U.S. News and World Report Again Ranks Colorado State University Among ‘America’s Best Colleges’

U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado State University in the top tier of best universities in the nation in the 2011 "America’s Best Colleges" edition released today.

U.S. News and World Report listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, ranking the university 60 among public universities, up from 64 last year. The university ranked 124 overall, up from 128 last year.

A complete list of rankings and methodologies can be found at www.usnews.com.

“At CSU, we’re focused on providing an excellent, affordable education and cutting-edge research that advances society,” said Tony Frank, president of Colorado State. “To the extent that any rankings system recognizes that we’re successful in meeting these goals, we appreciate it. And in light of the enormous funding challenges that Colorado higher education has been dealing with the past three years, I think this can be viewed as a great tribute to the quality and dedication of our faculty, who continue to excel in terms of achievement, productivity, and commitment to our students.”

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

The magazine rankings follow a record-breaking year for enrollment and external research support that exceeds $300 million, along with several other national recognitions at Colorado State. Among the highlights:

– Colorado State is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and one of the 120 “Best in the West,” according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company. Only 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges surveyed were listed in “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” at www.PrincetonReview.com. Colorado State also ranked as one of the best overall 373 colleges in the new 2011 edition of Princeton’s annual guide.

– Colorado State was listed among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges 2009-10” ranked by Kiplinger’s. The rankings are based on a combination of academics and affordability.

– Colorado State is among Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges list for 2010, released earlier this month. The ranking lists the best public and private colleges and universities, from the student’s point of view.

– BusinessWeek magazine ranked Colorado State’s College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country for 2009, and Princeton Review names the College’s distance MBA program as one of the best in the nation for 2010.

– U.S. News and World Report ranked the veterinary medicine program at Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences second in the nation among America’s best graduate schools in its most current ranking in 2007.

– Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences leads all other schools of its kind in external research funding.

– Colorado State’s Department of Occupational Therapy was ranked eighth in the nation in 2008 by U.S. News and World Report "America’s Best Graduate Schools" rankings. The department has been ranked in the top 10 occupational therapy programs by the U.S. News and World Report survey for multiple years.

– U.S. News and World Report recently named the graduate program in chemistry at Colorado State University one of the top 50 programs in the country. The ranking was included in the 2011 Edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

– In 2009, Poets & Writers Magazine ranked Colorado State’s Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts as one of the nation’s top 50 programs.

– The College of Agricultural Sciences consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country in terms of awards, grants and contracts received.

– Colorado State University ranks 15 in the nation among all universities and colleges for the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers according to the most recent rankings by the Peace Corps. Fifty-nine Colorado State alumni volunteered for the Peace Corps in 2009. The university consistently lands in the top 15 among universities and colleges with more than 15,000 undergraduates.