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Colorado State University is a top U.S. public research university in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are ranked #1 in the nation for international student satisfaction for academics and student support (International Student Barometer, 2013).

Colorado State University is consistently recognized for providing a quality education to our students.
• Top tier of “America’s Best Colleges” (U.S.News & World Report)
• Top 100 universities in the nation (Academic Ranking of World Universities)
Outstanding Campus for Internationalization (Senator Paul Simon Award)
• First university in the world to achieve a STARS Platinum Rating for sustainability (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Ranking System)

This amazing place
If you review rankings and academic reputation when comparing universities, Colorado State will rise to the top of your list. But there are many other factors to consider. At Colorado State what we’re really proud of is our commitment to each student as a whole person and our strong sense of community. There are more than 500 campus clubs and organizations that represent and support everyone. And you’ll see Ram Pride throughout our friendly and supportive college town.

Fort Collins is known for technology, entrepreneurialism, and innovation. In fact, the Smithsonian Institution named Fort Collins the City of Innovation in its new exhibit, “Places of Invention,” shown at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Fort Collins is located just an hour drive from Denver, Colorado, so you have access to a big city while also living very close to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. You can easily explore the best mountains and outdoor recreation in the United States. Plus, we enjoy more than 300 sunny days a year. You are also less than an hour drive from Denver International Airport, a major international hub and easy to reach from Fort Collins.

With a population of 155,000, Fort Collins is a small town in which you will feel safe and comfortable. But it is large enough to provide public transportation, miles and miles of bike routes and trails, numerous entertainment and dining options, and access to large employers who seek Colorado State students for internships.

Diverse and international campus
At Colorado State diversity is broad and inclusive. Our community works together to be a campus where all individuals are welcomed, valued, affirmed, and supported. It means intentionally increasing global opportunities so that we all learn more about one another.

More than 2,000 international students from more than 90 different countries are currently enrolled at Colorado State. The Office of International Programs provides international student support before and after you arrive in Fort Collins.
• International student orientation
• Cultural Mentors and Global Ambassadors
International student retreat in the mountains
• International student organizations
• International Festival: World Unity Fair
• Academic skills workshops
• Conversational English classes
• International Student and Scholars Services
Council of International Student Affairs

We also work with the Fort Collins International Center to support international students, their families, and the broader community.

CSU offers more than 70 majors in eight colleges that focus on agricultural sciences, business, engineering, health and human sciences, liberal arts, natural resources, natural sciences, and veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. In addition to our majors, more than 125 concentrations allow you to focus your academic studies even more specifically on your area of interest and future career goals.

International admission
Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success. We do that by reviewing each application on an individual basis. You are considered an international applicant if you are a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. permanent resident. When we review your application, we look for academic achievement and English proficiency. TOEFL, PTE Academic, or IELTS Academic results are the preferred indicators of English proficiency. For undergraduate applicants seeking direct admission to Colorado State, the requirements are:
• TOEFL: 79/550
• PTE Academic: 53
• IELTS Academic: 6.5
Conditional admission is awarded to students who are academically competitive but have not demonstrated the necessary English proficiency for direct admission. Conditionally admitted students enroll in the INTO CSU Academic English Program in order to develop strong English-language skills and prepare to enroll in regular University academic courses.

Campus life
Colorado State is a residential campus, and more than 96% of first-year students live in the University’s 15 residence halls. Our residence life programming and Residential Learning Communities integrate faculty involvement and will help you meet other students who share your interests academically and socially. By living on campus, you will quickly meet other students and make friends. You will also be able to easily join and attend social events, student organizations, and sports. At Colorado State you will be able to receive a quality American college experience from an internationally recognized university.

Undergraduate Majors
• Agricultural Business

• Agricultural Education
• Animal Science
• Anthropology
• Apparel & Merchandising
• Applied Computing Technology
• Art B.A.
• Art B.F.A.
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Biomedical Engineering
• Biomedical Sciences
• Business Administration
• Chemical & Biological Engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil Engineering
• Communication Studies
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Construction Management
• Dance
• Early Childhood Education
• Economics
• Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Science
• Engineering Science & International Studies
• English
• Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
• Environmental Engineering
• Environmental Health
• Environmental Horticulture
• Equine Science
• Ethnic Studies
• Family & Consumer Sciences
• Fermentation Science & Technology
• Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
• Forestry
• Geology
• Health & Exercise Science
• History
• Horticulture
• Hospitality Management
• Human Development & Family Studies
• Interior Design
• Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts & Engineering Science
• International Studies
• Journalism & Media Communication
• Landscape Architecture
• Languages, Literatures & Culture
• Liberal Arts
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Microbiology
• Music B.A.
• Music B.M.
• Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism
• Natural Resources Management
• Natural Sciences
• Neuroscience
• Nutrition & Food Science
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Rangeland Ecology
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Soil & Crop Sciences
• Statistics
• Theatre
• Watershed Science
• Zoology


Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the Great Plains in the center of the United States. Fort Collins is a safe, friendly midsize city of 155,000 and is frequently ranked as one of the best places to live. The foothills and 14,000-foot mountain peaks are visible from campus. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting, and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students.


Type of University: Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is a public Carnegie Research University with very high research activity.

Size of Campus: 5,000 acres, including main campus, a foothills campus, an agricultural campus, and a mountain campus

Number of Students:
• About 32,000 total students
• On campus, about 22,500 undergraduate students, 4,580 graduate students

Number of Faculty:
• 1,800 faculty members
• Student-faculty ratio of 16:1
• More than 20% of tenure-track faculty and 25% of new faculty are international.

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
• College of Agricultural Sciences
• College of Business
• College of Engineering
• College of Health and Human Sciences
• College of Liberal Arts
• College of Natural Sciences
• College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
• Warner College of Natural Resources
• 70+ undergraduate majors and more than 125 concentrations (see listing to left)

Geographic Diversity:
• Students attend from every U.S. state; 74% Colorado residents
• More than 2,000 international students representing 90+ countries
• More than 1,200 students participate annually in Education Abroad programs in 90+ countries.
• 60 international or diversity-related clubs

International Student Services: 
• International student orientation
• Cultural Mentors and Global Ambassadors
• International student retreat in the mountains
• International student organizations
• International Festival: World Unity Fair
• Academic skills workshops
• Conversational English classes
• International Student and Scholars Services
• Council of International Student Affairs

International Student Budget: 2015–2016 academic year
Non-resident Tuition$27,258
Living and Personal Expenses$12,886
Health Insurance$1,674
Books and Supplies$1,140

Financial Aid: 
• $2,298,646 total aid awarded to international students in 2014–2015 (excludes graduate student assistantships)
• 11,043 institutional scholarships awarded
• 727 international students secured on-campus employment.
• $6,000–$10,000 annual admission-based merit scholarships awarded

Test Score Requirements:
• Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency to qualify for clear admission. The TOEFL or IELTS Academic results are preferred, although alternate measures of English proficiency may be considered.
• Minimum for direct admission: 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS
• Freshman applicants to business, engineering, computer science, and biomedical sciences must submit official SAT or ACT scores to be considered for direct admission. SAT or ACT is optional for other majors or undeclared advising track but may be required for undergraduate scholarship consideration.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Application fee: $50 U.S.
• Early Action: December 1, Regular Decision: February 1; after February 1, applications are considered on a space-available basis.