Design and Merchandising Department ranked second in the Southwest

Fashion-Schools.org has ranked Colorado State University's Department of Design and Merchandising 30th in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 30th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields. Rankings are based on academic reputation; admission selectivity; geographic location; depth and breadth of the program and faculty; and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness. Program highlights include national and international Study Tours to New York City, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and England, special projects with the Denver Merchandise Mart—located just 65 miles away in the City of Denver, and participation in the Textile and International Apparel Association Fashion Show. Internship opportunities are also on the menu and may include work with Betsy Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, Miss Sixty, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Ralph Lauren are just a few.

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OT program named 1st in nation

[caption id="attachment_5340" align="alignright" width="300"]photo of OT summer session An occupational therapy class during the 2014 summer session.[/caption] Current and former students have voted Colorado State University's Department of Occupational Therapy as the best in the country — again. In the latest rankings by GraduatePrograms.com, CSU’s occupational therapy program beat out OT departments at Washington University in St. Louis (2nd), Boston University (9th), Columbia University (12th) and the University of Southern California (20th) for the top spot. “We are honored to be ranked as the number one occupational therapy department in the nation,” said Robert Gotshall, interim head of the department. “Our students and alumni rank us through Graduateprograms.com, and this is the second year in a row that we have topped the list of 25 best occupational therapy programs in the nation. Now it is the responsibility of our faculty to maintain the educational quality that has inspired our students to rank us so highly.” The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy — part of the College of Health and Human Sciences — long has been recognized as one of the nation's best. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program No. 6 in the country in its 2014 survey. Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. The program rankings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2014. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. More information is available at www.graduateprograms.com/top-occupational-therapy.

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College of Business ranked among the nation's best

The College of Business at Colorado State University moved up three places on this year’s The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Administered” business schools, to third in the nation. princeton review 2 photo“It is an honor for our entire program’s administrative team to be recognized in this way,” said John Weiss, director of MBA programs. “We think it is as a result of having a group of dedicated people who do their very best to make sure that our students are able to navigate through our programs from start to finish.” The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, features Colorado State in the 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Colleges. Inclusion on the list is based on surveys of more than 21,600 students at 296 business schools, in addition to data from school administrators. The Best Administered ranking is the result of student answers regarding how smoothly the college is run and the ease with which students can get into required and popular courses. Online Professional MBA Weiss is also the program director for CSU’s Online Professional MBA, a graduate focused program that takes a unique approach to online education. The Review said CSU’s OPMBA offers a solid mid-tier program for an “an amazing value” at a well-respected institution that is ideal for working students looking to progress or diversify their careers. Students said they were impressed by the multiple program options for career advancement, including Professional and Early Career, and eight-week classes, scheduling flexibility, online courses, and course layout. According to the Review, surveys also highlighted the diversity of students in any given class (both in-person and online) and faculty that makes sure “there is a lot of insight as to how topics are handled in specific industries.” Other recent CSU College of Business accomplishments include:

  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 31st in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • The College of Business 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.
  • Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires students to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their career, ranked CSU number five of, “Top 50 Schools for Social Impact.” The college also placed in the top half for “Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability.”
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. Colorado State ranked No. 73 in this year's BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • Colorado State’s business and economics programs rank in the top 15 percent of the world's best universities for research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university placed 76th out of the top 500 universities included in the rankings released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. CSU was ranked at 101 last year — the first year it appeared on the list — based on objective measures of faculty research.
  • The College of Business was also named a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

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