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At Colorado State University, we’re proud of our rankings, but we’re even prouder of the hard work they represent. After all, shouldn’t a ranking mean more than a number?

Here are just a few university-wide rankings that reveal the most about CSU and what we value.

Overall quality

From academic programs to student retention and more, CSU earns recognition from numerous national publications. People often see these rankings as a barometer to assess a school’s overall quality.

No. 1 4-Year College in Colorado

For cost to attend, efforts to ensure student success, and program prominence from Schools.com

Top 25% National University

For contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service from Washington Monthly – 2022

Best Western Colleges

For being among 126 universities considered academically outstanding and well worth consideration in a college search, from Princeton Review – 2022

Top 33% Best Bang for the Buck in the West

For how well we help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, from Washington Monthly – 2022

Top 9% Colleges with the Best Professors

For diverse, accomplished, and well-paid faculty members based on student reviews and key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, from Niche – 2023

Top 12% College Campus in America

For outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities, based student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education, from Niche – 2023

Top 18% Colleges with the Best Academics

For admissions selectivity, professor quality, and academic resources, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from students and alumni, from Niche – 2023

Top 15% Public Universities in America

For quality of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education plus reviews from students and alumni from Niche – 2023

Best Colleges

For being among 388 best colleges nationwide, based on survey results from students for everything from financial aid and career services to sustainability and quality of life, from Princeton Review – 2022

A- Overall Grade

For quality of academics and professors, value, student-faculty ratio, quality of campus food and housing, diversity, safety, student life, and more from Niche – 2023

Top 35% Public School in the Nation

For quality of programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as the commitment to both reinvest in campus and to increase student retention, from U.S. News and World Report – 2022

Sustainability rankings

Composting and recycling programs. Sustainability majors and minors in every college. We’re even Bee Campus USA certified and have our own bee cam. We work hard to maintain our title of greenest university.

STARS Platinum Rating

One of 10 doctoral universities worldwide recognized for comprehensive sustainability efforts, including environmental, social and economic dimensions, from AASHE – 2022. CSU was the first university in the world to earn this rating three times.

Green College Honor Roll Perfect Score

For being one of 31 universities in the nation to earn a perfect score for providing a healthy and sustainable quality of life on campus, for preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy, and for environmentally responsible school policies, from the Princeton Review – 2022

Platinum-Level Bike-Friendly University and City

For bicycle network and connectivity, motorist awareness and bicycling skills, mainstreaming bicycling culture, promoting safety, and planning, from the League of American Cyclists

No. 2 Top Performer

For being a top worldwide doctoral university in overall sustainability impact, including curriculum, research, campus and public engagement, and well-being, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), from AASHE – 2022

Bee-Campus Certified

For helping to ensure a better future for pollinators. CSU is among just 107 campuses in the nation  and the only one in Colorado  with this certification, from Bee City USA. Psst … check out our bee cam.

No. 12 Green Matters College

For being among 25 universities where students highly rate administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts, from Princeton Review – 2022

No. 1 Top Green College in Colorado

And No. 5 in the nation

For superb sustainability practices, a strong foundation in sustainability education, and a healthy quality of life for students on campus, from the Princeton Review – 2022

No. 10 Coolest School

For environmentally focused academics, student engagement with environmental activism, renewable energy and waste management operations, and more, from Sierra Club – 2021

Student-focused rankings

Colorado State creates a welcoming and vibrant environment for its students, supporting them in a variety of ways throughout their time at CSU.

Top 20% College Food in America

For outstanding on-campus dining, including easily accessible healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences, based on meal plan costs and student reviews, from Niche – 2023

Top 13% College Athletics in America

For the best college athletic programs for sports fans and student athletes based on key statistics and student reviews, from Niche – 2023

Top 8% Student Life in America

For a positive, fun, and friendly student culture and a vibrant campus community, based on student reviews and statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, from Niche – 2023

Best College in Colorado for Vets

And No. 46 nationwide for university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality, and cost and financial aid, from Military Times – 2022

Fort Collins rankings

Located in the heart of Fort Collins, CSU wouldn’t be CSU without our amazing city. Fort Collins regularly rates as one of the best places in the country to live and learn.

No. 3 Best College Town to Live in Forever

For a thriving economy and culture that make a city perfect for a long-term commitment, from College Ranker

Top 5% Best Place to Live

For small to mid-sized cities for safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, and community engagement, from Livability – 2021

No. 1 City for Bikes

For street design, safety, the number of bike commuters, a biking culture, and more, from the PeopleForBikes Foundation

No. 21 Most Creative Small City

For the number of creative jobs, businesses, and industries and for the revenue of arts/culture nonprofit organizations in cities with populations under 500,000, from Creative Vitality Suite 2020

No. 1 Best Place to Live in Colorado

For best places in Colorado to live, analyzed using key lifestyle factors including median home price, personal income per capita, and unemployment and crime rates, from Forbes – 2022

No. 6 Safest City for Cyclists

For the percentage of bike commuters, number of fatal crashes, amount of bike lanes, bike laws in place or being created, and city spending on cyclists per capita, from YourLocalSecurity.com – 2021

No. 5 Remote-Ready City

For broadband access, local jobs that could be done from home, affordability, a robust regional economy, and quality of life, from Livability and Fourth Economy – 2021

No. 8 Most Relaxed City

For high scores in physical health, work environment, sleeping habits, and physical leisure activities, from OutThere Colorado 2021

Top 15% Best College Locations in America

For college towns that offer excellent nightlife, dining, recreational opportunities, and cultural attractions, based on key statistics and student reviews, from Niche 2023

No. 14 Top College Town in America

For livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence, and large employers, from Best College Reviews – 2022

No. 9 Safest City for Young Drivers

For being among the safest cities for young drivers, using vehicle fatality data from the Insurance Institution for Highway Safety and other government sources, from Driving Tests – 2021

Why we have top academic programs

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