Colorado State Named Top University in Recent National Magazine Ratings; Latest Honor Added to List of Accolades for the University

U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Colleges" edition today ranked Colorado State University among the top universities in the country.

"This is good news for Colorado State in that it will offer the opportunity for more people around the country to become aware of the quality of our academic programs and the quality of our faculty," Colorado State President Albert C. Yates said of the university’s inclusion in the second tier of top national universities by the magazine.

Colorado State is listed by U.S. News in the second tier with such universities as Indiana University at Bloomington, Purdue University, Michigan State, Ohio State and the University of Arizona. Other Colorado institutions included in that tier are the University of Denver and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

"As a university, we can’t focus on rankings, but rather on creating a student-centered learning environment, on attracting and retaining top-quality faculty and on providing our students with an education to help them earn a living and lead a productive life," Yates said. "To the extent that this ranking reflects those efforts, we are pleased with this recognition."

The ranking by U.S. News & World Report of Colorado State in the second tier of national universities follows other recent accolades for the university. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine lists Colorado State among the top public universities in terms of educational quality and affordability, and the Templeton Foundation has recognized Colorado State as a top character-building institution.

"We’re proud of the recent recognition we’ve received as an institution, but we are even more gratified by the number of bright students from Colorado and around the world that come to learn at Colorado State," Yates said. "We measure our success by what our graduates know and can do-and that is the measure we will always use."

Colorado State’s College of Engineering also was honored in rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report-listed as 59th in the top 100 undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.