- Susan Lucero
Colorado State University is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University, with annual research expenditures of $332 million in 2016. As the State’s land-grant university, one of Colorado State’s core values is a bedrock commitment to access and success for undergraduate students. Colorado State continues to be the “university of choice” for Colorado residents; 13 percent of students who choose to stay in-state pursue a degree at CSU. While Colorado State remains committed to its in-state population, it has simultaneously increased its non-resident enrollment as well. The five home states for the largest number of non-resident undergraduate students are California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Arizona.
CSU students are highly involved and down-to-earth. The residence halls feature 15 Residential Learning Communities that unite students with shared interests. Students can pick from more than 400 student organizations – service clubs help students reach out to the greater community; academic organizations speak directly to students’ interests; and professional and business clubs offer valuable insight into different fields. CSU is home to 16 Division I sports in the Mountain West Conference. And over 6,600 students participate in intramural and sport clubs on an annual basis.
Tuition and fees for resident undergraduates for 2016-17 are $11,052. Tuition and fees for non-resident undergraduate students are $28,346. Room and board for undergraduates living on campus is $10,700. CSU offers a variety of University-wide scholarships that are awarded based on a combination of criteria including financial need, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities. Approximately 77 percent of CSU undergraduate students receive financial aid, with CSU awarding over $240 million in total aid for the 2015-16 school year.
The University has achieved significant success in undergraduate recruitment and enrollment over the last few years in particular, and has seen growth in total new freshmen enrollment of 16 percent since 2009 while maintaining strong academic quality. For the Class of 2016, over 21,000 applications were received from freshmen candidates. From those applicants, 16,963 were selected and 4,956 first-year students enrolled (a yield of 29 percent). The first year retention of full-time freshmen students is approximately 86.2 percent and the six-year graduation rate is 66.8 percent. The typical profile of the CSU freshman includes an average GPA of 3.60 or above. The mean ACT score is 25; the mean SAT Math score is 570 and Critical Reading is 560. Currently, CSU’s top overlap institutions for freshmen are UC Boulder, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, UC Davis, and Texas A&M.
Colorado State University’s total headcount enrollment (including non-resident instruction students) is 33,198. CSU enrolls approximately 23,768 undergraduate students (49% male and 51% female), from all 50 states and 79 countries. CSU is committed to providing a diverse and robust learning environment, and 19.1 percent of undergraduate students come from minority populations.
In fall 2016, the University enrolled a record number of students, both in the incoming freshmen class (4,956), incoming transfer class (1,674) and 23,768 overall undergraduates. Transfer student numbers typically make up a third of our incoming total classes, and within the Office of Admissions, the University has a dedicated Transfer Student Center and staff.
Led by Melissa A. Trifiletti, Vice President for Enrollment and Access, the Division includes the offices of Central Administration, Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, the Access Center, and the Registrar. The Office of Admissions consists of five functional units: Admissions Marketing and Communication, Admissions Processing (UG, GR, INTL applicant processing), Recruitment, Outreach and Visitor Services, Systems (IT), and Central Support (includes HR, budget, and program support). Admissions is charged with leading undergraduate recruitment and outreach efforts for the entire University, as well as making decisions on all undergraduate applications, and processing applications for graduate, professional, and several non-degree programs.
This complex office of over 50 staff recruits actively around the state of Colorado, travels from coast to coast and internationally to interact with an annual prospect pool of over 200,000 students each year, and manages over 35,000 applications per year including 5,900 transfer applications. Through innovative and strategic approaches, Admissions strives to balance its growth in attracting an increasingly diverse and well-prepared student body while still remaining true to its land-grant mission and heritage. Colorado State was the first public institution west of the Mississippi with membership in the Common Application Organization, and employs a holistic, comprehensive review process to select new undergraduates not only in light of their preparation, but their potential to successfully contribute to the campus community.