CSU listed for value, academic quality in Fiske and Forbes guides

Colorado State University has been named one of the best higher education values in Forbes list of America’s Top 650 Colleges, and is listed in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges, standing out among U.S. universities for academic quality.

CSU ranked among the top 100 Best Buy Colleges in the Forbes’ 2012 list. That list takes into account the overall quality of the university, tuition and fees, as well as areas of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and levels of debt graduates amass while in school. The university also was ranked in the top 125 research universities, and the top 75 public universities.

CSU also came in at No. 311 overall in the Forbes list of the 650 top colleges. The rankings are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and take into account the quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low levels of debt.

In ranking CSU this year, the Fiske Guide to Colleges particularly focused on selecting universities with strong engineering, technical and environmental programs and emphasis. According to Fiske, information about universities in the guide includes an overview of the student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities of 300 universities.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges is compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.

Other recent accolades for Colorado State University:

Colorado State ranks in the top tier of the nation’s best universities and is one of the top 20 that makes writing a priority as a critical element of student success, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report "America’s Best Colleges" edition.

Colorado State is among the top military friendly schools in the nation, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

In June 2011, Wired magazine singled out the university’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in its listing of Fort Collins as one of “The Emerging Epicenters” for innovation and high-tech job growth in green technology.

Colorado State is in the top four nationally for solar power at major public research universities, according to a new report released in October 2011 by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, known as AASHE.

Colorado State was named as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 376 Colleges,” in August 2012.

The CSU College of Business offers one of the best MBA programs in the nation, according to an October 2011 announcement by The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company. Colorado State’s MBA program also was ranked No. 4 in The Princeton Review’s Top 10 “Most Family Friendly” category.

In 2010 and 2011, the “Education” issue of Popular Science released in September listed the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory in the Colorado State College of Engineering as one of the 25 Most Awesome College Labs.

When it filed in September 2011, Colorado State University had achieved the highest score among 129 reporting universities participating in a national survey of higher education institutions dedicated to sustainability measures – the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Reporting System known as STARS.

Colorado State ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of the Top Colleges for 2011, which was released in August. Colorado State ranked 61st among public universities and also made the Forbes Top 100 Best Buy Colleges list, ranking 45th among all private and public universities.

In March, U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU’s veterinary medicine professional doctorate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in the top three among programs of its kind throughout the United States. The graduate program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Applied Human Sciences – a “Program of Excellence” designated by the state of Colorado – ranked 8th in the nation.

The College of Business at Colorado State has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. The Aspen Institute’s 2011-2012 edition of “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” an independent, biennial survey and global ranking of business schools, ranked the GSSE program at CSU number 27 on its list of the Top 100 MBA Programs in the world.