Colorado State University (CSU) is a public research university with its roots in agriculture and the mechanical arts.
It first opened its doors in 1879, to just one student and three years after Colorado Territory first gained its statehood.
The main campus is located in the town of Fort Collins, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, an hour away from Denver, the state capital, and an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park.
The university’s main campus is situated in 5,000 acres of land, which includes an expansive green area filled with American Elm trees. Known as the Oval, the area is a major center of university activity and constitutes one of the university’s best known landmarks.
CSU’s oldest building dates back to 1881. Its newest is the Behavioral Science building, completed in 2010, while further expansion is likely – the university has set itself a target to fundraise $1 billion by 2020.
Another recent development on campus is the University Center for the Arts. Opened in 2008, it comprises several theatres, including a 318-seater, a 24,00 square-foot music hall, and an organ recital hall, as well as an art museum and a design museum.
Fort Collins is known for its innovation, technology and entrepreneurialism, as well as its stunning scenery. The town boasts 315 miles of bike routes and outdoor trails, as well as easy access to the mountains for hiking, climbing, skiing and other outdoor sporting pursuits.
Most students of CSU (known as ‘Rams’) choose to live on campus and the university prides itself on having a strong community ethos.
CSU has produced four astronauts, two governors of Colorado, one Pulitzer Prize winner and two Olympic gold-medal winners.