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Colorado State University – Fort Collins

What is known today as Colorado State University started out in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College with only 20 students. Since then, it has grown into one of the country’s leading research universities, collecting more that $300 million a year in research in areas like atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, environmental science, biomedical technology, and infectious disease. It is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 Best Buy Colleges, top 125 research universities, and top 75 public universities. This top-tier university serves a student body about 30,000 and has conferred more than 230,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

Programs Offered

More than 250 programs are available through eight colleges for agricultural sciences, business, engineering, human sciences, liberal arts, natural resources, and veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. In 2012, CSU’s graduate programs in chemistry, occupational therapy, statistics, and veterinary medicine were in the top 50 for U.S. NewsBest Grad School Rankings. For those looking for flexibility in their studies, four undergraduate degree completion programs, 20 graduate programs, and 30 certificates of completion programs are offered through CSU OnlinePlus. CSU’s online computer information technology programs, education programs, engineering programs, and bachelor’s programs have appeared in the U.S. News Top Online Programs Rankings, where they were recognized for student engagement and assessment, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and faculty credentials and training.


CSU has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1925. Some programs have specialized accreditation from organizations like the American Psychological Association, Council on Education for Public Health, Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, all of which can be verified through College Navigator.


The application deadline for the fall semester is May 1 for first-time freshman and June 1 for transfer students. Those applying for the spring semester must do so by Nov. 1. Freshman admission standards considered include successful completion of 18 recommended high school units, cumulative GPA/class rank, academic rigor, trends in grades, ACT or SAT results, and preparation for preferred major. Those interested in transferring to CSU must meet the transfer admission requirements, which include credits completed, GPA and trends in grades, prerequisite transfer course work, preparation for preferred major, and high school graduation or equivalent.

Additional factors taken into consideration for all undergraduate applicants are community service and leadership, ability to contribute to a diverse campus community, and unique/compelling circumstances. Those applying to graduate programs must submit an official transcript of all collegiate work completed and three letters of recommendation. Other types of information that may be required are GRE or GMAT scores, a written statement of purpose, and a completed resume. The application deadline for the fall semester is April 1, while the deadline for the spring and summer semester is Jan. 1, however deadlines may differ according to school.


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