Colorado State University Named by Kiplinger’s Magazine as One of the Nation’s Best Values

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

Kiplinger’s ranked Colorado State 73rd, closely with universities such as the University of California-Irvine, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Arkansas.

The top 100 universities on Kiplinger’s list are selected from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. The schools on the Kiplinger list were ranked according to academic quality, cost and financial aid. For more information on rankings, visit

"This ranking is an acknowledgement that Colorado State will continue to provide an excellent education at an affordable price, an achievement that is particularly notable given the budget challenges our state has faced in recent years," said President Larry Edward Penley. "It is a testament to the quality of our faculty, staff and students, as well as to the emphasis we have placed on both accessibility and administrative efficiency."

In the latest U.S. News and World Report "America’s Best Colleges" edition, Colorado State was ranked among the top national universities for 2006.

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

–     Colorado State also was named as one of the nation’s "best value" undergraduate institutions by 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."

–     Colorado State’s College of Business is one of the best in the nation, also according to The Princeton Review. The College of Business is one of 237 colleges listed in the 2006 edition of Princeton Review’s annual guide, featuring two-page profiles on the school’s academics, student life, admissions and career/placement programs.

–     Colorado State’s College of Engineering undergraduate program was ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report this year. The College of Engineering ranked 57th in the nation, up three spots from last year.

–     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.

–     Colorado State University annual research expenditures totaled a record $244.3 million in fiscal year 2005, approximately $20 million more than the previous year and a 38 percent ($67.1 million) increase in research expenditures over the last four years.

–     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.