In a study released by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Colorado State University was ranked among the top universities in the country — moving up to the second tier in the annual "America’s Best Colleges" issue.
The magazine notes Colorado State’s improved performance in several areas including academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, alumni involvement, student graduation rate and percentage of smaller classes. Other universities ranked as second tier include Indiana University at Bloomington, Purdue University, University of Arizona, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Ohio State, Boston University and George Washington University. Other Colorado institutions included in the second tier include Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado–Boulder and the University of Denver.
"As an institution dedicated to students and to providing a top-quality education, we can’t focus our efforts on rankings. However, these rankings do reflect the investments we’ve made at Colorado State over the last several years to enhance the quality of our educational experience," said President Albert C. Yates. "We’re proud of the strides we have made and continue to make in faculty stature, student retention, class size and the success of our graduates. This dedication to quality has helped build support among our alumni, which is also reflected in today’s report."
Several graduate programs at Colorado State also rank among the best in the country in the magazine’s Graduate School Guide. In recent surveys, Colorado State’s veterinary medicine program ranked fourth in the nation, the master’s degree program in occupational therapy was tied for eighth place and the vocational education program ranked ninth.
Today’s report marks the latest in a series of positive rankings for the university from a variety of national publications. The July issue of Black Issues in Higher Education ranked Colorado State in the top 100 for institutions granting master’s degrees to Native Americans. The publication also ranked Colorado State in the top 100 in preparing Hispanic students in professional health professions and related sciences. Last fall, Colorado State was ranked in the top one-third of the 100 best public universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.