Colorado State University Among the “Best Values in Public Colleges 2011” Ranked by Kiplinger’s

Colorado State University was ranked today among the 2011 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s.

"This ranking is an acknowledgement that Colorado State University continues to provide an outstanding educational experience at a very reasonable cost – as measured relative to other leading institutions and in an absolute sense,” said Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president at Colorado State. “We are fortunate to have internationally renowned faculty, top-ranked academic programs and an excellent student body committed to discovery, application and engagement. This ranking is supported by the fact that CSU is in its fourth year of consecutive record enrollment and three years of annual research expenditures that top $300 million.”

Kiplinger’s methodology for determining the best values in public education includes data on more than 500 top public institutions and ranks quality measures such as admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen and four- and six-year graduation rates. Also part of the ranking is cost data including tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students. Institutions listed among the top values are based on a combination of academic quality and affordability.

The magazine ranking follows several other national recognitions at Colorado State this year. Highlights:

– 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. The magazine listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, ranking the university No. 60 among public universities, up from No. 64 last year.

– 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 Colorado State also ranked as one of the best overall 373 colleges in the new 2011 edition of Princeton’s annual guide.

– Colorado State University’s College of Business offers one of the best MBA programs in the nation and in the Western United States, according to The Princeton Review. Colorado State’s business college is among 300 colleges listed in the 2011 edition of Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Business Schools.”

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

– 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.

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

– 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 15th 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 that have more than 15,000 undergraduates.