Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a city of approximately 142,000 residents at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The university's 2.4 km2 main campus is in central Fort Collins, and includes a 0.41 km2 veterinary teaching hospital.
CSU is also home to a 5.8 km2 Foothills Campus, a 6.4 km2 agricultural campus and the 4.8 km2 Pingree Park mountain campus. CSU utilizes 16.4 km2 for research centers and Colorado State Forest Service stations outside of Larimer County.
At the heart of the CSU campus lies the Oval, an expansive green area of 629 m around, lined with 65 American Elm trees. Designed in 1909, the Oval remains a center of activity and a major landmark at CSU.
Outside the classroom and research lab students can get involved with the more than 350 campus organizations, including about 35 fraternities and sororities. Student athletes can find sports at the recreational, club and varsity level with the CSU mascot and colors reflecting the school's past.
Colorado State University offers the ultimate balance of research of the highest quality and fun recreational activity. International students voted CSU as the #2 school in the US for overall satisfaction in educational experience.
Fort Collins is located 105 km north of Denver, approximately 2 hours from major ski resorts and 45 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. There are opportunities for students to be active with bike trails and hiking nearby. In 2006, Money ranked Fort Collins as the "Best Place to Live" in the United States.
13 residence halls provide on-campus living for over 5,000 students. First-year students are required to live in one of the halls on campus.
The halls have a number of Living-Learning communities that directly link the on-campus living environment with a specific academic focus in Honors, engineering, natural sciences, health and wellness, equine sciences, leadership development, or pre-veterinary medicine.
The Key Academic and Key Service Communities create an academically focused residential community for freshmen who share a desire for academic achievement, active involvement in classes, community service, campus activities and appreciation of diversity. Residents share classes and take advantage of yearlong service opportunities with a close knit group of 19 other students.
Students, faculty and staff may also choose to live in the university apartments. Colorado State University Apartment Life oversees University Village, International House, Lory Apartments, and Aggie Village.
Known as a “global community” Apartment Life's mission to diversity shows in the fact that approximately 60 percent of residents and staff are from 80 different nations. Residents and CSU and Fort Collins community members enjoy a diverse amount of enrichment programs offered through the Apartment Life staff.
92% of students are employed, freelancing or continuing their education during 2 years after graduation in 2016. The university career center is responsible for connection students with employers on campus, organizing interviews, internships and events like career fairs regularly.