CSU climbs U.S. News and World Report

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CSU once again has been recognized as a top-tier university, moving up two spots in the U.S. News and World Report annual “America’s Best Colleges” ranking of public universities in 2015.

CSU is No. 58 in the latest rankings and has climbed nine spots in just two years, the result of a continuous commitment to boost faculty excellence, make available more student scholarships and make capital improvements across campus.

“Colorado State’s continued investment into the academic and student experience, as well as the presence of our outstanding faculty, make CSU an even better community in which to learn,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “This latest ranking is well-deserved recognition of CSU’s continued efforts to deliver the very best academic university experience to our students.”

An A-plus school

The magazine also lists the university as an A-plus school for students who want to be a part of a university with a broad, engaged student body.

U.S. News also noted in its summary that CSU is “considered one of the nation’s leading research universities, and faculty and students work together to explore fields such as atmospheric science, infectious diseases, clean energy technologies and environmental science.”

CSU is one of the top performing research institutions in the nation, with annual research spending exceeding $300 million in Fiscal Year 2014.

U.S. News and World Report assesses nearly 1,600 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities, including the 201 included in the top tier of the national university rankings.

Routinely recognized

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

Last month, CSU was named to an elite list of green colleges, adding another accolade to the university’s recognition for its commitment to sustainability. The Princeton Review 2015 Green Honor Roll includes only 24 universities across the nation, all of which scored 99 out of 99 on an annual sustainability assessment.

  • 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.
  • In July, the U.S. Department of Education released its first College Scorecard and gave CSU high marks for graduation rates and affordability. The College Scorecard also showed 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.
  • Net Impact, a community of student and professional leaders dedicated to positive social and environmental change, recently placed CSU’s College of Business fifth among its Top 50 Schools for Social Impact and 21st among its Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability.
  • 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.
  • Fashion-Schools.org 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 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’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 funding.
  • 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 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 GetEducated.com 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.

CSU colleges & programs and their rank in the top 100 of 2014
U.S. News &amp World Report

Biological / Agricultural Engineering – 23
Biological Sciences – 75
Biomedical Engineering / Bioengineering – 71
Chemical Engineering – 57
Chemistry – 49
Civil Engineering – 31
Computer Science – 70
Earth Sciences – 77
School of Education – 92
Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering – 64
College of Engineering – 67
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering – 50
Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering – 75
Math – 73
MBA (Part-Time) – 31
Mechanical Engineering – 71
Occupational Therapy – 6
Physics – 70
Social Work – 60
Sociology – 84
Statistics – 42
Veterinary Medicine – 3