Colorado State University Students Love CSU, Fort Collins, Princeton Review Survey Says

Colorado State University is once again listed among the best universities by Princeton Review. Students surveyed say that CSU is a “hidden gem” with open communication between students and administration and a place with friendly people, a great location and an education that includes hands-on experience to prepare them for the real world, according to the 2013 Princeton Review “Best 377 Colleges.”

In the review, CSU secured a Green Rating of 98, reflecting the university’s commitment to environmentally friendly programs, majors and student activities. The Collegian received a rank as the 12th best college newspaper. As a host city, Fort Collins receives high scores, ranking 17th among the best college cities, and cited by CSU students as being a location with plenty to do in town or in the nearby mountains, a low cost of living and great restaurants.

Princeton Review asks 122,000 students at 377 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their opinions and campus experiences. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the country are profiled in the book. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories.

"We commend Colorado State University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges.” “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

Additional student praise for CSU cited in the Princeton Review survey:
– Provides an education that is valued and opens doors for career opportunities.
– A university that cares about its students, provides many ways for them to connect with each other to succeed, and encourages them to become involved in the community around them.
– Professors who are willing to help students, give honest and helpful feedback, and help students network in the larger community.
– Excellent green efforts, a strong engineering program and many research opportunities.
– An outgoing, well-rounded, physically fit student body that is laid back while also placing an emphasis on grades.

Academic and co-curricular programs at Colorado State are recognized for their quality, innovation and achievement – from internationally renowned programs in infectious disease, cancer research and atmospheric science to national recognition as an institution committed to building character. Since 1870, Colorado State has been fulfilling the needs of citizens through its land-grant mission of teaching, research and service. Today, Colorado State’s eight colleges encompass the major areas of human knowledge with 150 programs of study in the sciences, arts, humanities and the professions.

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