CSU Rankings

CSU earns top rankings and accolades for quality education, innovative research, outreach, and world-renowned faculty.

America's Best Colleges

Colorado State ranks among the top public universities in the country according to U.S. News and World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" ranking for 2017. The rankings place CSU at 61 among public universities nationwide.

Kiplinger's Best College Values

CSU is among the 100 top values in public colleges and universities ranked in the 2016 edition of Kiplinger's Best College Values. The rankings are based on academic quality and cost and financial aid measures.

Best for Vets: Colleges 2017

CSU was ranked No. 6 in "Best for Vets: Colleges 2017" by Military Times, which annually reviews more than 500 colleges and universities and evaluates the many factors that help make them a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families.

Forbes' Top Colleges for 2016

CSU is among Forbes' "Top Colleges for 2016" with strengths in faculty–mentored–research and scholarships and need–based aid.

Military Friendly

CSU is a military friendly school according to Military Friendly, the ratings arm of Victory Media, which assesses schools on retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

The Best 381 Colleges

The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, featured Colorado State University in the 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges", providing students with numerous academic resources that guide them toward academic success with "open communication" between students and the administration and striving to prepare students with hands-on experience while they are students so they can be prepared in the real world. Students surveyed say that CSU is a "hidden gem" that offers a "wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture," along with "excellent" green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities.

Guide to Green Schools

CSU ranked No. 4 among environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Schools". The publication recognized CSU for its sustainability committee, sustainability–focused degrees, publicly available greenhouse gas inventory plan, on–campus sustainability officer, and local and organic food offered on campus.

Fiske Guide to Colleges

CSU is featured in the 2017 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the Fiske Guide includes the "best and most interesting" colleges in the nation.

2017 Best Graduate Schools

CSU was ranked in the top 50 nationally in several of the of the U. S. News 2017 Best Graduate Schools categories, including biological/agricultural engineering at No. 27, civil engineering at No. 39 and environmental/environmental health engineering at No. 45.

CSU's part–time MBA program in the College of Business is the top program of its kind in the state, ranking No. 51 nationally, according to the U.S. News 2017 Best Graduate Schools edition.

Best Administered Business Schools

The College of Business is also among the "Best Administered" business schools in the nation according to the Princeton Review, ranking sixth in the "Best 295 Business Schools" book for 2016. And, the College of Business was among the top graduate programs with a focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability topics in the ninth annual Business as UNusual guide, ranking 5th for its graduate programs that make a social impact and 21st for environmental sustainability programs. CSU's College of Business is also ranked among the top business schools for veterans by Military Times. The college ranks No. 29, the highest in Colorado in the new Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016.

Top 50 Best Value Online Colleges

CSU's online bachelor's degree programs were ranked at No. 14 for Top 50 Best Value Online Colleges for 2017 by ValueColleges.com, which looks at cost, reputability, and return on investment for students.

Best Online Master's in Social Work

CSU's hybrid Master of Social Work was ranked No. 11 in College Choice's ranking of "Best Online Master's in Social Work Degrees", which is based on academic reputation, tuition, financial aid offerings, and early career salaries for graduates.

Affordable Colleges Online

CSU was ranked by Affordable Colleges Online as one of "54 most affordable online colleges."

2016 Best Graduate Schools

CSU's professional doctoral veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's 2016 "Best Graduate Schools" edition.


CSU achieved a sustainability benchmark no other college or university had ever achieved: a platinum designation in STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System), a program conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. It is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious sustainability performance measurement program in higher education.