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #76
Human Resource Management #83
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #89
Communication & Journalism #96
General Psychology #99
Computer Information Systems #101
Social Sciences #123
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #127
Public Administration & Social Service #133
Psychology #136
Accounting #155
Teacher Education Grade Specific #170
Educational Administration #173
Computer & Information Sciences #230
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #272
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #287
Liberal Arts General Studies #287
Education #411
Business Administration & Management #498

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Colorado State University - Fort Collins Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 702 13 230 0 945
General Biology 260 0 75 6 341
Mechanical Engineering 254 0 27 9 290
Human Development & Family Studies 253 0 9 2 264
General Psychology 239 0 11 12 262
Health & Physical Education 242 0 10 0 252
Communication & Media Studies 189 0 21 2 212
Economics 195 0 5 8 208
Educational Administration 0 13 165 22 200
Computer Information Systems 150 0 31 6 187
Construction Engineering Technology 158 0 11 0 169
Social Work 104 8 55 1 168
Zoology 150 0 9 5 164
Sociology 143 0 5 1 149
Civil Engineering 84 1 42 16 143
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 142 142
Political Science & Government 123 0 6 2 131
Journalism 114 0 0 0 114
Recreation Administration 100 10 2 2 114
General English Literature 89 0 22 0 111
Natural Resources Conservation 50 6 55 0 111
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 75 0 15 19 109
Information Science 31 0 78 0 109
Natural Resource Management 13 11 84 0 108
Animal Science 74 0 20 12 106
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 72 0 28 5 105
Statistics 15 36 40 8 99
Electrical Engineering 55 0 33 10 98
Liberal Arts General Studies 93 0 0 0 93
Fine & Studio Arts 89 0 3 0 92
History 74 0 15 0 89
Music 42 0 47 0 89
Mathematics 62 0 13 8 83
Chemical Engineering 77 0 1 4 82
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 55 22 0 77
Nutrition Science 50 0 22 2 74
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 67 0 3 3 73
Animal Services 70 0 0 0 70
Agricultural Economics & Business 63 0 3 2 68
General Engineering 0 0 65 0 65
Textile & Apparel Studies 56 0 8 0 64
Plant Sciences 44 0 14 5 63
Chemistry 27 0 10 26 63
Biomedical Engineering 51 0 2 7 60
Anthropology 50 0 8 0 58
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 48 0 8 0 56
Finance & Financial Management 0 54 0 0 54
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 51 2 53
Hospitality Management 49 0 0 0 49
Geological & Earth Sciences 33 0 7 5 45
International Studies 44 0 0 0 44
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 43 0 0 0 43
Biotechnology 41 0 0 0 41
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 38 0 38
Teacher Education Grade Specific 26 8 4 0 38
Soil Sciences 30 0 6 1 37
Forestry 27 0 8 1 36
Accounting 0 2 33 0 35
Public Health 24 0 5 6 35
Philosophy 28 0 7 0 35
Interior Architecture 32 0 0 0 32
Physics 17 0 10 5 32
Environmental Engineering 31 0 0 0 31
Systems Engineering 0 14 9 6 29
Arts & Media Management 0 0 28 0 28
Computer Engineering 12 0 14 0 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 25 0 25
General Agriculture 0 0 24 0 24
Natural Sciences 8 0 16 0 24
Ethnic Studies 19 0 3 0 22
Drama & Theater Arts 22 0 0 0 22
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 13 8 21
Marketing 0 20 0 0 20
Horticulture 19 0 0 0 19
Landscape Architecture 18 0 1 0 19
General Family & Consumer Sciences 19 0 0 0 19
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 15 4 19
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 7 11 18
Teacher Education Subject Specific 18 0 0 0 18
Allied Health Professions 0 0 13 3 16
Fire Protection 15 0 0 0 15
Information Technology 0 14 0 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 12 0 0 12
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 11 0 11
Writing Studies 0 0 10 0 10
Dance 10 0 0 0 10
Student Counseling 0 1 8 0 9
Engineering Science 6 0 0 0 6
Dispute Resolution 0 6 0 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 6 0 0 0 6
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 5 5
Management Information Systems 0 5 0 0 5
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 3 1 4
Geography & Cartography 4 0 0 0 4
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 2 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 0 2 0 0 2
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,498 293 1,702 405 7,898

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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