Colorado State University Ranked Among the Best Universities in the Nation According to U.S. News and World Report

Colorado State University was ranked among the top national universities today by U.S. News and World Report’s 2006 "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 and the University of Oklahoma. For a complete list of rankings and methodologies, visit the Web at

"Colorado State University is an outstanding public research university, with many world-class programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and professions," said Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley. "This ranking is another indication of Colorado State’s exceptional faculty, nationally recognized academic and research programs and top-quality students, as well as the university’s commitment to maintaining the highest-quality education in a challenging economic environment."

As part of the U.S. News report, Colorado State University also was ranked as the nation’s 53rd top public university.

Colorado State’s College of Engineering undergraduate program was ranked among the nation’s best as well. The College of Engineering ranked 57th in the nation, up three spots from last year.

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

The magazine rankings follow a significant year for research support and recognition at Colorado State. Following are highlights.

–     The university was awarded a four-year, $40 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, to establish a Regional Center of Excellence, or RCE, for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases research and training. The Rocky Mountain RCE will expand the university’s world-recognized work in infectious disease and biodefense research and address a national need for increased capacity to develop new vaccines, diagnostics and medicines for infectious diseases.

–     The National Institutes of Health awarded the university a seven-year, $25.2 million contract to further its worldwide leadership role in the battle against reemerging tuberculosis.   

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

–     Colorado State’s graduate program in occupational therapy ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News and World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools 2005," the most recent ranking.

–     The university’s graduate program in engineering is ranked 61st in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools 2006." Also nationally ranked among graduate programs in Colorado State’s College of Engineering are civil engineering, ranked 26th; environmental health, ranked 26th; electrical engineering, ranked 55th; chemical engineering, ranked 55th; and mechanical engineering, ranked 60th.

–     Colorado State Professor Karolin Luger was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Luger is the first in university history to be honored with the prestigious accolade and is the only person in Colorado awarded the prominent distinction this year.

–     New facilities and state-of-the-art equipment at Colorado State’s Equine Orthopaedic Research Center are helping to advance research in osteoarthritis and cartilage repair for the benefit of horses and humans alike. The center now includes the renovated Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, with the first equine-dedicated high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging center in the United States.

–     The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture was ranked in 2005 Design Intelligence’s top architecture and design school horticulture programs by horticulture professionals in the West. The school’s landscape architecture programs ranked third.

Along with today’s ranking among the nation’s top universities, Colorado State is one of the nation’s "best value" undergraduate institutions, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company chose it as one of the top 81 schools it recommends in the new 2006 edition of its book, "America’s Best Value Colleges." The university also recently ranked among the top in the nation for quality education and affordability by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and is listed on the Templeton Honor Roll as one of nation’s character building institutions.