About Us

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is using its classrooms and laboratories to educate the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate and civic leaders.

Degrees Conferred 2020-21

516

Bachelor of Science

169

Masters

49

Doctoral

Our History

The 1870 Morrill Act that created land-grant colleges specified that both “agricultural and mechanic arts” be taught.

What is now known as the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering carries on that mission in the 21st century, its legacy expanding from weather and agricultural innovations into groundbreaking research on satellites, robotics and lasers, and machines that can learn on their own.

Meet the Dean

Colorado State University provided me an educational and experiential foundation that guided me throughout my career. I am excited to have the opportunity to once again serve and give back to the institution. 

I am very proud of the engineering programs at Colorado State. We deliver solid, rigorous, and well-rounded academic programs that balance theory and application. We educate bright students and our graduates are well prepared for careers or for graduate school. We recruit excellent faculty who are committed to undergraduate education, to graduate education, and to research.

It is my privilege to work with this group of faculty, staff and students as we continue this important work.

David I. McLean
Professor and Dean

Video: Engineering student Michelle Hefner interviews Dean David McLean

BME-CBE student Michelle Hefner interviewed Dean David McLean about the college’s diversity efforts, working with students and industry, and the watershed moments of his work as dean.

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Mission, Vision and Values

The goal of the College is to serve society by educating students, solving problems of global importance, and contributing to national and international economic development. We have set our goals high and our vision is clear: to create a better world for future generations.

Mission

Educate, innovate, cultivate and engage in order to generate new knowledge, improve quality of life, and positively impact society.

Vision

We will significantly benefit our region, nation and the world by engaging the global water, health, energy and environmental challenges of the day through leadership in the practices of engineering research, education, innovation and engagement.

Values

  • Excellence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration and Respect
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Transparency and Accountability

2026 Strategic Plan

Curious about where the college is heading over the next five years? Download our Strategic Plan now, with information on our mission, values, and imperatives.

Download the plan

The College’s 2026 Strategic Plan details our mission, vision, and values, and presents strategic initiatives that advance our highest priorities and create value for our students and faculty, CSU, Colorado, and beyond.

CSU Land Acknowledgment

Colorado State University’s land acknowledgment is a statement crafted by a variety of Indigenous faculty and staff, as well as other officials at CSU.

The statement recognizes the long history of Native peoples and nations that lived and stewarded the land where the university now resides. The land acknowledgment statement also maintains the connection Native people and nations still have to this land.

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Facts and Figures: Fall 2021

Students

3,475

Total

2,439

Undergraduate students

1,036

Graduate students

Undergraduate Demographics

24.4%

Racially underrepresented

26.2%

Women

34.3%

Out-of-state

Graduate Demographics

Note: Graduate racially underrepresented statistics for degrees conferred do not include international students.

14.4%

Racially underrepresented, Masters

16.5%

Racially underrepresented, Ph.D.

24.1%

Women

26.5%

International

Fall 2021 New Student Profile

3.90

Average high school GPA

517

Entering first-year students

15.1%

First generation

46

Home states

Degrees Conferred 2020-21

516

Bachelor of Science

169

Masters

49

Doctoral

Faculty and honors

Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness is a service office for the University community.
It is our mission to support strategic planning activities and continuous quality improvement at the institution.