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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 Best 4-Year College in Colorado

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

No. 1 Best Undergraduate Teaching in Colorado

And No. 56 in the nation

For receiving votes from top college administrators for putting a particular focus on undergraduate teaching from U.S. News and World Report – 2020

No. 79 Top 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 – 2020

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 – 2020

Top 10% Best College Campus in America

For outstanding campus resources across classrooms, labs, performance venues, housing, food, and recreational facilities, based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education, from Niche – 2020

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 – 2020

No. 77 Most Innovative School

For innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, from U.S. News and World Report – 2020

Best Western Colleges

For being among 127 universities considered academically outstanding and well worth consideration in a college search, from Princeton Review – 2019

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

For comprehensive sustainability efforts, including environmental, social and economic dimensions, from AASHE – 2019. CSU is the only university in the world to earn this rating three times.

No. 1 Top Green College in Colorado

And No. 9 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 – 2019

No. 1 Greenest University

For success with green initiatives on campus and within the surrounding communities, from BestColleges.com – 2019

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. 9 Coolest School

For impactful initiatives to reduce on-campus waste and energy consumption, promote alternative transportation, provide funding to student and faculty-led green proposals, and more, from Sierra Club – 2019

Bee-Campus Certified

For helping to ensure a better future for pollinators. CSU is among just 91 campuses in the nation with this certification, from Bee City USA. Psst … check out our bee cam.

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.

No. 2 Best for Vets

For university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality, and cost and financial aid, from Military Times – 2020

No. 15 Peace Corps Top College

For the number of volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps, from the Peace Corps 2020

Best Colleges for Student Voting

For efforts that encourage students to vote and for voter registration rates, CSU was among about 150 colleges to earn this recognition from Washington Monthly – 2020

No. 6 Best College Newspaper

For top ratings based on student answers from The Princeton Review – 2019

Top 5% Best 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 – 2020

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

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 April 2020

No. 3 Peace Corps Top City

No. 3 Peace Corps Top City
For the number of volunteers per capita in the nation, from the Peace Corps – 2020

Best American Cities for Creatives

For a wide livability spectrum, including artistic communities, a good dose of nature, a food/music scene, and affordability, from Thrillist – March 2019

No. 9 Best Performing City

For American metropolitan areas that offer the greatest opportunities for prosperity and innovation across the nation, from Milken Institute – 2019

Best Places to Travel

For its energetic art scene, entrepreneurial spirit, quirky niche culture, and pristine natural landscape, from Forbes – 2019

Why we have top academic programs

See just how much students can get out of their major at CSU.