Colorado State University is Colorado’s top-ranked university in Washington Monthly’s annual assessment of colleges and universities.
CSU stands 91st nationally among all universities and 54th among public institutions in Washington Monthly’s rankings, which reward “smart, well-run colleges that enrolled students from all walks of life and helped them earn a high-quality diploma at an affordable price. Colleges that instilled a sense of service and public obligation while producing groundbreaking research,” according to the publication.
CSU No. 6 in new category
In addition, CSU was ranked No. 6 nationally in a new category Washington Monthly calls “student voting,” which rewards universities for offering programs that encourage students to become involved citizens, including registering to vote. CSU received high marks for its long association with the Peace Corps and commitment to its Army and Air Force ROTC programs.
Commitment to student success
CSU provost and executive vice president Rick Miranda said it was gratifying to see Washington Monthly’s rankings, which reward schools for emphasizing student-facing programs and their accomplishments and success. The student success initiative, which includes the Collaborative for Student Achievement, focuses on giving students the tools they need to succeed at CSU both academically and socially.
“We’re proud of the steps we’ve taken to improve student success while providing a highly valued education,” Miranda said. “At the same time, as a land-grant institution, we have always been focused on preparing our students to be involved citizens, and these rankings are a nice reflection of that commitment.”
Harvard ranked No. 1 overall, with Stanford coming in at No. 2. Other in-state universities ranked included the University of Colorado-Denver (97), Colorado School of Mines (130), the University of Northern Colorado (142), the University of Colorado-Boulder (153) and Aspen University (286).