Colorado State University ranked in the top third of public universities in terms of affordability and educational quality in the "Top 100 Public Universities" report in the September issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
Colorado State, which was listed 26th in the report by Kiplinger’s and Wintergreen/Orchard House, was the only institution in the state to score in the top third. The other Colorado institutions included on the list were University of Colorado at Boulder (ranked 34th) and the Colorado School of Mines (ranked 60th).
"As the state’s land-grant university, our core mission is to provide a high-quality and accessible education. This ranking shows that our commitment to being one of the best student-focused research universities in the nation is succeeding," said Albert C. Yates, president of Colorado State.
The criteria used by the magazine for the ranking are the overall quality of education and affordability. The magazine cites as its goal to determine which public universities offer not an inexpensive education but "a high-caliber education at the lowest possible cost." The bulk of data used was supplied by Wintergreen/Orchard House, a major commercial clearinghouse for statistics on American colleges and universities. Kiplinger’s then supplemented that information with their own reporting and with selected data supplied by the College Board. In the instance of a tie, the magazine took into consideration the cost to out-of-state students, giving the higher ranking to the school that "is gentler on nonresidents."
2000 Kiplinger’s "Top 100 Public Universities"