Colorado State University (CSU)

Fort Collins
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Colorado State University (CSU) is situated at Fort Collins, CO 80523, United States in Fort Collins.

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Bachelors in Computer Engineering
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Engineering-B.E.
  • Engineering
  • USD 26010 (Annually)
Bachelor of Marketing
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Management Studies-B.M.S.
  • Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma
  • USD 26010 (Annually)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Commerce-B.Com
  • Banking / Finance / Accounts / Commerce
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Arts-B.A.
  • Languages / Arts / Literature
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Arts-B.A.
  • Languages / Arts / Literature
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
Design + Merchandising-DM (DM)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Design-B.Des
  • Design
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
Finance-FIN (FIN)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Commerce-B.Com
  • Banking / Finance / Accounts / Commerce
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
Hotel Management
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Hotel Management-B.H.M.
  • Hospitality / Aviation / Tourism
  • USD 28374 (Annually)
Neurobiology-NB (NB)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Science-B.Sc.
  • Sciences
  • USD 28374 (Annually)

Colorado State University (CSU) - Rams - CSU

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). CSU was founded as Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, six years before the Colorado Territory gained statehood. It was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Doors opened to a freshman class of 1 student in 1879. Early years Arising from the Morrill Act, the act to create the university was signed by the Colorado Territory governor Edward M. McCook in 1870. However, during its first years the university existed only on paper. While a board of 12 trustees was formed to "purchase and manage property, erect buildings, establish basic rules for governing the institutions and employ buildings," the near complete lack of funding by the territorial legislature for this mission severely hampered progress. The first 30-acre (120,000 m2) parcel of land for the campus was deeded in 1871 by Robert Dazell. In 1872, the Larimer County Land Improvement Company contributed a second 80-acre (320,000 m²) parcel. The first $1000 to erect buildings was finally allocated by the territorial legislature in 1874. The funds were not, however, and trustees were required to find a matching amount, which they eventually obtained from local citizens and businesses. Among the institutions which donated matching funds was the local Grange, which was heavily involved in the early establishment of the university. As part of this effort, in the spring of 1874 Grange No. 6 held a picnic and planting event at the corner of College Avenue and West Laurel Street, and later plowed and seeded 20 acres (80,000 m²) of wheat on a nearby field. Within several months, the university's first building, a 16-foot (4.9 m)-by-24-foot red brick building nicknamed the "Claim Shanty" was finished, providing the first tangible presence of the institution in Fort Collins. After Colorado achieved statehood in 1876, the territorial law establishing the college was required to be reauthorized. In 1877, the state legislature created the eight-member State Board of Agriculture to govern the school. Early in the 21st century, the governing board was renamed the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System. The legislature also authorized a railroad right-of-way across the campus and a mill levy to raise money for construction of the campus' first main building, Old Main, which was completed in December 1878. Despite wall cracks and other structural problems suffered during its first year, the building was opened in time for the welcoming of the first five students on September 1, 1879 by university president Elijah Evan Edwards. Enrollment grew to 25 by 1880. During Colorado Agricultural College's first term in fall 1879, the school functioned more as a college-prep school than a college because of the lack of trained students. Consequently, the first course offerings were arithmetic, English, U.S. history, natural philosophy, horticulture and farm economy. Students also labored on the college farm and attended daily chapel services. The spring term provided the first true college-level instruction. Despite his accomplishments, Edwards resigned in spring 1882 because of conflicts with the State Board of Agriculture, a young faculty member, and with students. The board's next appointee as president was Charles Ingersoll, a graduate and former faculty member at Michigan Agricultural College, who began his nine years of service at CAC with just two full-time faculty members and 67 students, 24 of whom were women. President Charles Ingersoll Agricultural research would grow rapidly under Ingersoll. The Hatch Act of 1887 provided federal funds to establish and maintain experiment stations at land-grant colleges. Ainsworth Blount, CAC's first professor of practical agriculture and manager of the College Farm, had become known as a "one man experiment station", and the Hatch Act expanded his original station to five Colorado locations. The curriculum expanded as well, introducing coursework in engineering, animal science, and liberal arts. New faculty members brought expertise in botany, horticulture, entomology, and irrigation engineering. CAC made its first attempts at animal science during 1883–84, when it hired veterinary surgeon George Faville. Faville conducted free weekly clinics for student instruction and treatment of local citizen's diseased or injured animals. Veterinary science at the college languished for many years following Faville's departure in 1886. President Ingersoll believed the school neglected special programs for women. Despite the reluctance of the institution's governing board, CAC began opening the door to liberal arts in 1885, and by Ingersoll's last year at CAC the college had instituted a "Ladies Course" that offered junior and senior women classes in drawing, stenography and typewriting, foreign languages, landscape gardening and psychology. Ingersoll's belief in liberal yet practical education conflicted with the narrower focus of the State Board of Agriculture, and a final clash in April 1891 led to his resignation. In 1884, CAC would celebrate the commencement of its first three graduates. Professor Louis G. Carpenter Main article: Louis George Carpenter One of the early notable professors was Louis George Carpenter (March 28, 1861 – September 12, 1935) who was happy to be called "Professor Carp." He was a college Professor and later the Dean of Engineering & Physics at Colorado State University formerly known as the Colorado Agricultural College. He was also an Engineer, Mathematician and an Irrigation and Consulting Engineer. Carpenter began teaching mathematics at Michigan Agricultural College and did so from 1883 to 1888. Carpenter was recruited by President Charles Ingersoll and accepted the chair of the Engineering & Physics Department of the then Colorado Agricultural College. It was there where he began the first organized and systematic college program for irrigation engineering. Those completing such instruction were awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Irrigation Engineering. In addition, Carpenter was a strong advocate to expand education opportunities to minorities and women. He helped promote and organize newly accredited degree programs despite opposition from those unwilling to change. Carpenter declined the Presidency of that college (later university) in 1891 and several times during his tenure. Despite difficultly to enact change, he was significant in being able to help transform the farm focused college into a university of higher learning. In 1889 he became the director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Carpenter was one of the foremost leading experts on irrigation systems. During his life he investigated irrigation systems not only in North America but also in Canada and Europe. This led to his engineering consulting and water law. He became Colorado's State Engineer which he held for several years while still teaching. In 1911, Carpenter left academics and established an engineering consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. This covered not only included Irrigation Engineering but consulting on hydraulic construction projects and the problems associated with such projects. He did this traveling around Canada, the United States and Western Europe with his brother running the office until his retirement in 1922. He left many papers to the University and was given an honorary doctorate before his death in 1935. Turn of the 20th century Alston Ellis encountered limited funding and decided rapidly in 1895 to reduce the number of Experiment Stations. Female students grew in number from 44 in 1892 to 112 in 1896, and by fall 1895, the college's new domestic-economy program was in place. Football had a one-year stint at CAC in 1893, but Ellis was not a supporter of extracurricular activities and was especially hostile towards football. Barton Aylesworth became the school's fourth president in 1899, and the combination of his non-confrontational style with the presence of the vocal Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers Association on the governing board allowed ranching and farming interests to take the college's agricultural programs to new heights, greatly influencing the development of the entire school. Initially, the influence of ranching interests brought tremendous progress to CAC's agricultural programs. Enrollment quadrupled, studies in veterinary medicine were re-established, and CAC's Experiment Station benefited from lobbying that finally secured state appropriations. Eventually, conflicts with agricultural interests may have prompted Aylesworth to begin promoting a more balanced curriculum at CAC, which he then fought hard to defend. The conflict also led him to tire and negotiate his resignation. Aylesworth was a big supporter of extracurricular activities. Football returned to the college in fall 1899, but baseball was the school's most popular sport. In 1903, the women's basketball team won CAC's first unofficial athletic championship, culminating with a victory over the University of Colorado. New clubs, fraternities, and sororities also emerged. By 1905, the school had a fledgling music department, which two years later became the Conservatory of Music. President Charles Lory Taking office in 1909, CAC President Charles Lory oversaw the school's maturation and reconciled longstanding conflicts between supporters of a broad or specialized curriculum. He embarked on a demanding schedule of personal appearances to make Colorado Agricultural College known as an institution that served the state's needs. Another of Lory's notable achievements was putting the school on solid fiscal ground, meeting rising construction costs and freeing the institution of debt. The onset of World War I influenced all aspects of CAC, but nowhere was the impact more apparent than in the institution's programs for farmers. World War I created demands for American agricultural products, and CAC established new food production committees, information services and cultivation projects to help improve food production and conservation in Colorado. World War I also drew men from campus to Europe's battlefields. In June 1916, the National Defense Act created the Reserve Officers Training Corps. A few months later CAC applied to establish an ROTC unit in Fort Collins and resurrected a defunct National Guard unit on campus. During the early 1930s, CAC's community-wide activities were greatly influenced by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The Extension Service organized relief programs for inhabitants of Eastern Colorado, of whom a survey found 20,000 to be urgently in need of food, and helped sustain cropland threatened by pests and drought. President Lory sought to help Colorado farmers by pushing for major tax reforms to relieve them of high tax burdens, and played a significant role in a 1930s project that supplied irrigation water for agricultural development in Eastern Colorado. Lory and the State Board had challenges of their own back on campus. In response to claims that the university was falling behind national standards, the board retired or demoted several senior professors and administrators deemed past the peak of their proficiency, and hired new doctorate-holding personnel while consolidating sections of lecture courses. A student petition led to the governing-board to change the college's name to more accurately reflect the diversity of its academic programs, and in 1935 the school became the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A&M for short. After 31 years of leadership, President Lory announced his retirement in 1938. From World War II into the modern era Soon after Pearl Harbor, Colorado A&M began to look like a military post, with the college serving as many as 1,500 servicemen. New President Roy Green tried to prepare for the sudden departure of students and arrival of servicemen by improving ROTC facilities, and introducing military-training programs. Although servicemen filed onto campus, student enrollment at Colorado A&M, 1,637 in fall 1942, dropped to 701 by fall 1943, and female students outnumbered their male counterparts for the first time. When the war ceased in 1945, soldiers returning from Europe and the Pacific filled U.S. higher-education institutions. Nearly 1,040 students attended the college in fall 1946, and about 1,600 students enrolled by spring 1946. Close to 80 former "Aggies" died in World War II including football talent Lewis "Dude" Dent. Colorado A&M becomes a university under Bill Morgan Colorado A&M shed its image as a narrow technical college and became a university in appearance and title during the 1950s under president Bill Morgan. Providing adequate student housing for an increasing number of youth approaching college age and improving cramped instructional facilities were among the first tests of Morgan's leadership. He responded, and five new residence halls were completed between 1953–1957. Academic offerings grew to include advanced degrees. The State Board of Agriculture approved a doctoral degree in civil engineering in 1951, and three years later allowed other qualified departments to offer doctorates. Morgan believed students earning this advanced degree should hold it from a university, and so began a campaign to change the name of Colorado A&M. In 1957, the Colorado General Assembly approved the new name of Colorado State University. The 1960s: Student activism Colorado State became a scene of intense student activism during the 1960s and early 1970s. The reduction of strict campus regulations for women was among the early targets of student activists, coming to the forefront in 1964 when a 21-year-old female student moved into unapproved off-campus housing to accommodate her late hours as editor of the student newspaper. The civil-rights movement on campus also picked up momentum and visibility. In spring 1969, shortly before Morgan's retirement, Mexican-American and African-American student organizations presented a list of demands to university officials primarily urging increased recruitment of minority students and employees. The demonstrators' occupation of the Administration Building continued to the front lawn of Morgan's home. Students and university representatives took their concerns to state officials, but Colorado legislators rejected a subsequent university request for funds to support minority recruitment. Anti-military protest took place in dramatic form at Colorado State from 1968–70. On March 5, 1968, several hundred students and faculty with anti-war sentiments marched to Fort Collins' downtown War Memorial and wiped blood on a placard tied to the memorial. Hecklers and blockaders created such a disturbance that police had to disperse the non-marchers. In May, 1970, as campus peace activists held the second day of a student strike in the gymnasium in response to the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the student deaths at Kent State University, one or more arsonists set Old Main ablaze, destroying the 92-year-old cornerstone of Colorado State. The 2000s: CSU under President Penley In his welcoming address for the fall 2007 semester, former CSU President Larry Edward Penley called for CSU to set the standard for the 21st century public land-grant research university. He has identified as the heart of this ideal the contribution to the prosperity and quality of life of the local and international community, in part through fostering relationships and collaborations with federal research partners, the business community and key industries. A part of this approach is Colorado State's new Supercluster research model, designed to utilize interdisciplinary, issue-based research on pressing global issues in which the university has particular expertise and connect research results to the marketplace. Initial Superclusters in infectious disease and in cancer research have been launched, and an upcoming clean energy Supercluster dovetails with an overall emphasis on campus sustainability. A wind farm is being built to power the main campus, and new residence halls have been constructed according to national green building standards. A sustainability advisory committee has been charged to coordinate green activities at Colorado State. While maintaining historic ties to local agriculture, administration officials have also emphasized the desire to better connect with the local community. Currently, CSU is party to UniverCity, a multi-organization initiative that links the school with city government, community and business associations to expand and synchronize working relationships. Another goal set by the university is to improve undergraduate education. Essential tasks, according to Penley, are access and graduation rates, particularly for qualified low-income and minority students, and an education international in scope suited to a global economy.

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11 Type Courses Available

  • 9 UG Courses
  • 2 PG Courses


  • National Awards
  • Academy of Surgical Research Jacob Markowitz Award
  • Nomination Deadline: Not Available
  • Research Area: Experimental Surgery
  • Past Winners: C. Wayne McIlwraith 2013
  • AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award
  • Nomination Deadline: September 1
  • Research Areas: Science and Engineering
  • Award: $5,000, commemorative medallion, travel reimbursement
  • American Chemical Society National Awards
  • Nomination Deadline: November 1
  • Research Areas: Various Chemical Disciplines
  • Award: $3,000-$10,000, plus additional funds for travel to meeting
  • Past Winners: Robert M. Williams, 2011 Ernest Guenther Award in Chemistry of Natural Products
  • American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Comparative Medicine Scientist Award
  • Research Area: ACLAM’s highest award for scientific achievement for outstanding contributions (research publications, reviews, book chapters, lectures) in comparative medicine.
  • Award: Plaque presented during ACLAM Forum at Awards Dinner.

Colorado State University (CSU) Placements

All incoming students are expected to learn about the placement procedures for Mathematics, Composition, Chemistry, and Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish) classes prior to attending their Ram Orientation session. CSU placement procedures are designed to place students into courses consistent with their preparation; they are not a condition for admission to Colorado State University.  However, if you have not completed the appropriate placement procedures before meeting with your Ram Orientation advisor, you may be unable to register for the appropriate classes in a timely manner. There are charges for placement procedures.  These charges are not included in the orientation program charge. Charges are automatically assessed to the student’s account with the University.


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  • Campus Recreation has a variety of facilities to best meet the health and fitness needs of the CSU community, including the award-winning Student Recreation Center.
  • Housed within the Student Rec Center, the Aquatic facility features a rock wall, current channel, four 25-yard lap lanes, zero depth entry with sprayers, volleyball and basketball area, spa, sauna, and steam room.
  • The wall offers 55 linear feet of bouldering, two free-standing towers for roped climbing, and an outdoor, free-standing boulder.
  • The Student Rec Center has five fitness studios including a state-of-the-art cycling studio, mat room for boxing and martial arts, yoga studio with sweeping views out to the CSU Intramural fields, and two flexible studios for group fitness classes with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and booming sound systems. 
  • Four courts for drop-in basketball anchor the main gym of the Student Recreation Center, circled by the 1/8th mile track on the second story. In addition, the Rec Center has a second gym, the Mac Gym, which allows for additional drop-in activitiy space and where several drop-in sports are scheduled, such as badminton and volleyball. 
  • With 24,000 square feet of cardio and weight fitness area, students can always find a place to meet their wellness goals. In order to keep the feeling of privacy, the space is carefully laid out into workout areas which include weight rooms, stretching nooks, a cardio area that looks out two-story windows to the Rocky Mountain foothills, and much more. Other innovative spaces include a private studio with free weights and mats for those students who are just starting on their fitness journey, a boxing area, and a TRX Suspension training space.
  • Immediately outside the entrance to the Student Recreation Center is a variety of outdoor recreation spaces that Campus Recreation manages. These spaces include:
  • Outdoor Sand Volleyball Courts
    • Court 1 (southwest court): Men’s net height of 8’
    • Court 2 (southeast court): Women’s net height of 7’4”
    • Courts 3 - 5 (north courts): Coed net height of 7’8’’
  • 3 Full Outdoor Basketball Courts and One Half Court
  • Outdoor Inline Hockey Rink (low bounce hockey balls only)
  • All courts are available for drop-in recreation and for special reservation. To reserve one of the outdoor spaces, contact our facility reservation staff. To view the current reservations (which take priority over drop-in recreation) . Outdoor sport equipment can be checked out at the Service Center inside the SRC lobby.
  • The Intramural Fields (softball and mixed-use fields) are managed and reserved by the CSU Facilities department.
  • The Tennis Complex is a university resource managed and scheduled by Facilities Management, located on South Campus adjacent to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital complex - a short walk or bike ride from the main campus. There are a total of 12 courts of which 8 are lighted.
  • Priority use of the Tennis Complex is given to University academic programs and athletics.
  • Current CSU students, faculty/staff may access the courts around scheuled events and academic classes by using their ID card.
  • The Tennis Complex is open seasonally mid-March through the end of October
  • The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (M - F) and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (SA - SU).
  • Restrooms are only open Monday through Friday (unles pre-arranged through a reservation).
  • Courts must be reserved for use by non-University organizations by contacting the University Scheduling Office, 970-491-0056. Rental fees and other requirements may apply.

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