College Scorecard places CSU among the top universities for quality and affordability

Colorado State University, among the nation’s leading research universities, also ranks highly for graduation rates and affordability, according to the newly released College Scorecard developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard makes it easier to search information about a college’s value and affordability.

“Students at CSU are getting a world-class education and outstanding undergraduate research opportunities, and the new College Scorecard shows we’re also providing an exceptional value,” CSU President Tony Frank said. “Our students are graduating at a higher rate, leaving CSU with less debt than the national average, and defaulting on their student loans at a much lower rate than their peers. In fact, thanks to our emphasis on providing more student scholarships and aid, the average net price our students pay to attend CSU went down even as tuition was going up. This is great information for students to have when they’re weighing their college options.”

CSU is the most affordable research university in Colorado while boasting a high graduation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The College Scorecard also shows that the university is the only institution among Colorado’s research universities to decrease in average net price in recent years. CSU’s graduates have a low loan default rate of only 4.8 percent, while the national average is 14.7 percent.

The high marks from the College Scorecard come at a time when CSU is consistently seeing record enrollment and strong retention rates.

The College Scorecard website contains information from colleges around the country and can be found at

CSU is one of the nation’s premier research universities and is routinely highlighted in national rankings recognizing top universities and programs:

– CSU is featured in the 2015 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges, which announced its listings this month. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, The Fiske Guide includes the “best and most interesting” colleges in the nation.

– Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked CSU’s College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country for 2014. CSU ranked No. 73 in this year’s BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.

– For the fifth year in a row CSU has been named a Military Friendly School, in the company of the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools. The list, published by GI Jobs magazine, recognizes higher education institutions that embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

– ranked CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising in the upper echelon of fashion design and merchandising programs in the nation for 2014. CSU’s department was ranked ninth in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 16th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields.

– CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences programs rank in the top 10 percent of the world’s best universities, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

– CSU’s Business and Economic faculties rank in the top 15 percent of the world’s best universities for research, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

– CSU is listed among the nation’s best universities by Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company. Students surveyed say that CSU is a “hidden gem” that offers a “wonderful education, friendly people, and awesome culture,” along with “excellent” green efforts, a strong engineering program, and myriad research opportunities. CSU also cares about its students becoming active members in the community, according to the 2014 Princeton Review “Best 378 Colleges.”

– CSU is among Forbes’ Top Colleges for 2013. The university ranks among the top Research Universities and Universities in the West.

– CSU’s professional doctoral veterinary medicine program is ranked No. 3 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. 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.

– The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences – designated a “Program of Excellence” by the state of Colorado – ranks No. 6 among similar programs nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition.

– CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 34th in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.

– CSU’s graduate programs in science, engineering and business also were recognized as some of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition. Civil engineering and chemistry were both ranked in the top 50.

– CSU’s online Psychology undergraduate degree completion program, Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree completion program, Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering specialization and Master of Computer Science and Information Technology were independently reviewed and ranked by as top "Best Buys.” The data-driven lists spotlight the most affordable online degrees from regionally accredited colleges.

– CSU’s College of Business is among the “Best Administered” business schools in the nation according to Princeton Review. CSU’s College of Business ranks sixth in the nation in the “Best 295 Business Schools” book for 2014.