Colorado State University

About CSU-Fort Collins

Colorado State University, a prestigious Carnegie Research University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU is the largest employer in Fort Collins with nearly 7,000 faculty and staff. Alumni and friends gave nearly $200 million in gifts to CSU in 2016, shattering the record for any single campus in the state. With annual research expenditures of more than $300 million, with record enrollment of 32,000 students, including more Colorado high school graduates than any other university, and with outreach and engagement programs in every county in Colorado, we serve our state as we seek, together, to make a global difference.

Fort Collins repeatedly has been named one of the best places in the country to live, and in 2015 the Smithsonian Institution named the city as one of six Places of Invention across the nation. As a result, Fort Collins and CSU are featured as a hub for energy innovation in an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. By tackling environmental problems and creating clean, sustainable alternatives to existing energy sources, CSU, the city and community businesses are actively pursuing collaborations that result in local innovations with worldwide impact. CSU is known for its Ram Pride, and for celebrating diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences that strengthen our community.

Our Campus

Colorado State is a beautiful campus nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with stunning views, and located in the heart of Fort Collins within walking distance of Historic Old Town. Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in the state, an emerging music town, the largest producer of craft beer, and about an hour’s drive from key tourist destinations like Denver, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. CSU’s campus also is driving distance to some of the best ski resorts in the country.

CSU buzzes with bikes, more than 23,600 bikes are registered to be on campus on any given day, and it is the only university in the state and one of only five in the nation recognized as a Platinum Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Hike to 7,260-foot Horsetooth Rock, go whitewater rafting on the Cache la Poudre River, mountain bike at Lory State Park, explore the prairie alongside the only wild bison herd in Colorado, or just have a quiet picnic at the reservoir. All within 30 minutes of campus. With a robust public transportation system, bike routes on almost every road, and a uniquely walkable campus, cars are optional in Fort Collins. There are alternative transportation options and even sponsored trips to the mountains and Denver, if you’re headed out of town.


Colorado State has 16 Division I NCAA sports and thousands of Ram Fans. Colorado State’s athletics program is a member of Mountain West Conference and captured four MW Championships in 2015-16, in volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, tied for most in the MW. The Rams lead the nation among NCAA Division I programs competing in FBS football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball with a combined winning percentage of .779 over the past two years. Over the past two seasons (2014-2016), The Rams have amassed a 98-14 (.875) home record in the four ticketed sports, including an astonishing 56-6 (.903) home mark against MW opponents.

CSU also is home to competitive sports club teams in skiing, lacrosse, baseball, rugby, hockey, polo, archery and more. The Rams men’s club lacrosse team is a six-time Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national champion, and women’s lacrosse has won three USL-WDIA championships. The CSU club baseball team won 3 consecutive National Club Baseball Association National Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and then 3 further consecutive National Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Disc Golf team won the National Championship in 2012 and is currently ranked #1 in the nation.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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