Colorado State University-Fort Collins

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Colorado State University-Fort Collins is a public land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, the school was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Colorado State University operates off of a 586 acre main campus by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains – a location which offers easy access to the mountains and to Denver, Colorado which serves as a major cultural and business center. A top ranking institution, Colorado State University has been repeatedly ranked among the best by names such as The Princeton Review and was recently included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Online Graduate Programs.

Academic Programs

Colorado State University offers a wide range of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as multiple inter-university programs. The school’s campus is also home to a Veterinary Teacher Hospital and has dedicated 101 acres to the Hospital’s use. Colorado State University holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation in 1925.

Colorado State University is comprised of nearly a dozen colleges along with several schools and major programs. The University’s colleges include the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the Warner College of Natural Resources, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Among the University’s schools and programs are included the University Center of the Arts – which encompass Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance; the Office of International Programs; the School of Biomedical Engineering; the School of Education; the School of Global Environmental Sustainability; the School of Social Work; the Colorado School of Public Health; and the Graduate School.

Student Life

Colorado State University has a total enrollment figure of well over 30,000, including nearly 24,000 undergraduate students. More than 5,000 students reside on campus, including all incoming freshman. Colorado State University offers a variety of housing options including traditional residence halls, residential learning communities, and University apartments.

More than 500 student-led clubs and organizations are active and recognized by Colorado State University, catering to a wide range of personal and professional interests. Other campus events and activities include 300 world-class music, theatre and dance performances, exhibitions, and other art events which are held annually, as well as a number of recreational and sport opportunities. An NCAA Division I-A school, Colorado State University’s intercollegiate sports teams compete in the Mountain West conference. The city of Fort Collins, where the University is located, also offers a number of recreational options for students with its shopping malls, restaurants, movie theatres, natural areas, bike trails, operas, galleries, and more.

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