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Colorado State University ranked among the best colleges in the nation today by the U.S. News and World Report 2005 "America’s Best Colleges" edition.

U.S. News and World Report listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, closely ranked with institutions such as Florida State University, Loyola University, University of Oregon, Seton Hall University and the University of Oklahoma. For a complete list of rankings and methodologies, visit the Web at

"Colorado State University is truly a great university, with many world-class programs. This ranking is a direct recognition of the broad, high-quality education that Colorado State provides its students by bringing together cutting-edge research and faculty expertise in the sciences, humanities and arts," said Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley. "More than anything, however, this ranking is indicative of the high-caliber faculty at this institution and their strong commitment to our students’ education."

As part of the U.S. News report, Colorado State University also was ranked as the nation’s 56th top public university.

Other Colorado universities also ranked in the top tier include the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Denver.

Colorado State’s College of Engineering and College of Business undergraduate programs were ranked among the nation’s best as well. The College of Engineering ranked 60th in the nation. The College of Business ranked 87th, up 10 spots from its previous ranking of 97th in 2002.

The magazine rankings follow a pivotal year for research support and recognition at Colorado State, including highlights such as:

–     In September, Colorado State was awarded $17 million from the National Institutes of Health to construct a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory facility on the Foothills Campus that will expand the university’s ongoing, world recognized work in infectious disease and biodefense research.

–     In October, the National Science Foundation granted Colorado State $17 million to establish one of four prestigious national Engineering Research Centers. The center is studying extreme ultraviolet science and laser technology to develop technologies that will be used to help create the smallest, most powerful computer circuits ever developed as well as other advanced nanotechnologies.

–     The National Science Foundation also announced in October that Colorado State will team with the University of Massachusetts in the second of four Engineering Research Centers. The $17 million grant is funding the center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, enabling earlier and more accurate weather emergency forecasts.

–     In late 2003, Colorado State was awarded a $9.7 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish a NASA Specialized Center of Research to investigate radiation risks that lead to cancer in astronauts, and has the potential of significantly advancing cancer treatment for pets and people.

–     In January, Colorado State was awarded a prestigious $1.2 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to support the Program in Chromatin Structure and Function that will create an unprecedented understanding of the control of the human genome and holds the promise of unlocking the secrets of an immense array of medical processes.

"Colorado State remains one of the nation’s premier public research universities in terms of the amount of sponsored research awards earned and in the beneficial impact this research has on both our students and society at large," said Penley. "These funds allow Colorado State unparalleled opportunities to move discovery and creation into the classroom and improve education while also addressing important regional and national issues."

Colorado State recently ranked among the nation’s top 5 percent of public and private institutions of higher education receiving federal research and development financial support in engineering and the sciences, according to the National Science Foundation. In addition to ranking among the nation’s top universities receiving overall research funding when compared with other public research universities without medical schools, Colorado State ranked second in the nation in federal research and development support.

Other honors recently received by the university include:

–     Colorado State’s occupational therapy master’s degree program ranked seventh this year, up three places from the 2001 survey.

–     The School of Education’s program in vocational and technical education also ranked seventh in the nation this year, 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.

–     The veterinary medicine program was ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its most current ranking. It is the only veterinary medical program in the Western states to be ranked among the top 10. Colorado State’s veterinary teaching hospital is home to the world’s largest animal cancer center.

–     Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranked Colorado State University 27th in the nation for quality education and affordability in their annual 100 Best Values in Public Colleges rankings.

–     Colorado State University ranks 8th in the nation among large colleges and universities in the number of alumni actively serving as Peace Corps volunteers, according to 2004 rankings recently released by the Peace Corps. Seventy-three Colorado State graduates currently are working overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.  

–     Colorado State University is listed in Princeton Review’s 2005 "The Best 357 Colleges."

–     Kaplan’s 2004 Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges lists Colorado State as a top university in the categories of schools that are hot and trendy, schools with the most beautiful campus in an urban setting, schools with the most beautiful campus in a suburban or rural setting and schools where the students enjoy themselves so much they never want to leave.