U.S. News and World Report: Colorado State University Graduate Programs Among Best in the Nation

Colorado State University graduate programs remain among the nation’s best, according to rankings released by U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition.

The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Applied Human Sciences – designated a “Program of Excellence” by the state of Colorado – holds the No. 6 spot among similar programs nationwide, based on data collected in 2012.

Colorado State’s professional doctoral veterinary medicine program maintained the third slot in the recently released rankings. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences consistently places among the top three vet schools in the nation. It is also ranked third in the nation in federal research dollars.

In addition to its strong showing in health disciplines, CSU’s graduate programs in science, engineering and business also were recognized as some of the best in the nation. Civil engineering and chemistry were both ranked in the top 50 as was the part-time MBA program in the College of Business. The University’s graduate programs in chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering; biological, computer and earth sciences; mathematics; physics; and social work all ranked in the top 100 in their respective categories.

Such strong graduate programs and a highly productive research faculty combine with a commitment to undergraduate education that places CSU 67th among public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges rankings released in September 2012.

Colorado State has long been one of the nation’s top performing research universities. Despite significant cutbacks in federal funding in recent years, CSU has grown its annual research spending to about $330 million in Fiscal Year 2012. The research dollars set a new record high for the university and mark the fifth year in a row that spending has exceeded $300 million. This funding comes from a combination of federal, non-federal and local sources.

“Rankings such as these are a good, third-party barometer of how we are doing in the eyes of others. We will always continue to focus on our missions of providing a top-flight education to our students, conducting groundbreaking research and providing service to people throughout Colorado,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “Our job is to make Colorado State University the best public research university out there.”

In 2011-12, the eight colleges that make up CSU awarded more than 6,600 degrees, including 1,576 masters, 235 doctorates and 127 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees. For the 2012-13 academic year, the university enrolled 22,500 undergraduate, 3,600 graduate and 550 professional veterinary medicine students.

A complete list of rankings and methodologies for determining U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools is available at www.usnews.com.

Colorado State is routinely highlighted in national rankings recognizing top universities and programs:

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

– Colorado State was named as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education last year by The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges.

– 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.