Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant institution and has a total enrollment of more than 33,000 students. One out of four students at CSU is first-generation. The university offers 74 undergraduate fields of study and graduate programs in business, engineering, education and the renowned College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. CSU is one of the nation’s top public research universities. Over the last 11 years, CSU’s research expenditures exceeded $300 million annually. The university’s scientists excel in fields including atmospheric sciences, agriculture and animal sciences, infectious diseases, natural resources, veterinary medicine and clean energy technologies. CSU is ranked #6 in the nation among environmentally responsible colleges, according to Princeton Review. The university was also #9 in the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” rankings in 2019. CSU was the first university in the world to have its sustainability efforts rated as STARS Platinum by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). CSU ranked #8 and #3, for Curriculum and Research respectively, by AASHE in 2018.
Colorado State University’s campus is tucked against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the heart of Fort Collins, with stunning views. Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in the state, an emerging music town, the largest producer of craft beer and about an hour’s drive from key tourist destinations like Denver, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The campus also is within driving distance to some of the best ski resorts in the country. CSU buzzes with bikes; more than 23,600 bikes are registered to be on campus on any given day, and it is the only university in the state and one of only five in the nation recognized as a Platinum Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Hike to Horsetooth Rock, go whitewater rafting on the Cache la Poudre River, mountain bike at Lory State Park, explore the prairie alongside the only wild bison herd in Colorado, or just have a quiet picnic at the reservoir. With a robust public transportation system, bike routes on almost every road, and a uniquely walkable campus, cars are optional in Fort Collins.
Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.
CSU is founded as a land grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this university was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.
— Land Acknowledgment at CSU, December 11, 2018