Why CSU?

Colorado State?s College of Engineering offers academic excellence, a robust research program, a friendly environment, and wonderful recreational opportunities.

Academic Excellence

dr m in surgery.jpgThe College of Engineering at Colorado State University has a world-class reputation, top-rated faculty, distinguished research programs, and outstanding students. Our engineering research is focused on providing solutions to global challenges. We work with industry and government agencies on many research projects, from environmental issues to radars to biofuels.

Our graduate students work directly with faculty in our classrooms and laboratories - our graduate student-faculty ratio is 5:1. Our mean class sizes are 12 in master's sections and nine in Ph.D. sections.

Robust Research Program

Last year, the College of Engineering faculty members averaged $545,748 each in research expenditures for a total of $59.4 million. We have seen our engineering faculty grow 25% over the past five years, and we anticipate additional growth in faculty and programs of study. We are adding faculty strategically in order to build interdisciplinary programs and research units. We are home to a new NSF Science and Technology Center focusing on clouds and climate change and two NSF Engineering Research Centers researching laser technologies and remote sensing. CASA ERC 04043_d1x_00167.jpg

Numbers, however, are only a simple measure of success. It is the excellence of the scholarship demonstrated by our tenure-track faculty, research faculty, research scientists, and students that results in new discoveries and advances our mission to solve important problems and contribute to the quality of life worldwide.

Students are active in our research programs. In 2009, several hundred graduate research assistants were actively working in our labs, as well as numerous undergraduate students. Student researchers have made discoveries leading to patents, new products, and start-up companies. Read more about our research.

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The College, the University and Fort Collins have a reputation for being friendly. Aside from academic reputation, entering students report that friendliness of the campus was a big factor in choosing Colorado State.

Fort Collins was named America?s "Best Place to Live" in 2006 and America's "Second Best Place to Live" in 2008 by Money magazine.  According to the issue, "Americans are flocking to places that offer the opportunity and amenities of a big city - but with a lot more green space and a lot less stress."

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Our city boasts over 44 public parks, five public golf courses, three swimming pools, an ice skating center, a 50-mile recreational trail system, and over 3,500 acres of preserved open space/natural areas. Camping, hiking, snow boarding, skiing, rafting, fishing, and water skiing are all within a short drive.

Because of the city?s "commitment to open space, smart solutions to sprawl and gridlock, can-do community spirit, and an active embrace of the adventurous life," Fort Collins was named One of Ten New American Dream Towns by Outside Magazine. Plus, we enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low humidity, moderate winters, and a mild climate year-round.