Colorado State University Graduate Programs Rank Among Best in Nation

U.S. News and World Report’s 2005 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools" included Colorado State University among schools with the top graduate programs in the nation.

Colorado State’s occupational therapy master’s degree program ranked seventh, up three places from the 2001 survey, the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of this category. The school’s program in vocational and technical education also ranked seventh in the nation, up from ninth in the 2004 survey. The Colorado State graduate engineering program ranked 53rd in the nation for 2005, up three places from 56th in 2004.

"We are happy that the quality of the graduate programs in occupational therapy and in vocational and technical education and the achievements of their faculty have been nationally recognized in this manner," said Nancy Hartley, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences. "We are very proud of the accomplishments of the School of Education and the Department of Occupational Therapy and their pursuit of excellence."

The Department of Occupational Therapy is recognized by Colorado State University as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence. The department also has been designated a "Program of Excellence" by the state of Colorado and awarded a five-year, $1.6 million Program of Excellence grant.

Colorado State’s School of Education offers graduate programs in education and human resource studies that enroll nearly 600 students who work with about 40 full-time faculty members. Colorado State is one of the leading members of the national University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education.

Master’s level specializations include counseling and career development, human resource development, adult education and training and educational leadership. At the doctoral level, specializations include educational leadership, community college leadership, human resources studies and an option for interdisciplinary study.

"The College of Engineering at Colorado State University is consistently rated one of the nation’s top programs, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, because we recruit excellent students and are committed to hiring only the best faculty who place a top priority on teaching while also aggressively pursuing cutting-edge research," said Colorado State University Provost Peter Nicholls.

Colorado State’s College of Engineering offers a wide variety of graduate programs in departments including atmospheric science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. There are about 604 graduate students among the 2,074 total students in the College of Engineering at Colorado State. Colorado State’s undergraduate engineering program was ranked 57th in the country for 2003.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State was ranked second in the nation in the survey released in 2003, the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of this category. It was the only veterinary medical program in the Western states to be ranked among the top 10.

Colorado State beat out University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, Michigan State University and Ohio State University in this survey, and Cornell University topped the 2003 list in veterinary medicine.

Today’s report marks the latest in a series of positive rankings for the university from U.S. News and World Report. Colorado State was ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" for 2004.