CSU consistently earns top rankings and accolades for its quality education, innovative research, outreach, and world-renowned faculty.
- CSU ranked among the top 100 Best Buy Colleges in the Forbes' 2012 list, released in August, for overall quality, tuition and fees, and teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and levels of debt graduates amass while in school. The university also ranked in the top 125 research universities and the top 75 public universities lists. CSU came in at No. 311 in the Forbes list of the 650 top colleges.
- The Princeton Review featured Colorado State University in the 2013 edition of "The Best 377 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book. 
- Diverse Issues In Higher Education listed CSU among the Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees for 2011. The rankings include institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. 
- In April 2012, The Princeton Review named CSU as one of the nation's top colleges with a strong commitment to sustainability initiatives and activities because of its many green initiatives including a new minor in sustainability, a 5.3-megawatt solar plant, biomass boiler and graywater testing in residence halls. 
- In March 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU's veterinary medicine professional doctorate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in the top three among programs of its kind throughout the United States. In 2012, the graduate program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health and Human Sciences, a Program of Excellence designated by the state of Colorado, ranked 6th in the nation.  
- CSU is among the top military friendly schools in the nation, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students. 
- U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU in the top tier of best universities in the nation in the 2013 "America's Best Colleges" edition. The magazine listed CSU in the top tier of public universities, ranking the university No. 67 among public universities nationwide. 
- CSU ranks fifth in the nation for the number of graduate alumni serving in the Peace Corps and in the top 15 for undergraduates, according to the volunteer organization's 2013 rankings. 
- CSU's College of Business offers one of the best M.B.A. programs in the nation and in the western U.S., according to The Princeton Review. CSU's M.B.A. program was also ranked No. 4 in The Princeton Review's Top Ten "Most Family Friendly" category. 
- The 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges focused on selecting universities with strong engineering, technical and environmental programs and emphasis, and featured CSU. According to Fiske, the guide includes 300 universities with an overview of the student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities. 
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 The Princeton Review, 2012
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 CSU, February 2013
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 The Fiske Guide, 2012