Colorado State Named Top University in Two Recent National Magazine Rankings

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Colorado State University has been ranked among the top universities in the nation by two national magazines.

U.S. News and World Report, in its upcoming annual "Best Colleges" edition, listed Colorado State with other universities such as Indiana University at Bloomington, Michigan State University, the University of Arizona and Ohio State University in the second tier of national universities. (See for the complete rankings and methodology.)

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, in its October 2002 edition, also lists Colorado State as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation in terms of quality of education and affordability. Colorado State is ranked 50 in the survey. (See in the "college" section of the website for details and methodology.)

"The awareness that comes from such rankings is certainly positive for Colorado State as we work to ensure that people around the nation know about the quality of our faculty, our academic programs and our students," said Colorado State President Albert C. Yates. "This ranking affirms what we at the university already know: that our commitment to student learning is producing a top-quality educational experience."

The magazine rankings follow a series of other accolades for the university and its programs. This week, university officials announced that Colorado State received a record $183 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2001-2002, $17 million more than the previous year and a 36 percent ($48 million) increase in externally funded research support over the past five years.

In today’s announcement, the university’s College of Engineering is ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S. News, coming in at 57th (see attached news release.)

"While we can never focus our energies on such rankings, it does gratify our campus community to receive affirmation that our hard work and dedication are paying dividends and drawing attention from around the nation," Yates said.

Other bright spots for the university include:

  • "The Templeton Foundation lists Colorado State as a top character building institution.
  • The veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 2 by U.S. News, trailing only Cornell University in the most recent ranking of veterinary medicine programs by the magazine.
  • "In April, the vocational/technical education program was also included in the Top 10 graduate programs in its discipline by U.S. News.
  • "Yahoo magazine has ranked Colorado State University as the "most wired" university in the state of Colorado and 42nd in the nation in its most recent ranking last year.
  • "The Occupational Therapy Program was honored as a Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education last year and was also included in US News’ top 10 graduate programs in this discipline in the latest ranking.
  • "Kiplinger’s named the MBA program in the College of Business as one of the top "Big Name" programs in the country offering the degree at a distance.
  • "Colorado State ranked near the top in the nation (12th) for most Peace Corps volunteers this year, according to the organization.