About the System

The CSU Campuses

The Colorado State University System has three campuses, each with distinct roles and missions.

The CSU campuses serve the state, region, country, and world, educating nearly 60,000 students annually. Highly skilled graduates number almost 9,000 per year, and more than 250,000 alumni live around the globe. The CSU System involves a total operating budget of more than $1.15 billion, with annual research expenditures at the Fort Collins campus totaling $375 million.

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the System’s flagship institution, is a doctoral-granting research university with a student body of more than 33,000, with one out of four students being first-generation scholars. As the state’s only land-grant institution, CSU has been serving Colorado since 1870. CSU boasts top-ranked business, veterinary medicine, and journalism schools, as well as groundbreaking research in atmospheric sciences, infectious diseases, and clean energy technologies. In addition, the CSU Extension offices, providing services to all 64 counties in the state, offer community-oriented education, research, and 4-H programs.

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive, federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving approximately 4,000 students – 47 percent of whom identify as a minority, including more than 25 percent Hispanic, and 31 percent first-generation. Diverse, intimate, and supportive, the Pueblo campus serves the Southern Colorado area offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, education, engineering, nursing, and the humanities. CSU-Pueblo delivers unique programs in mechatronics, railroad engineering, and automotive industry management.

Colorado State University-Global is the nation’s first, independent, 100-percent online accredited public university. With almost 19,000 students in more than 40 countries, CSU-Global serves adults, active military, and business professionals who seek flexible educational options. Created to serve modern learners in Colorado and beyond, CSU-Global is committed to academic excellence, innovative and outcome-driven learning solutions, and career-relevant degree programs. 

Statewide Presence

The CSU System has a variety of outreach across Colorado, including research stations, public health centers, student-focused outreach, and CSU Extension offices and agents serving each county within the state.

Outreach includes: 

The CSU System extends to every corner of Colorado while focusing on the diverse needs of each region. Workforce education, research funding, statewide public service, and new business and product development are some of the areas of focus for the three institutions.

The Board of Governors and the CSU System Chancellor work to further the roles and missions of all three universities, and ensure leadership at each campus has the resources to be essential contributors to the economic vitality of the state. 

For a historical perspective on CSU's essential role as a land-grant university, please click here.