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U.S. News and World Report ranks Colorado State University among 'America's Best Colleges'

August 20, 2009

U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado State University in the top tier of best universities in the nation in the 2010 "America's Best Colleges" edition released Aug. 20.

Top tier university

U.S. News and World Report listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, ranking the university 64th among public universities and 128th overall.

Hands-on, practical learning

The magazine also featured schools in Colorado, including Colorado State, in a special section called “Road Trip.” Of Colorado State, the magazine says, “The community holds firmly to the school’s core appeal: a humble, laid-back attitude and a hands-on, practical approach to learning.”

A complete list of rankings and methodologies can be found at www.usnews.com.

Competitive, quality education

"Our goals as a land-grant institution are straightforward: We provide students with an outstanding, competitive education, conduct research that can improve the quality of life for communities worldwide and, through community outreach, help meet the needs of Colorado residents,” said Tony Frank, president of Colorado State.

“These rankings are a strong indicator of the quality of our state’s system of higher education, with our three top research universities all included in the top tier nationwide despite some serious funding challenges in recent years. Our goal is to work with state leaders to find a way to sustain this quality in our current budget climate, both by containing costs and identifying a stable funding stream for our institutions.”

Other Colorado universities ranked in the top tier include the Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Denver.

Recent Colorado State highlights

The magazine rankings follow a record-breaking year for research support and recognition at Colorado State. Among the highlights:

  • Colorado State University's pioneering work in renewable energy and its excellence in infectious disease and biomedical research helped push research expenditures close to $312 million in 2008-2009 - among the highest levels of federal funding for universities nationwide.
  • Colorado State receives one of the highest levels of federal research funding of any university without a medical school in the country.
  • In July, The Princeton Review ranked Colorado State among its “Best 371 Colleges” in the 2010 edition. The rankings are based on surveys of 122,000 students during the 2008-09 and/or previous two school years. The 80-question survey asks students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves.
  • This year, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Colorado State University's College of Business as the top business college in the state and one of the top programs in the country. Colorado State moved up to 67th on the list - 30th among all public schools listed in the 2009 BusinessWeek rankings. The magazine also ranked the marketing and business law programs in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the top 10 among programs at the nation's best business colleges around the country.
  • In the June issue of Scientific American, Engineering Professor Bryan Willson - co-founder of Envirofit International and Solix Biofuels - joined President Barack Obama, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the first "Scientific American 10" honor roll for innovations that benefit humanity.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the veterinary medicine program at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences second in the nation among America's best graduate schools in its most current ranking in 2007. It is the only veterinary medical program in the Western states to be ranked among the top 10.
  • Colorado State's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences leads all other schools of its kind in external research funding.
  • CSU's Department of Occupational Therapy was ranked 8th in the nation in 2008 by U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings. The department has been ranked in the top 10 occupational therapy programs by the U.S. News and World Report survey for multiple years.
  • Colorado State ranks 12th in the nation among large colleges and universities in the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, according to the most recent rankings by the Peace Corps. Fifty-seven Colorado State alumni volunteered for the Peace Corps. Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, 1,466 Colorado State alumni have volunteered.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
E-mail: Emily.Wilmsen@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-2336