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CSU among Kiplinger's 'Top 100 Best Values'

January 5, 2010

Colorado State University has been named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as one of the 2009-2010 Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges and Universities.

CSU's Lory Student Center and Plaza are popular gathering places for students.

According to Kiplinger's, colleges and universities in their "Top 100 Best Values" continue to deliver strong academics at reasonable prices.

Despite the recent recession, the nation's best universities, including Colorado State University, continue to find more and better ways to preserve quality and eliminate excess, thereby managing the size and frequency of tuition increases.

Successful efforts a source of pride

“We are most pleased that the efforts of our faculty, staff, and administration to keep both quality and affordability high here at Colorado State is being recognized around the country," says CSU Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

"Our commitment to both access and excellence shines through in this report!”

Quality and cost

Kiplinger's definition of value begins with academics: No school is a bargain if it skimps on quality. All schools in the rankings perform well on measurable criteria such as:

  • student-faculty ratios
  • academic competitiveness
  • on-time graduation rates

The schools on the list also deliver an affordable education -- the other measure of value -- by keeping the sticker price low, offering plenty of financial aid, or both. 

More than 500 public colleges and universities evaluated

Colorado State University provides a quality education at a competitive, reasonable price.

Kiplinger's determined their rankings based on data provided by more than 500 public, four-year colleges and universities. They supplemented the data with their own reporting.

Kiplinger's Colorado State University Profile
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17
  • 4-year graduation rate: 35.1%
  • 6-year graduation rate: 62.9%
  • In-state total costs: $15,822
  • In-state costs after aid: $11,199
  • Total out-of-state costs: $31,744
  • Out-of-state costs after aid: $27,121
  • Percentage met by aid: 71%
  • Average debt at graduation: $18,607 
  • In-state rank: 99
  • Out-of-state rank: 100