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Colorado State University: Narrative Description


Fort Collins, CO 80523-0015
Tel: (970)491-1101
Admissions: (970)491-6909
Fax: (970)491-7799
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Colorado State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: 666-acre urban campus with easy access to Denver. Endowment: $123.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $224.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8713 per student. Total enrollment: 26,801. Faculty: 896 (857 full-time, 39 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 11,653 applied, 83% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 19,294 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 2,435 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 50 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Aims Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $2940 full-time, $163 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,527 full-time, $751 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $850 full-time, $52 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5766. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Club Sports Association, Associated Students (student government), Office of Community Services, Colorado Public Interest Research Group. Major annual events: Homecoming/Family Weekend, International Week, Earth Day/Spring Fest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,031 college housing spaces available; 4,922 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. William E. Morgan Library plus 3 others with 1.9 million books, 2.5 million microform titles, 20,935 serials, 9,428 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.7 million. 2,095 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Fort Collins, a community of 110,000 is situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The excellent climate and beautiful mountains create an ideal college setting about 65 miles north of Denver. The city has many churches, a local airport, hospital, hotels, motels, and is the shopping center of Northern Colorado. Part-time employment is available for students and some full-time employment is available for graduates.

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