Colorado State University is a land-grant institution encompassing 57 academic departments plus the Graduate School. In addition, the University has established numerous interdisciplinary programs, including the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Total enrollment is approximately 25,000, with approximately 5,000 graduate students. The graduate enrollment in the College of Engineering is approximately 500. Research awards to the University in FY09 totaled nearly $305 million, with the College of Engineering accounting for approximately one-fifth of that amount.
The University is located in Fort Collins, a friendly, small city of 140,000 located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The campus is an hour’s drive from Rocky Mountain National Park and has ready access to thousands of square miles of forest and mountains with exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. Fort Collins has an excellent school system, an impressive selection of restaurants and quality fine arts programs, and the resources of Denver are just over an hour’s drive away.