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Colorado State University-Fort Collins (CSU) Reviews

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  • 07/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 out of 41 people found this review useful. 1 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is great for any type of Student. The University offers such a vast majority of majors that any would feel comfortable there. From Business to Veterinary to Engineering to Plant Sciences to Construction. Everyone will fit in!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try something new like an intramural sport or an art class. Just approach it with an open-mind, because remember everyone was in your shoes once. Make the most of your college experience because these are the best years of your life!

    Bang for the buck

    You truly do get your bang for your buck! CSU offers newly released movies on campus for two or three dollars and sometimes for even free! When you are a student at CSU you get to utilize the Rec Center which is included in your student fees and also tickets to the AMAZING Football Games at Hughes Stadium, free printing on campus, WI-FI Internet on campus, and much more!

    Am enjoying being here

    The thriving town of Fort Collins is jam packed with an amazing atmosphere! You have to visit it to see! It has hookah bars, a few night clubs, bars, bowling, movies, Fort Fun, hiking, biking, Horsetooth Reservoir, Old Town with fun shops and fine dining, and much more. It is a college town and everyone is super nice and friendly!

    Am learning a lot

    I rated this an amazing 5 stars out of 5 because I am learning a lot in my prerequisite classes. Interesting things I would have never known about if I wasn't required to take those classes. These prerequisite classes make students very well-rounded and informative on a lot of different topics. I took a Geology class which isn't related to my Business major, yet I learned about how the earth was formed and how it keeps changing. I also heard a few of the terms I learned in that class when I went whitewater river rafting this summer and knew exactly what our guide was talking about! So you may think: When will I ever use this in real life? and guess what you actually do!

  • 12/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State is great for any type of student. However it is exceptionally good for a person who loves our environment. CSU is a green campus and is very involved in recycling. This makes a clean campus. Also, CSU is great for science majors. They are specialized in this field so any student who is interested in the science field.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip would be to take college visit. See the campus and the city. This is definitely help make your decision because the campus is so beautiful. Also, look into every major they have. They do have a wide variety of majors, however, they are specialized in certain ones so if you are thinking about one of these then CSU is a great choice. If you decide to come, come with an open mind and an outgoing spirit. Weather you are coming from a near by city or out of state, it is always nice to meet new people. Be open to all types of people and be the one to start a conversation with a stranger. Get involved. Colorado State University has tons of clubs and activities. There is a club for every type of person, Join these. This way, you will meet people that have the same interest as you. Pick to live with someone you have never met before. This way, you are not just hanging out with the same people from high school. Overall, when coming to Colorado State, come with the an accepting attitude and be ready to have a great college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Colorado State is worth every penny. Compared to other colleges, it's tuition is normal as far as price goes. While that can be expensive, coming from out of state, I can say it is worth it. The classes choices are numerous and ever professor I have had is doing a great job. The campus is beautiful and easily accessible. It is easy to get around and the everything is walking distance. Colorado State had been designed to be worth every cent that they charge.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from out of state, I was very unsure about my college choice. I was leaving a very close group of friends and I was expecting to be very homesick. However, I was surprised when the opposite happened. Everyone at Colorado State University is very welcoming and friendly. A countless number of people opened up to me and approached me. This helped me make friends very easily. The environment is very open and excepting. However, the students are not the only ones that are making my experience a great one. The staff is also helping with this. All professors always have their door open and allow you to come talk to them whenever you would like. This helps a lot when your struggling or just need a few words of advice. Dorm life has also been a great experience. All dorms make sure that they give you opportunities to meet people. They have events in every dorm once a week that every student is allowed to attend. These events take place in the various dorms and it is a great opportunity to meet people. Overall, I have enjoyed being a Colorado State.

    Am learning a lot

    The adjustment from High School to College was a difficult one. In high school, you may spend one hour on homework a night however, you are in class all day. With college being opposite, it was a difficult adjustment. However, Colorado State does a very good job of teaching during class and that helps with this change. Every professor I have had thus far does an exceptionally good job on using their time given to make sure they teach exactly what we need to know. Since we are in class for such a short period of time, they also use this time to tell us what we need to study and guide our studying by making their expectations clear on what they would like us to know. I have found that this is teaching me a lot. Instead of trying to learn everything in the textbook, I am aware of what is important and what is not. I rate this section 5 stars because the teachers are great at what they do and informing us on what we need to know.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSU has a pretty diverse student population. We welcome anyone who desires to spend their years of higher education on our campus. This school is great, and I recommend anyone who wants a city feel without the rush to at least visit our campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help. Your professors will be more than willing to help you, but they need to know when you need assistance. The best way to connect with your professors is by going to their office hours. Also, get involved! It's always nice to have someone to study with or hang out with, so meet some new people by joining a club!

    Bang for the buck

    CSU is pretty expensive, just like any other University. However, the knowledge gained by attending this school is well worth the cost. And there are always scholarships to apply for!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have lived in Fort Collins all of my life and I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy staying here for school. I figured it was worth a shot and decided to enroll at CSU. I could not be happier with my decision! The campus is absolutely beautiful and everyone is helpful and welcoming. Now let's talk about the location: Fort Collins! We've got the best of all worlds. We have mountains, the country side, and the city all in one area. There are tons of things to do around town: including bars, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, and shopping centers.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very diverse, showing you many different teaching styles, so you can decide how you learn best! There are dozens of places to study: whether you like a quiet peaceful field of grass, or a buzzing coffee shop.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 4 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for any type of student. I have honestly met a plethora of students and not one hasn't felt part of the CSU community. There will be something or some group on campus that you will feel part of and CSU does a great job of making sure that happens. In the beginning of the year, there is a couple of club fairs that can really help get a student involved, that is the best way to find your niche.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a freshman, get involved with your hall. They are the people you will be living with for an entire year, become friendly with them when you first move in and you will have a better social experience. Also, take advantage of all the sporting events that CSU has. They are very fun to attend especially when you show school spirit get pumped for the athletic team.

    Bang for the buck

    Every college is obviously going to cost a decent amount but CSU is worth every penny. The knowledge I have learned in addition to the social experience I have had is completely worth the cost. There is plenty of financial aid out there to lower the cost of tuition but even without that, there should be no price tag on the knowledge, friends and experiences that will come out of an incredible journey at CSU.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment is incredible, the atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. Fort Collins is an amazing town and makes me feel right at home. The town is just as supportive and pumped about the university as the student body, so even the locals are very friendly. There is a clear balance between academics and social life at CSU so people don't get caught up in one or the other. It's very easy to get overwhelmed with academics but CSU does a great job of promoting school events and giving the opportunity to release some of that stress.

    Am learning a lot

    This university has one of the best Natural Sciences programs in the country so I am privileged to be able to attend and learn from some of the most talented professors. Each one of my professors is passionate and outspoken on the subject that they teach as well as eager to make sure I learn and succeed in the process.

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students in the College of Agriculture have a huge advantage I feel since the school was originally intended for those students and then expanded. Theses professors put their hearts and souls into everything they do. GO AGGIES!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you tour the college before you go and also get to know your roommate in the dorms before you move in via Facebook, instant message, or phone call.. It helps make the living situation easy from the start.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out-of-state student has disadvantages of having a large financial burden, however CSU is worth every penny to me. I would not change colleges for anything and think it is well worth my money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from a small town myself makes me love Fort Collins even more. It's a large city with small town feel where you can hike on trails, take a bike ride, or swim in Horsetooth, but if you want to to something exciting there are always clubs, bars, and tons of great places to eat.

    Am learning a lot

    Although there are many lecture classes with up to 500 students, most of the classes specifically for your major are very hands on and educational. Professors are very eager to help you learn and make it enjoyable to excel.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As I've said before, CSU has something for everyone and the university as a whole prides itself on attracting such a vast array of students. From a specifically academic standpoint, though, the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences and Agriculture are consistently recognized as some of the premier ones in the country. The College of Business is also garnering more and more national attention and the veterinary program continues to attract some of the brightest students in America. Outside the classroom, the outdoorsy, adventurous student will definitely find a million things to love about Colorado and even those looking for a big-city experience can appreciate the nightlife in Old Town. Oh anyone who loves to eat (everyone) will love the selection of restaurants around the city. Overall, CSU and Fort Collins can appeal to just about everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    In general, visit as many campuses as possible. The more you see, the better you can compare what you do and don't like about each college. Also, don't sit around your dorm room and wait to meet people. I guarantee that going to even a couple meetings for clubs that you are interested in will result in you making new friends (particularly at CSU). Don't be afraid to ask your professors for help either because they know that college is a big transition academically from high school and they will give you as much help as they can (once again, especially at CSU). Specifically for Colorado State, be sure to take a campus tour from the Admissions office when you visit. The guides are students at Colorado State and they are extremely nice and willing to address any questions or concerns you may have about the university. Finally, and most importantly, be honest with yourself. If you don't think a school is right for you, don't feel obligated to go there because of the college is some big name university or its where your parents or friends went. I was a National Merit Finalist and could have gone to virtually any school I wanted but I chose CSU because when I visited, I felt at home. I'm not trying to say that Colorado State is perfect for everyone, I just want every prospective student who reads this to know that they will know when they've found the right school for them.

    Bang for the buck

    The one issue that Colorado State has is not even one that it can control. In recent years, tuition rates have been spiking as the state government of Colorado continues to cut funding for post-secondary education. As a result, tuition has increased at increments of 3-6% for almost a decade. It kills me to have to say it but the truth is that these tuition increases aren't likely to stop any time soon either. Despite this, Colorado State still remains comparable in cost to most other national public universities AND costs less than in-state rival CU-Boulder. Even with all of this, I would never consider transferring to another school. I couldn't imagine getting the same quality education and college experience at any other school and I will always be proud to say I am a CSU Ram.

    Am enjoying being here

    On top of the newly-renovated student recreation center, the world class dining centers and the vibrant downtown area, the entire community of Fort Collins is possibly the most welcoming place you could imagine. After knowing practically everyone in my graduating class, I was afraid that I would have trouble meeting and connecting with entirely new people. I shouldn't have worried at all. CSU offers a vast array of student clubs, organizations and social events that provide opportunities for every type of personality to get involved, including the Outdoor Club, Associated Students of CSU (student government), Humans vs Zombies Club, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, a healthy Greek system and numerous competitive club sports. Even outside the university grounds there is something for everyone. You could visit one of the outstanding local restaurants in Old Town Fort Collins, take a hike up to Horsetooth Rock, cheer on the Rams at Hughes Stadium, take part in the yearly Tour de Fat bike festival, go for a swim in Horsetooth reservoir and dance the night away at a concert in the Aggie Theater all in one weekend. When you combine these factors, you get the ideal college experience in a supportive, energetic environment. What more could you ask for?

    Am learning a lot

    Even though CSU doesn't receive as much national recognition as most public universities, the quality of the facilities and professors is undeniably equal if not exceeding the national standard. Even in the large general elective classes that every student has to take, the teachers make a point to provide times to meet with students and address their concerns not only with the class but also with any other problems they may be having. After a year and a half at Colorado State, I can say that only one professor I have had so far hasn't been enthusiastic about their subject and willing to answer any questions the class had. Plus, if you ever want to find out more about your professor before you ever take a class, RamRatings.com provides student-submitted reviews of practically every teacher at the university. Overall, Colorado State provides a well-rounded learning experience regardless of your chosen major and ensures students are prepared for life after college.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Very athletic and have big outdoor hobbies (such as camping, hiking, etc.) -Any student interested in pursuing any field of science -Any students interested in Veterinary medicine

    Tips for prospective students

    -Take school seriously now, studying is key here, as of any college -Can be quite cold and windy at times so that should not fully bother you -Other than that not too much, great school very helpful academic staff

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state yes, but out of state can prove quite expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is athletic and quite friendly, not too many smokers as well, a very healthy environment. Big enough area for if you want to either be a party animal or a study bug, both fit here.

    Am learning a lot

    This school is amazing for the field I am in. The science classes here are without a doubt highly ranked, not to mention the pre-vet program is amazing followed by CSU's vet school (which is ranked #2 in the nation as of 2009).

  • 11/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Art students who want studio time outside of class. The curriculum is open ended and students are expected to bring their own ideas and concepts to class rather than have a teacher tell them exactly what to do (beyond the introductory course).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very dedicated to you field because the teachers give a lot of time and effort to the students and expect the same in return.

    Bang for the buck

    Awesome, we have 3 litho presses 2 small intaglio presses and then one giant intaglio press. We also have a woodcut printing press.

    Am enjoying being here

    I spend all day every day at the studio. Its open and available 24/7.

    Am learning a lot

    Excellent art department. Not so hot for painting I've heard but the printmaking facilities and teachers are the best of the best. I returned earn my masters here because after looking around at many other printing departments the one CSU has is the biggest and best equipped.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check this college out!!!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here!!! Fort Collins is an awesome college town, and there are so many great opportunities at CSU!

    Am learning a lot

    The program is very challenging and I encourage everyone to apply to the Honors Program. It is everything I was hoping for!

  • 10/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSU is a great school for anyone who is interested in going into some kind of science or medical field. We have great areas of study for everyone, but most I have spoken to about what they study are in some area of science, whether it is Physics or Biology or anything in between.

    Tips for prospective students

    In college most instructors do not take attendance, because the classes are so big; but you should still go to class. I know from experience that sleeping through your 8 am class on Monday morning is very easy and tempting, but I soon learned that it is very hard to catch up on work in college compared to high school. If you miss a class you can’t just go up to your professor and ask what you missed on a certain day, because by the next class you are usually about a chapter behind already. The way some people look at is: if you don’t go to class you are wasting $1000 each semester on just one class. So if you skip all of your classes and party every night your aren’t going to do well in you classes, and will end up dropping out and wasting thousands of dollars. Another tip I have is to study. In most classes your grades come from tests, and there is usually no homework. So if you fail one test, the highest grade you can get will be a B. In you classes your professors just highlight the material that you need to know. They leave it up to you to learn everything that you need to know for the test. I know this from experience, so I have started recommending that people start studying right away, and not wait until the week of your tests to start reviewing what you learned in and out of your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out-of-state student I do have to pay much more for tuition than I would like, but I wouldn’t choose to go anywhere else for my education. Based on all of the experiences that I have had in the last year I believe that being at CSU has helped me learn a lot about the world and myself. I love the people on campus, and all of the different opportunities I get each semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the whole college atmosphere and experience. The city of Fort Collins is basically built around the university. There are plenty of activities for everyone around campus and Fort Collins. For outdoors people there are tons of trails for running, walking and biking. The campus is very close to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. On campus you can form your own intramural sport team. There are also many different ways to get involved on campus or in the community through various clubs and organizations around campus. I have met so many great people through my classes, my dorm hall, and different places around campus. This is a very diverse campus, with students and staff from around the world. You have a real chance of learning about a completely different lifestyle and culture from anyone.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot in all of my classes. Going into my freshman year I was able to transfer a lot of credits, so I didn't have to take to many core classes, and was able to start right away on classes for my major. The largest class I have been in was about 300, but that's as big as they get, and most of my classes are no more than 200. All of my professors have been more than willing to help their students in and out of class in their specific office hours. There are many different resources for students to succeed in all of their classes, including tutoring and study groups. Scheduling is not like in high school, you get to pick your classes and what time you want to go to class each day. So you don’t get stuck in some class that is not interesting to you at all, and you don’t have to get up at 6 am everyday if you don’t want to; everything is completely up to you.

  • 11/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who don't mind larger class sizes for certain subjects, and for students who love to have everything at their fingertips. There is never a dull moment on campus or in Fort Collins.

    Tips for prospective students

    I came to CSU without ever stepping foot in Colorado, or on campus before. I absolutely love EVERYTHING about the town, campus, and atmosphere.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is a great school for any student. It is very welcoming and has programs that fit almost any student. We have a strong Global Community and have students who come from many countries all over the world. Many times I hear that students do not want to go to a school that is overwhelmingly large, but they also do not want to go to a school that is really small. If you have there thoughts about choosing a university then Colorado State University is the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many tips that a college student can give to prospective students attending any college. The first tip that I will share is to live in the dorms and join a learning community, this will give you a chance to meet people and make friends with people who have the same interests as you and who may be in some of the same classes as you. Another tip that helped me is to get involved. You probably heard this all the time about high school, but its the same when it comes to college. Many clubs help you with networking and hook you up with an older student who have more experience and will help you adjust to college life. I have three different mentors at Colorado State and I am so happy that they are there to help me. Lastly, I encourage students to get involved in their classes. The most important thing when it comes to classes is to meet your professors and make sure they know who you are from the beginning. This could help you in the future; if you have a hard semester and need to talk to the professor about your grades, you want them to know who you are, if they have no idea who you are or that you were even in the class, this could hurt you, and the professor may be lass willing to help you.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, Colorado State University is a very expensive school to attend. I did not get any help from the university when it came to financial aid, except work study. The school is very willing to grant work study to those who qualify for it, and also help students find jobs so that they are able to collect their work study money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at Colorado State because it has been such an amazing experience for me. It has been everything that I wanted it to be. The school has an very friendly environment and the staff and students all all very kind and supportive. As a freshman, you have to live on campus unless you live with in a certain radius of the campus, but even if you live with in the limits, I would still suggest living in the dorms. It is such a wonderful experience and you meet so many wonderful friends that you probably would not have met if you did not have that experience. The town that the university is located in, is also very welcoming. Being a smaller college town, it is very helpful to the students at Colorado State. Everything about being at Colorado State University is enjoyable and I love being a student to the amazing school.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much at Colorado State University. The professors and advisers care for us and let us know that they want us to succeed. As a freshman, I had a hard time getting started, but my professors helped me and gave me advise about how to help get my grades up and what resources were there to help me.

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy people will love it here; the most common forms of travel around campus are biking and longboarding. I have even seen a few Razor Scooters. The mountains are up close and look gorgeous. CSU's College of Engineering is also implementing all sorts of new programs to catch up with big name school like MIT and CalTech, so now is the perfect time for any prospective engineers with so many new opportunities!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus of any and all schools you're interested in before you decide; how well you like campus (its beauty, the people, walking distances) are very important. Also, get information about the programs you're interested in. The reason I chose to come to CSU is because I went to many Engineering events and talked to several faculty (including the assistant dean of the college) and they are all incredibly enthusiastic about their job and giving students whatever they need. Don't be shy or intimidated, go learn everything you can about this wonderful university!

    Bang for the buck

    With the economic downturn, tuition costs are rising, but college is worth the extravagant cost, and CSU is definitely an excellent college. There are always free activities for students needing a break from the books, the professors are very knowledgeable, and CSU is always offering part-time jobs to students looking. There are also many career fairs throughout the year so students can start networking early to get a job right out of school and start making real money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at CSU! It is a wonderful community of friendly people. There is always something to do on campus; the RAs and various student organizations are great at planning inexpensive and (usually) free events for students. For instance, there were several free, fantastic Haunted Houses on campus this Halloween and Ludacris will soon be putting on a show free to all CSU students. The plays and musical performances are wonderful and moving. Fort Collins is also a great place to live in general; between Old Town shopping and dining, cheap movies, and being less than a couple of hours away from any mountain to hike, rock climb, or ski, there is always something fun to do at CSU!

    Am learning a lot

    While the upper level classes can be difficult, I am learning so much. Because my classes are all required for my major, the things I learn in one class really relate to other classes; it's finally all connecting. Most of the professors really care about their students and want to see them succeed. All my professors have several office hours and are available by appointment. In addition, there are at least three places within walking distance that provide free tutoring every weeknight!

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is welcome to all. They do not care how you look, where you are from, or how different you may be. CSU promotes diversity and a place for all to feel comfortable. CSU is a second home to me. I have met lots of different people from everyone around the world. This university is different. CSU does not judge, but loves. EVERYONE is welcome. FEEL FREE TO BE YOURSELF

    Tips for prospective students

    I want to urge everyone to have time management. It is very important to have a schedule or planner with you at all times. College can get very hetic and really be overwellming, but as long as you manage your time wisely you will be okay. You cant procrastinate, because papers and projects will require lots of time effort to get get a good grade. Also it's great to join an extracurricular activity of some sort if it is, club sport, drama, choir, intermural sports, rock climbing, sororities, fraternities, etc. There is something for everyone to join, no matter different you may be. CSU is a university with diversity and is welcome to all.

    Bang for the buck

    College in general is expensive. CSU gives back what you put in. You are able to get any newspaper you want for free, enter home sporting events for free, and anything reallly offered to students is free. My favorite would have to be the rec center. Its a nice to place to workout and meet new friends, and all recreation class such as: hip-hop class, yoga, ab class, dance class, kick-boxing, and a lot of others are you free to students. Student fees pay for everyone the campus offers students. Ludacris came to the CSU Moby arena and did a concert and was free to all students. CSU want you to have fun and also being successful in class.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a lot of fun. Dont think college is always studing. There are lots of things to do on campus. CSU offers lots of oppurtunity to voluteer and join activities that you love. No matter what you may want to do, CSU has it for you. CSU also encourages everyone to start a program that may interest other students to join, if you feel they don't have one that may belong to you or other students like you. You will enjoy yourself hear. College is the place to obtain an education, but it is also they best years of your life. Enjoy them to them to the fullest.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been at CSU for only a semester, and am learning so much. CSU has a lot of variety for every individual. Forget the theory of how professors don't care about you at all, because the professors are amazing. As long as you care they will do anything to help you with your problems. There are hundred and hundreds of classes to take for every one's needs. Even if you are not majoring in the field, you can take a class that intrigues you. At CSU they want you to feel comfortable and only want you to take classes that you will like, so you can be successful.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, it's great for any student. I have met so many different people doing so many different things. Everyone is supportive of one another.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people, everyone is so friendly and they all have different stories. Make sure to keep an open mind as well. There is going to be so much to learn. Take it all in and try to apply it to your life.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I am learning so much in exchange for a fairly average tuition. The dorms I am staying in are also very nice and are priced correctly. The furniture is nice and the rooms are clean so I don't have to spend money on room spray. Everything around town is so close that there is no need to drive and waste money on gas. The buses are also free for college students so you really can't go wrong.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Fort Collins; I love CSU. Everyone around me loves it as well. This school is clean and respectful. My weeks are busy but I can relax on the weekends. I am with my boyfriend up at CSU so we walk around often and everyone is so friendly. Someone we have never met gave us high fives as we walked down Laurel one night! Fort Collins and CSU are very lively, which I love.

    Am learning a lot

    I am attending CSU to receive a BFA in Graphic Design so this semester I had to take three prerequisite art classes that I had never taken before, including Intro to Drawing, 2D Design, and Art History. I was hesitant at first but I came to find that I was learning more than I imagined I would. My teachers suggested I try new things that I would shy away from at first but once I tried, I learned to expand my creativity. I really feel like I am becoming a well-rounded artist and I have truly learned to respect every form of art.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested in a great education in a great town, then CSU is the place for you. Colorado State is for people who enjoy diversity and a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to CSU you have to be willing to jump outside of your comfort zone. There's always something new to do and someone new to meet. If you're considering attending CSU I'd strongly recommend it, if you're not sure, take a tour of the beautiful campus and get a taste for yourself, I assure you, you won't regret it!

    Bang for the buck

    As far as financially, there is no other place where you can get $1 pizza as big as your head from Pizza Casbah right across the street from campus and $3 Chai with free wi-fi open 24 hours from the Alley Cat within 15 yards of each other. Likewise, along with all your student fees the university holds great free events leaving no boring nights at home with nothing to do.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the Fort Collins atmosphere. The town is friendly and upbeat. There is always something to do and someone to do it with. I've met incredible people and made life-long friends and I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    In one semester at Colorado State University, I have already obtained a vast amount of knowledge. The professors are great, great personalities and they care immensely about each of their students. I have yet to come across a professor who didn't want to see each of their students succeed.

  • 01/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student! Whether its somebody who focuses only on studies or students who really like to get involved, or even the student who is mainly concerned with their social life. As long as you keep up with your classes and maintain good grades you can find a place to fit in here at CSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I have for prospective students would be, do not procrastinate about applying to CSU or for housing. Also make sure to get involved as much as possible and attend as many of the sporting events as possible. It will make your time here at CSU even more memorable and fun. Also it is important to be confident in who you are and outgoing. Meeting people here is one of the easiest things I've had to do because everyone is so friendly but the more people you meet the more fun school is and not to mention creating study groups will greatly improve your grades!

    Bang for the buck

    Money can always be an issue for people, yet here at CSU one can be assured that their money is being put to good use. Many things at CSU are available such as counseling because it is part of what is being paid for in tuition. Also CSU has so many great opportunities including ways to network, supplemental study groups, student kitchens and movie rooms in the dorms, many campus activities such as barbeque's, movies, rallies and many other events. There is always something to keep one busy here at CSU, yet they make sure to keep students motivated and on track with studies.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a student here has many positives. As a freshman living in Braiden Hall on campus, it is nice being in a central location near a majority of my classes. This allows for more sleeping in and more motivation to go to class. Also as a student there are perks such as getting into sporting events free, riding the bus for free, use of the amazing student recreational center which is brand new as of 2010 and with the addition of a new pool which will be ready in the spring (2011) chance to join any of the diverse clubs and organizations, networking with other college students, many job opportunities, free t-shirts and other small things available on campus, lots of help in anything a person does not understand or wants to learn more about. Also Being located in Fort Collins allows for many fun activities to do outside of school work such as going to Old Town for free concerts, many good restaurants, dance clubs, movie theaters and much more!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Health and Exercise Science major here at Colorado State Univeristy. I have already completed 13 credits, and am currently working on 15 more. While here I have learned many things through core classes such as biology, math, history, psychology and many more. The professors here are all very kind and easy to talk to and get help from; they are very knowledgeable about what they teach and know more beyond their certain subject. If a student had a question or wanted to know more about different subcategories in a certain subject the professors would be great resources. They are also very fun classes that are enjoyable to sit through because one learns many interesting facts while being entertained. After attending classes here at CSU, I find myself knowing and wanting to share many of these things in daily conversations.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is a great school for students who are interested in the environment and love outdoor activity. CSU is also known for its business and engineering program, while holding a premium location close to the mountains, giving ample opportunity to hike, bike, ski/snowboard, raft, climb, and observe nature's splendor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your minds open to new ideas, and don't judge people based on their first impression. You will not like everyone, and will discover new things about yourself and others. It's a strange and exciting experience, don't be scared to try new things and just put yourself out there to meet various people. It's the connections you make in college that are most important and become those that you will call upon after graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Although I am adoring my time at CSU, the lack of scholarship return this year has set me on edge. My out-of-state tuition is being pumped into construction projects all over campus, and, although it's great that the school is renewing itself, I feel like more money should be put towards the curriculum and student programs, such as club sports and advancing course technology.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming so far from home, I was nervous at first. However, after experiencing the mountains and taking advantage of all the outdoor activity, I decided to stay out in Fort Collins for the summer, obtaining a job at the CSU Police Department in between summer Ultimate Frisbee League and hikes up to Horsetooth Reservoir. Along with being outdoors, I'm also enjoying being here with all the volunteer and academic opportunities I've been given. The curriculum has challenged me, and I feel as if I have never had such enriching an education. The material I've covered my first year has made me feel like more of an adult, and is something I feel I can categorize as a college education.

    Am learning a lot

    My first year was a challenge, learning how to study in college was very different from the way I studied in high school. I put in many hours at the library in study groups and with tutors outside of class, and it paid off. In current good academic standing, I have been able to maintain my out of state scholarships. Besides learning inside the classroom setting, I've also been taught much outside the classroom. Between balancing my time, becoming educated on the environment, and developing networking skills, I've also learned to live on my own. Balancing a checkbook, understanding the dynamics of a college campus, and living with roommates has all been a part my college educational experience.

  • 07/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are unsure about their major/career going in, students who want to make new friends, and students who want to be in a city w/o always being in a city

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit (as cliché as that is) and attend a preview session. You will learn a lot. Also, if you need scholarships, I advise looking for outside sources as they don't award quite as many as you may think.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, tuition is not pretty good and they are not shy when it comes to offering financial aid. However, I had a 3.94 gpa and a 31 composite on my ACT coming out of high school and was offered no scholarships which was definitely disappointing and surprising to me.

    Will enjoy being here

    Ft. Collins is a great town. Not too big but not to small. It is close to nature but there is plenty of things to do in town. CSU seems to constantly have something going on on campus and there are lots of clubs to help stay involved in the things you love.

    Will learn a lot

    Campus tours and all orientation and preview sessions are student lead which makes asking questions much easier and you know you are getting a real honest answer. I knew exactly what I was getting into and found many different on campus resources because they want you to succed at their school.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great college for most students. I say Colorado State University (Fort Collins) is a great choice for those who want to study sciences or music. Students have a wide variety and options in what major they want to get in.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that you and your roommate get along during your freshman year! if you and your roommate don't get along, then you will face consequences. I think the whole roommate survey thing on the CSU's website isn't very accurate since I had a very bad experience with my roommate. She wasn't what I expected and she would do things unexpected when I was out of the room, so make sure you and your roommate will get along. Talk to your roommate about certain rules with your items and etc.. I also recommend that you don't room with your best friend either. :)

    Bang for the buck

    I wish CSU could extend their scholarship range especially for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors along with college graduates, because with today's economy, middle and low income families are having a hard time paying for college right now. I know this because I'm having a very hard time paying for college right now especially when tuition all over the world is going up. My parents have four kids, do you know how hard it is to support so many kids?? other than that I would say CSU's tuition is alright, just make sure you are prepared for extra expenses.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do enjoy the atmosphere since you do get to see a squirrel once and a while. On occasions, there will be lots of activities on campus, and usually you would get a free item or 2. During orientation and my freshman year, people were receiving free goody bags and shirts which was totally awesome! And what's great about these activities is that, they aren't just for CSU students, they are for everyone. There's no sign saying that these activities are for CSU students.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot but I am also distracted a lot. I've learned from experience during my freshman year that it's really not like high school, which is actually true because you have more freedom and independence. Basically your choice is either to focus or be distracted.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 241

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    Bang for the buck

    I am stressed about the huge out-of-state tuition, but the connections, atmosphere, and vibe of the teachers will make it worth while.

  • 09/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Disciplined to go to class and do homework -eager for outdoor activities -wanting to get involved -networking -greek life interest

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved at much as possible! Seriously, it will make college so much more amazing and personal.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little bit pricey for out of state students, but well worth the national ranking. It is also one of the cheaper schools in the amazing state of Colorado! There are several programs that are the best in Colorado and are moving up quickly in national/global rankings!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE Fort Collins! Though I do get occasionally homesick, there is nowhere else that I would rather be. Fort Collins is a great town and has so much to offer. CSU as a whole has tons of student organizations that you can be involved in to add onto your resume and experience.

    Am learning a lot

    CSU is an area where I have expanded personal beliefs through cooperation in dorm environments and through my sorority. The classes I have taken (i am currently a junior) have really expanded my knowledge of the world and ability to succeed.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    The campus is definitely designed for those people who are enthusiastic about the outdoors and the environment. What's awesome is that the campus is huge on things like sustainability and animal advocacy so if those or similar subjects fall in line with your interests and passions then you're going to love going to school here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and get involved! I know that's everyone's advice, but it's so relevant for anyone. Also take the time to get to know your teachers, even if this only involves going to their office hours for homework help rather than the tutoring center and just speaking up in class. The professors are always excited to get to know their students and like that this shows you are enthusiastic about their subject as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Granted, I am an in-state student and therefore the school is incredibly affordable for me, but I can't say for sure how affordable it is for out-of-state students. What's great though is that they offer a ton of scholarships for students and even more internship and work opportunities. Three of my friends who came into college without work found internships within the first month that are both high-paying and also very enjoyable. So for those of you who are worried about not being able to afford college, trust me, it's not bad at all!

    Am enjoying being here

    I thought it was going to be hard to settle in, especially since the first weekend of the year is dedicated to orientation for first-year students and thus pretty much has activities going on 24 hours a day for four days. However, once the first weekend is over and once you have time to mull over all the information they throw at you about clubs, sports, classes, etc. it's surprisingly easy to feel at home on campus. There really is a club for everything I am interested in and the community they promote in the residence halls and among the colleges is just incredible.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though I came into the school with enough credits to qualify as a junior, the classes are at that perfect place where they are challenging but not so difficult that I spend most of my time feeling frustrated. All the teachers I have encountered are incredibly dedicated to their subject and enthusiastic to share their passion for it. The campus also has this great tutoring program every day of the week from around 5 to 10 at night which ensures that I can always find help on my homework when I need it. Though the lectures can become huge (my chemistry class has something like 300 students in it), the teachers are really cool about letting you know exactly when their office hours are and are incredibly willing to talk with you about any concerns you have about the class or the subject.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are outdoorsy, you would like Fort Collins. We have nice weather and transportation to hiking and biking areas. Right up the hill is Horsetooth Reservoir. Not to mention our outdoor club.

    Tips for prospective students

    *A good time to start classes is 10:00 am. This way the latest you usually stay is 3:00pm and you can sleep in! *Do not take the easiest math course out there. Surprisingly, it is the lowest level math that is more challenging because it is math that was not used in high school. *If big classes aren't your thing, just sit in the front of the class. I came to this school knowing I would be in classes of 200+ students. I found that sitting in the front feels no different than a normal class size. *Be social in your classes. It is vital to have a study group (or at least a study partner), especially when it comes to take-home finals. *Bring a bike and a lock. Although you could walk around campus, a bike makes it 10 times faster (really helpful for procrastinators waiting 'til the last minute to leave for class). Just keep an eye out for those bike cops! *Use your meal swipes! Every week your unused swipes are thrown away and you can usually get by with the smallest plan. *Make friends with your hall mates. They come in handy when boredom strikes or when you need a ride. Getting to know them will also help you out later when picking roommates for your apartment.

    Bang for the buck

    *College is expensive. You cannot avoid it. For the $10,000 per semester you still get some perks. There are free movies that are usually new releases not even out on DVD yet available. In addition our campus hosts concerts and shows. *Our recreation center is hard to beat! We have one of the largest rock climbing walls, a pool with a lazy river, and separate rooms for work-out classes. Outside we have a small bouldering boulder, beach volleyball courts, a HUGE field, baseball diamonds, and a roller hockey rink. Oh, and did I mention the smoothie shop? *Where you start missing out is the price of parking. Not only is the ticket a high price, but the parking police are strict.

    Am enjoying being here

    All of my teachers were easy-going people. Fort Collins people are so kind in general. CSU really wants you to feel welcome by offering many free activities and clubs. As a freshman, I participated in the 1st Year Mentoring Program, Ram Chefs, were freshmen across campus get together to do the things they love. The whole town of Fort Collins has great Ram Pride! Quickly you realize your hall mates become family. I could easily say CSU feels like a second home to me.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor varies between classes. Some classes that are outside your knowledge may require more studying. I would suggest balancing these classes with subjects you are familiar with.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is safe as the city is safe. If people feel unsafe for any reason there is a program called Safewalk where two people will walk you anywhere on campus. There is a on campus police station, and bike cops.

    What to do for fun

    For sports, there are endless large fields with different types of goals. There is a beach volleyball courts. A new climbing gym. Massive weight room and endless treadmills and ellipticals. House parties are common. Many other niche options as it is a large campus

    Food and Dining

    The food options are solid, they contains vegetarian, and gluten free options. Also there are many different places to eat on campus so when one dining hall gets old there is another dining hall you can walk too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms will be a large hall averaging about 40 students mostly freshman, with one RA. Dorms are either co-ed or segregated. Segregated dorms share one large bathroom. I have heard a variety of dorm experiences that really depend on where you are staying and who your RA is.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any large college it will depend on your professor, and field of study. I have not had any major easy A classes. You have to truly work for the grade you want.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a large university that contains many different fields of study with the business school and engineering school containing very strong programs. CSU has many different fields of study and is relatively cheap (especially for instate) so it can be a good place to figure out your career path. Being a large school, expect large classes especially freshman and sophomore year.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    the coolest thing regarding safety would have to be ramride. this is a non-judgmental, safe way of getting home if students are not safe to drive home themselves. give a call to ramride and they will come pick you up and take you home, no questions asked. also, colorado state university is a dry campus, meaning that absolutely no alcohol or drugs is allowed on campus perimeters. finally, our university has their own police department so if ever you feel unsafe or scared when you are walking, there are emergency boxes all around campus, and the csupd will be able to get to you within 30 seconds of pressing the emergency button on that box. basically, csu has a great department of safety and take their jobs very seriously, because students all deserve to feel safe and comfortable.

    Greek Life

    here at colorado state university there are 21 sororities and 7 fraternities. the greeks are very much part of the community here in fort collins. they focus on community service and academics, and are always there to help others!

    Clubs and Activities

    anything you can think of, literally anything, csu has a club or organization for. if they don't have your specific kind of club, you can create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    this location is great for students who are trying to promote clubs, speaking their mind, informing other students about current events, pretty much any kind of student can use this location to his or her advantage.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one unusual location that jumps out at me would be the stump in the lory student center plaza. it's a tree that was cut down a long time ago so all that is left is the stump of the tree, and any student can stand on the stump and say what's on their mind or share their opinions. it's a great way to increase diversity and cultural awareness to other students.

    Bang for the buck

    universities can get a little expensive, but i wouldn't trade my money back for the world. your money is spent very wisely and it gets you a great education as well as a great overall experience at csu.

    What to do for fun

    csu has free movie showings every night at specific halls, there's always an intermural sport team playing on the fields, and every weekend a van driven by students takes other peers up to the local ski resort to go skiing and snowboarding.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great here at csu! there are many options, such as a vegetarian menu, gluten free menu, and more! there are always healthy options, and there's even a nutrition information kiosk in each dining hall to help stay healthy.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms can be a distracting place, but you meet so many people through dorm life! you can find people with the same interests as you, and even other people in your classes so you can form study groups! it's a great way to improve communication skills and also gain a great amount of responsibility.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors here at csu expect a lot out of their students, even when it comes to general education classes. they take their jobs seriously and are always looking for prospective students who find classes interesting in order to recruit new majors in their field.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask questions! that's what the administrators at csu are there for and they're more than happy to help you have a great experience here.

    In three sentences

    colorado state university has some great people that can help with you with important questions regarding your major. they are nice, respective, and always willing to help you. the college environment itself is welcoming, and i don't regret my decision to attend here.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the best!

    Clubs and Activities

    many!

    Great for these types of students

    any!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    csu has apartment living close to campus for parents with children programs right there inside the villages. just simply wonderful! csu accommodates very well to single parents and children.

    What to do for fun

    the night life in fort collins is built for college students.

    Food and Dining

    wonderful

    Dorm Life

    they have showers in some of the dorms!

    Tips for prospective students

    be motivated!

    In three sentences

    the faculty is extremely helpful! the student are friendly and willing to do just about anything to help you get in to csu. the campus is spacious and up to date!

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 241

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus or around Fort Collins. During the first weekend of school, they even have a concert.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is fantastic. There are many dinning halls to choose from with a wide variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm and my roommate here, she as become one of my best friends. When you apply for housing they make you do a mini personality quiz that helps them match you up with a roommate. When the time comes to move in and after living together for a while and you decide you cant live with them, the RA's are really good about resolving the situation or getting you into a new room.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman I would say the classes here are pretty tough, but it really all depends on the professor. I took a 300 level class my first semester of college and still got a B. But on the other side, I took a 100 level class that I had to attend extra credit for to get my B. Either way you still have to work hard but there are always people there to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Colorado State does care about your GPA and ACT/SAT score, but the nice thing about them is they care about so much more than that. When you apply they will ask you to write an essay about yourself because they want to know you as a person. When you apply tell write passionately about the things you care about and call them. They love to hear how excited you are to become a future Ram.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State has been the best decision I have made in my life. The professors here really care about you as a student; if you need help with their class, any other class, or just about life in general, they are willing to talk to you for hours if that is what you need. Students and facility here really go the extra mile to make sure you are happy and always want to help you have a better day or achieve your goals.

  • 11/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who love a medium sized university in a college town will feel at home, but really anyone can feel at home. It has the best of both large and small colleges. There is a wide range of people with an even wider range of interests. It is pretty easy to find people with similar interests and that love to hang out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely talk to students on campus to get an inside scoop. Also ask where the best place for you to live would be. The best place depends on your preferences and personality. Get involved as soon as you arrive on campus. If you put it off, you will keep putting it off.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive today, but there is no shortage of services and activities at CSU. The campus looks nice, but I don't feel like money is wasted on useless remodeling. CSU also makes it very easy to pay bills which just keeps life simpler.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community and culture at CSU and in Fort Collins is amazing. From the first day you walk on campus, you feel at home. People are so friendly and there is so much to get involved in from activities and classes at the rec center, to the many clubs on campus, to sports games. You will never find that there is nothing to do. The Fort Collins community is really nice and friendly and complements the campus. There is Horsetooth Reservoir, bike trails, many restaurants, and many other things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    College is truly a time to learn. CSU gives you so many opportunities to learn about academics, culture, and other people. Most classes are amazing. As always, there are a few bad professors, but there is an abundance of resources to help you. There are also many amazing professors that love teaching and make it very easy to learn what is being taught.

  • 11/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are active, and love to be outside. Students who love science this is very science based college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and meet as many people as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a University so it's going to cost more than a community college, but there is nothing like a university experience

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful, the people are positive influences. The professors are always willing to help.

    Am learning a lot

    There isn't a day that goes by that I don't learn something new.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a very outdoorsy school. Hiking, and such. I am not particularly outdoorsy, and still love it. There is every type of person here! Everyone is extremely accepting of eveyone else!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!!! This is a HUGE campus of 27,000 so you need to find a way to make it home. I have joined a sorority my sophomore year and was in Key Service (Look it up, i promise its incredible!) and those two organizations were absolutely an incredible part of my life.

    Bang for the buck

    As much as I enjoy it here, the tuition is pretty steep. The financial aid office is extremely helpful in helping you find any scholarships, grants or loans that you may need.

    Am enjoying being here

    Choosing CSU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are so many opportunities to get involved here that it makes the large campus feel like home. There are so many ways to make this the perfect experience for you, no matter what you're into!

    Am learning a lot

    I have absolutely learned a lot at CSU. The professors are all incredible and extremely different from one another, so every class is a new experience. Not only have I learned a lot from the professors, but the other students as well. The people here at CSU are incredible. I was in Key Service (highly recommended!!!) and I have learned more from the people involved in that organization than I would have ever imagined.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSU is very good for students who are looking for both a social life and a balanced academic career. CSU is a fantastic attraction for those who love to be surrounded by people; for those who don't want to feel like they are alone in this new chapter in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one tip I have for students looking to apply would be to not only look at the school's credentials, but also to keep in mind the town around the school in order for you to know if you will be able to have a life after all your homework is complete.

    Bang for the buck

    It is important to remember that CSU is a state university. The value of education, yes, should not be determined by money, but the reality is just that. CSU is very expensive for both out-of-state and in-state, but it is very worth the financial struggle.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people and the environment are very encouraging! When I was little, I was taught all about peer pressures, but here the peers around me are so respectful of my choices and are very accepting of who I am. There is no fear to hide who I am. I am able to branch out and meet new people easily with no skepticism.

    Am learning a lot

    There are such a variety of classes here at CSU. Even when you have declared your major, you are still able to take classes that are both challenging and enjoyable.

  • 02/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 241

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that loves volunteering, outdoor sports, and animal or agriculture sciences. If you're interested in theater, you will not be sorry for coming here and seeing or being apart of a show. Anyone who wants to feel apart of a community. There's something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before and/or after applying! I visited three times and always learned something new. You get to know the area a little better, the tours are great especially for families, and you get to know what the dorm experience is like. They love diversity so anything you can add to spice up your college application essay is a plus.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to some schools, the tuition is expensive, but to others it's not. It's a good average cost but we get a lot out of our student fees. You get free bus transportation, free rec center use, and free home sporting event tickets. With everything the community and the location offers, I feel comfortable here but I am still paying student loans. It's college, you will spend money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Fort Collins is a great place to live. There is a large community spirit that encourages college students. The campus seems big at first, but you'll know where just about everything is after a semester or two. The original campus buildings are still here, which gives the school a very historical feel, but there are modern buildings too to cater to new technology as the school grows. It's close to the mountains and to the city. This is what a college town should be.

    Am learning a lot

    The facilities they have at this school are so detailed and perfect for any major. They also take learning outside the class room to a new level. They encourage study abroad and volunteer abroad. We are a big volunteer school that provides a lot of learning opportunities. As an education major, I didn't think I would get to be with middle and high school students until senior year. My first semester sophomore year I worked in a middle school as a part of a class.

  • 03/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is something here for every type of person. However, CSU is most known for its Vet School. Most students here are working toward that goal. It is also wonderful for nature lovers and the like. Campus is close to many hiking trails, and ski resorts in the winter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for college in general would be not to forget schoolwork in favor of college life, to read your textbooks, and to seek out your teachers and make use of college resources if you begin to fall behind. Tips for CSU would be to get a good laptop and a good bike. Campus is just big enough that walking is sometimes too slow, and just small enough that driving to class is more hassle than it is worth. Bikes are the transportation of choice and the grounds are covered in bike lanes and racks to accommodate them. Good technology is hugely important as more and more homework, textbooks, classwork, quizzes, and courses in general are offered online. Since I have come to school, my computer has been my life. Luckily there is wireless offered to students over the entire campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Colorado State University is not horribly expensive. However, out of all 50 states, Colorado is the second worst ranking in financial assistance. However, I believe the new buildings and beautiful refurbished Rec Center that is always full of students are worth the money. Compared to many schools, CSU's price is very affordable, and the money is going into a staff that loves what they do, a campus that is inviting, and buildings and technology that make for a better college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    The first time I walked onto the CSU campus, the first thing that struck me was the atmosphere. Everyone was so friendly and willing to help. When we went on dorm tours, many students were scrambling to show us their rooms and when I signed up for classes the counselors were patient and completely ready to answer any question. There is something to do every night and a place for any type of person to plug in. The campus is also beautiful. The mountains are looming just to the west and the grounds are covered in trees, centered around the green sporting fields and the gorgeous oval that was the original school. The facilities are pleasing, with a nice combination of older buildings and new ones being built every year. It is easy to find a quiet place to study, or a place full of life. With my wonderful classes, clubs, and surroundings, I could not be happier.

    Am learning a lot

    I am majoring in business and minoring in Japanese in Colorado State University, and that was a wonderful combination for me to choose. The Business College is number one in Colorado due to its high standards and well rounded curriculum. My coursework has been comprised of a diverse set of classes to shape me into a well rounded businesswoman who is knowledgeable about all aspects of her company. The teachers are passionate about their subjects and it shows in the classes. The language programs are rigorous at a college level. Classes meet for an hour everyday and are filled to the brim with projects and activities to increase comprehension and memory. Unlike high school, students can be sure to make it through their entire textbook and workbook. I came here not knowing a drop of Japanese and after just one year, I know more than my brother who spent three years studying the language in high school. Although it is difficult, there is a higher sense of accomplishment that keeps students invested in continuing forward with the language.

  • 04/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This a good school for students who are interested in all careers but still want to have an interest in the environment, there are plenty of trails and opportunities to be outdoors and participate in local and sustainable events and restaurants.

    Bang for the buck

    If your instate its a pretty good deal, as with all colleges its gonna cost a good amount of change but in the end the education and the life experiences that are available are well worth your money

    Am enjoying being here

    Fort Collins is a beautiful town and since its bike friendly it really cuts down on travel cost because riding a bike is free and keeps you in shape. The weather is usually nice as well, i would recommend this town as a great place to live as you transition from youth to adulthood, there are plenty of opportunities to find work and become yourself

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are hard and if you do not try to pass and put forth your best effort then they will fail you. So in other words you will find this at every college but CSU's professors are willing to work with you and help you attain your goals, you just gotta ask.

  • 04/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for student who want a more rounded education and ones who love the outdoors. For example, my current major has an over the summer component where we get to stay for four weeks up at Pingree Park and learn about rangelands...great immersive education and a lot of time outside. The engineering program here, I'm told, is pretty excellent and the rangeland, forest, and watershed programs are good programs here as well because we have every natural range or forest type within a fairly small radius so we have access to a lot of hands-on training.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning or thinking about coming to CSU, I would say for the first year, most people have to live in the dorms (unless you live in Fort Collins already), but if it is an option, you should definitely do it. The dorms are where I met 90 percent of my friends here, it is a great way to get to know people. Also, don't procrastinate on writing your papers and especially speeches...it hurts having to stay up till six in the morning writing them. Also, the biggest one, stay caught up on your reading here...there is a lot of it and I have found that reading the text book is usually a lot of help. Bring a bike...they're kind of a big deal here. Make sure you make friends with someone who has access to a car and your life will be much easier. Utilize Transfort in all other cases. Be prepared for a lot of outdoor activities, because there is tons to do outside here. Have Fun!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are rising with higher education cuts, but it is worth it because of the education you get. Also, student fees pay for a lot of things on campus...things that you might actually want to do too. I think it is definitely worth it to come here, even though prices are rising.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people are really great, the food is even better. You meet lots of people, and within your college it is pretty easy to find like-minded peers, which makes it easy to find people to talk to if you are new. Going to the free events on campus is a great way to meet people along with joining clubs. Also, through the clubs I have joined on campus, I have gotten jobs and volunteer opportunities that I may not have gotten without their help. The campus is very beautiful because of the landscape, tons of building going on right now, very up-to-date buildings, and of course the mountains right there. The town of Fort Collins is great, we've got old town with all the amenities there and then the newer part with all the big box stores. Campus is closer to old town (within walking distance) and is also close to the box stores (less than five minute drive).

    Am learning a lot

    All of my classes are fairly challenging, there is not a whole lot of busy work, which is nice. All of my subjects are quite interesting and very engaging, well most of them are. Lit. classes are fun, they really go into depth as are the science classes. Chem 111, while only the lowest of the chemistry levels, is quite hard, and I would avoid CHEM lab at all costs, it's not a very fun time. Many of the liberal arts classes are pretty easy, but they have a lot of stuff due, often. Math classes are hard, especially MATH 160 calculus for physical scientists, so if you are not very good at math, don't enroll directly into it, get some build-up first. However, the pace online math classes are fairly easy to get through and fulfill all of the AUCC credits. LIFE 102 is an easy biology grade too, for those who enjoy bio. and need to fulfill that gen. ed.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    Guarantee. It's a well known pre-veterinary medicine college that has a graduate degree specializing in all fields of the veterinarian

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 241

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your classes! There is no one there to tell you to go anymore, and you are paying for those classes. They aren't free anymore. Plus, be careful, that one day you miss will most likely be on the test. Go out and meet people! there are friends at this school for absolutely everyone, but you have to go out and find them, they aren't going to fall into your lap.

    Bang for the buck

    It really is a lot of money, but then again so is any college. You are not just paying for the classes thought, you are paying for maturity. There is so much growing up to do in college your parents might not recognize you anymore by the time you come home. I owe my new attitude to CSU.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is outstanding. Both with the people and the nature surrounding the population. I have not met one person who I do not enjoy being around all of the people on campus are nice to you, and do not even bother with your year (Freshman, sophomore, etc) like they did in high school. Some of my greatest friends I met this year are juniors.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning far more than I thought I would because college is not solely about learning what it presented in lecture. It is learning how to apply the skills. The classes are interesting, considering you choose your classes and when you get to take them. They are classes that I want to be in, so that I know that I can excel in them. The required credits are really very interesting, especially if you do not know what you wan to do with your life. That is how I narrowed the major I want.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! Even though CSU is mainly known for its vet school, there's a place for everyone and so many ways to get involved!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour campus, then just walk around after the tour is over. You will see so much more and get a better feeling for what campus is like. Then drive around Fort Collins and see Old Town, Horsetooth and all the other major attractions here.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm a business major, and the College of Business at CSU is ranked pretty high. We are ranked higher than Leeds at CU and we are less expensive. The cost of living in Fort Collins is also very reasonable compared to other college towns.

    Am enjoying being here

    Fort Collins is an amazing city. Horsetooth Reservoir is only about 10 minutes from campus, Old Town is great just to walk around any time of the year. My freshman year I didn't have a car, but there is still plenty to do on campus! IM Sports, Greek Organizations, Movies at the student center, concerts at Moby Arena and the awesome rec center. I love it here!!

    Am learning a lot

    The University Core classes are really great. I have taken a few that I haven't enjoyed too much, but that's only because of my personal interests. The professors are great and are always willing to help. There are also plenty of places on campus where you can go for free help.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a great education in a glorious environment!

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider joining the Key Communities if you want to network! You live the same dorm as the other ~20 students in your specific group and have at least one of them in all of your classes your first year!!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is comparable and the financial aid services center is very helpful!

    Am enjoying being here

    Fort Collins is a thriving a beautiful city! Colorado State certainly adds to this,.. CSU has something for everyone with it's expansive options for degrees and student involvement! I am a third year student and will be completing my degree online, the transition was seamless thanks to the excellent CSU staff! I will miss you Fort Collins and CSU! Go Rams!

    Am learning a lot

    The staff is excellent here! Go to www.ramratings.com to get an idea of what others' think of your prospective professor!

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 41 of 241

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    I recently attended the preview orientation and it was great. I was able to tour the campus, see some of my classrooms and meet one of my counselors.

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do your scholarship work and look forward to having a great college experience in Colorado!

    Bang for the buck

    This university offers a great value. Like any school it has many scholarships and grants you can apply for if you put in the effort!

    Will enjoy being here

    Ft. Collins is a beautiful town and one that is one where you will wan to stay! Its a very fun college town!

    Will learn a lot

    The college atmosphere is great! This school is up there with the best of them and offers a great city to live in during your college career!

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do and always fun to be had.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are amazing and the experience they offer along with their knowledge is incredibly useful.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 241

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    Great for these types of students

    we have international students, people of different backgrounds. But if you are like to party, enjoy science, and enjoy the environment it's the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not wait on filling out fafsa and getting your financial aid stuff in asap! march 1 is the deadline and make it!!! Do not settle on one major you might find something you really like that didn't interest you before. people are friendly but Greek life is not for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    The sporting events are free with student id, the town is amazing. if you like riding your bike, hiking, or ski/snowboarding it's the area for you. Almost every street has a bike lane and the beer is amazing here. We have my favorite beer company right in town.

    Am enjoying being here

    CSU is constantly being renovated and improving. Our gym has a rock wall, huge swimming area, and lots of fun group fitness classes. The campus is big but with a bike you can get to class in no time.

    Am learning a lot

    There are several chances during the semester to be part of the graduate student's and professor's research projects. I took part in a study for the Navy where i learned about exercise physiology before taking the class. I did exercise tests, took pills, had 3 muscle biopsies and learned more about my body. It was an amazing experience.

  • 10/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away. Meet with an advisor before you even enroll, and see what your prospective degree requires.

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously, colleges are expensive. However, CSU is a pretty good deal as far as universities go. As a full-time student, you get a free bus pass, free sporting event tickets, and many other free and discounted things.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many campus programs and activities available on campus, ranging from swing dancing to zoology clubs, there are all kinds of places to fit in. Not only that, but Fort Collins has so many wonderful restaurants and outdoor activities. There are many parks and bike trails, and ski resorts are only a couple hours away. It's a great place to live and study.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are very knowledgeable, and are very willing to help. Sure, there are some professors that aren't that great, but other professors and TAs will often step in and help. CSU offers many tutoring and homework help programs.

  • 10/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The food and freedoms are amazing!

    Will enjoy being here

    It looks beautiful and the environment is very friendly.

    Will learn a lot

    I heard of there great vet program and am eager to check it out.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    The Colorado State University campus is extremely safe in my opinion. There are campus police constantly driving around campus as well as riding around on bikes. I had a night class last semester and the paths that I walked on to get there and back to my dorm were well-light.

    Greek Life

    I am not envolved in greek life but I know some people who are they have mixed emotions about it. Some like others are only in it to have a place to live.

    Clubs and Activities

    Inter mural sports teams. These teams are for people who just want to have fun playing all kinds of sports and not take it too seriously.

    Great for these types of students

    In the first couple of weeks in the fall a speed friending event is held. It is great for new students like freshmen and transfers or just students who want to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition at Colorado State University is everybody wears orange to the first game of the year celebrating our old school color which was orange.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as bang for the buck goes Colorado State University is a decent deal. For in-state students, such as myself, tuition is around 10,000 a year. The dorms are also around 10,000 a year. I feel the dorms are a bit over priced seeing as they are such small spaces.

    What to do for fun

    For fun on campus my friends and I go to the gym and sit in the hot tub or swim in the pool. The gym offers fitness classes such as zumba so my friends and I do that for fun as well. When it is warm outside we will throw frisbee around on the IM fields or toss a volley ball on one of the various volley ball courts around campus. For off campus fun my friends and I go into old town and grab dinner when we are sick of the dorm food. There is a small concert house in oldtown that we will go see shows at sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services are nice. There are many different dining halls spread out across campus and offer different kinds of food. Such as a mongolian grill, hamburger place, toasted subs, and burritos.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is great. I think everyone needs to have the experience of dorm life because it is stepping out on your own and gives you much more responsibility. You meet new people that you will be life long friends with and have some of the funniest most memorable times with.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken so far were not that challenging you just have to stay on top of your work and attend the classes. All teachers have office hours when students can come and talk to them and get help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and know when assignments and paper are due. Start working on them three weeks before they are due, not the night before. Most important just stay organized and motivated.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a great place to find yourself, figure out what you want in life and learn how to achieve your goals. The are many people here who want to help you succeed. Colorado State University will leave an impact on your life.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 241

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    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins is a big city, there is everything you could want from a mountain town available. Skiing is close, as well as all other outdoor activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good on a consistent basis.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast! You will get to meet lots of new and interesting people from all over the world.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but it makes you want to get the most out of your education

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study more than you thought. Classes will sneak up on you if you are unprepared.

    In three sentences

    The school is a suburb environment that really supports a learning. Classes challenge students to achieve their best at every level and help is always available. The best part, though, is the community, there is something for everyone.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    I walk late at night by myself sometimes, and I've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    I wouldn't know.

    Great for these types of students

    If you don't mind being surrounded by people all the time and you're self-willed, you should do great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zombie wars. Too dorky to handle.

    Bang for the buck

    It's relatively cheap but I don't feel like I'm getting as much out of it as I should.

    What to do for fun

    I'm 17 so mostly I do school-run activities like concerts and special dinners. There are parties of course and just chilling in the dorms can be fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but not super healthy and you get tired of it fast.

    Dorm Life

    I love it! But the dorms are kinda small. Like, my parent's closet could swallow my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly some classes were easier than my high school classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is huge, so you have to work really hard for a lot of opportunities, but they're still there!

    In three sentences

    Busy. Fun. Friendly.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 241

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    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on! You can pretty much have your pick of whatever you want to do.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your major. There are very challenging majors, as well as easy ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Honors Program if you meet the requirements, it is worth it!

    In three sentences

    I love CSU, it has lots to offer that I didn't realize at first. As a science major, I love all of the research going on, and like with any big school, if you assert yourself, it's very easy to get involved with it even as a Freshman. There is also a giant variety of things to do and organizations to be involved with.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    anything they have tons of activities

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the charts to get a view on where u stand

    In three sentences

    Beautiful, interesting, caring

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    many cops, bike police, safe night walk programs

    Greek Life

    They promote very well and are a great family

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing outspoken people who love lots of other different types of people around them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sunday breakfast till 2pm so my hall goes together and has a late hall family breakfast

    Bang for the buck

    every opportunity available!

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, intramural sports, hiking, biking, pick-up games like volleyball and soccer, rec center fitness classes

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining halls with different things on different days and the food is actually good! always healthy salad options as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take AP classes in High school and take the AP test. With 4's and 5's many carry over and it really gives you a jumpstart at CSU. CSU seems big but once you are within your certain college it begins to feel a lot smaller and doable!

    In three sentences

    I love CSU and I rate it very high because of the amazing diversity and large amount of clubs and help centers!

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    there's a lot of call boxes around csu so if you're ever walking alone and you think somebody is following you, you can you use them to call the cops. or if you just don't feel like walking alone at night you can call and have someone escort you to your destination.

    Greek Life

    greek life is also pretty big on campus. i myself went to some of the rush events and they were a lot of fun. you get to meet new people and they take you out, buy you dinner and try to get you to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's all kinds of clubs and activities that a student can get involved in at csu. there's the gays and lesbians club, knitting club, foreign language clubs and many others. there's also lots inter-mural sport that you can involved in that are also a lot of fun. soccer, flag football, basketball, dodge-ball.

    Great for these types of students

    great for outdoor lovers or skiers and snowboarders. students get pretty nice discounts on lift tickets for mountains in the area. plus there's tons of outdoor stuff to do like; rafting, hiking, biking, fishing stuff like that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    before i graduate there's two things that all rams must do. ride down a block of ice on one of the hills in the park and visit ram skeller for mardi gras.

    Bang for the buck

    yup definitely, great meal plans, lots of things to do and it's in a beautiful part of colorado.

    What to do for fun

    the gym is a good place to go to when you're bored. it's free and there's tons of cool stuff to do like; rock climb, play basketball, run, lift weights, ect. plus they have cool classes like judo and dancing.

    Food and Dining

    really awesome food. go to academic village before 7 to get the good tasting upstairs food. or settle for the cold pizza.

    Dorm Life

    it's ok, of you're goin to switch roommates do it during the first month or unless you run the risk of being almost shunned from your new dorm buddies because they'll already have their friend groups.

    Academic Rigor

    so far not too bad, you just have to stay on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to buy you're books online. try not miss class but if you do somebody will provide notes for you. don't partake in thirsty thursday unless your first class on friday is after noon.

    In three sentences

    perfect school for anyone interested in becoming a vet. tuitions not bad. lots of outdoor type stuff.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i enjoy yoga, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and everything is right out your front door in fort collins. oh and did a mention a big lake for swimming and boating!

    Food and Dining

    awesome food everywhere on campus and in fort collins, providing a wide and diverse range of food options.

    Dorm Life

    i never lived in the dorms at csu, however i hear they are great for socializing and making new friends in a new school.

    Academic Rigor

    i am in a very competitive major/ field. dedication is what gets me through the day. just work hard and you can accomplish anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard, study, and know what you want to become when you grow up, so you have heart and determination in what you chose to pursue.

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love colorado statue university. the instructors are genuine down to earth with a lot of helpful information. i believe i will be will prepared for the real world by the time i graduate because of the internships, school organizations, and classes that i have take geared towards my major.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    this is an online course, but i live about 100 miles away and rarely hear about safety problems on the csu campus.

    Greek Life

    not familiar with fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    it is an online course.

    Great for these types of students

    students who love the outdoors. colorado is known for it's mountains, and constantly changing weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    as it is an online course, i don't live on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    at $350 per credit hour, it is pricey, but competitive.

    What to do for fun

    it is an online course.

    Food and Dining

    this is an online course.

    Dorm Life

    it is an online course, so my home is my dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    i am committed and excited about finally earning a bachelor's degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    complete the orientation! it is vary helpful in navigating the online structure.

    In three sentences

    i am attending csu-global campus, the online program provided by colorado state university. i am in week 4 of my first class, and am enjoying it very much. this program allows me complete the assignments at my own pace, and as i work full-time and have a family, it is important that my continuing education fits in to my schedule.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    for fun our whole dorm began a family meal week where we cook diner for our hall once a week.

    Food and Dining

    the food is delicious most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    i have the perfect roommate who i can trust and confine to whenever i need help.

    Academic Rigor

    i have a good academic standing.

    Tips for prospective students

    always have a conversation with your professors.

    In three sentences

    colorado state university is has a great college for biology majors. i decided to attend csu because i want to do something in my life in relation to animal. this college is perfect for my future career.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    ask questions and talk to lots of people!

    In three sentences

    colorado state is a welcoming community. there are lots of programs, both for studying and off-campus life. overall, a great place for just about anybody!

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    there are call boxes all over campus, so even when walking alone at night on campus you still feel safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life isn't huge at csu but if you are thinking about joining a sorority or fraternity, there are definitely many options at csu.

    Clubs and Activities

    csu offers a very large amount of clubs and activities, and they are all extremely open to new members!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the oval is a perfect place to relax during your off-time. it is beautiful during every season.

    Bang for the buck

    for freshman, make sure you go to spoons in allison hall. for a swipe of your meal plan, you get a meal that all other students not including freshman have to pay for!

    What to do for fun

    read in the oval, play sports with your friends, hang out in the courtyard, walk around old town, there are millions of activities in fort collins to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    academic village has excellent food for a dining hall, and compared to most universities, the food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a great time to meet new friends, and you absolutely will. leave your door open and make sure to get to know the other kids in your hall. the dorms are being redone this year (2012) so the incoming freshmen are in for a treat.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are exceptional at csu, and i have yet to have a professor i do not like.

    Tips for prospective students

    while attending csu, you must attend class in order to be successful. also, devote the recommended time (2 hours of studying per credit hour) that the university recommends.

    In three sentences

    colorado state university is a wonderful school with many opportunities for their students. it provides students with an amazing learning environment, a beautiful campus, and a wonderful staff. csu is a perfect place to earn a bachelors degree.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    safety is great! if you don't feel safe, there's always someone to talk to. the bike police can get a little crazy sometimes, though.

    Great for these types of students

    academically and socially driven students.

    What to do for fun

    go to the rec-center and try something new, like rock climbing! check out the free concerts.

    Food and Dining

    better than your average dorm food! there's a wide variety available for on and off campus students.

    Dorm Life

    yes, there is a lot of people, but it helps you get to know people quickly! this helps when you want a study buddy or work out partner.

    Academic Rigor

    no matter what your major, there is always something new to learn and interesting things to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    always, always do your homework! even if it's not graded, it really helps come test time. get to know your professors, they can help with school and finding internships or jobs. reserve textbooks in advance! that way you always have what you need and if you don't need it you can return it!

    In three sentences

    csu has a great campus that is easy to navigate. the professors and ta's are really friendly and are willing to help students with practically anything. there are always activities going on from free concerts to theme nights at dining halls.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    csu police are pretty good at responding to any situation. there are a bunch of emergency call boxes around campus, which allow students who get out of classes later to have a safety system. ramride is a great safety tool that gets students who go to parties and drink to not drive. so this tool helps students and the community stay safe from drunk drivers.

    Greek Life

    greek life at csu is a bit crazy, in my opinion.

    Clubs and Activities

    csu has many different clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    csu is excellent for environmental studies. csu is know for being the green university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the hike to the a is a tradition for incoming freshmen that is a bit unusual. there is also a place called sherwood forest that has all the native colorado trees. two years ago there was a mountain lion kill in sherwood forest, i have most of my classes around this area.

    Bang for the buck

    i would say that csu is very good at providing courses and opportunities that are certainly worth every penny or buck.

    What to do for fun

    i like to go for bike rides. there are many trails around fort collins that are very beautiful and fun to ride. i also like to go hiking. horsetooth and lory state park is just on the edge of town and is fairly easy access.

    Food and Dining

    the new academic village is really good for all meals of the day.

    Dorm Life

    is ok if you have a friend to suffer with you.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the lower division courses can be fairly easy but upper division courses can be very challanging.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your professors, they can be a great asset. join a student organization. it helps with networking, professional development, and can spark interests in new fields.

    In three sentences

    i would recommend csu to any student. i have taken several courses that have changed my life. the faculty at csu help provide students with opportunities for professional development that really prepare students for the work force.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run where you donate all the clothes you're wearing during finals week is a great way to de-stress

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on in FoCo and you can always find something great to do in the Mountains as well

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is pretty good and so is the food off campus. It can be decently inexpensive depending on where you're going.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun but for someone who likes their own space, likes to cook, or is extremely independent it is nice to move off campus after the first year

    Academic Rigor

    I can't talk for all majors but for Biology majors I know that classes can be quite challenging but definitely very interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would research many different ways to get involved on campus and find which fit you best. Don't rush your way through school and enjoy your time there - don't let school stress you out too much. Find a good rythm and stick with it!

    In three sentences

    I love CSU because there are a lot of opportunities for clubs and organizations no matter what you're interested. There are a large variety of classes with great professors and lots of great support networks throughout campus. It's also great that most of the classes are all on the same campus, making it easy to get from one class to the next.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 241

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    Bang for the buck

    Colorado State University is more expensive than other universities, but its worth it. It is less expensive than others, and still give a better education than say, Colorado University- Boulder. ;)

    What to do for fun

    What can you not!? You can chillax with your friends, you can join a club and take trips with them, or you can go explore Old Town Fort Collins. It is an amazing place, filled with restaurants, bars, and many more things! During the spring, you can go hiking in the mountains, as we live close by. During summer, you can go tuba drafting down the Poudre River or swim in it, which is extremely fun. During fall, one can go to the numerous even held by CSU and the City of Fort Collins. Finally, during winter, one can go ice skating in the town center, and, the most exciting activity, which makes Colorado, and Fort Collins, a magnet for tourists, one can go skiing in the amazing Rocky Mountains!

    Food and Dining

    It is splendid, to put it simply. You get to decided whether you'll be eating at your building's place, or at another. The variety is huge, and you can eat till your satisfied. Or you can decide to eat at a different venue, Carl's Junior, Panda Express, Taco-Bell, Subway, and others! They are all inside the main student plaza.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has a stigma attached to it. The freedom from rules, where you can do anything you please. This means that CSU doesn't differ from any other university in the form of dorm life, with the exception being the food that is available. Sign up early to get a good room!

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State University has many tutors, ranging from calculus experts to chemistry master to even art connoisseurs. They are college age students, your own peers, who know how hard a class is. The teachers are splendid. They hold office hours, and encourage you to go visit them, even if you have nothing to talk about! Teachers are very knowledgeable, and will not toss you aside as a mere form of income.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Ram-Welcome is a thing to remember, with a fun carnival, to the feeling of being bonded with every single person, so be sure to attend it. Do not be overwhelmed by the issue of joining a group; you'll be sure to find one where you fit right in, especially since CSU holds a group fair, where every group bides for you attention.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University-Fort Collins. An university filled with superb people, outstanding buildings, amazing flora and fauna, and soulful food. It is a place that attracts nationwide attention, ranging from political events to environmental issues.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 241

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    Campus Safety

    This campus could possibly be one of the safest college campuses in America. There is an on campus police station (yes these are real police) and these police focus on university specific problems over city trouble. While on campus, at all times of night at any point on campus, you can always see two neon blue light posts which hold an emergency 911 phone should you feel unsafe at night. There is even a free service for students known as Ram-Ride which students can call and will be given a ride home from their location free of charge at night. Students can even receive a ride back to their car in the morning if needed. C.S.U. is also very biker friendly, including wide two lane bike lanes all across campus, as well as dismount zones in more crowded areas of campus. Overall C.S.U. is an extremely safe and friendly campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not as big at C.S.U. as it would be at many other colleges but those who participate in Greek Life love it. Both fraternities and Sororities claim that there is absolutely no hazing which is a requirement to be officially recognized by the campus Greek Life Office. One downside of participating in Greek Life is you must pay to join the Fraternity or Sorority and fee's vary between groups. Whether you decide to participate in Greek Life or not you are guaranteed to have a blast at C.S.U. and meet many great people!

    Clubs and Activities

    C.S.U. offers hundreds of clubs and activities throughout campus. Looking for a certain club? Name it and C.S.U. most likely has it. If for some reason the club does not exist, there is an office located right in the middle of campus where someone can go start the club! Gaming club, math club, outdoor club, skydiving club, chess club, philosophy club, Karate-Do club, Sudoku club, French club, and the Running club. These are just ten of the hundreds of clubs offered at C.S.U. There is even a Skydiving Club! That just shows how many possibilities there are to have a great time at C.S.U. There are a variety of intramural sports offered all seasons and are very popular amongst students. Same goes for these intramural sports, if enough people are willing to play you can create your own intramural sport!. If someone is into snowboarding, the campus is only an hour away from great Colorado mountains! There is even somewhere on campus which students can rent tents and camping equipment for a fun weekend in the Colorado wilderness! C.S.U. offers something for everyone! With endless clubs and activities no one should ever be bored at this university!

    Great for these types of students

    C.S.U. is great for a variety of students. This school is great for students who love the outdoors. Located just an hour away from great ski resorts, anyone who loves skiing and snowboarding will find happiness here. There is also great hiking or bike riding at Horse Tooth Canyon, and beautiful parks located throughout the city of Fort Collins. This school is great for students thinking of a career in Veterinary Science, as C.S.U. has one of the top Veterinary schools in the nation. Any students looking to earn an excellent education C.S.U. will be great for. Students who are outgoing and love meeting other great people, C.S.U. is great for these types of students as well. Every student on campus is warm and welcoming, and understand that students at C.S.U. are all part of the Ram family. C.S.U. is great for studentsâ?? looking for specific things, as well as it is just a great school for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are quite a few traditions the ram family shares at C.S.U. For first year incoming students, there is a four day transition period before school starts known as Ram Welcome. During this time, it is tradition for students to learn the C.S.U. fight song, as well as take a giant class picture in the formation of the letters C.S.U. Before the mascot was Cam the Ram, C.S.U. students were known as the Aggie's. On the face of the mountains west of campus, there is a giant white A which stood for Aggie's, and it is tradition for students to hike up to this A each year, and throw a white painted rock into the A, to keep it visible. An unusual tradition or location on campus is the 'free speech stump' located in this campus plaza. If any student steps onto this stump, they are allowed to shout whatever is on their mind. This stump can provide some excitement for students looking to speak their opinion. For students who love competition, each fall there is a tradition known as 'The Rocky Mountain Showdown' in which the C.S.U. Ram football team faces off against the C.U. Buffalo's, which always makes for great tradition and trash talking. C.S.U. offers wonderful traditions and is always welcoming to students looking to start new traditions!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are looking for some bang for your buck, the City of Fort Collins will provide it. One of the most exciting things to do on the weekend nights is to attend a concert at the Aggie Theater located in Old Town Fort Collins. The Aggie has very inexpensive concert tickets, and many well-known artists make a stop on their tours at the Aggie. When students turn 21, the dozens of microbreweries and bars around town make life a little sweeter when you are old enough to enjoy the certain benefits of turning 21. Located four miles from campus is Horse Tooth Canyon, which will provide great entertainment for any outdoor enthusiast. The location and town of Fort Collins will provide plenty of bang for the buck for any student attending C.S.U.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless options for endless fun at C.S.U. One of the biggest and most popular buildings on campus is the C.S.U. Recreation Center. Right as students walk in, they can see a full size climbing wall a bouldering wall, which is always full of adventurous students. Within this Recreation Center, there are six full length basketball courts, where students can always find pick-up games. There is a huge weight room and a swimming pool which includes a hot tub, lazy river, climbing wall within the pool, and even a steam room and dry sauna. The Recreation Center alone provides so much fun for students! Go see the C.S.U. women's volleyball team or men's basketball team for great fun, as each team is very talented each year. Students can participate in intramural sports, go hiking, biking and many more activities to have a fun filled day. For students looking for a great education filled with fun, C.S.U. is the school for them!

    Food and Dining

    C.S.U. food and dining is better than many other colleges, but is by no means grandma's home cooking. There are a total of six different dining halls located on campus, all offering something different than the other to eat. The key to being able to make it two full semesters of eating at the dining halls for three meals a day would be to mix it up. If students only eat at the same dining hall every meal, the food will become very old very fast. An excellent aspect of dining at C.S.U. is each dining hall offers a very clean salad and fruit bar, with many topping options to include with your fruits and veggies. About once a month, there is also a cultural night at one of the dining halls, allowing students to get a taste of food from other parts of the world. This provides students something new to eat, as well as makes foreign exchange students feel more at home which is always a bonus. Food safety is taken very serious at C.S.U. and temperature and cleanliness importance is visibly clear to students eating at the dining halls. C.S.U. offers an above average dining experience with overall tasty food. Students just must remember to mix things up, and they will survive a year of food from the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Though many first year students dread the dorm life, dorm life at C.S.U. is a great experience. C.S.U. has both suite dorms, in which you have one roommate, and two other suite mates whom you share a bathroom and shower with. C.S.U. also has communal dorms, in which you have one roommate and share a bathroom with however many people of the same sex live on the floor. Both style dorms have pro's and con's, but more pro's no matter which you choose. Pro's of the suite style is that students must only share the bathroom with three other students, but this also means the students are in charge of cleaning their own bathroom. In the communal style, although students share the bathroom with many more students than in a suite, bathrooms are cleaned every day. Whether students choose a suite or a communal style dorm, some halls are co-ed and others are single sex. These come with pro's and con's as well. Co-ed halls can provide an excellent opportunity to meet people, but could make for awkward encounters as well. Single sex halls allow students to become very close with almost the entire hall, which is very fun and important in college. No matter which dorm students live in, there is almost always a community building activity which students can choose to participate in, and many are very fun! Each dorm has its own dining, so students can stay right at home to eat should they not feel like walking for food. Overall dorm life is excellent at C.S.U. and students will have a great experience no matter where they choose to live.

    Academic Rigor

    C.S.U. has many majors to choose from and many more minors, and the academic experience is all about what the student makes of it. Classes consist of 50 minute or 75 minute lectures, labs, or recitations, and many of these classes do not assign any 'busy work' for homework, but to be successful you must take notes over the lecture and be sure to study the notes for the test. Across all classes tests are generally the same format consisting of multiple choice, true and false, and the occasional essay question. Tests are much more difficult than in High School, and must be well prepared for to earn high grades. An upside and possibly a reason for not giving a full 5 stars to Academic Rigor is many professors offer versions of exams given through the course from previous years. So, students can study from exams given from other years which helps a great deal as professors tend to use some questions from previous exams. The material from all courses has great implications on life experiences and does require studying to be successful but is very worth the time for a wonderful education!

    Tips for prospective students

    What any prospective student must know is that C.S.U. is a wonderful school, with a great campus, a great education, and full of great people to meet, but it is college and will take hard work to succeed. Students must know that professors provide very little 'busy work' to help pad students grades. Most classes consist of only quizzes and exams in the grade book, so students must work hard to earn good grades. Any prospective student must know that to be successful, they must go to class, take notes on the lecture, study those notes each day so they do not pile up before the exam, and with the hard work students will see the results they want. Prospective students must know college is a time of transition, filled with excitement and nerves. Prospective students must embrace these emotions, and know that the four years of college will contain some of the best times the student will ever have in their life. Prospective students, come to college excited and ready to work hard, and they will have a very successful college experience.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a spectacular school with wonderful opportunities and filled with great people. No matter what major you choose to pursue, the education you receive will be a great one. The campus is beautiful as well, and perfect in size as it is not too small but by no means is too big.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In a big school with thousands of people, safety can be a concern. Although at CSU throughout the campus there are emergency poles that will allowing you to call the police or get someone's help through RamRide to walk with, take you to a specific location, and even act in a high risk circumstance. Another option is you can choose to participate in is to receive e-mails, texts, and calls when there has been an issue like a robbery, murder, peeping tom, and any other life threatening issues that police feel as if students need to be on their guard while on and off campus in the Fort Collins area. There is a police station on campus and there are police stationed throughout campus watching for any mischievous behavior. This allows students to feel safe walking around campus both during the day and night.

    What to do for fun

    It may seem as if there is nothing to do on the weekends or on nights that you just can not do anymore homework, but in between both sides of the dorms the recreation center is open late giving you the opportunity to swim, work-out, rock climb, or even participate in sports. If that isn't your thing there are always school and interest related clubs that host different activities and do things for there members. You can always go dancing or shopping with a group of friends in the evening if you want to get away from the campus, and by using the transit bus station students can get to and from there destination for free using their Ram card id.

    Food and Dining

    No, there is not a dining hall in every dorm building but each dorm is still less than a 5 minute walk to the closest dining hall. Everyday there are the easy and basic cereal, toast, fruit and yogurt option if that is what you'd like. But every hall offers a wide variety of different choices each day so that you can have a large variety of different foods. The dining halls as well as offer the ability to take food with you with the to-go containers and provide different varieties of food for students with allergies or preferences.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life although it may seem very overwhelming at first, is a great experience to meet new people and finally get the opportunity to set your own lifestyle and habits away from your parents. The dorms are close to many of the classes and will not take more than 10 minutes to walk from your dorm to your class. There is plenty of space although it may seem small at first, you may notice that you do not need as much space as you are used to. A few drawbacks about the dorms are that there are many people living on the same floor as you as well as people above and/or below. Some students do not take into consideration the respect of volume control during the evening and morning hours. Another setback is because of how the dorms are made it is not very easy to decorate your room as you'd like or even organize it because of where the outlets are located and how comfortable you are being close to your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Because each department has their own standards to comply with, as well as Colorado's educational standards there is never a time in a student should feel bored with the amount of work that is necessary to complete. There is always something to do for the following class either it be to read the assigned chapters, finish assignments, study vocabulary, or even play catch up. The University and the departments push their students to put their education first and to succeed in every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students are to take the time to discuss with advisors even if you want to go in undeclared, they know a lot about the classes needed to take and when to take them ensuring you can graduate with minimal amount of years. Another tip would be to look at how the University, clubs, and even your school (based on what your major is) can and will help you to pursue a career after you graduate. Is there something that you can participate in that will allow you to get a foot in the door? A third tip is to get your work done ahead of time; if you start early getting assignments, projects, and even papers started and better yet done it will help you tremendously in stress and time as well as give you the opportunity to look through your work and get help when necessary. Your first semester is your most important because it is a lot harder to get your GPA up later due to credits, and taking more classes will not necessarily help you unless you get A's or B's in that course.

    In three sentences

    The University offers many different opportunities to help with skills that are both your strong and weak points throughout campus in a specific building without making you go to and from one building to the other. As well as the faculty are all very understanding and cooperative when it comes to asking questions, coming in for help, and working with you in any situation even in a large class; they offer office hours in which they set aside time for students and if there is a conflict of time many professors are willing to make an appointment so that you may still receive help. The University offers so many different majors, minors, and degrees that fills each individuals needs as what they want to do later in life and prepares them well by covering all bases of what could be required in the work field.

  • 11/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for an array of different students. It is great for the outdoorsy student looking for ways to explore because the Foothills Mountains are just a few miles away. This college is great for the introvert because there is a beautiful library available, and there is plenty of Wi-Fi on campus. This college is great for the social butterfly because there is numerous clubs and organizations available. This college is great for the athlete because there is a new Recreation center building, and many intramural sports to sign up for. This college is great for any person looking to pursue an incredible education, while still having loads of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage prospective students to connect with the community. There are many ways to interact with others whether it is through Key Communities, Honors, Slice, Greek life, volunteering, or any of the clubs and organizations available on campus. This is a great way to meet people with similar interests, and further grow your own interests.

    Bang for the buck

    In this tough economic time it is important to chose where to spend money on education, and CSU is a wise place to invest in because the academics are phenomenal, the people are caring and friendly, the area is beautifully surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, and there are a lot of opportunities to grow physically, emotionally, spiritually, academically, and socially.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love everything about CSU. For starters, it is located in Fort Collins, CO which is home to the friendliest people I have ever been around. The students here seem genuinely respectful of others, eager to have an active lifestyle, and open-minded to new ideas and people. Nestled next to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, there are endless opportunities available to go outside and play. During the warm seasons, hiking, swimming, and boating are within minutes of the campus. The academics are challenging, but luckily every professor I have had is willing to bend over backwards for their students, and are very knowledgeable about their specific subject.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics here are challenging, but there are many resources available on campus to help students earn optimal grades. For example, there is free tutoring available in the TILT building, and there is an abundant amount of workshops available each week.

  • 08/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This college offers a wide range of degrees for its students, so almost every student can find what they are passionate about and study it. CSU offers great programs from liberal arts to construction management, to biomedical sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your resources while finishing high school to search for out side funding. The school tries to provide lots of scholarships, grant, and work-study but it cannot help every student, so you might be surprised at the short in funding they offer. If you enjoy a challenging education and truly advancing yourself this is the place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    They try hard to get more and more outside funding to reduce tuition hikes but can't prevent them. They keep the buildings and technology update. Out-of-state tuition is still high but it is a top notch education with great facilities. I would not trade it for any other school, I have visited.

    Am enjoying being here

    Whether you like to study 24/7 or party 24/7 there is a place for you. The atmosphere is absolutely positive and welcoming. Many places to go to drink, eat, enjoy nature, or just enjoy yourself. The on-campus gym is amazing and will spoil you for life so make use of it cause your tuition helps pay for it. Tons of newer exercise equipment, basketball courts, indoor soccer arena/volleyball court, rock climbing, pool with lazy river, volleyball net, lanes for doing laps, and a sauna and steam room.

    Am learning a lot

    Some classes may have huge numbers of students, but if you put the time in to talk to the teachers outside of class they really do try to help you succeed and give you great advise and help. You get out what you put in and more if you just try a little. Most classes also really try hard to bring things together with hands on experiences.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe walking around, even at one in the morning.

    What to do for fun

    go outside! there are im sports, clubs galore, and horsetooth reservoir is right up the street.

    Food and Dining

    food is good but not five star restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are old school but functional and warm in the winter.

    Academic Rigor

    every major has its own challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    look for help because it will not always come to you.

    In three sentences

    colorado state university is a beautiful campus in a beautiful city. if you are willing to work, there are countless people at csu willing to help. conserve that environment!

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many different activities available for csu students here in fort collins. almost everything is walking distance - from old town, to the bowling alley, and the movie theaters. not to mention the activities on campus scheduled for students such as movie events, guest speakers, hall and group activities planned, and so much more.

    In three sentences

    choosing to attend colorado state university has been one of the best decisions i have ever made. the academics are challenging and the professors are truly interested in their students achievements. colorado state university is a diverse school, and it is my perfect match.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    my experience at csu was great. in the dorms, you have the ra's and a cop that patrols each dorm. there is a number you can call from anywhere on campus to where a cop can reach you, one specified for night. you have ramride which will take you home at night if you ever need a ride and don't feel safe walking. also, you can call a certain number and a cop will be directed to you who will escort you home personally. it is a bit scary walking around at night by yourself, i wont lie. but nothing ever seems to happen. all in all, it seems to be a very safe campus with the students in first place.

    Greek Life

    greek life seems to be very valued at csu. most members seem very welcoming and initiations seem to go smoothly and fairly.

    Clubs and Activities

    csu is very versatile in their range of clubs and activities. this college is extremely accepting of races, religions, and sexuality. they have clubs and even sections of campus sanctioned each. almost anything you can think of, csu has a club for it; if it doesn't, you can petition to start your own. you can find anything from an out of state group to even a quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    csu is great for people who are willing to do what it takes. teachers will leave you behind if they know you aren't giving your all. and the pace is fast. curriculum changes weekly and doesn't always build on what was thought the week before. but if you can deal with this and make time for friends and yourself, csu is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    in front of aylesworth there is a large concrete block just off the sidewalk. the top of it is metal and for some reason it is always rather warm. during the cold winter months, this is a great place to stop and hang out or seek peace in solitude .

    Bang for the buck

    i would not suggest anyone coming from out of state, as i have had this problem myself. it is a good school and provides lots of opportunities, but unless you can be absolutely positive that tuition will be paid for, then i suggest going to a community college first and applying for residency. out of state tuition will run in the forty thousand range while in state is about seven to ten. the education is very thorough and the other amenities such as the rec center and the pace center, which helps students with studying, are very much appreciated and well worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    your options for entertainment are always varied. for exercise, the rec center is fantastic. it features a full aerobic gym, weight lifting, a track, a pool, sauna, steam room, wall climbing, along with group sessions daily for various things as well as a massage area (which costs you money, but is very much worth it). there are also always the groups you can join. they have numerous groups for things from jazz dancing to computer animation. almost literally anything you could think of. there are things out in town you can do, but generally you'll need a car. the main exception to this is if you're willing to walk to old town; this is a part of town aptly named which consists of numerous shops and places to eat.

    Food and Dining

    beware of college food. its easy to eat unhealthily. while they do supply some healthy food, its very tempting to eat that slice of pizza right next to the salad bar. for the most part, certain dining halls will have the same thing everyday. there are some places like durrell and corbett that change their food daily however. it can get quite boring eating the same things over and over tho, so eating out occasionally is a suggestion.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life was very memorable for me. my floor was rather close. with this closeness came all the drama of life but also i made good friends with whom i still talk to. it can be easy to be sucked into the bad crowd, because you do have the cliques typical when groups of people come together semi-permanently. it is a taste of what it's like to be on your own as an adult. i recommend living in a dorm to anyone, even if your family is in town or close by.

    Academic Rigor

    honestly, i feel as if the classes aren't too incredibly difficult. enjoy your stay in fort collins, but don't forget to study. study everyday for each class about 30 minutes to an hour right after class while its still fresh. start studying for any test the week in advance and you should be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask questions. i can't stress how often professors have mentioned that they are free after class yet students don't stop by. often times, a professor will give you study guides or previous tests to study from if you just take some time to go ask for help. class sizes for prerequisites can be very large; sit in the front and try to talk to the teacher. teacher's pets may be despised but it's well worth it. they're more willing to help you if they know you. don't be just a number as it was put to me once. above all else, take advantage of the rec center and of all the various programs and activities csu offers. don't just go to class and then come back to study.

    In three sentences

    in general, csu is very welcoming and the professors seem to be more than willing to help students after class. the atmosphere is very encouraging and most of the students aren't as rude as one would think. dorm life can be tough though; choose a roommate well and steer clear of the troublemakers because the ra's will find out of any bad doings and will be suspicious of you from that moment on.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    csu offers safe walk. you can call them for someone to walk you home late at night. ramride is a free shuttle service that runs on the weekends to pick students up from parties and take them home.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many clubs to count. i am a member of fashion group international, as well as biz miss. there is an entire web page dedicated to clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    cam the ram is the best mascot ever. they run him on the field during football games. there are also many opportunities to take a picture with the beloved ram.

    What to do for fun

    i like to walk to old town fort collins. there are a lot of restaurants and some concert halls and shopping. qdoba is also open until 3 am on weekends which is great for late nights with friends. movie theaters are also very cheap in the fort collins area.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls were much better than i expected. there are a about 5 dining halls and most of them have good food. there are usually a decent amount of meal choices. the meal plans are a little overpriced, but there are a lot of options for number of weekly meals.

    Dorm Life

    i have lived in the dorms for two years. there are definitely some decent dorms that are well taken care of and comfortable. you just have to apply for housing quickly. my dorm currently is only 6 years old and has air conditioning. there are also some dorms that are being added onto, so there are some newly refurbished rooms. i wish the upper-classmen housing was better though.

    Academic Rigor

    it depends on your major, same as any school. it isn't the ivy league but it is still challenging. however, there are a lot of opportunities to unwind after a long school week.

    Tips for prospective students

    people in fort collins are so nice and colorado is a great place to live. there is a lot to do around campus, in denver, and the mountains. csu is a great size, not too big, not too small. there are a lot of renovations so everything is going to be very new and high-tech.

    In three sentences

    i think that csu is a great school! there are so many fields of study that each have very dedicated and intelligent teachers. there is a great deal of school pride, especially when it comes to our rival with university of colorado!

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is not a big deal at csu. however, they are involved and friendly and instead of being the stuck-up people of the school, they are all very down-to-earth.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are kind of agriculture-oriented, csu is great for you. i am more of a metropolitan person so it was not a good fit for me.

    What to do for fun

    check out alleycat, a 24-hour coffeehouse. old town is a blast with many restaraunt and some cute boutiques. lyric cinema cafe is a great little place with two movie screens that shows various independent films. tuesdays are only $4 for students.

    Food and Dining

    the food is decent but there is not too much variation and everything is very processed.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are comfortable and homey, and it's just the luck of the draw as to if you will like your hall-mates. i recommend staying in braiden. it is in a great location and has the greatest diversity of people.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are more difficult than high school of course, but there is a multitude of tutoring options available in the tilt building which are very useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    register for housing as soon as you are accepted. you do not need to commit to the school before you do this which is really nice. also, take several tours around the campus before you make your decision.

    In three sentences

    csu is a nice school, but it is nothing too special. the campus is comfortable and easy to navigate, the people are friendly and the academics are moderately challenging. it is a decent school, and nothing more.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    hundreds of clubs that are very vocal in several areas of campus. easy to join.

    Great for these types of students

    outdoors, outgoing, fun loving, studious

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus stadium is right under the a that we can't change because it's a flight symbol.

    Bang for the buck

    the whole campus is under renovation so new buildings and features will be up soon.

    What to do for fun

    hiking, biking, rec center workouts, student life movies, art exhibits, performances, lectures, seminars, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    use your resources. freshmen classes are hard enough so utilize the tutoring centers (free) on campus.

    In three sentences

    a great campus life with constant activities. nurturing atmosphere for learning and a great community overall.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have a campus police department, and other features such as escorts anywhere on campus after dark til dawn!

    Clubs and Activities

    almost any type of club you want to get involved in is here on campus!

    What to do for fun

    csu is a big party school, but many kids see concerts downtown as well.

    Food and Dining

    much variety in the dining halls, but the meal plan options are limited.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are nice and conveniently located on campus! the people are friendly and there are always fun events in the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    the beginner level courses are fairly easy, but advanced classes are fast moving and informative!

    Tips for prospective students

    come visit the csu campus, you'll love the people and atmosphere!

    In three sentences

    csu has a beautiful campus, and is a very fun place to be. there are a variety of classes to choose from, and the professors teach well while also making time to help students one on one.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    humans vs. zombies - a week- or weekend-long event where students with bandannas on their heads and nerf guns in their hands try to fend off hordes of students with bandannas around their arms and brains on their minds.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many entertainment-based clubs and groups on campus that there's never a lack of things to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure that you're going to put the whole of yourself into it, or else you won't get much out.

    In three sentences

    i wonderful experience. people who care about what happens to you and how best to make your time here worthwhile. overall, an excellent choice.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is amazing. there are call boxes all over campus where an officer will meet you in 90 seconds in case of an emergency. there is also a program called safewalk which allows you to have escorts take you to wherever you need to go on campus if you do not feel safe. we also have a car service thursday, friday, and saturday nights that will pick you up from anywhere in town, no questions asked, and take you safely back to campus or to your house.

    Greek Life

    greek life is very popular here. during rush week, many houses will give away food, clothes, and other gifts in order to entice you to join. it's a great opportunity to do volunteer work as well as getting to know more people and forming a community of your own.

    Clubs and Activities

    while i have not joined a club, i know there are many different ones to join, and it doesn't take that much effort to create one yourself as long as you have others to join you. there are sports clubs to join if you do not wish to try to play at the varsity level and csu generally puts on tournaments for every sport on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are outdoorsy, you will enjoy living in fort collins because of all there is to do around town. there is also beautiful scenery to see. there is something to do for most everyone however, and i feel most people would enjoy coming here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    before our football game against our rivals, the buffalos at the university of denver, the school puts on a barbecue where any student can get a buffalo burger to get us pumped up for the game.

    Bang for the buck

    while csu is costly, the school provides you with everything you need to be successful academically and socially. the campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the professors are excellent. there are many different programs to study and concentrations within those programs to make sure everyone is doing what they enjoy. if this school seems right for you, don't worry about the cost. make sure you are going somewhere you enjoy and studying what you want to.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do for fun, especially in the city of fort collins. many activities take place on campus almost every day. the dining halls will do special dinners, there's lectures, carnivals, and other events to keep the students occupied. off campus, you can walk around old town, a 10 minute drive from campus, and explore the shops and restaurants on a nice day. horsetooth reservoir is also close by if you would like to go on a hike, or just take a nice drive around the lake.

    Food and Dining

    like any campus, the dining halls do get boring after eating there all the time. it's good to go off campus occasionally and treat yourself to your favorite restaurant. if you are not an adventurous eater, there is always cereal and pb&j's. they also will provide vegan and vegetarian meals to accommodate everyone. the dining halls do provide you with healthy options however, which will help you to keep off that freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    being in the dorms allows you to meet people and get connected with the school better than if you lived off campus your first year. i have met my future roommate thanks to being in the dorms. it also helps a lot with homework because you are just a 10 minute walk at most from the library and any other resource you might need.

    Academic Rigor

    the homework given in college is different than high-school in that it is mostly reading. it takes a lot of effort to read something lengthy and actual process what you have just read. it is also a lot more independent than in high-school and requires you to be self-motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early. csu is a top rated school and they receive much more applicants than they can admit. also, visit the campus before you commit to make sure it feels right to you. the most important part about picking a college is making sure it's a good match.

    In three sentences

    colorado state university is a beautiful campus with all types of people. it has great faculty who will help you out with anything you need as long as you just ask. also, there is always something going on whether it's in the dining halls, or student center.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    online/distance classes

    Academic Rigor

    classes are tough, and require studying. they require at least 5 hours of studying per class per week.

    Tips for prospective students

    online program is strenuous, though you can choose the length of time to complete your master's degree.

    In three sentences

    csu has classes for everyone. csu keeps you well informed on classes, meetings and events. online classes are just like being in class since you get to see the class presentation.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus feels safe even late at night and there are plenty of resources to make sure it's continually safe!

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved here, but I know it's active and growing which is great to see!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many choices for absolutely everyone! For me personally, they even have Fellowship of Catholic University Students which I love being a part of! You can very easily start your own club if they don't have what you're looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes being challenged and really working at what they want will love CSU. CSU truly pushes each and every student to be their absolute best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Sherwood Forest in which every type of tree native to Colorado is planted there with the exception of the Aspen tree. It's quite fascinating seeing all the various trees planted together on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    College in general is so expensive...eek! But CSU provides opportunity for scholarships which is great. I do wish it was cheaper though. The expense of CSU stresses me out.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of attractions in Fort Collins and even more so by being involved in clubs on campus! It really just depends on how busy you want to be.

    Dorm Life

    How exciting can dorm life really be? But in all actuality, CSU isn't bad at all.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the atmosphere of the academics here and I haven't met a professor yet that I feel I can not talk to easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's definitely a great time being here at CSU, but make sure to keep up on your studies! It's easy to fall behind and you'll regret it!

    In three sentences

    CSU is an absolutely wonderful school that will challenge its students to be their absolute best. I feel like it's so easy to connect with the professors and other students on campus. There is no reason anyone should not feel welcome here!

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is an option called Ram Ride for students to get a ride in a car from a campus police officer if they need to walk somewhere after dark.

    Greek Life

    There are many different Sororities and Fraternities to choose from.

    Bang for the buck

    For each major, there is a computer lab on campus somewhere where student have free printing options for school work, so there is no paying for printing if you plan ahead!

    What to do for fun

    Olde town is just a short walk from campus, where there are restaurants and shops to go into and explore. Fort Collins itself has the highest number of restaurants per capita in the world, so you will never go hungry and there is always something new to try.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different kinds of food to choose from, and there are even some healthy AND nutritious options.

    Dorm Life

    Roommates are a great way to meet new people, but you have to be respectful of one another's space. The food is great, and the hallways are always having competitions and activities.

    Academic Rigor

    If you fall behind, you can catch up, but it is a lot of work. Stay on top of your assignments and readings, and you will learn a lot from the professors as well as your fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    On your first day, take a deep breath, you will find all of your classes. Make friends with the people you sit next to in class, they make good study partners! Always ask questions, even if you think they are dumb, someone else is wondering the same thing, guaranteed.

    In three sentences

    The classes are well put together and interesting. The professors know what they are talking about as well as they develop a personal relationship with the students. The campus is clean, and there are always activities to take part in.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oval

    Bang for the buck

    Place is breathtaking

    What to do for fun

    Movies, Camping, Hiking, and Greek Life, Clubs, Volunteering

    Food and Dining

    There are a few places with good food. A lot of choices

    Dorm Life

    Amazing! So much fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging. Hard grading system depending on teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, Study, Study, but make time to have fun and enjoy life.

    In three sentences

    This is a challenging college that pushes you to your fullest potential. Most of the teachers are friendly and open to help you. It is not like high school Grading systems.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have lots of options for everyone, and are located in easy access areas.

    Dorm Life

    Being a part of the Leadership Development Community has been a wonderful opportunity that I am so thankful I took advantage of. Being a part of something has made me feel welcome and has given me the chance to meet 37 other people who have similar goals as myself.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic courses at Colorado State are tough, rigorous courses, but with the help of your professors and teacher assistants you are completely capable of passing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions about anything. There is always someone out there who knows the answer and who is willing to help you out!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State has a beautiful and welcoming campus that is more than helpful with any needs you might have. The classes are big enough to be diverse, but small enough to be able to have one on one time with your professors. Fort Collins has tons of opportunities that you would not be able to recieve elsewhere!

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The CSUPD provides SafeWalk, which allows students to call for a CSO and have them escort the students to their location. The CSUPD is the highest paid police force in the state. Our campus is probably one of the safest out there thanks to the Fort Collins PD and the CSUPD.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved with Greek Life, but I do know that it's very popular and the Greek students here at CSU love the groups they are a part of. They gain friends for life and have so much pride in their organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to do here! Honors, Key Academic communities, SnowRiders, any of the bands or choirs, I could keep this list going forever. They get 5 stars just for the sheer variety of things to do outside of school.

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for someone who wants to learn but have fun at the same time. So many of our professors here really do care about how their students do. The students just have to show the initiative. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing that has been catching on is Humans vs Zombies. A whole group gets together and plays this giant game of tag a couple times a semester. It is really fun to get involved with and even just to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    While you might hear students complaining about what CSU does with their student fees, you really get a good education--which is what you're ultimately paying for. CSU is building new academic facilities. They also just recently renovated our Rec Center, which has a new pool, a hot tub, and a lazy river. While things like this sound like they might be wasting our money, CSU really invests in the student's time here.

    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins is such a great community. Old Town is within walking distance from campus. There are so many great restaurants. Chipper's Bowling Lanes is popular, as is Fort Fun. In terms of on-campus activities, the Rec Center has many awesome classes you can take like yoga or pilates. You can join intramural teams like innertube water polo. The west lawn is also a great place to hang out with friends and play a game of frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    The food at CSU actually is pretty good. Some of it gets repetitive, but that's what is great about CSU--you can eat at any dining hall on campus and switch it up. CSU's food is definitely not the gross cafeteria food you saw in high school, and it is for sure not the college food your parents tell you about.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the newest dorm, Aspen Hall, for two years. The Academic Village is a great place to live, but all the dorms on campus provide a really great on-campus living experience. The RAs really work hard and put in a lot of time to put on events for the residents. The dorm atmosphere at CSU is really great, and I enjoyed all of my time there.

    Academic Rigor

    None of the classes here are meant to be a joke. They all require you to think critically and work hard. Some classes have more reading than others. Sometimes you might think you know a subject, so you don't study as much, and then the test kicks your butt. I give CSU a 4 star rating for academic rigor because there are some classes that really are 'easy a' classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't feel like you have to know what you want to study. CSU allows you to take your time and get your general credits out of the way before you decide what you really want to do. Get involved. There are so many diverse and amazing groups on campus. Some groups like ROTC and Marching Band actually start before school starts, so you get to start your school year with a ton of new friends. There are also snowboarding groups, clubs for most every major, and peer mentoring groups. There are millions of ways to get involved here. Study more for your first test! That way, if you do really well on your first test, you might be able to adjust the amount of studying you do for the next ones.

    In three sentences

    CSU is diverse. CSU provides many opportunities for students to participate outside of academics. CSU has many great academic programs, so students from anywhere can find something they are interested in and want to study.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is okay, though there has been a lot of theft and a peeping Tom in the women's locker room at the recreation center (who has never been caught). There was also an armed robbery in one of the parking lots at the center of campus, just a couple months ago. At the edge of campus and within a small perimeter around campus, things get a little more dangerous. There has been a lot of theft, some violence and quite a few sexual assaults.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is best for those students who are just out of high school -- the younger than 25 year old students. This is not a great school for older, non-traditional students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oval is great. It's a great place for students to study or relax on a nice day.

    Bang for the buck

    The bang for the buck is a little disappointing at this school. The biggest let down has been the lack of concern over retention and graduation rates. CSU seems more interested in recruiting new students than it does with keeping the students they have. Another let down is that many of the higher level math and science classes are taught by upper level students (teaching assistants). For as much money as we pay for these classes, and as important as they are, I firmly believe they ought to be taught by professors. Research opportunities also ought to be more apparent and accessible.

    What to do for fun

    CSU is located just a couple blocks from old town Fort Collins, where there are many quaint shops, restaurants and bars. Within a short driving distance, there are mountains, trails, camping, white water rafting, etc. Bicycling is huge in this area.

    Food and Dining

    Many choices fast food choices in the dining room at the student center.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, so I have no comments to make.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, CSU is good, but not great. The upper level math classes are taught by upper level students and not professors, which is a shame. In all the other upper level, rigorous classes, professors at least teach the lecture portion of the class, although, often times, a student teaching assistant may teach the lab.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all the information on financial aid up front. Check your financial aid status a couple of times each semester. There is a lifetime limit on government student loans, and what you are allowed will not cover your tuition and fees through your Bachelor's degree. There are new rules for the Pell Grant, too, and you can only receive it for 6 years. I would suggest a meeting with Financial Services as soon as you start attending, to find out any details about financial aid that you may not know about. Start applying for grants and scholarships soon and often. There are many websites that give tips on how to get better grades. Utilize them. This school says it has such programs, but the offices that are running such programs, often times say they either don't know about the program, or the program is no longer offered. The few helpful programs they do have, like the Learning Assistance Program, have very long waiting lists. CSU seems to be more concerned with building a new, on-campus stadium, and recruiting new students, than they are with keeping the students they have. Last year, the President of CSU, Tony Frank, rolled out a program called Commitment to Colorado. He promised that no student would be turned away from CSU for a lack of financial aid. A few months later, he retracted this statement, and said he was sorry, but some students wouldn't be able to attend CSU (if they couldn't find their own financial aid). CSU is a research school, but finding research opportunities is a mystery. If you plan to attend grad school, you have to be selected and financial aid is different. The requirements are still not clear and the information is not widely disseminated.

    In three sentences

    Financial aid information is somewhat vague unless you know the right questions to ask. Research opportunities are a mystery. CSU doesn't seem concerned with student retention or with graduation rates.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I feel like there may be many traditions on various other colleges similar but I am not sure so the Undie Run at CSU is always a blast. Donate the clothes you are wearing to charity and go for a jog with a couple thousand other students!

    What to do for fun

    The rec center is a great place to go after classes. Whether it is a workout, basketball, swimming or rock climbing it's always a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty much all you can eat all the time, whats not to like. There is also variety, including a Mongolian grill, and different entrees everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience. Would not repeat it after freshman year, it gets old and eventually you need your own space.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what classes you take. I have taken classes that require 12 hours a week outside of class to prep for tests and classes that I don't have to prep for at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    When touring try and come early in the fall or later during the spring semester. Always come while classes are in session because it gives a very different feel to the campus.

    In three sentences

    CSU is in an amazing place. Fort Collins is one of the best cities to live in for a real college experience. The campus is small enough to walk everywhere and there are enough students to make it feel like you are not in high school.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    There is a wonderful campus and location. The professors are very helpful and I have learned a lot. There are a lot of things to get involved in on campus.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Veterinary Medicine and ROTC scholars. Dedicated to thier choosen careers.

    Bang for the buck

    Resident Tuition is rather low, for such a great program it is cheap.

    What to do for fun

    The town is a great place, look around, shop, go to a park, or the library, lots of cool choices.

    Food and Dining

    Never tasted it but there are lots of great restaurants not to far away.

    Dorm Life

    Never been, but they look nice and only sharing with one person sounds great.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes, but I like the added difficulty, it helps me to stretch and grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, the better your grades the better your chances, and apply to scholarships early on.

    In three sentences

    Great school, one of the top three veterinary programs in the country. Carries AFROTC and AROTC scholarships, and is located in a great town. My number one college choice.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good GPA and test scores and visit the campus

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is an amazing school! The campus is beautiful and the people make you feel very welcome when you visit campus. I am looking forward to attending here in the fall.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Colorado State offers events for students to get involved and have fun, especially for incoming freshman and transfer students. Dances, game nights, and movie events are common througout the semester and are organized through the housing and dining center on campus. Fort Collins offers many opportunities for fun including hiking, biking, kayaking the Poudre, as well as movie theatres, shopping centers, and family fun centers.

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers on campus offer many options for eating including different types of cuisine and multiple locations to eat. The newest dinning centers offer many options, many of which are considered to be the better tasting and more enjoyable atmosphere than older dining centers.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Colorado State is good, offering many opportunities to engage in community groups present in the student body. Most rooms are small, but usually will accommodate the needs of one or two students who stay in the rooms. Residence halls also offer laundry services, game areas, and study rooms for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State offers a good challenge in their academic programs, but the challenge varies with colleges and the majors which they offer. All courses of study will offer some challenge, preparing students for the professional working world upon graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to examin the majors offered to match your interests. Finding current students who attend here and pursue similar goals that you may have could be beneficial to get a feel for the programs offered at Colorado State University. Visting the campus is also a good step as well. It will give you a feel for the city's culture a and let you experience the good community that Fort Collins offers.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a land-grant research university which means that research activities are used to benefit the community and the world. It is a school offering a variety of majors ranging from Business Administration to Veterinarian Sciences to Fashion Design. With a background in Agricultural development, the university also offers extension programs to benefit the community that surrounds it.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and it offers the option of having a public safety officer walk you to your car at night or to the dorms for extra precaution.

    Greek Life

    There are many different fraternities and sororities to join as well as multicultural sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities that are available during the school year at CSU are vast and there are many options depending on what individuals prefer.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. The amount of knowledge and information that will be acquired at CSU is phenomenal. Student fees also pay for the technology and the ability to check out iPads and Laptops from the main library on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Because of it's location in downtown, there are many bars to choose from for the students who are 21 and older. There are also locally owned shops and business to go shopping for the crowd that is under 21. Fort Collins is also known for its extensive cuisine ranging from Thai food to american and Mexican food. For those individuals who enjoy the big city atmosphere, Denver is only about 1 hour away from Fort Collins.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices of foods to choose from in the Food court that can be found in the student center at Colorado State University. The dining services in the dorms are also very good considering the typical myth that dorm food is significantly less appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great place to meet lifelong friends. The people are very kind and the general atmosphere of the dorms is fun and uplifting.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to a community college, Colorado State University is a significant step up and the difficulty of the work will naturally become more difficult the higher the division of the classes become.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get active by joining clubs that you are interested in. Colorado State University offers a great variety of clubs that range from dance to horticulture.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a great scientific based University that is ranked as a top research Institution. The education is excellent for students and the scenery makes it a beautiful place to study outside during the spring and summer. Moreover, the teachers and the general atmosphere at Colorado State University is very uplifting and positive.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get your housing and classes finalized as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Colorado state university is an excellent campus. It has a wide range of classes for my major. The lush green friendly campus makes Fort Collins a beautiful place to attend college.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe

    Clubs and Activities

    to many to name pretty much anything you want

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marching bands suicide trombones

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is very helpful and welcoming

    What to do for fun

    Lots of outdoor activities and tons of groups and clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food was average like all dorm food

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed living in the dorms great place to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the Rigor is like any other state Univeristy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the Campus.

    In three sentences

    Love this place the campus is so senic. The faculty and students are very helpful and friendly.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any problems on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Science and animal science students, as well as those looking for a big university experience and a chance to get involved in faulty research

    What to do for fun

    Old town is great for a night out and all sorts of random fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good, especially in Academic Village. There's always something to satisfy your craving.

    Dorm Life

    You have the chance to make some really close friends in your dorm and your hall, so take advantage of it. The dorms on the very edge of campus kind of suck location-wise, but those also seem to have the strongest communities.

    Academic Rigor

    CSU is challenging and fulfilling. The science courses are fabulous and I've learned a lot already.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything your first year.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there are occasional reports of peeping toms and stabbings (rare). The police station is right on campus and there are places where you can call for help as well as getting security to excort you home or pick you up from a party if you are too drunk to drive.

    Greek Life

    The have them

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports clubs, major specific clubs and religous clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Biology, Vet, agriculture and rich (if you do not want to take out 20,000 dollar loans each year)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stump in the plaza where people can stand a speak there mind.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very expensive for in state tution and fees and is overwelmingly expensive for out of state tution and fees. Room and Board while nice is extremly expensive for such a small space and not so nice food. I felt like most of the professors are bad at teaching and are available for help, but not helpful.

    What to do for fun

    Most people go to the park during the sunny days or play on the intermural fields as well as chill at the rec center. The school provides free movies and entertainment, but you have to hunt around to find these oppurtunities.

    Food and Dining

    The atmosphere is great, but the food is blan and sometimes gross. My friend found a nail (like a hammer and nail) in her food.

    Dorm Life

    It is great for meeting new people and the spaces are really awesome, but it is really expensive so most people move off campus as soon as possible

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging because most of the teachers are not good at teaching, but some are better working one on one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to teachers in the major you are interested in. Sit in on 3 classes at different levels. Talk to the students about how they feel their educational needs are being met.

    In three sentences

    The school is beautiful and nice. I feel that they are more focused on getting money from studants and grants than the education. The location is awesome and really great for students.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do! Hiking, Biking, Camping, Skiing, Snowboarding, or just walking around Old Town are great things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food was not amazing but the dining hall was convenient and always had food whether you were going to breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just needed a snack.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life allowed me to meet a lot of new people from many different places that had many of the same interests that I did. Make sure to fill out the room mate placement survey accurately!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging and interesting, but watch out for chemistry!

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people and make as many new friends as possible, but do not forget your studies, they are definitely the most important part of going to college.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is one of the most beautiful college campuses. It offers a rigorous curriculum, plenty of activities to get involved in, and the opportunity to meet many new people. This campus is designed to help you succeed in whatever field you choose to pursue.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Is one of the biggest programs on campus they are always there to help. We have this big poles with blue lights were you can press and if you are afraid of walking alone they have Safety walk which only takes them less than 2 mins to get to your location.

    Greek Life

    I'm not sure about Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of opportunities for you to indulge with diversity and to meet new people to become part of a team that could possibly help you with your career.

    What to do for fun

    I travel around Fort Collins, trying to feel for it going to different restaurants. Going to activities that are set up by the school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great in Aspen Lodge , Corbett/Parmelle. They have an awesome variety of different food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay, 'I'm not a big fan of sharing a bathroom with 15 other people but other then that it is very personal and homey

    Academic Rigor

    Very strict and accurate, very demanding. Work hard and do your best, they have all types of resources to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its very fun and an exciting place to meet new people and to learn new things. You have great opportunities and clubs to join. Freedom is one of the biggest keys in Fort Collins.

    In three sentences

    Very Green Campus with a beautiful view of the mountains. It is a great little college town to experience new things and to meet new people. It has a very homey atmosphere and very friendly.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I think the campus is beautiful, yet manageable and easy to navigate. They seem to have something for everybody, whether it's climbing rock walls or swimming in the lazy river pool. Colorado State University has something to offer for everybody in both academics and entertainment.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe with the safe walk program and safe boxes. The only complaint we've had about safety is the peeing tom which has become a campus joke.

    Greek Life

    I don't know about greek life as I haven't participated in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's pretty much a club and activity for everything you want to do, and if there isn't, you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for environmentally friendly students, engineering students, and those interested in equine sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's nothing unusual about the campus really. You can always find your own hiding spot if you need one though.

    Bang for the buck

    Your student ID will get you a lot of discounts at local places. Don't forget to ask if they give student discounts.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of bars (when you are 21), the drive-in, lyric cinema, lots of coffee shops, and several opportunities for outdoor adventures with the location near Horsetooth.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is pretty mediocre, but the student center offers your regular fast food if you ever need to break it up.

    Dorm Life

    I felt safe and secure in the dorms and met roommates who I have had throughout my college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of work you have to put in depends on your program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all of the programs offered to you, especially the career center and writing center. There are many resources and the best way to find out about them is actually through their websites so don't hesitate to spend time searching on colostate.edu.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a community with an environment that fosters comfort and success. The staff at CSU will assist you with absolutely anything you need and there are great opportunities around every corner. It is a wonderful school.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the foothills of the Rockies, 3 miles from campus, is a giant, white letter A on the hillside. This dates back to when CSU was an agricultural school. Each August, there is a tradition where students hike up to the A to repaint it.

    Bang for the buck

    Colorado State University offers great deals relative to other universities in the state. Overall, a budget at CSU is of great value when evaluating the quality of classes and the level of education offered.

    What to do for fun

    Colorado State University offers many different activities appealing to many different people. Due to its proximity to the Rockies, one can literally hike, bike, and ski in their backyard. The city of Fort Collins surrounding the campus offers many opportunities such as art galleries, museums, dining, and night clubs, among others.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the dining centers on campus offer a great variety of different and nutritious foods.

    Dorm Life

    Although the residence halls vary in their overall quality, the sense of community and even family strongly permeates each and every one of them. Resident assistants are carefully chosen by the University to be most kind, patient individuals that tolerate a great variety of different personalities. Additionally, if one was to fill out an application for the dorms, they would be matched with the best possible roommate, and if that relationship didn't work out, services are there to help find someone better for both parties.

    Academic Rigor

    At CSU, the rigor of classes depends largely on the different types of classes, and furthermore, on the different types of majors that students have. For instance, a computer science major would have a considerably less rigorous schedule than a pre-veterinary major. Additionally, majors that may seem manageable in the beginning, may become increasingly difficult as one's college career progresses. By the end, only those with the most motivation and drive will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for future CSU Rams would be to keep up with all of your classes by studying hard, abstaining from a party lifestyle, If you're struggling with classes, take advantage of the tutoring courses offered on campus. Finally, remember to do everything to the best of your ability while attending Colorado State University.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is the perfect campus. It has a great location, excellent educational opportunities, and friendly faculty. Overall, it is one of the best places the nation to receive a higher education.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSU is all about safety! They have lights and emergency phones everywhere. They also offer a Safe-Walk program for students that don't want to walk by themselves at night and an officer will come to escort them home.

    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know...I don't participate in rushing or Greek events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every type of person!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students! GBLT, foreign exchange students, in-state, out-of-state students, and everyone in-between are welcome at CSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Incoming freshman carry a rock up to the A on the mountain and white-wash the letter. They come back down tired and painted!

    Bang for the buck

    Since Fort Collins is a college town, there are so many places that are student-friendly! It is easy to get a student or military discount when you go out to eat.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! There are so many different clubs to join and fun places to go with friends. Old Town is right down the street - easy walking distance - and there are so many fun things to do there!

    Food and Dining

    CSU has many different Dining Halls that you can go to with flexible hours. All of the food is recognizable and delicious. They're also great about accommodating people with certain health needs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and friendly! They have different dorms for different students if you want to get involved somehow, or you can just live in a dorm based on location. Dorms are a great way to meet new people and make new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    I constantly find myself challenged when I attend my classes. Professors are always willing to help you to succeed, though. It's different than high school, but worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when it comes to finding a major. You don't have to know right away, you have time to explore. Get involved - you'll meet so many new people that way!

    In three sentences

    CSU Fort Collins is a wonderful school! They have great opportunities and everyone is extremely friendly. Coming here was the best decision I ever made!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    About anything that you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great but just watch out on what you eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is well-rounded and everything is close by.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough but at the same time the instructors are there to help you out if you have any problems with anything from their subject that they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Paid close attention to the instructors and do what is require of you through out the campus.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University, CSU, offers various different majors and minors. It is big enough to experience new things and hear about new ideas that you don't hear about in small towns. Also, Fort Collins is interesting with new things and various different traditions that happen in Fort Collins.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always activities to do on and off campus. I went to many school involved activities outside of class.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but one can get tired of eating the same things over and over.

    Dorm Life

    It was a good experience but I was ready to expand from dorm life after the first year.

    Academic Rigor

    I was challenged my first year and I think CSU focuses on the challange as well as success.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency poles that page a police officer whenever you need a safe walk home. There is an on campus police department.

    Greek Life

    Multiple sororities and fraternities with plenty of volunteer opportunities. Those who participate in Greek Life have a higher G.P.A.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs it is impossible to list and you can make your own club any time you choose.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love living green or are interested in animal majors. Anyone who is interested in business and anyone who loves outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oval is a great place to hang with friends, sleep, or study. They offer wifi and the scenery is gorgeous surrounded with lush trees and grass. A tradition that everyone loves is hiking to the mountain to paint the A which stands for Aggies.

    What to do for fun

    For fun they have hiking, biking, and a swimming pool that includes a lazy river. There is a rock climbing wall and gym area and also a sports field where anyone can play.

    Food and Dining

    The chefs prepare a wide variety of options including vegitarian options. They make their own mango ice tea and have anything you would like, buffet style, for any meal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great because the atmosphere is relaxing and friendly. There are many dining halls that are easy to walk to.

    Academic Rigor

    They offer honors programs and require 2 hours of studying for every hour of class time. There will be homework and essays given frequently.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending Colorado State University the best thing to do is to get involved. There are various ways including clubs, intramural sports, and volunteering.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has the most beautiful green campus that reflects the green initiative the campus lives by. The school offers an abundance of majors. The faculty provide a personal experience and the orientation team is very welcoming.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since your located on the foothills plenty of outdoor activities can be done such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and snow boarding if you don't mind driving a little. Old Town is always a good time since something is always going on. On campus you'll be able to find something to do with like minded individuals as well.

    Food and Dining

    On campus they have several dining halls that offer meal plans and the food is tasty and if you don't want dining hall food you can still find more in the student center. If none of those peak your interest Old Town has plenty of options and it's within walking distance from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms but I know people who have and liked them. CSU is in the process of renovating all of them and have new ones as well so on campus living is going to be second to none.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect the professors to make you work for your grades at this university, they have high standards and care about their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to classes so your not wasting money and learn something. At the same time you can have fun meeting new people and explore what you can within safe limits.

    In three sentences

    I love this university because it offers something for everybody. The academics are great and is still getting better with all the upgrades to the facilities. The community with which it placed in is a great to live in.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    hang with friends in food places close by

    In three sentences

    The best school I have attended

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The campus separates itself by academic focus so it is easy for all students to fit in. The north side of campus is for more social students while the south side is more beneficial to students serious about their focus and studies.

    Bang for the buck

    I would gladly spend another 25,000 dollars to have the kind of experiences and education that CSU has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    The best way to enjoy Fort Collins is with friends. Take a stroll around town to experience the night life. Hike up the Poudre canyon or take a stroll around Horsetooth. Finally, the campus is always bustling with activity so there's never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good enough to survive on, but youll find yourself eating out from the dining halls quite often.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the residence halls was the best first year any freshman could ask for. The RA's are reasonable and understanding and want to see you succeed in your time at CSU.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State is challenging, but also a supportive community. Professors are more than happy to work with students and enjoy helping students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never underestimate yourself. Always stay focused. Remember to live and enjoy every experience that presents itself.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University provides an all inclusive experience full of life changing possibilities and amazing social experiences. CSU taught me to follow my passion and develop my skills in both a challenging and supportive atmosphere. CSU changed my life and will change yours too.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are call boxes located throughout campus just in case you ever need campus security assistance getting to your car/dorm/house. I've never once felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you're interested in something, you know that CSU will have a club for it! There are so many ways to get involved with CSU.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, outdoorsy, and students who are interested in agriculture especially.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The plaza is a free speech zone on campus. Many businesses and school organizations congregate in the plaza and have free giveaways and activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a D1 school, CSU can be pretty expensive. The teachers are great through and know their material.

    What to do for fun

    Old town is always a hot spot for most students as well as football games and other sports activities. The school is also located very close to the foothills so there is always hiking and white water river rafting!

    Food and Dining

    CSU provides many different food options and has several dining rooms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Upper level classes can be very challenging. However, a lot of student aid is provided including the TILT tutoring services and teacher office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many extracurricular activities and clubs that you can. This will guarantee that you have a fun experience your freshman year and that you will make friends to help you get through the next few years!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State offers a variety of majors for students. Compared to other universities, classes are taught by more actual professors than graduate students. The school's location is located near the beautiful foothills and has many fun opportunities for students.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is Awesome. I always see officers around and if not that i feel really safe with all the up to date text alerts that let me know sever weather is coming or any thing else i would need to know around campus. As an out of state student i couldnt feel any safer.

    Greek Life

    O the Greek life! Gotta Love it! never been part of this life but i have lots of friends that love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Camping, hiking and summer jobs are the best activities and several clubs get into home coming. The town is somewhat small so I feel everyone is involved.

    Great for these types of students

    IF your looking for one of the top Agriculture schools, well this is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    most unusual tradition is painting the A on the hill symbolizing that we were once Aggies! For me coming from a Texas this is very unusual since were home to the Texas Aggies and not in Colorado

    Bang for the buck

    The Bang for you Buck! since I pay out of state tuition my big bang is that I feel that i'm on vacation year round. Texas is hot and well Colorado is allot cooler and winter months are my favorite so I make the most of them.

    What to do for fun

    I love to sight see, make a trip to the mountains and ski during the winter. The scenery is incredible and if your an outdoors person than this is the school for you.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing Food! I'm from Texas and everyone says everything is bigger and better in Texas but the pies (pizza's) are to die for. IF you don't go to school here and just want to visit it is a must to get one of their incredible deep dish pies.

    Dorm Life

    Looks to be very clean and allows for students that are new to the area to bond and get involved with the traditions.

    Academic Rigor

    Awesome school

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard before you transfer in and work on your scholarships in advance.

    In three sentences

    This school is Incredible. Staff, facilities and programs seem to excel in so may different ways allowing them to be one of the top schools. The Agricultural program is the best in the State for sure

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has 3 levels of safety that seem very hard to get past if you aren't supposed to. There are also many other options for safety; including getting a policeman/woman to escort you to a class or other location, to get free, no-ask-no-tell rides back to your dorm from parties, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite tradition is going to the center of the Oval with your significant other, and waiting until the nearby stoplight turns red at midnight. Then you must kiss the other person until it turns green again.. (at 6 a.m.)

    Bang for the buck

    CSU is more expensive than many other options, but they seem to be worth it with excellent academics and a beautiful campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much open space on campus, a huge rec center, and clubs for every sport. It would take real effort to Not find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food, especially the breakfast, was delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems like it will be amazing! The people I've met were really fun and the dorm beds aren't as uncomfortable as they are made out to be!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes seem challenging but important in pursuing a career in your chosen major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take a tour of the campus and visit your classes before they start so you know where to go.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a beautiful campus and it provides a perfect learning environment, indoors and out. There are tons of traditions and fun little rumors about ghosts and hauntings. No matter a person's goal in life, it can be achieved at CSU.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Being that it is a very nice university I feel the price is accurate for tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is very exciting. You can play volleyball, basketball, swimming, and the best part of it all is that there is a rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    Really good food and they never seem to run out.

    Dorm Life

    Tons of fun!

    Academic Rigor

    You do have to work hard. I am in the College of Business, and CSU was just named top 10 most prestige business schools in the United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sre you always attend your orientation, that way you get to meet new people. Never be afraid to ask any questions, everyone is so helpful and willing to make you succeed. Always carry around a map, it can get confusing sometimes.

    In three sentences

    It is a very outdoor type of school. The people are so friendly and so is the staff at CSU. The campus is beautiful.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, fun, outgoing students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run is an event every spring to donate clothes to charities where students strip down to their undies, and run around the campus.

    What to do for fun

    The Lyric Cinema Cafe is great for indie and independent movies, and The Bean Cycle is the best place for coffee near campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress warmly, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Fort Collins is a beautiful town. Everyone here is so friendly. The campus is nice, and fun.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Colorado State University prides itself on its safety and security. Not only is there a police department on campus, but there are programs such as SafeWalk where campus service officers will walk with a student anywhere on campus or two blocks off-campus. CSU also maintains high security in the residence halls and all on campus buildings.

    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is the number one college for outdoor junkies. There are so many activities to do on and off campus such as rock climbing, biking, hiking, tubing, swimming, and boating. For students who love the outdoors, there is no better college.

    What to do for fun

    There is nothing better than going to college in an outdoors-loving school! CSU is located right between Horsetooth Reservoir and historic Old Town Fort Collins. Biking, hiking, swimming, boating, and climbing are just a few of the many outdoor activities. If you're not as much into nature, Old Town houses hundreds of restaurants, as well as breweries and shopping. And these are only the activities off campus!

    Food and Dining

    Colorado State University offers some of the best variety of dorm food. Students are never bored with the food due to the fact that every dining hall offers a different selection. Not only is there quality food, but there is also great variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is always the highlight of the freshman year. CSU works hard to be welcoming and create a friendly, communal environment for freshman, making dorm life the experience of a lifetime. With events happening all the time and activities every day, the residents are never bored. CSU has the dorm life figured out better than any other university.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State University creates the perfect balance of academic rigor and success. Academics are always what one makes of them. With hard work and an eye to succeed, CSU pushes students just the right amount to create a challenge as well as an exciting academic career that produces passion in every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get connected! There is so much going on at Colorado State University, so no matter where your interests lie or what your background is, there is a community for you. CSU is welcoming and friendly, so make it your home. Be who you are, do what you do, and you will feel at home.

    In three sentences

    On a grading scale, Colorado State University would be an A. It is a college that focuses on the success of its students and values well-rounded individuals. Not only are the academics exceptional, but one feels like they are being welcomed home the second they step on campus.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's cool. Most areas are lit fairly well. I never felt stressed or scared.

    Greek Life

    I rushed. I am now a PiPhi! it is great!

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student it is rough. It is very expensive. In state students this is the mother lode! They get a great deal!

    What to do for fun

    Too much! Football weekends are a blast! Many kids go to the mountains to ski and board in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    I only got the least - 10 meals per week. It gave me the flexibility to eat at the sorority or at Subway.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms. Super friendly kids. I loved Corbett Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Not an easy school! But it is so friendly and inviting. Everyone is so nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    has a department for the undecided student. Perfect ! You have someone to help you navigate the ins and outs of your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    It is a down to earth, quality education. I was able to excel in areas I didn't think would interest me when I was in High School. A real school for real students!

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This CSU have every year tradition of Homecoming. They have parade. Also when they have big event, they do bring out the mascot, the Ram.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different clubs that you can involved. They have this awesome tailgate football game.

    Food and Dining

    Really, it depend which one you will go. Some of them have really good food and some of them don't have really good food. The coolest thing that CSU have is food court filled with our favorite. Panda Express was the popular on CSU campus.

    Dorm Life

    You can social with anyone in the Dorm Life. It was the fun to living in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It is all depend on the teachers. Some of them are really good and some of them are not.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you go to this school, use the helps that CSU had offered. The teachers are there to help you out with it.

    In three sentences

    It was the best college I ever went. They are so welcoming to everyone who came to school. They were there to help you out with your future.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSU uses a text message system to immediately alert you to any emergencies on or near campus. They also alert you of class cancellations.

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The club for my major, Anthropology, is kind of lacking. However, as with all clubs, as management changes, so will the club. The school offers clubs for absolutely everything, from the Harry Potter Alliance to Humans vs. Zombies.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are looking for diversity would love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ramskellar is our on campus bar. The campus also is home to three Steinway pianos, with the oldest one turning 100 years old this year.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student and I love this school way more than my previous school. I would pay the difference again in a heart beat.

    What to do for fun

    Rock climbing, water polo, drag show, you name it! This school has a bit of everything for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food court has a bit of everything, including beer!

    Dorm Life

    I don't know anything about dorm life, as I lived off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the free on-campus events, especially the casino nights. There are also free concerts, races, and all kinds of fun stuff.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is helpful and supportive. The orientation programs are fun and insightful. They actually want you to succeed!

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for the feel of a small school but still want the college experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When CSU plays CU in football, there is a pep rally on campus where they grill thousands of buffalo burgers for the students- since the CU mascot is the buffalo

    Food and Dining

    There are dining halls in most of the dorms, and the food choices are incredible- there are options for everyone

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms have been or are in the process of being remolded; they are putting a lot of money into updating the facilities of the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the professors are alumni of the school and hold students to high expectations

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSU has solid security. There are Safe Walks around campus (poles to call for an officer to escort you home or across campus if you feel insecure). There are officers assigned to each dorm to keep an eye on things. RamRide is a no-judgment, late-night driving service by students for students who need a ride home for one reason or another. Overall, the college strives for optimum safety without being too uptight.

    Greek Life

    There is a strong program for Greek life and a lot of different options. It's another good way to connect to the community and with similar people. The party scene is more low-key than seen in movies, so don't get your hopes up for Animal House shenanigans.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs to join if you are so inclined. The website can provide a list of ongoing clubs. Some classes require attending a particular club for credit (language classes in particular). It's a good way to connect with people of similar tastes.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy volunteering, the outdoors, community, Colorado, Greek life, and learning will have a good time at CSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The CSU Oval usually holds the college president's speeches and events, which occasionally involves a free picnic (everyone loves free food). The University of the Center for the Arts holds opera, theatre, and dance productions for a day of culture. In front of the center is an enormous garden with hundreds of different types of flowers. Ramapalooza is a series of days and activities geared towards new and transfer students. It's fun bonding experience and helps you get on your way to know the campus and new people.

    Bang for the buck

    With prices going up, you have to make a call for yourself. Depending on your major, it can be a great value. It has the best program for me as a performance major (and it's rated one of the top for Music Therapy). If it is engineering you are looking into, it has solid programs and professors, but you could get the same information at other colleges for less or more. As a complete package, living on campus is not worth the money for more than freshman year. The food on campus is good quality with variety; the shops and restaurants near campus are better and close, so you have some options. There are tons of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, fitness freaks (the CSU Rec Center is beautiful and a great value), and anyone with the motivation to find what suits them. For out of state students, I would suggest you reconsider because the price is significantly higher than in-state tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins has hiking, biking, Old Town, the University Center for the Arts when you want culture, parks for picnics, clubs, tattoo parlors, cafes (The Wild Boar is perfect for studying or getting delicious coffee to go), Horsetooth Reservoir, theaters, etc. If you want to get involved on campus, there are offices for volunteering as well as a plethora of clubs with at least one interest that will appeal to you.

    Food and Dining

    There are vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as a variety of food all around. Some halls are open till 1am in case you're studying late. There are a lot of unhealthy choices available, so it is up to you to go for the healthier alternatives. Each dorm has a representative that takes suggestions for changes in the hall, so if you want to throw in your two cents, go for it.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorms to choose from and different styles depending on budget. They aren't perfect, but they are great in helping develop friendships. Definitely bring comfortable bedding and don't forget decorations to make it like home--you'll be in there for a while.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major and the workload you feel you can handle. The more credits, the more work. Figure out what you can take on and make the most of your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a large campus with several things to do outside of studying, Colorado State has a variety of clubs and Fort Collins has hangouts and study areas perfect for students. The dorms are comfortable and help you make tons of friends. There are always people to contact if you need help with classes, financial aid, or counseling for whatever is stressing you out.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus integrated into the city, which helps create a diverse community. There are several accessible opportunities to get involved with activities ranging from sports to music to volunteering. Finally, it has a welcoming environment for new and transfer students with many staff members around to help you get settled in.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always police officers on campus, there's Ram Ride and Safety Walk

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor enthusiasts, minorities, fashion majors, business majors, all kinds of people are accepted here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSU is filled with traditions. Too many to write here. Hike/paint the A, the oval, RamWelcome, football games, there's a lot of cool things to be proud of.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with people on your floor. There is always something going on, some activity or group or club to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. There are lots of different dining options and meal plans. It's a great place to hang out, eat, or work.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of different dorms. Consider joining a Resident Learning Community. They focus on different aspects, and you will be grouped with other students who

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a good student, you will have no problem here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Get to know students who go here and see how they like it.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a big school that feels like a small school. The emphasis is placed on learning. Everyone is super friendly.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSU has its own police force.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at CSU is highly popular and dynamic.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic, athletic, adventurous, ethnic, passionate, and interested.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stump is an old tree stump on CSU's campus that is used for making speeches on. It is our very own Speaker's Corner!

    Bang for the buck

    Forbes has rated Colorado State University one of the best values in public colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Absolutely anything! CSU has over 300 clubs and organizations, and if, in the case that nothing fits, students are more than welcome to create their own club!

    Food and Dining

    The food....what can I say? Delicious! And there is so much variety!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms in CSU are designed to make CSU a living, not just a learning experience. They bring a lot to the welcoming atmosphere of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Although CSU has a wonderful array of extracurriculars, the students and teachers are highly geared towards getting the most out of CSU's educational resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing about being a CSU ram is being open and willing to explore new things and make new connections.

    In three sentences

    First off, Colorado State is known for its diversity. CSU has everything from outdoor clubs to a Spanish El Centro, to a Harry Potter fan club. Its fresh, exciting environment draws in people of all backgrounds to a unique living and learning experience that students will remember forever.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The rec center is amazing! It's a great place to spend free time. Also, there's a million great coffee shops off campus, which are perfect for homework or hanging out with friends!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is great. There's a lot of variety, and a lot of healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    They have a lot of fun activities set up for new students to get out of their rooms and meet other people and explore campus, all you have to do is take advantage of it.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, I'm not feeling overwhelmed in my classes, but I'm not slacking. It's bit hard to do well as long as you motivate yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit. A lot. It's hard to tell from the website if you'll feel at home at a school. You should spend as much time as possible checking out campus, and making sure you'll be happy there.

    In three sentences

    CSU is great if you're into BIG. The campus is big, the city is big... and so is the check you'll write for tuition, compared to other public schools in CO. Fort Collins is a fun place to live if you like big cities and what they have to offer.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety call boxes visible from everywhere on campus and a Safe Walk program to make sure you make it home at night. CSU also has its own police station on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 300 clubs to join, you are sure to find something you are looking for. There are sports, hobby, and career clubs. Otherwise, the Rec Center offers a lot of classes to keep yourself fit and occupied.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student that loves the outdoors and getting fit should be at home here, since it is a large focus of the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs and spending time at the Rec Center are the best ways to relax and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    First of all, the Academic Village has a Mongolian grill. If that isn't amazing, there are many types of food in all of the halls around campus, and all of it tastes great. If you have any allergies or alternative diets, there are plenty of options for you too.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms feel like a tightly-knit community, but they still give enough freedom to do your own thing. It is easy to make friends with your dorm mates and you will find that you will spend most of your time with them, especially if they have similar schedules and classes. Even so, if you have early classes, not everyone abides to quiet hours so you won't be assured a good night of sleep.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will keep you busy with assignments, homework, and studying, but they won't overwork you if you stay on the ball. The classes themselves are taught well and if you fall behind, there is plenty of help to catch you back up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all of your homework early in the week so you'll be prepared for class. Also, show up to every class! It may seem like a drag, but you will learn more from class than from the book.

    In three sentences

    The campus is incredibly lively with plenty of activities to keep you busy. There is a large focus on clubs and involvement, but the classes will take up much of your time too. Teachers are just an email, phone call, or visit away, which makes the courses just that much better.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has it's own police station, there are emergency phones everywhere. There is a safe walk program, where you can them and they come walk you home. There is also ramride, where you can call and they come pick you up, with no judgement, no consequences, and no questions asked!

    Greek Life

    A lot of Greek life, and Greek life opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to chose from! I couldn't even count nor start to tell you how many there are.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone who is nice and likes to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oval, it is literally an oval of grass and trees, where you can just sit and study. It is so quiet and calming.

    Bang for the buck

    YES! It may be very expensive, but you can replace the kind of education, environment, experience, and people you get here.

    What to do for fun

    So many things! There are always so many things going on, it is awesome. All these activities are also very open to anyone who wants to do them.

    Food and Dining

    One word...TASTY! And the staff is also very nice.

    Dorm Life

    It is so fun!! Everyone keeps their doors open and respects each other. We are like family!

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, but there are so many ways and opportunities to get help. The professors are so nice, and they are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, be aware, get help if needed.

    In three sentences

    I love CSU so far. Csu Is very friendly. They are also focused on a good education.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department, who has a program called SafeWalk where an officer will come walk you from campus location to campus location, and RamRide, a judgemental free ride from anywhere in city limits back to your home on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for everyone on campus! We have everything from water polo to college football!

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for anyone who wants to get a good college education while having fun at the same time!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During preview welcome over the summer, you get to take a cultural tour which tells you almost everything there is to know about the history of CSU! Quick fact: All of the ram statues on campus were placed so that their butt was directly facing our rivals, the CU Buffs!

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the money! Not only are you getting a good education, but you're going to your dream school!

    What to do for fun

    We have so much to do in Fort Collins! We have a drive in movie theater, clubs, sports (clubs, college teams, and intermeral), we have a ski bus that goes up to the slops during the winter and Horsetooth Reservoir in the summer. Dorms also host special nights for everyone to get together a few days a week, like tie dye nights!

    Food and Dining

    The food in my dorm is actually really good. There are a lot of choices, including healthy ones, that are prepared well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so fun and I would recommend it for any first year student! It may be costly, but living in the dorms helps you make friends, and gain a sense of independence without throwing you out into the world with no help. If you find a dorm with people in similar classes (like I am in the engineering dorm where most students have calculus, chemistry or physics, and intro to engineering courses), it is even better because you can find people to study with and everyone likes to go to sleep early before a test so you don;t have to worry about a lot of loud noise!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can get pretty hard, but the professors make sure you understand what is going in the class and are very happy to answer any questions to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you look at all your choices, and make sure your going into a college that not only has a program you are passionate about, but that you feel that you will fit in and help you enjoy your college experience. CSU serves both of those for me, which is why I feel like it is such a great school.

    In three sentences

    I love Fort Collins because everyone who I have met is so friendly and inviting, from other students in my dorm to the professors who welcome me into their class. There is always something to do here, such as going to the TILT center for free tutoring or joining an intermeral sports team. Because my school is in Colorado, I get to enjoy the weather and how close we are to the slopes every winter, and how close we are to Horsetooth Reservoir in the summer.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights everywhere on campus. There are also many options for safety. There is a number you can call to get someone to drive you home or to walk home with you. Also there are campus police. There are RAs always patrolling as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are lost of things to do for fun. From going downtown to playing sports, joining clubs or climbing mountains. CSU has a recreational center that has a large gym, pool, climbing wall, courts, and more. Every dorm has a volleyball pit. There are clubs and options everywhere for those who wish to find them.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good and there is a good variety and a number of dorms that serve food. The choices can get tiring after a long period of time but with imagination you can mix and match foods to have a different experience. Also there are fast food places on campus if you really want some.

    Dorm Life

    If you have an academic dorm there will be more opportunities to get together and study and make friends with people who have similar interests. The room mate matching quiz matches you to a really good match if you give them the proper info. Don't smoke in the dorms, it's gross for most people and rude. You can smoke outside if you really need to.

    Academic Rigor

    The first week was easy but after a while the classes became more challenging and thought provoking. The labs especially challenge you to think and problem solve on your own and come up with processes to complete the tasks given to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to go to CSU make good use of the tutoring facilities and the study groups. They are very useful. Study hard for tests and go to all the lectures. If you miss get notes from someone in that class or online.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a friendly community if you look in the right places. They have a lot of opportunities for incoming students. They also have so many groups and clubs to help first time students with classes, social life, good choices, and many more choices.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Police call boxes are everywhere, speed limits are enforced, dorms have special locks on the doors, and the police are diligent. The student body seems quite law-abiding, too.

    Greek Life

    I am not into that.

    Clubs and Activities

    The selection of clubs and activities is staggering, and there are so many to choose from! I am a member of the Collegiate Horsemen's Association, which is a fun equestrian club where you can learn more about horses, have fun meeting new people, and get chances to experience different aspects of the horse industry while volunteering and doing projects.

    Great for these types of students

    dedicated agricultural students: the college of ag is great engineering students students who want to change the world in some way students who love interacting with people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, students paint the A which is a large A on a hillside of the Front Range of the Rockies. High-altitude baking was discovered on campus in the original home economics building.

    Bang for the buck

    CSU has a really good equine science program. It is one of the best in the country, if not the best.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun activities on campus for many different tastes. There's movie night at the LSC, the rec center (totally awesome: a climbing wall, really nice pool with a lazy river, and so many other neat things) games, sports, hiking, theater, and more. CSU has lots of fun clubs for students, and the topics and subjects of the clubs are amazing. You will be able to find your place here!

    Food and Dining

    CSU is good about providing choices for students with health issues, allergies, and different diets. The food is typically healthy, and they post detailed nutrition information. There are lots of good restaurants on campus, as well.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but some of my friends do, and they say it is pretty nice. The dorms are clean and functional.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have been fairly challenging. I am certainly working a lot harder than I did in high school. There is more work and a higher standard here than I have experienced or heard of elsewhere. I don't know what else to say, because I have only been here one semester. I do like my professors, and they seem to really care how things go for their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you can't find it on your own, it is better to ask and risk looking silly than to miss out or end up stressed. Make sure you meet with an advisor - they can really help you know where you are going.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a large, diverse campus with many excellent degree choices. It is clean, organized, and friendly, and the grounds are beautiful. Everyone is very helpful, and I've found my classes to be challenging and beneficial.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    As is any university, CSU is expensive. However, it is not as expensive as other Colorado schools like CU or DU.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus. There's unlimited opportunities for fun on and around campus; intramural sports, academic and fitness clubs, and dorm activities are just the start.

    Food and Dining

    CSU has about a dozen different dining halls, all with different specialties. In the year that I lived in the dorms, I didn't even get the chance to eat at every dining hall and I hadn't gotten tired of the dorm food. As a college junior, I have an off campus meal plan and still eat on campus several times a week.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast, new residents just have to be prepared to leave home. It is a great transition step between living with parents and living on own. Dorm life at CSU was one of the best experiences of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many core classes that are quite difficult, but there are also core classes that are quite easy. It depends on the subject matter and on the professor that's teaching the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're planning on staying in the dorms, do your research before choosing which to live in. Different dorms have different perks as well as downfalls.

    In three sentences

    CSU Fort Collins is an incredible school with amazing professors, faculty, and student body. The campus is beautiful and the location is ideal. Although there isn't much diversity on campus, everyone is kind and welcoming.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are a lot of campus police so no need to be concerned for your safety.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of people who do greek life in CSU and there is a lot who do not. This is divided. I personally am currently in the process of crossing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to name, there is a at least one club that anyone can relate to or would be interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like the suburbs and smaller towns.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming there is a huge bonefire and fireworks the night before the homecoming game. Its freezing that night but it is worth it to go!

    Bang for the buck

    Come to CSU its a great school and is in a great location. This school is easy to get adjust.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun! There are clubs, sports, movie nights, free concerts and pleanty more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great once you first get to campus but everyone gets sick of it! CSU has multiple dining halls but you stil do get sick of the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an experience, but it is definatly worth it. Living in dorms can bve tough but it is also very fun. Everyone is around your age so you can imagine how wild it can get in the halls.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough and there is a lot more work to be done on your own but it is managable. The professors are welcoming and are willing to help whenever you are struggling as long as you go talk to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for ALL the schoarships you can, applying for loans is no fun. I made that mistake and now may have to transfer to a school closer to home.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is an amazing university. This school has more than enough resources to promote the sucess of their students. Everyone on campus is great you will never find a dull moment in this University!

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Colorado State University has hundreds of clubs and organizations, sports, and a recreation center as far as thing for fun go.

    Food and Dining

    As far as cafeteria food goes the food at Colorado State University is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, but for people who like to sleep, I wouldn't recommend it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor-it's difficult until you get into the swing of it, then you know what you're doing and it just becomes routine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Colorado State University.

    In three sentences

    I love Fort Collins. I love Colorado State University. Most of the teachers at Colorado State University are awesome.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Its is very expenxive and sense I am only a freshman I cnt say if its really worth the cost yet.

    What to do for fun

    There a lot of clubs to get involved in, and there are always activities on capus to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Poor, diffinatly not a homecooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    It is ok, the food is not the beest but you get used to it. It is a good way to meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very hard to get used to and there is a lot of information thrown at you at once. You hve to make sure you are keeping uo with the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out your financial aid before hand. When the bills start coming it is very overwhelming if you dont have a plan.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with so many activities going on. The classes are mostly large lecture halls. The advissors are very whillling to help you get on track.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    STudents interested in the sciences and medical fields.

    Bang for the buck

    I guess you get what the low tuition pays for.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is great and there is an awesome selection of quick restaurants in the LSC.

    Dorm Life

    Never actually lived in a dorm here, but my friends all loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a current history and art history double major and have yet to take a challenging course. It is not hard to maintain a high GPA in liberal arts programs here, but you also learn very little from these courses. I have only had one teacher here that I feel actually cares about teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan on doing a lot of volunteer work and outside work to be ready for grad school if you are in a liberal arts program. Your curriculum won't be enough.

    In three sentences

    Great school for those wanting to study the sciences, especially animal sciences, but the liberal arts school offers lackluster courses. Everything in town closes by nine because it is not a true college town and I am finding my tuition dollars wasted on science programs that do not benefit me at all.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a safety concern when on campus. I have never had a reason to feel unsafe. There are CSU police everywhere, even bike cops.

    Greek Life

    The greek life on campus is not very large, so you do not need to be worried about feeling left out if you do not join one. However, I highly recommend it. I never thought I would become part of greek life, until I met the individuals in it. CSU's Greek Community is tight-knit and each frat and sorority support each other. There are no inter-sorority or frat competitions unless they are friendly. You get out what you put into it, so if you are worried about greek life dominating all of you're time, don't be. You decide what you want to attend. Greek Life also offers great leadership positions, in addition to making lifelong friendships and great connections with people all over the world. You never know when you may get a job interview because you are the same greek affiliation as the boss. And don't worry about hazing, CSU has zero tolerance for hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Name a club you would want to be part of, and we probably have it here. If not, you can always start a new one. Volunteer activities and groups are always around, and there are alternate service learning and volunteer spring breaks that attract many students. If you want to hold a position of leadership, or even if you just want to belong to a club, everyone is welcome and encouraged to at least try out a club and see what its all about. Don't be afraid to seek out what you want to be part of. Getting involved will make your college experience amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're outdoorsy you'll never be bored. Into music? Colorado is a great music scene. Artsy or into writing and poetry? Who wouldn't love to be sitting at the top of a mountain to gain inspiration. Not really sure what you want to do? There are numerous organizations and clubs on campus to help you figure it out. There really is something for everybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant A on the mountain nearest to the football stadium, it stands for Aggies, because CSU used to be solely an agricultural school. Every year, new students hike to the top of the A and can re-paint it with the football team. Also, at the football games, Cam the real life Ram runs across the field to start the game. New to football games this year, a cannon that gets shot off at the beginning of every game, in addition to after every touchdown.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, tuition is expensive, but if you take advantage of all CSU has to offer, it is definitely worth it. I would not have a better experience anywhere else, even if it was cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    The football games are always fun, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, the outdoor activities list goes on. If you're not that much into the athletics and outdoorsy stuff, there are plenty of other things to do ranging from events put on by the university, by your RA's, by clubs and organizations, and the music scene is great in Colorado.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options where to dine and what type of food each place has. Take advantage of trying new places and you'll never get sick of dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    I have an awesome dorm, Summit Hall. I am also part of the Live-Green Floor. There are many key communities with like-minded people, which makes the dorm experience even better.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough depending on what you take. But if you apply yourself and take advantage of all the help offered through the university, you will succeed. The teachers want you to do well, so they are there for you the whole way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come out and visit Colorado State University, that really helped me in making my decision. I was all set to go to a different university, but then, after visiting, I didn't hesitate to change my mind to attend CSU.

    In three sentences

    I love Colorado State University. The whole environment is amazing, the students are genuine and helpful, the teachers actually care, and the school itself is beautiful.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus with great people! Wonderful facilities and housing. Great programs for all Majors.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels really safe to me, but you should always travel with friends at night, especially on weekend nights!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Oval! Or the Alley Cat.

    Bang for the buck

    The dining hall and parking passes definitely have caused me a little grief and I wish I could change a few of the policies and save more money on things in those departments, but the classes are worth going here. I have professors that really love teaching and are good at helping you learn the information quick.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of really good shops and little restaurants all over Fort Collins. There is also an open gym on Horsetooth I go to for tumbling and cheer leading. The Rec center has an awesome rock climbing wall and as long as you make good friends, you can do anything and make it a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. The people serving you are lively and don't seem like they hate their lives for serving you food. The policies of the dining services sometimes irk me but the food tastes great!

    Dorm Life

    Other than the noisy people on my hall, I like living in the dorms and I'm possibly going to be a RA next year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are much more difficult and you have to study. I wasn't prepared at first being a freshman, but soon you get into the swing of things and as long as you study hard and efficiently you will be acing classes easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice writing long essays and studying for long periods of time, but make sure to take breaks in between or you will go crazy! Manage your time as well as you can. If you can organize your weeks, you can keep your studies up, stay away from the freshman fifteen, keep a healthy social life and stay stress free!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is a great school for learning efficiently. I have learned and been more productive here in one semester than I ever was in high school. Colorado State was the definite right choice for me!

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A very safe area. The parking lots and walkways are well lit. You can call to get escorted to your car if you are on campus late and feel unsafe and there are stations where you can alert security if there is an emergency.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This campus has an equine center with horses! If you are interested in vet med, animal science, or scientific study of and with horses CSU has a unique opportunity for you. CSU also has a pollo club for novice to beginner riders.

    Food and Dining

    There are some pretty good dining halls in the dorms I think but I am not sure as I never lived in the dorms and have just heard from other students. The student center has places where you can buy food however I found I only had about two places that I really liked to eat at. The other places where ok and I would go there if I was in a hurry and the lines where too long elsewhere, hence 3 stars.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have an opinion because I never lived in any of the dorms but I had to pick stars so due to my lack of knowledge about them I just gave them an average rating.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this is probably dependent on your major and so I am only speaking for science majors. The professors expect a lot but you get a lot in return. It is always a great feeling to look back on your notes and see how much you learned and the amount of material you covered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take college seriously. The more that you put into your education the more you will be able to realize how important your education is and what a great opportunity it is to be able to learn from such knowledgeable people. Mostly, there are so many opportunities for research here, get involved!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a great school. I feel I have received an exceptional education here and that my experience has made me an exceptional student. The professors at CSU are professionals in their field who really care about their students.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    basketball, football, and hang out with people

    Food and Dining

    good variety

    Dorm Life

    you almost become like family

    Academic Rigor

    great teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    get out of your dorm room

    In three sentences

    Great, lots of great people and teachers care about your academic standing. There are a lot of things to do on weekends and weekdays. the people are really friendly and you can make a lot of friends if you put yourself out there.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at CSU! Constant intramural sports, sand volleyball courts open to anyone, the occasional movie at the LSC, plus hall activities. You're never bored here.

    Food and Dining

    Great food with large variety. Unfortunately it's usually very crowded wherever you go, but that's kind of expected on a college campus. I would suggest to use at least the 14 per week meal plan. I tried the 10 and found myself out of meal swipes at the end of almost every week.

    Dorm Life

    Academic Village is the best place to live on campus. Personal bathrooms, study rooms at the end of each hall, and overall great community.

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough stuff. If you don't come in with the mindset to work toward all your academic goals, you're going to have a bad time. The stress of mid-terms and finals can really pile up, especially when taking a large credit load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard. The sense of freedom you gain from finally moving out of your parents house is great, yes, but stay focused on school first. Getting behind and trying to catch up is a lot harder than getting ahead from the beginning. Have fun with college, but don't neglect schoolwork.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    old town is cool

    Food and Dining

    gets old quick

    Dorm Life

    the towers suck

    Academic Rigor

    college is hard

    Tips for prospective students

    dont stress too much about getting in here if you live in colorado. take a tour of the school before you decide if you want to go here. do not say you are interested in a quad on the dorm application.

    In three sentences

    school pride. the towers suck. love cam.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great Campus

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not had any trouble staying safe on campus; there is also a full CSU Police Force to protect the campus

    Greek Life

    I have been a member of Sigma Nu for a year and a half, and I have had a pretty positive experience with Greek Life. It is a great place for those looking for a sense of community and brotherhood/sisterhood

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors lovers, those looking for a big state school environment

    Bang for the buck

    I am a political science major, and I have been somewhat disappointed with the Poly Sci program here at CSU. It is a very average program, and I have had only one or two really good teachers.

    What to do for fun

    Bike, Hike, Ski, Board, Hang out in old town, catch a show at the Aggie, hang out/work out at the rec center

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options in the student center for off campus students, and great options for those on the meal plan

    Dorm Life

    I actually didn't live in the dorms here at CSU, I have heard generally positive things though. Plus, the dorm food is great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in activities other than just classes. CSU is a big school, and there are likely some people with similar interests to yours. By finding activities that interest you, you are going to be able to find those people!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has a beautiful campus on the edge of the foothills that is incredibly peaceful to spend time at. CSU and the city of Fort Collins is populated by outdoors lovers; Fort Collins is a great college town. With over 22,000 students and a plethora of majors, sports, and extracurriculars, there is something for everyone at Colorado State

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus, even when walking alone after dark.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten in any of the dining halls, but there are numerous fast food places on campus to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in the dorms. I transferred to CSU after my first year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering major, the majority of my classes are tough, but still doable. Some effort is required, but I can still have a social life while in school.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is a great school. It is located in a friendly town and close to the mountains. I am very happy attending school here.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at Colorado State University, it seems like there is always some police officers around campus either on bikes or in their cars. My one complaint is the bike cops are very strict on the campus bike laws.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of Clubs on campus is about a mile long. Every major and subcategory of that major has a club, plus every sport, instrument and hobby. But if some reason you cant find a club you want to join it is very easy to create a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is great for many kinds of people. But people that like the outdoors, great food, and hanging with friends will fit in the best. There are so many types of people here that pretty much every kind of person will find other people just like them, who fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is for freshmen to hike up to the big A on the mountains and place the white rock they got at orientation on the A. Another one is the friday before we have our rival football game against CU the school brings in a live band, and we have a huge bonfire with Buffalo burgers.

    Bang for the buck

    I traveled around the country looking for a college to go to, but Colorado State is by far the best University I have been to. I have no complaints at all.

    What to do for fun

    Colorado State University in a great location in Fort Collins, old town is within walking distance, which has entertainment and food, and the mountains with Horsetooth reservoir is only a couple miles away. Plus on campus there is the rec center, sand volleyball courts, and a ton of open grass.

    Food and Dining

    Colorado State University has six main dinning halls. There is very vast selection of food on campus, anything from Subway to European food. Also CSU has many outside restaurants on campus like Carl's Jr, Taco Bell, and Panda Express. Plus the dinning halls have special food nights about once a month where they will bring in things like sushi, or have thanksgiving feasts.

    Dorm Life

    Colorado State University's dorm life is amazing. This year has by far been the most fun year of my life. There is always something to do, and someone wanting to do it too. Most of the dorms surround the intramural fields, where just about every night (besides near finals week) there are students out playing soccer, Frisbee, sand volleyball, or just about anything else.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State Univerisity is not an Ivy league school but it really seems like every professor knows what students are capable of doing and pushes students to their full potential. But if students ever need help they are more than willing to sit down with you and help you go over the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get the most out of Colorado State University students should get involved in at least one of the many clubs or organizations. Also make friends, when you are in the dorms no one really knows each other so even doing things like keeping your door open will allow you to meet lots of new people.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University I an amazing school, it has everything any student needs. It is located in a beautiful part of Colorado and of Fort Collins. The professors, locals and other students are amazing, and always seem to be open to help you when needed.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a school that can challenge them but also want a school with a fun environment as well,

    What to do for fun

    Old town has a lot to do. There's nice restaurants and shops that are pretty cool. They also have a lot of stores and a mall as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your academics seriously and put them before anything because it's easy to get distracted from school work with college life.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Great programs for education. Fun city for things to do.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety is amazing--there are call boxes that can be seen from anywhere, the police are personable, and there is usually a police office to be seen walking around campus multiple times a day.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and daily activities in various places. There are sports intramural, events at the rec center and 'fun' events regularly.

    Great for these types of students

    Sociable, Eager, Optimistic, Hard-working, Dediated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    The price for the school education-wise is a good price.

    What to do for fun

    One could go to Olde Town, which features shops. There are weekly events in the residence halls, and plenty of places to just relax with friends.

    Food and Dining

    I only have eaten at Braiden and AV, but they have both provided excellent meals (dare I say, better than what my mother makes?).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be horrible--with annoying, bass-pumping speaker neighbors next to you (or me for that matter), but there are easy solutions to that, which really helps improve social skills and form relationships and gives second impressions.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics were challenging, but they were easy to understand because the professors gave us so much resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are only a few tips that I would be able to give to students: 1. Don't dive head-first into every opportunity, find a balance 2. Socialize with the people in your building--there's nothing like seeing a friend walking to class each day. 3. Do the non-required problems that the professor assigns--they HELP 4. Do not party--you should be studying

    In three sentences

    The campus is an exquisite sight, especially in the winter. The academics are challenging, yet comprehensible. The community aspect exceeds expectations, as everyone is so personable.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Looking good, Colorado State!

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When it is warm everyone plays on the IM fields playing soccer, Frisbee, basketball, and sand pits for volleyball-it is really amazing seeing so many students come together to play outside. The Rec center is also good, but there are more interests with the hundreds of clubs offered at CSU. Also, Fort Collins is the definition of a college town, everyone needs to explore it for many, many fun opportunities for students and residents.

    Food and Dining

    Food is better than most colleges. They offer vegan and vegetarian dishes along with gluten free dishes for people with those needs. They always have fresh fruit, good salad bars and a large variety of food genres with each Residence Hall.

    Dorm Life

    Fantastic. Almost all the dorms have been renovated this year (2012-2013) and they have done a fantastic job. Everyone is nice and all together experiencing the same experiences as you. Staff is friendly, rooms are well made and it is a good experience for all.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. The sciences are very challenging in the best way, but most freshman based classes will be challenging in order to weed-out the people who want to be there versus the people who don't. If you do want to be there you'll make the right effort to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to think outside the box with certain professors. Of course it all depends on one's major, but the professors aim to challenge you in the best way possible to teach you not only how to learn but how to think about what you are learning. Be yourself and really go after what you are interested in. There are so many clubs and opportunities for students of all interests, views, majors, etc.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has a beautiful campus and extremely friendly staff, students, and atmosphere. The classes are challenging in the best way and the campus has recently been renovated for more convenience for a student's ability to study, eat, socialize, and support their campus.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    no comment, offsite student

    Food and Dining

    no comment

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on the dorms so no comment

    Academic Rigor

    Very smart and great professors, ready to help and always resourceful material, challenging career and flexible for freshers and professionals.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is a easy admission process if you follow the instructions it should work out well for you. Colorado offers atleast 70% of admission. Student aid available.

    In three sentences

    Colorado state is good in time and effective communication, very resourceful staff and ready to help, quality and affordable education. For both on class and online.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    rock climb at rec, im sports

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a map handy of the campus, learn to uses the school's website often

    In three sentences

    Colorado State university provides an excellent learning environment. It has a well set up campus that is not too large with easy access to anywhere you need to go. Also it has a helpful website that is used by most, if not all of the courses given, that helps students keep track of dates, assignments, and grades.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe with its own police department. There is a group called Ram Ride who will drive you back to the dorms, no questions asked. There is also a program called Safe Walk were you can be walked home by a police officer if you don't feel safe walking alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for almost anything you could want. Clubs are easy to join and are no obligation. The rec center has many free activites you can join like yoga and zumba to help you stay in shape.

    What to do for fun

    Old town has many shops if you want to go shopping. There are plenty of restaurants to try if you get tired of the dorm food. The rec center has a lot of great programs that are free to students including a great pool. When it's warm, there is always games of volleyball, football and Frisbee that you can join on the IM fields.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but can get a bit repetitive. AV has the best food in general, but Braiden has the best sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are fine to live in, but can be very hot. The dinning hall food is good, but can get a bit repetitive if you are a picky eater like I am. There are many dinning halls on campus, so you have many options for each meal.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are fairly easy with very little work loads, but some classes can be really difficult. Chesistry 111/112 are difficult, but required for most sicence majors. You can get good tutoring in the TILT buildng and in your teacher's office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academic Village has the best rooms and the best dinning hall. They have the best selection of food on campus, so you won't get tired of the food.

    In three sentences

    I love going to school here. The people are kind and you can find help if you need it. The atmosphere is relaxed and you can find people who like the same things as you.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus is super safe, i've been out late on campus more time than i can count and never feel in danger in any way. If thats enough for you, you can call safe walk, so don't worry about safety.

    What to do for fun

    there's lot to do for fun, Fort Collins is a college town so everything's open later. The most action probably happens either in Old Town where there are concerts and plays, clubs and the sort or in the CSU apartments. Other than that the IM fields are great for plays Ultimate Frisbee or Beach Volley ball. Each dorm also has areas for recreational use like playing pool or Foosball.

    Food and Dining

    The foods good but rather simple at times. the school provides healthy food. Personally I'm really far away from most decent dinning halls so I'm left with the option of a five/ten minute walk or unhealthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! always something to do or someone to talk to. Half the people i know on campus i know through friends from my dorm

    Academic Rigor

    So far in my first semester I've been challenged more than any class in high school ever did, and from what i hear from the upperclassmen it gets harder, not insurmountable but it requires a good amount of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a look at where the school has programs set up, CSU is big but doesn't have everything, try to get dorms close to the center of campus it shortens walk time quiet a bit.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a great school, I've had great professors, and cool classes. With so many students there's always someone new to meet. Best of all is the ever growing programs.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins is known for its countless restaurants. If you smoke Hookah there are some great Hookah bars on College. If you like to dance Sundance is a popular country dance venue that allows 18 year olds. There is a small mall that is a little run down, but the large and popular Centerra Mall in Loveland is within 20 minutes of campus. Shows at the Aggie are also fun and sometimes free! CSU also puts on various activities on campus for freshman like make-your-own Sushi night, themed dinner parties, and guest lectures and speeches. My personal favorite is the awesome new Recreation Center with indoor lazy river, basketball courts and great exercise equipment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are super convenient, and easily accessible from various points on campus. There was a lot of food that I enjoyed and as long as you vary what you eat, you won't get completely burned out. It is possible to eat relatively healthy too! I never gained that Freshman Fifteen from eating in the dining halls!

    Dorm Life

    Like any dorm, there isn't a lot of room to live, but these dorms are some of the nicest I've seen, and I really felt at home in Edwards Hall (one of the older dorms on campus). Lofting your bed is a good idea to save space, but I will say it gets old having a bunk for an entire year. Make friends with your roommate, because you have to see them every day! My freshman roommate is now my best friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard depending on what academic experiences you had in high school, but as long as you do the reading and go to class you'll do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's all about balance! Balancing the number of credit hours you take, with the number of hours you work or the number of activities you partake in is key to survival. However, get involved in SOMETHING because that is how you make friends! Get a job, join the band, play a sport, join a club - something to force yourself to meet new people and make new friends.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love CSU and the city of Fort Collins. It is a great school centered in a great community with lots to do.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the campus police, safe walk, and ram ride; Colorado State couldn't be a safer campus. Police on campus make it quick and easy for law enforcement to help out a student in need. Safe walk and ram ride help keep people from drinking and driving or students from walking home alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I spent most of time with ROTC and haven't had a chance to try out many other clubs, but Army ROTC has been a great group for me to be a part of. There is great camaraderie among the cadets and everyone is ready to help each other out. It's a great training opportunity to help students keep in shape, learn how to follow through orders, and how to lead others.

    What to do for fun

    My favorite thing to do in Fort Collins is country swing dancing. There are groups that practice and teach others basic moves. My favorite place to hang out is at Sundance where you can show off the moves you learned back on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat at Colorado State, but the dorm food isn't the best. Academic Village and Allison have the best food, but don't eat there everyday because they will serve the same things every day. The best part about dorm food is the Ram Horns Express or T-Dex where you can get food to go, or make your own meal of mac-and-cheese.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very good at putting on events every week. The Resident Assistants are also very helpful from helping you find a good place to eat to helping you with your homework assignments. The rooms can get crowed at times, but if you keep yourself organized it makes life much easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State University can be a challenging school. The prerequisites help you prepare for the upper-division classes. The courses specialized towards each specific major are wonderful and can be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are a new student at Colorado State it might be a little overwhelming. My suggestions for new students is to find groups that you can connect with to make the school seem not as huge as it really is. Also, make sure you always go to class and communicate with your instructors.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University - Fort Collins is a great school. They have many different clubs and organizations to join which makes it easy for anyone to find their own group. Also, it provides many options for agriculture students which is great for me because I grew up in a agricultural community and I am earning my major through the College of Agriculture.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue emergency boxes are available campus wide and are connected at all times of the day. CSU police service workers provide a free walk home for students - even those who live off campus! Police cars are frequently seen on campus and emergency services respond quickly to any accident or incident on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSU provides ways for all types of tastes to get involved on campus. Sports, volunteering, diversity, are just a sampling of what CSU provides for its students.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would have an easy time finding their place at CSU. Whether you are into sports, academics, lounging, or a combination of the three, CSU provides ways for maximum fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run is a can't miss event! Under the stars students gather in the oval for a short race that helps provide clothes for the less fortunate. When the clock hits midnight students strip down to their undies and embark on a wild run through campus! The clothes left at the starting line are gathered and sent to the local shelter. The hoots and hollers can be heard from almost anywhere on campus!

    What to do for fun

    Drive 10 minutes west to become immersed in all that Horsetooth reservoir has to offer. Grilling, hiking, swimming, and sight seeing are just a few ways to have a great time near campus.

    Food and Dining

    Many dining halls on campus provide a wide spectrum of food types. Make sure to visit Spoons in Allison hall!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CSU provides countless activities and opportunities for meeting new friends - but it also provides private ares for studying. Dorm life really provides the best of both worlds during the first year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    You can always chose your level of commitment to your studies. In the end, the work you put forth affects you and only you. Good grades at CSU require a lot of devotion to class time as well as many hours spent in the library studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new things! CSU offers many different clubs, sports, and activities on campus to get involved in. Make new friends! Expand your level of diversity by mingling with students on campus. Stay Focused! Academics should be your main priority; but it is easy to have fun in the process.

    In three sentences

    CSU embodies a diverse set of academically focused students. Set in a gorgeous front range location CSU is home to many outdoor activities to suffice any hobby. The professors on campus are among the most knowledgeable and respectable nationwide.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins is such a young city, I would be surprised if there wasn't much happening outside of school!

    Academic Rigor

    I was so excited to find out that they were accredited by CIDA as well as provided a bachelors in Interior Design

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and I have always loved the environment of Colorado.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    7 sororities and 11 fraternities. I went through Rush week and it was an amazing process that I would recommend everyone try out

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn, have fun, live in Colorado and will deal with any kind of weather

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Old Town is just 5 minutes away from campus which is a beautiful little historic town full of fun little shops

    What to do for fun

    There is a country bar called Sundance that kids go to and hang out. There are plenty of inter mural sports and extracurricular activities to do as well

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I have taken were not exceedingly challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a place in the library where you are comfortable and use it to your advantage to study. Take it seriously when professors say you need to do the readings- they are right.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a beautiful campus including an abundance of opportunities for a diverse group of people. The professors are all very helpful and want to students to thrive. It is an environment where everyone can be successful if they choose to be.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always intramural sports going on, many clubs to join, club sports, and the new rec center always has a lot of activities going on. Plus, there is a ridiculous amount of parties located near campus, so there is always somewhere to go on weekend nights.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of food options, with at least one dining hall open from 7 am to 1 am. To go boxes are always available if you need to study or just don't feel like eating in the dining halls, and there are several restaurants located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is looking to make friends with each other, so it is quite easy to become friends with those people that live in the same hall with you. This creates a chain of becoming friends with their friends, until you eventually become friends with people that you would have never met on your own. The cleaning services do quite a good job of maintaining a clean living space, and the RA's are USUALLY not out to get you.

    Academic Rigor

    The teacher's do a good job of managing the amount of work with the specific content in each class that is required for that major (for instance, there are three different level one calculus classes, with each on focusing on a different subject area). For the larger lecture hall classes, most of them have a class period where the students break off in smaller groups with the T.A.'s where it is more personalized and everyone can have their questions answered.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSU requires all freshmen to live on campus in the dorms, so when you are applying for housing try to get into Academic Village, Corbett (where I live), or Braiden. These are the best ones to live in. It is also wise to try to construct your schedule with more classes on Monday-Wednesday-Friday than Tuesday-Thursday, since these classes are shorter. The extra 30 minutes doesn't seem like much, but it makes quite a big difference on your focus in class.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is very underrated and deserves to have a better academic reputation than it currently has. While the vast majority of students are residents of Colorado, the prestigious veterinary program also attracts many students from out of state who help to bring a different cultural perspective. Fort Collins itself is a great town that is unpretentious and definitely caters to the college experience.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    where are some good places to eat around campus

    Academic Rigor

    Is this a good school overall

    In three sentences

    Would this be a good college to attend for metronics because i am very interseted in this. i have done a lot of research on this and just want an opinion from someone who is there

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is great on campus. There are call phones all over campus and you can call campus safety and they will walk back with you to where ever you want to go if you feel uncomfortable, even during the day. They call it safe walk. On the weekends, they also have RamRide, which is a way for students to get a safe ride home after going out. It is the largest program of its kind nationwide and makes a lot of people feel better about going out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is all over campus. And although a lot of people think it's not for them, I think at Colorado State University they try really hard to have a diverse group of people involved in the Greek system so they don't fall into the stereotypical assumptions many people make. If you're on the edge about going Greek, I'd definitely give it a shot!

    Clubs and Activities

    I recommend inter-mural sports. It's just a fun way to get a little activity in and play a sport you've always liked, but never been super good at. I've done inter-tube water polo and volleyball and had a great time doing both.

    Great for these types of students

    Fort Collins really is open to all ages, cultures, and genders of people. I honestly think that there is an abundance of things for everyone to do and it really doesn't seem like anything is limited to certain types of students. If you want to go somewhere or try something, do it. No one will tell you that you don't fit in. It's a great community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know if I'd really call this a tradition, but you have to attend a CSU vs. CU football game at least once in your four years. It's awesome to see all the school spirit and really fun to get involved and root for the team. I also think every student needs to go to Fuzzy's Taco Shop on a Thursday night. It's a lively place with great food and live karaoke. It's always a good time and I don't know anyone that hasn't been there.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the education offered is worth the money for sure. Compared to other schools I applied to, this school was definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. They try to keep the prices down and don't raise them very much each year so that students are able to get a college education. I wouldn't think twice about paying the bills since it's worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun and I think anyone that lives here needs to take advantage of the outdoor opportunities that you can find here. Horsetooth is one of my favorite places to go swimming, boating, hiking, rock climbing, and biking. There is so much to do there and its a beautiful place to get fresh air. For a night out, there is no place better than Old Town. There is such a diverse range of food to choose from and fun places to hang out at night as well. I love Old Town and every student has to go there to truly experience Fort Collins.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are never quite the same as Mom's homemade cooking, but I do feel like Colorado State University has made valid attempts to make their students quality, healthy food. They also offer many different fast food restaurants like Panda Express and Taco Bell that are great for quick snacks or something different every now and then.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a very important part of the process at Colorado State University. It provides a family away from home and most halls normally become very close. They have dorms for specific majors as well that make it easy to find people that share the same interests that you do.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very straight across the board. They require freshmen students to take exams and write essays, just the same as upperclassman. It's great to build confidence early on and they do a good job working with you at first if it is difficult for you. The professors take pride in their job and it definitely shows. I also think they do a good job balancing the fact that you do have a life outside of the classroom. Most professors expect a reasonable amount from you and make sure the assignments you are doing are important and not just busy work.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school offers so many different organizations that you need to get involved with something. The dorms offer a fabulous sense of community, but branching out and getting to know other people based on your particular interests will be a great way to get more connected. I would also say it is important to check it out before you go there. Big schools aren't for everyone and it's natural to be overwhelmed when you first step on to any campus, but just get a feel for it since you will be spending the next four years here. It's a big decision and for most people seeing the campus seals the deal, so why not check it out.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a spectacular institution located in the middle of a growing town and so much to offer. The resources provided through the library, faculty, and other students is unique to this school. Remarkably, students have no issues finding a place here due to the diversity of culture offered.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police officers surveying the campus and you can call safe walk if you are on campus after dark and you will be escorted home.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in Greek Life and I don't really pay attention to it. I can't give an accurate opinion on the matter.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for probably every academic major. Some of these clubs are better than others though. Invest in the clubs that are going to get you experience in your major.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love to be outdoors, this is the right college for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't go into the microbiology building. Chances are you will get lost.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost keeps astronomically going up, as is the case with all colleges these days. However, as a state university, I feel like it should be more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins has tons of restaurants to go to. Also, the town is in fairly close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, along with other natural areas.

    Food and Dining

    The food seems good at first, but it does not take long to get sick of it. It is also very unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    There has been a lot of construction going on so there is always noise.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only say this for the biological sciences, but many of the professors are at the top in their field. They expect a lot from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just go for the academics. CSU is heavily research based and it is important to be in clubs and go for internships.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has amazing academic research opportunities. This is especially true if you are in the biological or natural resource fields. However, the administration and president don't seem to have these priorities.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    liberal, love nature

    Bang for the buck

    it will be what you make of it

    What to do for fun

    anything outdoors, a variety of clubs, old town offers a lot of restaurants

    Food and Dining

    could definitely be better

    Dorm Life

    average, easy to hear your neighbors

    Academic Rigor

    Average

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early and room with somebody you know or trust.

    In three sentences

    Great school for outdoorsy types. Always construction going on. Good for anyone interested in animals or the sciences.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is the best! CSU offers a lot of safety programs. Their concern for the safety of the students is a top priority!

    What to do for fun

    Attend student activities is a must! Get involved and before you know it you will be graduating!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorm for 1 year. It is an experience that I will never forget and the friends I made are lifelong!

    Academic Rigor

    Every course at CSU is challenging, but in the end I learned a lot and working towards my degree is art history was great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the resources that CSU has available to you as a student there!

    In three sentences

    I love attending CSU! The staff is friendly and helpful and there are a lot of resouces to help students be successful!

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, always officers around.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Watching movies in the BSB Building in the lecture hall

    What to do for fun

    Go to school sporting events, parties, Horsetooth, Old Town, Alley Cat, movies, bowling, concerts at the Aggie.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is what it is.

    Dorm Life

    Meet lots of new people. Staying in Summit is nice because they are suite style. After a while, it can be frustrating.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the courses you take, the classes can be very challenging. Always go in to office hours for help and take advantage of all the help you can get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Meet new people and try new things. Challenge yourself. Be school spirited.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is very friendly. There is always something to do or be involved in. The education is quality.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities available for students at CSU. Each residence hall and each of the student resource centers all host different events. There are also events provided by the Recreation Center, a large number of clubs, and easy access to festivals in the Fort Collins area.

    Bang for the buck

    There is such a large variety of courses of study at CSU, so, while the cost of attendance may seem a little steep, it is worth it.

    Food and Dining

    The residence halls have good food in the dining halls, and there is a diverse food court in the Lory Student Center. Since the campus is in the heart of Fort Collins, there are also a lot of restuarants that are available off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are very nice, and since most of them are undergoing renovations at present, it seems like dorm life is going to have a better quality. Like the rest of campus, there are so many opportunities for everyone in one residence hall to gather together and get to know each other.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've seen and heard, CSU is a very good school academically. Based on statistics alone, the school seems to value higher GPAs when considering students for admission, and the school itself offers so many different courses of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check out the campus beforehand. This allows you to see how big the university is, and allows you to explore the Fort Collins area. It's a good way to get your feet wet before actually attending.

    In three sentences

    The overall feel of the campus is very alive. There are so many opportunities both in academics and in extracurricular activities. CSU really seems to be a good school for lots of different people.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have never visited the school so I have not had the food. My friends who attend the school say there are a lot of dining options and the food is almost always good.

    Dorm Life

    Since I do not go to this school I cannot tell you what the dorm life is like. I have heard from friends that the dorms are fun to live in and the RA's are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I do not go to the school I cannot answer this question.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transfer office has been great in contacting me. They have been so helpful in letting me know what steps I need to take in getting ready to transfer. I would say that they are very helpful in providing information about the school.

    In three sentences

    I have not visited the campus but I have heard great things about it. My friends say the campus is beautiful, professors are great, and the dorms have great community life. I would rate this school as a solid 8 in terms of its academic and physical quality.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't know much about what the college students do for fun, but since it's in Colorado I know I would spend a lot of my time climbing and hiking in the surrounding mountains.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your application in early! It took me a long time to round up all my materials.

    In three sentences

    I really loved the atmosphere I experienced while visiting Colorado State University; coming from Nebraska I don't get to spend as much time in the mountains as I would like. The Liberal Arts college seemed like it would be a good fit for me. Also, my cousing goes there so he's been able to help me decide if it's the school for me.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have great and very understanding campus police. We have a safe walk program and emergency buttons all over campus to ensure everyones safety at every hour of the day.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very big here at CSU but its not a must. Greek Life adds a lot of fun activities on and off campus and they have great sisterhood/brotherhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club is here on campus including Greek Life, Religious orginizations, sports, technology clubs, enviormental clubs and much more!

    Great for these types of students

    All students will fit in at CSU because of the wide diversity.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of free things if your a full time student like free access to the Rec Center, Fort Collins Busses, free printing and many more things.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with clubs and sport teams on campus. Go to all the sporting events, explore Old Town and other areas of Fort Collins. There are awesome biking, hiking and walking trails all around.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Services do a great job with the variety of food that is served. You can always find fruit and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know your fellow peers. Make sure to get to know your hall mates because they will be your neighbors all year long. Sometimes the dorms can be noisy, so studying can be difficult in your room, each dorm has study rooms that you can go to if your having trouble studying in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class has a high expectation for academic achievement and is competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike to school because sometimes classes are very far from your dorm! Get to know your roommate before you move in, and make sure to make a roommate agreement before the semester starts. To save money, eat breakfast in your room.

    In three sentences

    CSU has a beautiful campus, you can walk and bike all over campus and off campus. CSU Professors are inspiring; they want to see you succeed, they care about your career aspirations, and they want to meet with you to discuss your future plans. CSU has a variety of organizations so it's easy to get involved and not feel left out.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I haven't attended yet so I can't say.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I have just been accepted, so I can't say.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSU regularly sends out notices of any safety issues, whether personal safety or weather issues, and provides email and cell phone alerts if interested. Online students are aware of these as well. From my perspective, campus life is just as safe as anywhere with appropriate safeguards and common sense.

    Greek Life

    Greek clubs and organizations are available for membership both online and on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are available on campus, or online. Many clubs are national, so membership while taking online classes can be maintained, and enjoyed in other locations. I have recently joined the Golden Key International organization, as one example.

    Great for these types of students

    Working, stay at home parents, or students with disabilities that make travel difficult will benefit from this online program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Online courses connect you with campus life, regardless of your location, so you are aware of what is going on, and if in the area, you can always find where things are happening. Communication is by far the best during your time enrolled, not just afterwards as alumni.

    Bang for the buck

    Comparatively, I believe this online program to be an excellent resource for keeping costs down while obtaining a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Staying in touch with other online classmates from both the US and abroad, you can find many ways of having fun, whether in your own backyard, or planning trips to other locales.

    Food and Dining

    Rating required, however, I am an online student, and cannot assess first hand these areas.

    Dorm Life

    Rating required, however, since I am an online student, dorm life does not apply to me.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is appropriate for graduate level classes, without being unmanageable, particularly if you are organized and disciplined to putting in the hours. Online offers flexibility of where those hours fit into your day, as long as you honor weekly deadlines, you can work in your pajamas if you so desire.

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting your materials together (transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay, etc.) early will help the admission process, of course. I have found the online program to be an excellent way of getting your graduate degree moving, while working, or taking other courses for work.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University Online Plus for Graduate Students is an excellent program, providing ease of access plus a variety of programs. The Master of Ed. in Adult Education has an extensive selection of programs, including Web Design for distance education, ESL for introduction to optional adult ed opportunities, along with the Theories, Processes, and Administration side of Adult Education. Financial Aid has been excellent, as well.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when I am walking on campus at night. There are call boxes everywhere around campus so if you feel unsafe, you can call a campus police officer and they will walk you back to your dorm or back home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is any club that you can possibly think of on campus. And if there is not, make one!!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, and openminded!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a big tree stump on campus that anyone can stand on and preach to people about ANYTHING. This is a fun piece of the plaza because some people are really good speakers and other students gather around to listen. There are also some students that play instruments when the weather is warm, so when you are walking to class you get music too!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is doing alot of construction right now and will be for the next one, maybe two years. But soon after the campus will look beautiful!

    What to do for fun

    Old town and the loveland outlets is not too far away, although you need a car to get there.

    Food and Dining

    The school has a wonderful selection of food! However, the same food over and over can get boring and they do not change it up much. Also, the produce is questionable...

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club, sport, or anything that interests you! This way you will make friends that are similar to you!

    In three sentences

    This college was a wonderful choice out of any of the other colleges in Colorado! The campus is beautiful, and the people here are very outgoing! One thing I do not like about the campus is that it can be very difficult to get wifi at times to do school work, even when working in the library.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The online enrollment is very easy. The advisors are knowlegable. The online classroom is easy to navigate.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always around when you need them, and available all times of the day.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a bunch of activities that any type of student can be a part of. And if there isn't an activity that they want to be a part of, they can make their own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students seeking recognition in engineering and research based schooling.

    Bang for the buck

    I wasn't able to get any federal funding, so it is sort of expensive to go there. However, it is the same around the country, so it isn't really a waste of money at all. It is a nice campus, a nice community, and the classes are great.

    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of places to go and hike around the front range. There are movie theaters all around town. Also, there are a bunch of places to go shopping around off of the highway.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't half bad. However, after a while, any dining hall food starts to get a little old to the taste. It isn't going to be much different no matter where you go.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Honors dorms, and they are very nice and a great place to meet good study partners. The Academic Village in general are some of the best places to live. However, I know other dorms, and they are definitely not as nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The research and science based classes are all very challenging. Other liberal arts classes, however, aren't as difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to recieve a good starting GPA for your first semester to keep on track and competitive with the rest of the students. If you want to get ahead, apply for the Honors Program and participate in the honors seminars. It is a great way to know faculty.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is similar to a large scale, tight knit community. The research facilities are some of the best in the nation. The competitive nature of the classes allows its students to rival those about the country.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    CSU is definitely worth the money commitment. The people are so great here and I have really felt welcome and made so many great friends already. You definitely have to make sure that you spend time on your schoolwork though, due to the many fun distractions!

    What to do for fun

    The campus rec center always has activities and the rock wall is always a fun workout. Intramurals are a fun way to play the sports you love with friends. Old Town Fort Collins is also within walking distance and provides a local shopping area as well as the Foothills Mall. Being a college town, there are always activities off campus for students to participate in for fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for dining and the food is pretty good. There is a dining hall close to every dorm, so it is not necessary to walk all the way across campus just to eat. There are small stores in 2 locations on campus where students can use meal swipes to stock up their rooms.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is great, because you are forced to meet so many new people at the beginning of the year and become close friends with most of your neighbors. There is always something to do within walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are challenging, however CSU offers many resources to students to help them succeed. As a freshman there are not very many classes that require a lot of mental stamina, but I know that my classes will be getting much harder next year. There is free tutoring and all professors have office hours in order to help and explain topics that were not clear in class or if you have any questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many things possible in order to meet new people and find something that you would like to do over the next four years. Find a major that you love and stick to it. Go out and experience the town and get to know the geography of Fort Collins.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a great community and is very accepting and friendly towards everyone.There are many activities to get involved on campus and make lots of friends. Professors are spectacular and really enjoy the subjects that they are teaching.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greeks are everywhere!

    Great for these types of students

    Party animals

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grilling buffalo burgers right before a game against University of Colorado- Boulder.

    Bang for the buck

    It would have to cost $10,000 per year to be worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Reading and playing guitar were the only fun activities for me.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but my options as a vegetarian were very slim. I can't imagine how hard it is for vegans.

    Dorm Life

    Unless you get into the honors dorm, expect lots of noise.

    Academic Rigor

    I was super bored in all of my classes (except for French, which was small and engaging). It can be difficult to talk to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seriously think about whether or not you want to go to college for a strong, challenging academic program, or if you want a party-filled social life. CSU, in my opinion, falls short of my expectations for academics. It is definitely a party school. If you do decide to go, try to get Dana Barclay as a professor. She is THE best professor there.

    In three sentences

    This school is huge and impersonal. It is really hard to make friends, as you rarely see the same person twice. There are quite a few religious people trying to get you to join their church.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I played on a club volleyball team last fall and had a blast getting beat!

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, fun campus.

    What to do for fun

    I like to skate around. But you have to watch the campus cops and follow the rules or they will ticket you!

    Food and Dining

    I like that there are options and food is available almost any time. It's not as good as Qdoba but it is ok.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice comparatively. I live in a dorm that has suites and 4 of us share a bathroom. It tends to be noisy but there are always people around.

    Academic Rigor

    I know there are harder colleges but there is plenty to challenge you here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes early to get a good schedule, that means signing up for an early preview session.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. I have never liked school but the atmosphere here has helped so much. The classes are hard but overall I like it.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Younger students

    What to do for fun

    I was a non-traditional student at 29 years old, so I never did the frat party thing. But, living in Fort Collins certainly feels like you are living in a town that is organized for students and retired folks. My favorite activities were hiking (lots of trails nearby), biking (excellent road and mountain biking) and drinking wine at one of 3 local bars geared to the early 30's crowd.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't eat on campus much. When I did, I chose the Souper Salad option at the student center. It seemed like there were decent, inexpensive options.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I studied very hard for math and science classes, and was rewarded with good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you majoring in a science degree, try to take some of your lower level science classes from a local community college, particularly chemistry. I dropped general chemistry 111 because the classroom was a massive lecture hall that held something like 250 students, and the professor couldn't really engage with students. Exams were ridiculous multiple choice tests that made everyone crazy.

    In three sentences

    CSU is an old ag school, but heavy in the sciences. They have excellent programs in veterinary medicine, nutrition and wildlife biology. The campus feels very conservative and Christian.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tour de Fat (I love this tradition)- CSU's version of Tour de France where the community dresses up in outrageous costumes and ride their bikes on a guided path throughout the campus and Fort Collins.

    Bang for the buck

    If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors, no doubt you'll fall in love with the area around campus. Fort Collins offers so many outdoor activities. I promise you won't get bored!

    What to do for fun

    Horse tooth reservoir, hiking horse tooth, camping, biking.

    Food and Dining

    Practically any and every kind of food you can ask for. Definitely more food than I could ask for.

    Dorm Life

    I can't ask for a more comfortable, safe and fun dorm life. CSU has amazing RA's and dorm rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are more than willing to answer your questions and help further your understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you apply yourself to school work and classes, CSU will give you a hands down amazing college experience.

    In three sentences

    CSU has provided a safe and friendly community, along with outstanding education and helpful professors. Not only are the classes challenging and effective, the activities available outdoors and around campus are beyond exceptional. I have had an amazing experience so far and can't ask for a better school to attend.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Csupd is wonderful plus you can get alerts anytime something does go wrong. There are emergency boxes everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations its hard to not get overwhelmed trying to choose just one.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, agricultural studies

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, i don't feel as though i'm being ripped off.

    What to do for fun

    Anything outdoors! Pickup frisbee games everywhere. Plus old town is great to go out to eat or even just for a nice walk with ambiance.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have great variety and there is a big focus on healthy eating.

    Dorm Life

    Academic village is a great place to live. The buildings are very new, and the dining hall is very convenient, plus you can get to almost any class within ten minutes walking.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors college is great for those students who really want to challenge themselves, and for thos who dont they will still get a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go anywhere else!

    In three sentences

    CSU is great for practically anyone. The campus is not huge and it is always sunny and beautiful. The faculty and programs are all really beneficial.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    baha its so safe the cops worry about bikers running stop signs.

    Greek Life

    Not interested

    Clubs and Activities

    Same as any other college

    Great for these types of students

    People who love to smile

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Underware mile, Tour de Fat (new Belgium brewery in Fort Colins) and the rest I cannot say

    Bang for the buck

    If your going instate your going to get the best education that your money can buy. Boulder south of us (CU) charges way more for tuition and the cost of living is way higher. They have a higher acceptance rate and aren't as good of a school in many of their major schools.

    What to do for fun

    Huge intramural fields in the center of campus for all sorts of games. Volley ball nets outside and a world class gym complete with rock climbing wall. We are also one of the top bike friendly community for awesome bike rides in the city or in the mountains that are conveniently just on our boarders.

    Food and Dining

    Best part is no disses and they serve breakfast until 1 pm on the weekends. If you do the math though you will find that your paying around $8 a meal...but it is all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are tough because half of the residents want to study and the other half want to mess around. As long as you and your roommate get along you should be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many new people as you can. I hate to say it but most likely, some of the first people you meet have the highest chance of being your friend for life.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a wonderful blend of down to earth people and a hard work and study ethic. Don't worry too much though, we still get to visit the beautiful rocky mountains on the weekends and get the mile high fresh air every day. Close enough to home yet still far enough away to do anything you want.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's fairly reasonable for things and the school has many promotions, coupons, and offers that are open to students.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of activities students can do while in school. The Rec Center is a great place to workout or play basketball. We even have indoor rock climbing! There's also lots of activities to do outside of school such as hiking up to the 'A' or going skiing during the winter.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is pretty good. I would say that the reason students gain the freshman 15 is mostly because there are so many options of food and they are all good. It is difficult to eat healthy all the time but it's more about eating in moderation.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very enjoyable and you are able to make new connections with those around you. It's definitely a good experience to have and it's fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes actually require students to show up and do the homework in order to get the grade they want. The exams and tests require students to create study habits and techniques that best help them to understand the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, enjoy the experience of everything. Go to all the events, concerts, etc. Be open to meet new people and make new connections and experiences with those around you.

    In three sentences

    The people here are friendly and have open minds and hearts to anyone and everyone. The professors really care about the students understanding of the subject and are always available. There are many options and resources students are able to use that are convenient.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, outdoorsy folk.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fixed gear bikes and longboarding are big.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of money, no guarantee on a job after. Networking will help you get a position for after college.

    What to do for fun

    Drink beer, ride your bike, play music, go outside.

    Food and Dining

    If I were you I would probably opt for the local food. Fort Collins has tons of restaurants to choose from. The dorm food gave me digestive problems when I tried to stick to a meal plan. They do have a decent salad bar though, hence the two stars.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend Ingersol. One of the best years of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes like physics and organic chemistry are pretty tough, but most classes are pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what you want to major in as fast as possible. In high school they tell you there is plenty of time to figure out what you want to do, but if you move slowly you will almost certainly get stuck taking five years.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a good choice for students interested in agriculture or natural resources. There are on-campus greenhouses and good professors. I enjoyed my experience there as a horticulture major and would recommend it to other prospective students.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the emergency call boxes and campus police officers are almost as common as people on campus, incidents still occur. As a female, safety is a large concern especially coming home late at night from campus events. I think it is fantastic that we offer the Saferide program because you can never be too careful. I also like that when things happen on campus I get text alerts. I feel like informing the students makes us feel safer than if they tried to hide what happened. Knowing the details helps us to avoid situations in the future and constantly move toward an even safer state.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally affiliated with Greek at CSU but I think that if you are even remotely considering it than you should go through rush. It allows for amazing networking opportunities and life long bonds. It wasnâ??t the right fit for me but my roommate loves it. You never know till you find out the information, for real not from the movies. I like that many of the Greek organizations donâ??t have houses and are truly focused on service and community.

    Clubs and Activities

    GET INVOLVED!!!! There is a niche for everyone so find it, join it or at least create it. Enjoy and strive knowing diversity is what makes colleges successful and participation in clubs and activities is what unifies us. It is great that there is such a wide range of ways to get involved at CSU. Many clubs work as pre-professional networking and resume builders. Others just allow you to live out your passions and share your skills. Some have a focus of bettering the community or yourself. Balance your time and know that this is how you will meet many of your closest friends. I am a member of focus bible study, youth group at J23, Young Producers Organization and a double major who still gets sleep and has time to spend with friends. Next semester I hope to get involved with student media. I feel some of the clubs and organizations have lots of room for improvement but I know that students will step up and lead that change.

    Great for these types of students

    Many schools have specific molds that students need to fit into. I like that here there are many different molds and different personalities that make up the campus. I think it is great for academically focused students who want to experience college and want a successful future. I am a Colorado native, but I believe the people here are laid back and calm but also determined. Colorado State is great because I think so many people can see them selves here and I would encourage them that they are right. No matter their interests or career paths they will find redeeming qualities about the school, even people I know from Boulder can come up with a few. Enjoy the sunshine of Colorado as you walk through the quad or take a nap on the oval.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a theater major so I spend more hours at the UCA than my bed. I chose to talk about this location because most students donâ??t know it even exists. It is across the train tracks and college in the old historic Fort Collins High School. This building has top grade facilities and I hope every student gets to experience some form of the art that is created inside its walls before they graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    While I think the price of college is ridiculous anywhere I am thankful that I get to further my education at a school like CSU. Unfortunately state schools donâ??t get as much scholarship money as many private schools and for a non-athletic, non-ethnic and non-first generation student my good high school grades only got me so far. So while I am not looking forward to my future student loans I have a few things to be thankful for. One at least it is cheaper than CU and two that I am receiving a top grade education that shall set me up for the future. I plan to be in and out in 4 years to give me the biggest bang for my buck.

    What to do for fun

    College isnâ??t always the stereotypical crazy parties on weekends. In fact, while they do happen that isnâ??t what I would really consider thriving in the real college experience at all. There is always something happening in a college town, especially on campus. There are activities to do for every person. One of the benefits to our sports teams mediocrity is free student tickets, so suit up and cheer on our RAMS! You can hang out, literally, on the rock wall or relax in the hot tub and lazy river at the rec center. When the weather is warm the IM fields are packed with ultimate Frisbees games, so go on get some friends together or join a game already happening. You can hike Horsetooth or the A or go fishing in the reservoir. Not so much of an athletic person, never fear neither am I. There are all types of movie showings, concerts, speeches and tons of events with FREE food. If all else fails stroll through Old Town, dance the night away at SunDance or bring out your inner child at FortFun. The hardest part is convincing your self to go out and accept that there is always something fun to do. So grab a friend or two or twenty or fly solo and make new friends when you get there. Just say yes and go. Its amazing with the amount of things there are to do how everyone gets stuck doing the same thing. In the end, college is a lot of work but it is the last time in your life before you are weighed down with responsibility. Have fun, be safe and enjoy all of your time at Colorado State.

    Food and Dining

    I live in Academic Village so I get most of my meals at RamsHorn. I had to adjust my eating schedule a little bit to fit the open times of the upstairs of the hall, unless you fried food or express you have to eat before 7. This was a little different for someone like me used to dinnertime being 7:30 and beyond. But never fear, Braiden, my favorite dining hall on campus, is open later and a great place for lunch since it is close to classes. Sure dinning hall food gets old after awhile and there is no comparing to home cooked meals but compared to many other schools in the nation we have very little to complain about.

    Dorm Life

    I am fortunate enough to live in Academic Village. I have a bathroom that I share with a single roommate and live on co-ed floors. I can't imagine living in the towers or anywhere else, I would hate it. My floor said from day one we want a community and we have stuck to that statement. I love where I live. With a name like academic village, I like that there is a definite focus on studies. While no one, on my floor at least, is studying all the time they arenâ??t at the opposite end of the spectrum parting all the time either. I am thankful for quiet hours and for the study lounges as well as enjoy just hanging out in the halls. I believe dorm life is what you make of it. I donâ??t think my experience wouldnâ??t have been as enjoyable if my floor wasnâ??t as great of a community. In any residence hall it is important to focus on community and being respectful.

    Academic Rigor

    I took many AP classes in high school, which I felt fully prepared me for my introduction classes at Colorado State University. Honestly, I expected it to be a lot harder than it has been. I have seen that the real key to being successful with classes and not getting swallowed by the academic rigor is the understanding of time management. There is a lot more freedom to assignments in college and a lot fewer exams so knowing how to schedule time for each allotted class makes it manageable. I am a double major in journalism and theater and while they may not be as academically challenging as some engineering majors they still require a lot of work and therefore call for a dedicated work ethic. I came to school to learn and that is what I intend to do. If you come for the same reason you will be fine if not you might find classes harder or procrastinate more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be a part of the community on your floor in the residence halls. Have an open door policy when ever possible and plan to eat meals together. Know that if you work to build a community with those you live with it makes the entire years experience better. Take advantage of on campus resources, the career center and TILT building are just two of the many organizations created to help foster success. Itâ??s hard to make a small school seem big but it is easy to make a big school seem small with the amount of activities and groups available at CSU. Get involved and build communities to have the best experience.

    In three sentences

    I canâ??t imagine anywhere else I would belong than CSU. If you feel like you belong here, it is probably because you do. You will find a way to study your passion and live a bright future.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of food and variety.

    Dorm Life

    The Academic Village dorms are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for both admission and housing.

    In three sentences

    CSU seems like a great place full of lots of friendly people. It has a lot of outdoor areas and is super close to the mountains!

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Get involved but make sure it is the right place for you! Hard to get out and very time consuming but I love my sorority!

    Clubs and Activities

    Just get involved! There is truly something for everyone! Just don't get overinvolved, it's hard to juggle school and clubs sometimes!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love studying in the random places you can find on campus, I've only been in the library very rare times, and usually only when it's with a study group.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good!

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything! There is always something going on. Just get involved and you'll never find a day that you are bored

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options! Just after the first month you have tried everything and are sick of everything. Not much variety in the places to go, but there are a variety of places to go. Food is usually very good.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Allison, poor facilities, poor meal choices, poor social life-I hated everything about living in the dorms. I didn't get along with my RA, or many people on my hall either.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year was tough for me. Some classes are more difficult than they seem to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to making new friends wherever you go! In your dorm, in your classes, or even when going to class or at a dining center. Be prepared for hard class work and the teachers seeming like they don't care. But in my experience, if you make the effort the teachers really do care, and will help you in any way they can. Just be open and be ready for a great four years!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is very welcoming, great students and great teachers. Very big classes especially introductory classes. Lots of construction, always!

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With Parking Services and CSU PD on patrol round the clock, as well as programs like RamRide, CSU is one of the safest universities in the US.

    Food and Dining

    CSU offers a wide variety of restaurants within the Lory Student Center, and is a short walk from many other dining options nearby.

    Dorm Life

    With many dorms located near each other, freshman at CSU are able to feel right at home in their new surroundings.

    Academic Rigor

    Ranked 134 among National Universities by US News and World Report, Colorado State is a leader in environmental research in the United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    If it boils down to CU or CSU, go to CSU. It's much more affordable and in regards to academia, CSU can go toe-to-toe with CU. CSU is a much more diverse campus as well.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a highly respected research university. Ranked in the Top 150 National Universities by US News and World Report, CSU has invested many resources to improve the college experience for students and faculty alike. With new construction underway for a variety of schools and a new on-campus football stadium, Colorado State is the premiere choice for academics in Colorado.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The campus has a lot of options for dining, and the town has so many places to dine it's insane!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice. I will be living in a standard dorm and I even thought that wasn't even bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Although classes have not yet started for me, I have heard that the school has a very wide variety of courses that can fulfill any persons interests and/or majors as well as work well with there capabilities as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely say that the best tip I can give is to actually tour the place. Looking at pictures and reading about it doesn't give it nearly as much credit as it deserves. When I went I instantly knew that was where I was going to go, but I had to be there, not just read about it.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere of the school was incredible. I never felt more attracted to an area. The people were also so incredibly friendly also, I felt so at home!

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go hiking

    Tips for prospective students

    Good teacher and resources. Wonderful weather and environment.

    In three sentences

    This is my dreaming place to study. I have been there at the beginning of Fall, 2011 as a visitor. I was very interested in the Music Therapy courses and practice there.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe, you can walk at any time and not be worried

    Greek Life

    United, fun and filled with many interesting people. Being part of a sorority, I definitely will say I have changed perspective on it and it is filled with so many amazing people that are here to succeed like everyone else.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life, Circus Club Community Cakes Just many of the amazing organizations we have on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors, energized, out of the box people, people that are chilled out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many cool places such as eating at Jim's Wings, always a fun treat. Admiring Tony Frank's beard also an interesting thing, we CSU students love. There is a really cool cafe, Alley Cat that is the coolest little cafe with really good chai.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things, from clubs to playing sports, to just relaxing around town. Campus being in the center of town makes it easier to travel around the city and relax at the parks that there are.

    Food and Dining

    Many options within campus, but surrounded by hundreds of places to eat and relax. There are so many little places hidden around, so it is fun to tour the town around.

    Dorm Life

    Definitely a community within the campus, you meet people so fast, and you really get to interact with people.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent courses that actually make you think, good class choices. When you actually get into your major, you really develop your skills, and you learn so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely use the Rec. Take advantage of all the opportunities. Go through the plaza as much as possible

    In three sentences

    I am very happy with the majors offered. The atmosphere here is very friendly and relaxed. I can actually join organizations and feel welcomed, with many things to do.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are call boxes within sight wherever you are on campus. Also there is the option of SafeWalk after dark. You can call the CSUPD and they will walk to you to your destination after dark.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is so diverse that I truly have to say that you'd have to be absolutely fun-hating and unpersonable to not fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the Undie Run. Everyone who participates wear clothes to donate to the event. Towards the end everyone gives up their donated clothing and goes for a run in their undies! There's also the tradition of hiking up to the A ( the letter A made of rocks on the foothills) and of course our CSU vs. CU sports events( GO RAMS)

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student I pay more for my tuition but I can't say it's not worth it. I learn a ton and have fun while doing it.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely keep an eye out for posters and advertisements on the plaza. There's almost always something interesting going on from a movie premier night to a Harry Potter Gala/Ball. There's hiking nearby and Old Town is a great place to shop and wander.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is not 5- star restaurant material but there's so many options that you can always find something you want. There's also fast food restaurants like Carl Jr's, Panda Express, and Spoon for when you just don't want dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    I mean they're dorms. They're not the greatest living spaces in the world, but I've had a ton of fun living in them. My current roommate and previous roommate and I are all best friends and I've met amazing people here that I otherwise would not have taken time to get to know.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not like high school. If you want good grades, you need to put in a lot of effort. Having said that, professors and TAs are available for help during office hours every week and most will arrange meetings with you if you can't make their official hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. One of the things that was hardest for me to learn is that college is not like high school. Good grades means a lot of effort. Also, talk to people. Even if you never speak to them again, you can gain some great and interesting insights and perspectives from a simple 5 minute conversation.

    In three sentences

    CSU has one of the most welcoming and friendly environments that I have ever experienced. The campus is beautiful and the teaching are great and very helpful.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of lighting and emergency phones. Always busy during the school year, and in general Ft. Collins is a safe town.

    Bang for the buck

    Environment is outstanding, the campus is great with good staff (faculty and support) but it is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, running, brewery tours.

    Academic Rigor

    I was taking post-bacc classes, Microbiology and Organic Chemistry. These courses were delivered by great instructors, but they were difficult none the less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cost of living and out of state tuition are high so be prepared financially. Don't spend you whole college career here inside. Horsetooth reservoir is close and a great place to hike, swim, run, bike, etc. The Poudre Canyon offers fishing and rafting. Get outside!!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus in a fantastic town. It is a bit pricey but worth the experience. CSU was a blast!

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Colorado State offers a ton of activities. There is always something going on campus and off-campus.

    Food and Dining

    I do not dine or eat on campus but I do know they have off campus restaurants run by campus students

    Dorm Life

    I am not in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Again the APA guidelines are tough ask before submitting your essay if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are committed you will have no problem with the general education. The hardest part of learning in this school for me is strictly following the APA guidelines for essays. the APA structure is crucial to your grade are is VERY strict. It can be confusing and hard to follow with every situation.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State seems to focus on APA paper guidelines very strictly. The instructors in CSU global are typically from other states and are hit and miss on good and bad. I have had a couple great professors and a couple instructors that really don't care. Last Colorado State is very organized user friendly and offers a lot. I would recommend this college to anyone qualified and ready to make a commitment. -Sarah

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many available options.

    Greek Life

    Wouldnt recommend it- dropped my sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    much variety

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run

    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins offers an outdoor playground, along with a charming town with many opportunities for activities. That is even outside of school affiliations in which there are many. Not to mention Boulder and Denver are awaiting oppurtunities not to far away.

    Food and Dining

    Many options, great food.

    Dorm Life

    a very fun and convenient environment.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on courses

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider your major, and whether CSU is a valid investment for that major; especially if you are an out of state student.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State univeristy promotes the induvidual through its education and education opportunities;; with a promotion of non conformity it's students can better self discover themselves and their career paths. However, I think that the school needs to find a thread of affiliation to better promote the unity of the school. I think that Colorado State could improve if it was able to promote the induvidual while still linking all of it's students for a common cause.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Has a voluntarily student-run cab situation for unsober or sober people alike looking for a way home from parties (and it's free!) On-campus police officers, and many blue-light posts all around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for just about everything

    Great for these types of students

    Great for outdoorsy people, great for shy people (very friendly place), great for agricultural students, great for art students who are looking for more diverse (major-wise) campus than an art school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run-- run for charity, donates clothing to the homeless

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is rising but there are some great facilities, of note-- the rec center, and the library. Sometimes I question there funding of a new football stadium on-campus (though this is not a definite thing).

    What to do for fun

    Outdoor activities: hiking, biking, (mountain/road/cruise), ski resorts just a few hours away, boating; awesome rec center, many extracurricular clubs, competitive and non-competitive intramural's, fun downtown (what Disney World's Main St. is based off of!)

    Food and Dining

    Not great, the usual dorm food. The buildings are progressively getting better though.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on how early you apply or how much money you are able to spend, but its likely you'll get assigned into an out-of-date dorm (though they are starting to improve

    Academic Rigor

    Great academics. If you put your mind to it though, you can do great things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the programs offered. CSU is known for it's agricultural college but has a great engineering college, and has a great design program, as well as other fantastic programs to look into.Also, if you love the outdoors it's likely you'll love CSU.

    In three sentences

    It's awesome! The people are very friendly and Fort Collins is a great place to live in, with a fun downtown and a lively atmosphere. There are many outdoor activities, with the campus just backing up to the mountains.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    World class education. Rockwell Business School Teachers are from the fields in which they teach.

    What to do for fun

    Horse-tooth reservoir, hiking, biking, camping, golf, IM sports. Tons to do in Fort Fun!

    Food and Dining

    Campus meal plans are affordable but I preferred to eat off campus. Tons of restaurants within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    During my time, Corbett hall was the place to be.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be as challenging as you make it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and work hard. If you are committed to excellence, you can't go wrong at CSU.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a wonderful place to get an world class education. A diverse student body and well connected faculty offer tremendous opportunities for post graduate employment.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police patrolling the campus at almost all times and the police station is located in mid-campus. They are even willing to escort students to their dorms/homes at night.

    Greek Life

    Not apart of it, but the fraternities are very involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    A ton of organizations to get plugged into! Whether they be academic organizations or religious ministries, there is a club for just about anything.

    Great for these types of students

    Study groups and Office Hours help a lot for the difficult engineering classes. The IM fields are awesome to hang with friends and kill some time playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, or ultimate!

    Bang for the buck

    Engineering program is strong and the education is valuable, but textbooks seem overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, hanging with friends at old town, or just watchin movies in the dorms!

    Food and Dining

    Tons of options for food so it didn't get old very fast.

    Dorm Life

    You obviously get a good mix of people in the dorms, but overall they were okay. They were a bit expensive and the food got old, but it was still a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I graduated from an accelerated private school, so the academic rigor is relatively easy for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a decent amount of credits per semester. Attend class. Get outside and enjoy campus life!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for academics and beginning a career. It is a diverse campus and is very easy to find organizations or clubs to join. The atmosphere is very friendly and the campus is beautiful.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is not very active at Colorado State University. There is many fraternities and sororities, but they are not essential to campus life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Colorado State University has many traditions including homecoming, lighting of the A, and orange outs. This makes for a very fun college experiences.

    What to do for fun

    Colorado State University is located close to down town Fort Collins. Down town always has something to do that offers stress relief from studying.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias at Colorado State University offer a wide variety of food. The cafeterias are located around campus and are usually open at reasonable eating times.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is essential for making friends and developing connections on campus. Dorm life is fun and encourages students to make friends and practice good habits.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic intensity at Colorado State University depends on the program you are seeking. Some majors and programs are very challenging, however they are also very creditable.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Colorado State University, get involved! There is activity fairs that allow students to get involved. The more you get involved, the more you will feel connected to the large university.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a beautiful college that offers multiple programs of study. The campus is always improving and offers many opportunities for students to get involved in a lot of different activities. There is always something going on at CSU and the city of Fort Collins.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, blue light system, safe walk, green ride, police pretty nice

    What to do for fun

    A lot of restaurants around campus within walking distance. Downtown is beautiful during the winter when it is all covered in lights. There are many great hiking trails nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Not the greatest food, as it id pretty much the same things all the time. Spoons is a great option as well as the food in the LSC. Although many places don't take credit or debit which is annoying.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience living in the dorms, don't get a single. No matter where you live, try to get to know people on your floor and around you.

    Academic Rigor

    Some easy cake courses for generals but all other classes are typically rated in rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great idea to get involved in all that is available at Colorado State, if its getting an on-campus job, joining an intermural team, a fraternity or sorority or club do something. Also always go to class. Professors do notice if you are or are not there and they are more willing to help you out come the end of semester if your grade is close.

    In three sentences

    Great community around the campus that loves to be involved and the people are nice. The campus is beautiful and large but not too large.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alley Cat coffee shop is the best little coffee shop that makes the most delicious Chai.

    What to do for fun

    Go hang around Old Town, go see movies, bowling at Chippers, hike around Horsetooth, play frisbee golf. There is so much to do in Fort Collins.

    Food and Dining

    Some halls have better food than others. After about a month the food at Parmalee and Corbett gets really old but its always convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Take advantage of this opportunity to live in the dorms. Keep your door open and build a relationship with the people who live around you. The dorm experience is a blessing and curse.

    Academic Rigor

    Try your hardest in your studies. Plan ahead when you are going to be able to study and leave yourself enough time for socialization.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing the dorms I recommend Corbett. I would also recommend building communication with your professors and involving yourself in as many things that you can while at CSU. Take advanatage of what the town has to offer, all the sites to see, and the people to meet.

    In three sentences

    CSU holds so many opportunities and experiences to be enjoyed and fulfilled. I would definitely rate Colorado State University a 10.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They send us alerts when the ground is slippery and some guy with a polo shirt is snatching handbags. Police all over.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join Student Peace Alliance!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stump. you'll see.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm prettty sure half our money goes to construction nobody wants, but for the price, my education is pretty great.

    What to do for fun

    Two words: Old Town. Horse Tooth. Go Hiking. Ride Bikes. Run outside. Play Frisbee. IM Fields.

    Food and Dining

    We have pretty great dorm food, from what I've heard. Salad bar is where it's at. Choice.

    Dorm Life

    Love the people, like the food, dislike the lack of AC and general mild sketchiness.

    Academic Rigor

    NRM isn't exactly rocket science, but Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography will kill you if you're not prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, and don't feel compelled to blend in- the size and sprawl of the campus can make you feel small, but I'm sure your dreams are larger than life. Talk to professors and advisors and they will help you achieve them.

    In three sentences

    CSU is a great school for agriculture, natural resources/ conservation, and pre-vet. If you love new buildings and constant construction, this is the place to go. The massive size would seemingly allow for anonymity, but you end up running into a lot of the same people.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The rec center is great, the outdoors, hiking, biking, movies, bowling. Lots of student discounts everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    I thought the food was pretty great, and lots of variety. Just very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    You can have a great experience or not so great, depends on how out there you go.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classes have definitely challenged me way more than high school, but they are managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should look into all the benefits of living in this city, but be ready to like bikers, and biking.

    In three sentences

    It is a very friendly, accepting community. There is a lot to do, especially things outdoors. It is worth coming to.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lights everywhere! There are always people out and about so you never feel like you are walking alone, and if you ever feel unsafe while walking call the safewalk program and they will send someone (who will be in a uniform) to come walk you safely to the bus stop, your dorm or your car. There are also blue emergency lights that you can see at least one from everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is popular but, not as big as most incoming Freshman would expect.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is a very active and involving campus, it's hard not to become involved with at least one club or activity because so much is always going on.

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for the active style student. Also kids who are either used to or don't mind slushy snow and a maximum of 2 snow days a year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some buildings only have one or NO sign in front of them, so when getting your new schedule for the semester, check on the online map as to where the building is BEFORE you go looking to prevent getting lost and showing up late.

    Bang for the buck

    The football team is not good, there is no easy way to say that but, our other sports are awesome! The scenery is amazing and it really is a beautiful place to live. The first couple weeks will feel like an extended stay at summer camp but then it will sink in when the first round of test come.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun but, don't cram it all in within the first couple months. Old Town is a great place to go for dinner or light shopping but, not too often. Coopersmiths is a pizza and pub that on Sunday nights you can get a huge piece of pizza for just $2 a slice! The mall is of the dying sorts and there really isn't much there anymore but, rumors of improvement and a movie theater(there aren't any in FoCo) are spreading quickly! Horsetooth reservoir is a great place for outdoor activities (ie. swimming, hiking and biking) and it's located right behind our off campus football field. Loveland is not far down the road and has an awesome outlet mall, and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are better than most other schools but, after awhile, the food will get old. They are on a two week rotation schedule so make sure you switch it up! They have a weekly schedule online for each dinning hall, so check those before you make your decision on where to go. Braiden has the best sandwiches and a great resource called RamWich so you can take them to go. Most people start out with 21 meals a week but, by second semester will realize, you really don't need more than 14.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CSU is pretty great. It is the best way of making friends right off the bat, on move in day, you immediately have 40 friends. Some dorms here are different than others, some have communal bathrooms, some do not but, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, the towers, Westfall and Durward, are far from everything but, they are closest to off campus fun and have the best RA's (who are everything to an in coming freshman) but, they are 12 stories high and only have 3 elevators (usually only 2 work...).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are designed for the student who would, not does, register for them. So, that being said, some classes are much easier than others, and some professors, like any other school, are much better than others. Now, keep in mind that being a BETTER professor, does not necessarily mean EASIER. But, as long as you stay up on your school work, none should be too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus is LARGE, so be aware of that when you plan out classes, or pick which dorms you want to live in, Westfall and Durward are the FARTHEST from everything, except the rec center. The food here is great but make sure you mix up which dinning halls you go to because, yes there are a lot of options but, after 9 months they will ALL get old. Make sure you stay active, especially during the winter months, because if you don't it can lead to hardship with your school work and social life. Spread out your school work, don't just cram it all in one night, do a little each day. If you have the option, AVOID AT ALL COSTS the PACE center, or online math. This is a tip from every student who has ever done online math at CSU. It may be easier math but there is virtually zero help from any instructor or tutor, you are on your own to figure out stuff you haven't done since sophomore year of high school.

    In three sentences

    If this is your kind of place, etc; people, location and atmosphere, then it is a wonderful place to be. However, it's one of those places that you can't really be sure about until you spend time in Fort Collins, so you have to visit before attending! The campus is also pretty large and spread out so be aware of that when planning classes.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love the outdoors and love being active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition that I love is the students hike up a hill and repaint the huge A on the side of it.

    What to do for fun

    You can climb some mountains, go hiking, there was a bay/lake place around there (I don't know exactly what it is) and even go through town.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing, but you need to learn the scheduling and timing for when the best time to go. Some students told us to go 5 minutes before classes end.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seemed awesome, and it looked like everyone knew each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State offeres many majors, and prepare yourself if you decide to change majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a tour of the school and talk to advisors, students, and faculty. The more you see of the school the more you get that at home feel.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is an amazing school that is set in a beautiful area. The staff is all but welcoming and it seems that the students know one another.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a beatiful campus and town and also academic strength.

    Bang for the buck

    The programs here are strong and respected without having to pay ivy league prices

    What to do for fun

    Colorado is very outdoorsy and so many recreational activities are outside.

    Food and Dining

    There are a wide variety or dining options on campus and the food was very good.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are clean and many are new.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado state is know for its strong biology and medicine programs and that is one of the main reasons i chose to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing a college dont be afraid to go talk to faculty. I found the faculty very helpful and friendly.

    In three sentences

    I chose Colorado State University Fort Collins because it had the program i was looking for and strong academic standards. The campus is very pretty and the town is a great one to live in. I know i chose the right college and im looking forward to attending a lot!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe that CSU has a very effective safety program on campus. They are willing to not only protect you but also educate the students on ways to be safe.

    Bang for the buck

    CSU is great for getting the most for your money, it is fairly inexpensive compared to other colleges but will also give you a high value education and great college experience in general.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun at CSU. There are so many clubs and places to get plugged in around campus. Also, there are a ton of outdoor activities, like biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, sledding, and a lot more.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus at CSU is delicious. There are a variety of food options and places around campus. For the most part all the food is of high quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are nice. Personally I prefer a suite dorm, where you only have to share a bathroom with 3 other people opposed to the typical community bathroom per hall. Even though both have their advantages and disadvantages. For example for the people who have to share a community bathroom, it is also a good opportunity to meet other students.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that CSU has great academic classes and teachers that are dedicated to teaching. Everyone seems to have a vibrant social life but also they all seem to be very focused when it comes to school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise students to be open to the colleges they visit and try to envision themselves going to that school, when it comes to picking the right college. Once you have picked the college I would encourage you to be friendly and accepting to everyone. Come to campus with an open mind and a positive attitude.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has a very outdoor friendly campus and is located in a great town. The people there are all very accepting and down to earth. As a school they are very focused on excelling in academics.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It's kind of like a buffet styled thing, there is something new to try everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice a little small but still nice and the bathrooms are really small.

    In three sentences

    I love it there! The people are so nice, and the campus is so pretty i really enjoyed myself.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very strongly and the do a great job of alerting students and keeping us safe on campus as well as around town!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to join as well as doing things with your friends without it being an official club!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun up in fort collins, whether you are a partier there are plenty but if you like to be active the rec center is amazing as well as the intramural fields! there's plenty of space to be outside and active for any sports!

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls at CSU were very nice and clean and the staff work very hard but as with any place the food will get older after more than 2 or so months of eating there, so eating out every now and then is helpful if you have the money!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fun but it definitely gets old because its a small place to be there for an extended period of time. The experience was great!

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes here are tough a need a lot of study time to pass but also they are fun and intriguing so it's easy to put in the hours to get good grades!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take academics seriously the first semester, it is a very hard transition however it can be done and go out and make tons of new friends!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State university has a very diverse community within its campus. This helps me with being a social person as well as being able to get good grades. I'm glad i chose to come to colorado state university and its a great place to attend school.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The greek life is amazing! It is such a tight knit community and a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, students can hike horsetooth, visit old town, and just relax in many of the beautiful areas around Fort Collins. There is never a dull moment and you will always be able to find something new to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is, at first, not very good; but you get used to it after about a month. The options don't really change so the variety is not up to par. It will make you miss homemade meals for sure.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms freshman year is absolutely amazing. Students meet so many new people and make friendships that will last for a lifetime. Living in the same hall bonds students in a new way and, no matter how the year turns out, is a great experience that they will take with them afterward.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at CSU vary in difficulty depending on what classes are being taken and what the student's major is. For example, an engineering major will have far more difficult classes than a human development and family studies major. Overall, I would say the academic rigor is pretty standard; not too easy, and not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advice for prospective students is to visit the campus during the year. The summer visit groups may show you the campus and can tell you about the atmosphere of the university, but it is better to experience it first hand. There is no doubt that you will fall in love with the campus, but also the students there.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is an amazing school; not only for the education you receive, but for the atmosphere of the campus. There are an abundance of various groups and clubs to join to make the transition into collegiate life much easier and the students are very open and inviting. There is a place for everyone at CSU, no matter what they enjoy doing.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are almost always parties. Fort collins is also a really nice town with a good night scene. You also always have the Horsetooth reservoir which you can either hike up to or drive. Typically there are events on campus almost every week that lots of people attend and are fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have tons of options which is really nice. The food is alright however after eating there for a whole year you tend to get sick of it. Some of the newer dorms have nicer dining halls as well as better food options.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are nicer than others so look into each dorm and choose what you prefer. It can get pretty loud in some of the hallways which can be fine sometimes but sometimes can get on your nerves. The RAs tend to be pretty lax about quiet hours as well as drinking in the dorms however I suppose that really depends on your RA.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, courses can be pretty tough but as long as you study and fair amount and keep focused in class you can get pretty good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know professors especially professors that teach courses related to your major. Your first year you will mostly take general courses that tend to be fairly easy, depending on your major. This school has a great social scene and there is something to do for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has amazing academics as well as a great social scene. Fort Collins is an amazing town where you can do almost anything. Colorado State University has exceeded my expectations and I am so happy I chose this school.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many events and concerts on campus! If you want to hang out, check out Old Town!

    Food and Dining

    Go to each dorm and try the food! Each one has something the other doesn't.

    Dorm Life

    Academic village, Corbett/Parmelee, and Braiden are the best dorms to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are more challenging than others. Try to find the right teacher for a specific subject using the rate your teacher website.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the events on the weekends instead of going home. Meeting new friends will keep you less homesick.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State has a beautiful campus. It is a wonderful place to go to school with some challenging courses. Go Rams!

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Try out CSU's revamped and high-notch rec center. Definitely participate in the Annual Undie Run. Get involved through the SLiCE office for volunteer work, join organizations and clubs to build up your resume, meet people, network, and learn new things. Walk around Fort Collins. Visit Old Town and Horsetooth lake. Go to CSU football, basketball, and volleyball games.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm cafeterias serve a great variety of healthy and delicious food every morning, afternoon, and night. The cafeteria itself is very clean, well decorated, and has plenty of seating. The workers there are friendly and helpful, and they occasionally have themed dinner nights with even better food and dessert options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at CSU is great! The dorms are in great condition, yet they still display some of CSU's history in the walls. The Resident Assistants have great personalities, they are easy to go to for advice and issues, and they stay on the halls for most hours throughout the day and night if you need them. The dorms are very safe and require key entry to most entrances. There are inside and outside open spaces for students to hang out together, and the dorm cafeterias serve a great variety of healthy and delicious food every day and night.

    Academic Rigor

    CSU has been criticized in the past and is still down-graded as a state university so many believe its courses are not as demanding or plump. But the courses are challenging, they are time consuming at sometimes and at other times require attention only in the classroom. Attending class is crucial to maintain sufficient grades in classes, but teachers provide excellent outside readings, online modules, and tools to prepare students for the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students coming into CSU, I would first tell you that your experience here will be so much different then you anticipate it to be. Your expectations will be exceeded, you will meet and interact with people you never thought you would, and you will learn and engage in some of the best life skills and experiences. CSU is more than just a state university, it becomes your new home. I would advise students to also come in with an open mind for their classes. Yes, your work load may and most likely will be harder, but it will also probably be shortened according to high school busy work so be prepared to learn how to organize, prioritize, and become self-disciplined. Give CSU a few weeks to settle into, if you are not happy with it at first. You will need time to see all that CSU and Fort Collins has to offer!

    In three sentences

    CSU is a truly amazing university that not only provides its students with a welcoming, open, optimistic, supplemental environment to learn, but it provides students and staff the opportunity to grow as individuals and learn life skills. The campus itself is always beautiful and inviting, and so are its people. I would not trade my experience here at CSU for any other university.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is always a club or sport going on, the fields outside the rec in the center of campus seems to always have people playing on it and everyone is friendly and willing to let new people join in on their volleyball game, ultimate Frisbee match or just pass the soccer ball around on the grass.

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for the students who like to party, be very studious, vegetarian/ vegan students and students who are very green. Colorado State is great for environmentally conscious students as there are a lot recycling projects and renewal opportunities. The food makes it easy for vegans and vegetarians as everything on the menus are labeled easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year on the last day of classes students gather in the Quad for the annual Undie Run. It happens at night when campus is dark and student strip down to their undies and bras to run around campus. Its really fun and every item of clothing left in the Quad by students is donated to people in need.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of living was pretty high but most colleges are expensive when it comes to living on campus. The campus bookstore is really expensive and they don't tell incoming freshman that they can get their book list and buy books elsewhere. When it comes to returning books at the end of semester, the book-buyback is not worth the money in most cases as they buy textbooks back for 25% or less of what you bought them for from the bookstore.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec center is amazing there are always people in there working out and there are always drop-in games to play: volleyball, soccer and basketball. Students can also sign up for intramural sports or try out for club sports. Off campus Old Town is always fun to walk around and eat at the different restaurants. A few miles east of campus there is a bowling ally, Fun park and a western dance hall (which was my favorite place to go and dance).

    Food and Dining

    CSU has the best variety of food! From create your own sandwich stations to a Mongolian grill, the food is healthy and fresh. The breakfast was my favorite out of all the different meals because I loved all the choices and it is my favorite meal. At the end of the year, the food did get a little repetitive but I always found something delicious to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an older resident hall on campus and I thought the quality of the rooms was standard but the size of the room was larger than most of the other resident hall rooms. Most of my hall were part of sororities or busy working all the time, so I suggest making friends with people on other floors or from other halls because most the time my hall was empty and quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hit and miss when it comes to intro classes. I suggest to look at online reviews for teachers, some teachers set a great pace and understand that this is a new experience for a lot of students. Other teachers treat 100-level classes as upper division classes, but as long as you read and go to every class, it is not hard to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely tell future students to make friends with people in classes as well as your resident hall because you're going to have a lot of down time and you shouldn't rely on friends from high school to hang out with all the time. Also get involved with activities other than academics, I know college is for learning but everyone needs a break from studying to get some fresh air.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University- Fort Collins has a beautiful campus with tons of green landscape everywhere. The classes are interesting but most are large lectures. The school offers a lot of other activities outside of academics, from clubs to intramural sports teams.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Four because you will see her around campus all the time and the bike cops, no kidding. There is also those emergency calling pole systems on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a great diversity in this section. From scholarships/grant communities to we like it so we started it clubs. Snowboarding, Music, Math, engineering, science, Sports, random and more.

    Great for these types of students

    I got to say it's great for all students just try not to flunk out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run, yes some people are naked. Get yourself to the A and paint it up. Don't forget to meet cam the ram, both the mascot and ram. The Ramsbookstore, if you reserve your textbooks you get coupon. There are whole bunch of concert series on campus and off. Don't forget to do RamWelcome, Orientation, and Preview loads of fun. Visit the UCA for theater, art, and dance there's a free student day, check it out. Movie nights on campus watch the latest movie (usualy for free). Join your hall on homecoming parade.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to the free student games especially against CU. Sleep in the oval it's awesome. Head over to the LSC for some quick and pretty delicious food. Look for those free concert posters. Chalk up the ground in front of the LSC, you'll see what I mean. Hop on top of the Stump and get your free speech on! You have been out of touch with the world and next thing you notice is a bouncy castle out on the lawn, don't miss it! Free rides to certain events, look for the details! There are plenty of churches around, if you don't find your church I would be surprised look for them on the plaza!

    What to do for fun

    You could do The 70 things Before You Graduate List, that's kind of fun. The recreation center I definitely recommend. If you are a full time student ride the bus its free! (transfort) Like your not going to hear about parties or the undie run. Rush week, student involvement fairs (funner than it sounds), join a club or sport it's actually reasonably priced but you do have to be making some money.

    Food and Dining

    I say not bad because there is actually a lot more variety than you would expect for a school cafeteria. There is also more than just variety there are different dieting accommodations.

    Dorm Life

    It does depend where you end up at on campus or off but the services are generally good. But don't expect yourself to eat from the dining halls all the time, trust me you get tired of it. Look for the hall activities there are some pretty fun things to do. There is storage and a student kitchen.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you would expect of quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out the housing application as soon as possible. If you have scholarships and grants start looking for a job incase you screw up and you lose one of them. Find a roommate beforehand so you don't end up in a sticky situation. For goodness sakes read up on the bike rules before you ride and register it with the campus police. There are bike cops, seriously and they give tickets. Don't forget your ramcash, you can use it on campus. Go to Hungryrams.com as well there are disconts all over town. There are storage units and a student kitchen just ask. Look at all the details for an event you might miss out on something free. Don't forget to pay the arm and leg for the parking permit.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is an honorable university. This college has a diverse community. CSU has lots of opportunities.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are call boxes and a police station right on campus. You need someone to walk with, call them and a police officer will come and walk you safely to your car or anywhere within a three mile radius of school. It's pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it we probably have it, because there are so many different students with different likes and hobbies we have a rainbow of options for club activities. Go look at the main walk way for the chalk and you will probably find what you want. Or ask anyone and you can find the clubs you want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the stump, it'll be on your 70 things to do before you graduate list. You go there and state something that you've learned or believe in. It's in the main walkway.

    What to do for fun

    Theres running, hiking, rock climbing, biking, clubs, sports. If you get bored go to the main walkway on campus and look down. There are things written in chalk from different clubs and groups, pick out something that might look fun and write them down on your calendar.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are one of my favorite places, they have so many different options for everyone and everything is delicious and fresh. With things from pizza to soup and fruit to tacos to chicken look for what you want and you'll probably find it. I haven't found anything that was bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm mates aren't just someone that you will spend your year(s) with, they become your best fried and like another family member. You are stationed in a dorm with other people who have the same interests as you, so your group becomes like a family. It's comfortable and very very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State has a variety of classes that will help you get to your intended major, you decide your classes in a certain area to help guide you to what you want to do with your life. They keep you on your toes and you have to make sure you study. It isn't like high school you can't just get out so easily so study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going into an animal or any of the sciences or even if you are undeclared there is something here for you. Colorado State University has the most diverse group of students and teachers who all like so many different things and love to share them. Going here makes one feel like they belong to something that is bigger than oneself and that one can follow their dreams without feeling like an outcast. Colorado State isn't just a school, it's a home and it is so much fun, bring your pride, your hopes, and your dreams. Warning though, Colorado with all its splendor is still a school so don't get caught up in parties remember the most important thing to do is to study and take your classes seriously, you pay for the minuets your there, use them to your advantage. If you ever need help with any subject the TILT building has tutoring and usually the people that go there are people who are trying to keep their 3.0 grade point average so you won't stand out. Everyone is super nice and are always open for questions and to help. Most teachers have open or walk in hours so you can go and ask them any questions you might have as well. My best tip I will give you is use your resources to your advantage. I hope to see you soon. GO RAMS!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is a diverse, accepting place for people to go ad learn what they love in hands-on ways. Colorado State University is always willing to help you get where you want to go and has a variety of different options and places for different needs to help you get to your future. Go RAMS!

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend sport events!

    Food and Dining

    Watch for the freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    People are nice and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Student say the academics are tough, but a good job is in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a group and get involved.

    In three sentences

    Friends say it's an awesome school. The sport activities are fun. People are nice.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a program called Safe Walk where if you feel unsafe at night on campus, you can call an on-campus police officer to escort your to your car or your dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, the IM sports are amazing here and I definitely recommend playing one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We always have an Undie Run at the end of the year where students donate their clothes to goodwill and run a mile in only underwear. It's really funny!

    What to do for fun

    1. Again, go to the basketball games! They're so much fun! 2. Play an intermural sport. I played innertube water polo freshman year and it was one of the more exciting and entertaining sports I've ever played! 3. Go to the gym with friends and play pick-up soccer or basketball. We have a phenominal gym at CSU!

    Food and Dining

    The food hall at my dorm was amazing. There was a huge selection of foods to choose from, and the food tasted great too. One of the biggest perks for me was that the tables were always clean when I went to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I was on a Co-ed floor and I absolutely loved my roommate the people on my hall. During my sophomore year, I lived with two of the girls on my hall because we became such good friends! Although it can sometimes be hectic and frustrating listening to the loud music being played upstairs, the good times in the dorms definitely outweighed the bad!

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering major, I have a very full and difficult schedule. With all of my calculus, chemistry, and physics classes, it can sometimes be overwhelming. However, despite the rigorous courses, I know all my hard work will pay off when I get a great job when I graduate!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get to know your professors! For the first year, I had never gone into any of my professors' office hours, so I was just another faceless student in one of their classes. Even if you only go in once for homework help, it shows that you really care about your education and are dedicated to learning the subject. 2. Use the tutors on campus! CSU provides free tutoring for almost every subject, so it would be super beneficial to take advantage of this. 3. Go to the basketball games! I love watching our basketball team play - the games are so much fun and there's never a dull moment through the whole two hours. Represent your Ram pride! 4. Play an intermural sport to meet new people and stay active!

    In three sentences

    Going out of state for college and attending CSU has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I knew no one from my school going to CSU with me, but I had already made friends on the first weekend I was there - all the students are so accepting and friendly here! I love the beautiful campus, I love the snowy winters, I love the other students here, and I especially love being a CSU Ram!

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Painting the A

    What to do for fun

    Go to Old Town!

    Food and Dining

    A bit more expensive than I'd prefer tho.

    Dorm Life

    First time I've been paired with a roommate who I got along very well with.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too bad. Nursing school was worse.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus; capable supportive staff--but you gotta take care of yourself here. Have a college plan, do your own research. Nobody will tell you what to do or how to do it.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of parties and social events around campus. For those who choose not to drink underage, there are lots of alcohol free activities, like going to old town.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are adequate. They provide a variety of options, but if you choose to eat at the same dinning hall all the time, it may get old.

    Dorm Life

    If you like living in a small community, you may like the dorms. Warning to girls: Drama is to be expected in an all girls hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Show up to class and take notes. Oh, and study for the test. Don't assume the class will be easy just because it sounds easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not show up to class drunk, it is not good for your GPA or your social image.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with lots of activities. Very diverse, you can meat someone new everyday. Great for people who are looking for variable class sizes and a great learning environment.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great! If there is anything that students should be aware of there are emails and/or texts sent out to everybody so they know the issue, what they should or should not do, and when the issue has been resolved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is such a wide variety of clubs and activities that anybody can find something to do that they love. With such a wide variety it is also gives the perfect chance to try new things to find out what you do or do not like.

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for any type of student. While the location does cater more to active, outdoorsy students, really anybody can find what they like and people who share the same interests as them.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do on campus. Finding a club or organization that fits your lifestyle and interests will allow you to have opportunities that excite you. The gym is a great place to go, especially for the rock wall.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not always the best and considering what we pay for our food it could be a lot better. The food is good enough to eat so that you don't starve but is nothing to get excited about.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you make friends with the people you live with. Getting to know the people that you are always around makes a huge impact on your experience. These people are your family away from home and will be there for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at CSU really do challenge students to work hard. The only downside is that most teachers are not available at convenient hours for all students and do not always have time to meet with students who need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend time exploring the campus and finding a nice place that you can hang out outside. Go to the Oval and visit the coffee shops. Most importantly, get to know the library and LSC, you will visit them a lot and it helps to know where things are located.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is a beautiful campus that offers lots of opportunities and experiences for all students. Everyone on campus is super nice and willing to help. The campus is large, beautiful and has many peaceful areas to sit outside and study or simply enjoy the stay.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for almost any need you may wish to fulfill. They are easy to become involved in and have helped to create the more community based feeling on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Colorado State University is most certainly a place for any and all cultural types. They strive to be culturally diverse and have done a wonderful job accommodating all walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oval is a large grassy areas with plenty of tree coverage and a cemented pathway. It is the heart of the campus as it is the most visually appealing and is located next to the oldest buildings on campus. It is truly a spectacular vision and helps you relax on those particularly stressful days. On any given day during the warmer months, you find it sprinkled with students, studying, conversing, enjoying a meal, or catching a nap. A true comfort zone if you will.

    What to do for fun

    At Colorado State fun is a limitless word. If it is sports you are intrigued in, you can join almost any for fun or fitness related team. If you are more of studies and academic person, there is a club for almost anything you would ever want to be a part of. The Rocky Mountains are just a hop and a skip away with wonderful hiking trails, fishing and boating locations, and especially camping areas. There is white river rafting (real river rafting), tour guided hikes or museum walks as well. Fort Collins itself is covered in all sorts of restaurants, ethnically centralized shopping, and one of a kind nightlife. There is at least two bars for every style of person. There are themed nights and incredible ad diverse concerts every weekend; that can be reasonably priced as well. For the most part, Northern Colorado in general offers a large array of exciting activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are small local restaurants scattered throughout the entire campus. They are conveniently located in the more busy areas of campus and have made it much easier to grab a meal on the go. There are healthier options such as Spoons; which provides fresh made soups, salads, and sandwiches, which keeps your body energized in a health fashion. There are also two restaurants located near the student dorms that are accessible to all students. They provide fresh made ingredients and all sorts of culturally diverse and healthy options. The meals can be uploaded to your RamCard and can be paid for from your own personal funds or those of financial aid! It is a true delight.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms; but I have heard that they provide a feeling of comfort and have made dining an accommodating feature. With two large dining halls, you may snack on virtually anything you would like. They have late hours and have included a large buffet style restaurant on one level, with a more casual sit down coffee shop on another.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State University has made it their personal goal to ensure the success of each and every one of their students. I consistently receive e-mail updates and opportunities for involvement. All of the faculty are friendly and willing to lend a helping hand and genuinely support your future. At CSU I have noticed that academic success and efficiency is their strong suit and no matter what challenges I have faced, someone has always been there to provide a solution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the time to go through all necessary steps when applying, registering, and securing your position at CSU. There are plenty of steps that can be overlooked. Be sure to get involved anyway you can as CSU provides countless methods of involvement that cater to your personal desires. Check out possible internships as there are numerous in each department! Utilize all resources made available to you; they are there to help you.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is community oriented. This university is friendly, welcoming, and culturally diverse. They are very involved in their sport and extracurricular activities, therefor providing an excellent support team and community feeling.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    How do they deal with this here?

    Dorm Life

    How does this college put people in dorms? I know at other colleges, they place them based on majors. Do they do that here?

    Academic Rigor

    Are the classes typically hard?

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety at csu is a big deal, and there are lots of options if you are feeling unsafe, and resources to help you out.

    Greek Life

    I haven't participated in Greek life, but i know a lot of people who have, and from what I hear, they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is seriously a club or an activity for anything you can think of, and if there isn't one for what your thinking of, you can go ahead and make one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    any and all students. There is so much diversity at CSU. It is a melting pot of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The free speech stump. literally a old tree stump in the middle of the most occupied section of campus, where you can stand on it and say what ever you want.

    Bang for the buck

    I think CSU is worth every penny. I think I am getting a solid education and I have so many resources at my finger tips.

    What to do for fun

    There are alot of things to do for fun. You can go to old town fort collins and hang out or you can go to the on campus rec center and work out, there are lots of clubs and organizations, and the people are great

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and you have so many options, I eat there at least once a day and I am not tired of it at all, and I don't think I will ever be.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live at the dorms, but I really wish I did.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an art major, that alone is tough and its something that I am good at. You seriously need to work hard at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    LIVE ON CAMPUS. I lived off campus in Loveland my freshman year and drove to school every day and I hated it. When i was on campus I never wanted to leave.

    In three sentences

    CSU. I am proud to be a CSU Ram, and anyone would be lucky to go to this amazing school.

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's one spot on campus called the Oval, a large lawn surrounded by trees in the middle of the campus, and there's a tradition that says that you'll end up marrying whoever you kiss on the oval. My neighbors actually met at CSU and it turned out to be true!

    Food and Dining

    They seemed to have a large variety of options in their dining halls, not many commercial restaurants though from what I could tell.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms looked very modern and quite nice. They were a bit small, but I liked that students have the options for regular dorms, suites (that share a bathroom with another room) or super suites that have their own bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not as educated on their academics as I'd like to be, but I know that they're one of the best schools for pre-veterinary medicine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the west, make sure to check out the Western Undergraduate Exchange program or WUE. It offers $9,000 off of out of state tuition if you live in a qualifying state.

    In three sentences

    I loved my visit to campus. CSU has great facilities and is located in an awesome college town with over 700 restaurants. It's at the top of my college list right now.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Make sure to have a buddy when you are out walking and make sure you and your friends always have a designated driver. Everyone says this but not everyone practices it. This is a habit that everyone should have in life not just in college

    Greek Life

    I did not participate but I did have friends who did and they enjoyed their time.

    Clubs and Activities

    I did not participate but I did have friends who did and they enjoy it.

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is great for outdoorsy types who love colorado.

    Bang for the buck

    Go out but use coupons they are your friend! Also, know which days, and times the dining halls have what you want and like to eat. This will definitely help you save money. Student discounts! Use them!

    What to do for fun

    Go out but use coupons they are your friend! enjoy the fall and the spring (go running, go for a bike ride, or go to the reservoir). Host dorm floor parties such as movie night or game night or go play Frisbee or basketball (scavenger hunts seem nerdy but they can be really fun).

    Food and Dining

    Eat the food! Also, know which days, and times they have what you want and like to eat. This will definitely help you save money. Use the other dorms dining as well this will assist you in meeting new people and they have other food options so you don't get bored. Also make sure you eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Pack light, necessities only there is not much storage space in those old dorms. Join some fun clubs and use the gym, its great. I wish that I had made more of an effort to make real friends in the dorms. Also give your roommate space so that you don't drive each other crazy.

    Academic Rigor

    Ask a lof of questions, study every day, and take classes that interest you. Learning is not worth it unless you are stimulated by the material. Volunteer! You will feel good about yourself and this will help you learn who you are and what you want. By doing this you will get on the right track academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet with an advisor. I am not alone in the fact that the intended major that I had my freshman year of college is not the major that I have ended up with. Meet with seniors who are majoring in some of the fields that you are interested in, study abroad if you can, and shadow someone who has the career that you think you are interested in perusing.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State university has been very supportive with helping me take the best courses to put me on the right track to both career and academic success. The college of Agricultural sciences is very diverse and offers a multitude of options for career development in the Agricultural field. I have enjoyed my many years of education at CSU and am looking forward to the last one leading to the completion of my degree.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Colorado State University takes safety on campus extremely serious. We have what's called, Ram Ride which picks you up from anywhere in the city of Fort Collins and takes you anywhere you need to go at no cost! They are all volunteers who work to keep us Rams safe. Along with Ram Ride, there are multiple call boxes all around campus that are there to provide you with safety with one call away. If anything appears to be suspicious or you're just afraid to be walking alone one day/night, you can use these call boxes to report anything. You can also call what's called, Safe Walk, which also has volunteers come to wherever you are and walk you to wherever you need to go in order to make it there safely. It's definitely a family here, and I feel extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    I haven't personally joined a sorority, but my roommate is in Kappa Delta and absolutely loves it! She's got me thinking about joining my sophomore year.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural sports! They feature dodgbeball, volleyball, sand volleyball, basketball, even water polo!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our rival school is University of Colorado Boulder (CU) so every year when we play them in football, we rally and get everyone excited by doing a series of events. For example, the week before the Rocky Mountain Showdown, we do what's called, Grill the Buffs. We all gather for buffalo sandwiches in hopes of defeating our rivals.

    What to do for fun

    Here in Fort Collins they have a country club called Sundance. It's for line dancing and swing dancing and it's so much fun so go with a big group of people. Also, on campus it's fun to go outside and get some fresh hair playing sand volleyball or just walking around and meeting new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't assume it will be anything like high school and don't assume that because you didn't receive an A on your first exam like you did in high school means you won't succeed in college. It's all about adjusting and getting into college mode.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State is extremely welcoming. I feel safe being on campus. I feel as though I've transitioned easily with the help of the staff and administration here.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, emergency call boxes everywhere. The most important thing though the cops care more about your safety getting home than giving you a ticket for being under the influence. CSU is the safest campus I've been to.

    Greek Life

    I have not personally been to any of the greek life but most of their houses and very modern and nice. There is tons of them also, some are for specific majors and others for random things. Seem like a very close knit group.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great school for those who want a degree in natural sciences or engineerings. Huge focus on these two areas and a ton of amenities for both majors to further their studying. Or if you want a great college town experience, this town was constructed around the college and you can tell it was.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of things to do for fun, there is a huge tailgate every weekend there is a home football game. There are always events going on around campus and plenty of amenities to keep you occupied. I would suggest taking advance of the free gym on campus, its huge, has a rock climbing wall and the freshman 15 is a real thing.

    Food and Dining

    The food is well food. Occasionally its really good and other times it rather quite average and ramen would taste better. Overall as long as you're not picky there is plenty of good stuff to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Ahh the dorm life, you have a mix of everything. There a people who blast music all day, people who party every night, people you never know existed, people who play video games all day and yes some play D&D all day. However everyone in your hall is your family, you create bonds fast with certain groups and its like life back home.

    Academic Rigor

    They aren't kidding when they say 2 hours of studying for each hour of class. They don't tell you to read the books because you are just expected to read them. Don't get discouraged by a C on your first test its perfectly normal. It takes time to get used to the stress and work but it eventually becomes easy enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your orientation as soon as possible, it helps to get you the classes you want at the times you want. College is a lot harder than high school. I went from AP classes with A's to straight B's my freshman year. Get involved with your school, the more involved you are usually the better your grades are because you learn better time management.

    In three sentences

    Your classic college town. Everything is close to campus and in walking distance. Everyone here is like a huge family to each other.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many opportunities to take advantage of if you/re walking alone at night, but lately many students have not been using them. There are a few safety issues, but they aren't the norm.

    Greek Life

    CSU has a nice Greek Life. Hazing is not allowed at all and they really enforce that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many choices!

    Great for these types of students

    Down-to-earth people that are accepting of others (and snow!).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hike to the A, CSU/CU game, Old Towne, and The Oval.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the CSU/CU football game, join clubs that interest you, spend free time with friends, and get your homework done early (doesn't sound fun but the it's nice to be done with it).

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy the food, but it does get a little old. I started out with the 21 meal plan, and now I do not eat anywhere close to that many meals. Get the 14 and snacks to keep in your room.

    Dorm Life

    If you get a nice floor, dorm life will be great. If you get a quiet floor, you can make the dorm life great by finding other friends close to you. I live in Corbett and it is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    There are several classes for all kinds of interests and the school is really good about creating a plan for all students based on what they want to major in.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to actually care before your senior year of high school. Get good grades and make yourself stand out from the crowd. It's not that difficult to get accepted as long as you're a genuine person.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University is very accepting of all students. The school helps you get to where you really want to be in life. CSU is an amazing school for anyone and everyone.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Near by shopping in Down Town Fort Collins, with the many great and unique stores there. Eating lunch under the trees in the many garden areas on and near campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food, both on and off campus. There are a lot of chain food restaurants but well priced.

    Dorm Life

    CSU is expanding their dorm life by building new apartment complexes, however it is still a dorm and there are the daily noises and issues that go along with this setting.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be pushed a lot by your teachers, but in the end it is worth it. You will have to study well and be on top of your homework or else you will fall behind. Also every student should go to class everyday or else it is hard to make up. But as I said before, in the end you will have a feeling of accomplishment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you are older in age and live off campus, there are still many opportunities you can have.

    In three sentences

    CSU has a range of degree opportunities. The school's environment is friendly with people you can depend on. The staff and teachers are also highly motivational.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has actually been some assaults the semester I write this, and CSUPD has been very responsive, and is always great about contacting students immediately with any information they have gathered. There are emergency phones all around campus, and a police station on campus as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each your there is a an 'Undie Run', where students jog across campus stripping until they are just in their underwear! There is also Tour de Fat, during which students dress in costume and ride bikes to different restaurants and bars around town.

    Bang for the buck

    With access to the rec center, which contains a full gym, pool (with steam room) and rock climbing wall, events on and off campus, and the bus system, your tuition gets you a lot here. Make sure you take advantage of it!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening. Concerts on campus, we recently had Mackelmore, learning events, such as financial classes and yoga, and dances are just a few of the programs you can attend here on campus. Each dorm has at least one movie room too, so you can chill out and watch movies even if you can't afford your own television.

    Food and Dining

    CSU tries to offer a lot of diverse options for dining. There are great all you can eat facilities, with different stations such as sandwiches and pasta bowls made to order. There is a Spoons dining hall adaptation as well as express locations where you can grab snack items and pizza slices. The food can range from delicious to sub-par, depending on the day and time you go. Right next to campus there are tons of options as well, including Pizza Casbah and TCBY.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to immerse yourself in campus community and each holds tons of events to get rid of stress and have fun. However, each has its own issues! There are party dorms, where loud techno music plays late into the night far past quiet hours. There are invasions of wildlife, including bugs and mice. And then some dorms are just far away from the center of campus, making you slightly socially ostracized.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado State University loves its parties-although it is a dry campus, something is happening every night. However, most students take their work and grades seriously. We are all here for our degrees! As a general rule of thumb, freshmen here party the most then as students mature and take on harder classes they prioritize their GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help-if someone does not understand your problem, they can direct you to someone who can. Go to the events you see advertised either in your hall or around campus, they are a great way to meet people. Show your ram pride, if you are living in the dorms, get involved in your hall council or become a dining hall representative, and definitely go to the sports games! You also get access to the recreational center and bus system with your student ID, take advantage of it! Don't be afraid to call your RA for a noise complaint, the dorms here can get a bit rowdy.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has a great community, and often works to provide its students with deals or even freebies for concerts, movies and more so that it's easy to escape the drudgery of homework. The dining halls are great, with tons of options. The only downsides are that advisers (academic/financial/etc.) can sometimes be unhelpful and the dorms can get spiders and mice.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can walk around campus in the middle of the night and feel completely safe! CSU Police Department takes safety very seriously and there are even people who you can call who will walk with you if you feel unsafe. Rams take care of Rams!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is something on campus that is most definitely respected. Everyone can find a sorority or fraternity that fits them and makes them feel like they are at home.

    Clubs and Activities

    It doesn't matter what you're into, there is definitely a club/activity for you! You can pick from hundreds of clubs and there is no way you won't find something that speaks to you!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who need a place to fit in, enjoy college, succeed academically, love the outdoors, and want everything they possibly can have out of a college are definitely fit for Colorado State University! This school welcomes everyone and that is what is great about this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    RamWelcome is when new students to CSU enjoy days and days of non stop activities in order to welcome them to CSU! Also, going to the first football game against our rival CU Boulder is a great way to support our school, meet new people, and have loads of fun! Finally, CSU has this tree stump in the middle of the campus where if someone stand on it, they have the power to say whatever they want! It is one of the things on the 70 Things to Do Before You Graduate list!

    Bang for the buck

    I am so glad I decided to full fill my college years at Colorado State University. I always feel safe and welcomed where ever I am. I will succeed in my classes considering my professors really care about me and my social life is great because of the people I have met here! I wouldn't choose any other university!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in Fort Collins! Whether it's walking around the amazing campus, visiting Old Town, going on a hike near Horsetooth Lake, hanging out with friends, playing mini-golf at Fort Fun, or just taking a nap in the Oval, there is never time to be bored at CSU! People are always looking to meet new people and get out to enjoy Fort Collins.

    Food and Dining

    CSU's dining halls are delicious! There are so many choices to choose from and they have selections for people who are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. I wish I could eat in the dining halls forever.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun. Having a roommate and meeting the people you will be friends with forever is one of the greatest experiences of college and especially at CSU. All of the dorms put together events so everyone can find their place and constantly meet new people! I love my dorm and my new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins are challenging but realistic. Professors know what students are capable of and will push everyone to be the best. Slacking is definitely not an option but there is always a balance between academics and a social life. I chose CSU because of their reputation of being one of the best academic schools out there. Professors are always there to help with whatever a student needs and their main goal is to see everyone succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be to show who you really are and never let go of yourself. Get out and volunteer everywhere, be a part of the community. Let others know that you care about both where you live and who you are as a person. This is your time to shine and the time to define who you are. Strive to be the best!

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has an extremely beautiful campus along with the nicest people around. The professors care about student's success and are always available to help. This school excels in academics, athletics, and everyone can find their place at Colorado State University.

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police force on campus is reactive and proactive in the face of any suspicious activity, cars, or people! They really know what they are doing and they don't mess around. Located all over campus are call boxes that have a direct line to the station. Push the button and a giant flashing siren activates. Police response time in under a minute to ANY box at ANY time.

    Clubs and Activities

    RamLink is a website you can visit set up by the school that lets you see the list and event planner of all the clubs and organizations on campus! There are over 600 clubs you can join!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone and anyone who wants to have fun! Bring a coat!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a giant lake next to the multiple sports fields. Every winter we can go Ice Skating on it! :)

    Bang for the buck

    At only 24K a year, the school is cheap for in-state tuition, with it being so worth it that we have thousands of students travel here to pay the out of state tuition just to come!

    What to do for fun

    You can venture into the town, or stay on campus. Both options have events hosted by various clubs and organizations and locals, and the university offers amazingly organized websites and processes that help you find exactly what you want to do!

    Food and Dining

    They have events weekly that bring in different food options and even the general food is fantastic! So many options, and an amazing amount of vegetarian and vegan choices!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is my new family! They really offer the support that you need and crave in the transition.

    Academic Rigor

    They have great teachers who love the students and are always open to talk.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look for Scholarship opportunities that you can benefit from, all your round.

    In three sentences

    The school is amazing! The campus, services, and classrooms are phenomenal! Go Rams!

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If there is one thing you can think of to do for fund, anything, then you can most definitely find it at CSU. Since the university is in a college town and also has the foot hills in the distance there are a ton of options for things to do. Call it a sunny day you have the option of taking a trip to the reseviour and going for a swim, or even hiking in the foot hills on one of the many trail paths at Horsetooth reseviour. Don't forget a stroll down old town in the middle of autumn or spring, the place is filled with amazing small businesses and plazas where live performances happen all the time. Lastly, don't forget ice skating or taking a trip to the mountains for a day of hitting the slopes. In Fort Collins there is so much to do, I don't believe there has ever been a dull day in this amazing town.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great! I lived near a go to place for most students on campus and they always served the best food. Having a multitude of food stations as well as theme nights kept the palate enjoyable for everyone, this also enabled students with certain food allergies or specific diets to be able to keep to them hassle free . The arrangement of the food facility was easy for students to navigate, from the sports grill, to the mongolian grill, and over to the burrito station. Having theme nights throughout the semester enabled for students to have a night of different foods and got a lot of good rave from the students. The convenience of the dorms on campus and the larger dinning halls made it easier to grab food to go between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorms! Despite all the terrors of dorm life when first entering college, I actually found it enjoyable. The hall I was living on was fantastic, even for being an older dorm on the campus it was great and affordable. Being on campus made adjusting to college a little easier to grasp. Dorm life was a great way to connect with several students who are all practically in the same boat as yourself. Not only that but dorm life was also engaging and interactive, many events were held at the dorms to get students to be more interactive. There were also events the resident assistant would also plan to engage all of the students living on the same floor to be more interactive and build better relationships. The dorms was a great way to meet a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are rigorous in a sense, of course this will depend on the major you are entering, but I have always heard from my fellow students that no matter what major you are entering into, the courses are always going to be able to challenge the student to absolutely be able to put their best foot forward. The professors I've been able to have, are all engaging and enthusiastic in teaching their subjects, moreover they have a genuine interest in what's going on in your life and will take the time to talk to you about how you can possibly manage everything. This has definitely helped me in the beginning of starting my freshman year at the university. Being able to have a relationship with my professors enabled me to figure out what I needed to do to make myself more of a prosperous student. Not only do the teachers care about the students but they also teach subjects at levels where they feel they can help the students, whether this is spending time working out the jist of topics to moving at a pace that will benefit all the students, it's never a dull class period.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved from DAY ONE! If there is one thing that I cannot stress is getting involved at the university, in any way possible. College is a time to start building towards that career you have envisioned for so long, however it's also a time to build relationships, get involved, and start networking. Even if you haven't looked at what exactly you're in pursuit of CSU has a lot of options to choose from and a great Intra-University to help students find their path. The people and activities you will be apart of will help you in the long run. I've been working jobs on or close to the campus so I'm always interacting with the student life and have always found it engaging and a great way to connect to students. Moreover, I've joined music performance groups, found religious groups, and participated in clubs. This array has helped me spend time getting involved and not wasting time as well as finding my experience at the university more enjoyable as I start my new life.All of which have contributed to making my experience at CSU one of a kind.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University was one of best choices I could have ever made for a college to go to. The university, with its array of majors, is both unique and demands the absolute best of me as a student. Non the less the homey feeling town and good vibrations make it one of the best colleges to go to to start any pursuit of a career, whether its one you've dreamed of or just one you're trying to discover, CSU is the place to go.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games, sanctioned parties, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing, many local restaurants and bars, and much more is available in this beautiful city or nearby. Fort Collins has many biking and foot trails throughout the city as well as parks including an increasing number of dog parks to let you furry friends run. Outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round with the high number of sunny days we enjoy. 50 to 70 degree winter days are enjoyed nearly every winter.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food choices available at CSU, ranging price. Currently, the student center is undergoing renovation which has affected the food court. However, the administration has rallied to continue to provide varied and high quality food options in many locations about campus. Many local vendors arrive daily to provide a variety of local foods. Other options may be found in and about the academic lobbies with seating located in nearly every building and outside. While it has caused some inconvenience during the renovation, with a little footwork, tasty foods still abound.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorms are located close to campus as well as many rentals nearby. CSU also has family housing options available.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most higher education programs, some courses will seem easy and some will seem very difficult. Overall, I have had only top quality classes at CSU even if the work felt easy. The academic rigor of classes at CSU is excellent and competitive with other top ranked colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet, talk, meet, talk! I can't emphasize this enough! Meet and talk with prospective advisers or professors. Meet and talk with current students about campus life and their personal experiences. This will give you the best feel for whether CSU is a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University not only has a beautiful campus but has excellent programs and support for its students. CSU's many student organizations support and include students into campus life with the goal of helping students complete their degrees. There are also many opportunities to expand on your education through on campus research, groups, clubs, and seminars.

  • 02/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Its fort Collins, there's always something to do or a new restaurant to eat at.

    Food and Dining

    Its hard finding food sometimes because the student center is being remodeled and that was the only real hub besides dorm dining halls to get food.

    Dorm Life

    I cant say anything, i never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be really hard if you have a bad professor but mostly they aren't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a fun school, but its big, make sure you know where your going and which parking lots you can park in.

    In three sentences

    Its a good school, i really enjoy going here, but there are somethings i don't like such as the weird budget spending they do.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the Campus its a very beautiful campus.

    In three sentences

    I rate Colorado State University 10/10 because the have a very beautiful environment and also a great place to become educated. The people at CSU are lovely. Get place to learn.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I.M. sports, hiking, hunting, fishing, biking. Go outside. It's beautiful year round.

    Food and Dining

    It is some of the best dining hall food around. It does get boring as does anything else.

    Dorm Life

    You make some good friends. I had a pretty bad roommate. I would recommend moving as soon as possible if you are having that problem.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to work a lot harder than you did in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not fall behind. Take advantage of tutoring if needed and go talk to your instructors, they get bored in their offices.

    In three sentences

    Fort Collins is overall a great Place to live. The people on campus are friendly and caring. The professors are also very devoted to student advancement.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in-state...

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Cruise old town, chill in the dorms, go to the rec center. There's lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nicest when the parents come to visit. There are several dining halls throughout campus, and they're not bad usually, just not great. Dining hall meals 3x/day, 7 days/week = unhappiness and probably unhealthiness, to an extent.

    Dorm Life

    DON'T live in Durward or Westfall (the towers). The other dorms are much nicer places. Anywhere you end up though, there are decent people, helpful workers, and a relatively clean bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on which class you take, but the workload is reasonable, and most professors are understanding if you reach out and talk to them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be open and friendly to everyone, participate as much as you can. Keep going to classes, and don't give up!

    In three sentences

    CSU is one of the friendliest places I've ever been to. People will hold the door open for you, strangers will ask how you're doing, and there is a friendly face almost everywhere you go. All of the classes are in good shape and most of them teach you very valuable things.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Follow the rules, and any mishap is avoidable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    CSU is a HUGE school, which offers the utmost diversity, making the atmosphere here comfortable for any and every type of person out there. You won't find a place with so many people willing to accept you for who you are.

    Bang for the buck

    I paid my tuition for both semesters of my freshman year (not my parents), so I am not trying to recruit anyone by stating that CSU is the best college I could ever dream of. I fell in love when I toured the campus, and am in love still, even after living here for a year.

    What to do for fun

    Join any organization/club, go to sporting events, go out and explore Old Town, go bowling, go see a movie, climb the wall at the rec center, go swimming at the rec center, check out the events advertised on fliers around campus, see a show or two at the aggie, go up to Horsetooth Reservoir, go climb to Horsetooth Rock, or just hang out in the library with friends. I have done all of the above, and I can testify to how much getting out into the world and doing something improves the quality of life here on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I give this a 3 star rating with extreme bias. The meat is a very low grade, the food is hastily prepared, and sometimes even undercooked. I usually stick to salads or sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Academic Village Engineering dorm, and I have to give it a 5 star rating. Every room has its own shower, toilet, and sink, and the rooms are massive compared to other dorm rooms I've seen. Also, once a week, the custodial staff here in the building come manage the toilet, sink, and shower, so you don't have to worry about it. It's like living in a hotel.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, I can definitely speak for the brutality of the academics here. In the spring semester of my freshman year, I am taking 18 credit hours, which is a whole lot; however, every professor and TA and student I take classes with is more than helpful, so getting through my course work and understanding it at the same time is actually a possibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class, stay on top of your homework so you have free time to spend on the weekends, and find organizations to be a part of! It gets you in touch with new faces and gets you out and about in your community. I also recommend taking advantage of office hours. Go, even if you don't have a question. It's been proven to increase test grades.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University has given me the best college experience I could dream of. There are opportunities for anything you could imagine - and these opportunities are everywhere! Everyone is friendly, and all anyone wants is for each and every student to be successful in their chosen profession.

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out on the town!! There is a multitude of unique dining and nightlife experiences that Fort Collins offers. If that isn't your thing, there is many outdoor type activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, tubing, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. The university goes out of their way to provide a comfortable experience to all of their students including a superb quality of food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Meeting new people and experiencing freedom is an experience that I would never give up.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not to be taken lightly. The faculty is serious about their studies and expect their students to be just as serious. Although it is tough, toughness creates the best learning environments and is in the long term, extremely beneficial.

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize that this is an experience of a lifetime and take nothing for granted. The education you are receiving is one of the best; so work hard to learn and be passionate about your studies. Also remember to be passionate about the this new-found freedom and go explore the world, expand your mind, and take everything as a learning experience from here on out.

    In three sentences

    This university is a unique and brilliant place to continue education. The faculty, students, and education received are all outstanding! I am thoroughly pleased with my experience at this university the first time around and I can't wait to attend again.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The entire town is actually very safe, even at night you can walk alone and not be entirely uneased. On campus, there are these blue lights that are police call boxes and wherever you are on campus (outside of a building of course) you will always see at least one of these lights. If you feel threatened, you just need to get yourself over to one of these and call the police. There are also many different programs that are geared towards student safety like Safewalk, which is where a police officer will come and walk with you to wherever you're going if you feel unsafe, and Ramride, which is a non-judgemental free ride home from wherever you are.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is my getaway when I want to be productive but want to stop doing schoolwork. I am an officer in the CSU Hawaii club (Hui O Hawaii) and I love helping out with club events because it gives me work but something different from my every day school work. They do make you very busy around exam times, but other than that it gives me something to look forward to other than just going to school and then going home.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, committed to learning, passionate students. Also great for people who want to swing by easily, but most people here are very dedicated to what they're doing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing to look forward to every year is homecoming, because they do fireworks and a bonfire out on the intramural fields, and it really is a great time to spend with friends. Another thing that is a must-see is the Rocky Mountain showdown between CU. It's a lot of fun and everyone has a great time, even if it is based off of a huge rivalry. There is also the concert that CSU puts on every year in the fall semester that usually has a great artist (this past year was Macklemore) and is fun to go to with friends. Sports games are always fun to go to if you're into that. The plaza by the Lory Student Center always has something going on (someone handing out flyers, preaching, etc) and the student center, when not under construction, is a great place to be as well. Anyone considering coming to CSU, the student center will be done soon and you will be here for the new one.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely should apply for scholarships (the more money the better) but as an out-of-state student who's flight costs $1000 round trip every year, the price is tight but not undoable. And if you put a lot of effort into your classes, the price is worth what you learn, as well.

    What to do for fun

    You could go see a movie the theaters are close. Make friends with someone with a car or have your own. There's fort fun, bowling, roller blading, and movies. Old Town is fun to walk around when its warm and the stores are open since its pretty fun to see the different things there are. And there are always people throwing parties and fundraisers and events going on, so there really is a lot to do. CSU also does a fair share of putting on events that aren't extravagant but are great to go to for a little bit of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is tasty and, if you keep track of what you're eating, can be healthy for you, but the variety gets old pretty fast. I hardly ate in the actual dining hall but rather went to the express very often, so I didn't really eat a lot of actual meals. The express is very good though since you can get a lot of food for just one meal swipe. However, if you want an unlimited amount of food, you need to eat in the actual dining hall because you swipe in and you can stay for as long as you want and eat whatever you want that's available.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are kind of run down, but the newer ones like academic village are very nice to live in. If you get along with the people in your hall, you're going to have a fun time. My closest friends are my hall mates even after we moved out of the dorms we still take the time to hang out with each other. For some people, the dorms are just a place to slee, so their social lives are somewhere else. For others, the dorms are their social life. With me, I didn't know many people outside of my hall, and we were all very close. But I know other people who didn't interact with their hall.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the class you're taking and the teacher you have. For example, engineering classes have a lot of the research professors as professors, so the curriculum is generally very rigorous even if the topic isn't necessarily hard to learn. Also, most classes have a routine you need to follow (like homework is due every Monday at 3, and you will have about 8 to 12 problems from the book all on the topics you learned in the past week) so it's easy to keep track of what you need to do. You will probably have an average of 4 classes a semester, and most classes are 50 minutes long for 3 days a week. That doesn't give you a lot of time to actually learn the material in class, so you need to study it on your own. If a class doesn't give a lot of homework, you need to do practice problems or something in order to ensure you're actually learning from the class. I'd say the academic rigor is high for any department as long as you're willing to put in the amount of work that is expected of a college student. I know many people who don't even study outside of class and who put off work, and they don't excel in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    For engineering, veteranarian studies, and natural sciences and resources studies this is an amazing school. Other majors are important but not as outstanding as these departments (you can see it in the university funding). The campus is very bike friendly, just don't break the rules and you won't get a ticket. And the town itself is amazing, there is a lot to do and see even if you're under 21. Just make sure you keep track of the work you need to do. In college you don't have a lot of free time no matter what your major is, and the free time that you do have could very well be catered towards your social life. If you like to have time to yourself, do it. If you like to see friends, plan with them. Don't ever just sit around bored out of your mind because you think you have nothing to do. Believe me, you will ALWAYS have something to do. Apply for scholarships, get a job, go for a run, see the town. Anything. Just don't waste any time.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus with dedicated teachers and students. Everyone is very passionate about their field, very friendly, and respectful of surroundings.We like to have fun but are serious about our life goals.

  • 03/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are so many options and as a vegetarian it is really awesome having that.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms last year, I met so many amazing friends and had the time of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like it is very rigorous especially my major, but it is good to be challenged.

    In three sentences

    The city of Fort Collins is absolutely amazing, the people are friendly, and there is always something to do. The campus is entertaining and welcoming. The classes are so fun and are high tech.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    CSU is a large state school with many fields of study. Over 70% of students are from Colorado. The university is always striving to be the best in every field.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fort Collins is a great community. Get out, and get involved in it! Attend the local foodie walks in old town (the Fort Collins downtown area, beautiful around christmas), go to local concerts, walk around the Andy Warhol exhibit, and get outside! Drive up the Poudre Canyon or up to Horsetooth Reservoir and go climbing, fishing, or kayaking.

    Food and Dining

    Yes. Just yes. There is alwayd soft serve ice cream, build your own pizza, and stir fry options. I recommend the salad preparation with grilled chicken station. Just like all food though, you get tired of the same options over and over. One thing I wish CSU Dining Services would do differently.... OFFER MORE LOCAL FOOD OPTIONS. Produce especially.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful! You can have your own bathroom in Academic Village, or you can live in a key community devoted to saving the environment and volunteering. If I were to go back again and choose a dorm, I would choose Parmalee. You share your bathroom only with one other room, you have good food options in the building, and there is a great sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at CSU is what you make of it. You choose your classes, you choose your major, you choose organic chemistry or intro to biology. I am a Biomedical Sciences Major, and I truly believe CSU has one of the best Anatomy programs in the country. We have 22 cadavers, and the opportunity to dissect a whole cadaver in a small group as an undergrad.

    In three sentences

    Colorado State University (CSU) is located in Fort Collins, which is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the country- making for the happiest people! The community supports the university, offering more diverse opportunities to students like experiential learning. CSU is committed to sustainability, student success, and student happiness. GO RAMS!

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go outside, that's your best bet. Ski passes and IM fields are where you will find people

    Food and Dining

    Actually really good dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I just hated dorm life. I chose to share a room and it was too cramped between me and the one other person, but there is the option to have your own room.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends your major and which classes you take

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk around the campus before deciding if it's for you or not.

    In three sentences

    One big family with many opportunities for a better future.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe at CSU! If you need to go anywhere on campus at night you can call SafeWalk! From dusk until dawn SafeWalk is available to call! From dusk until 3am there will be two students who will come and walk you to where you need to go, and if it's cold they will drive you to where you need to go in their car. After 3am to dawn the CSU police take over SafeWalk and will get you where you need to go! They'll even run with you if you give them warning! They WANT you to call them that's their job and they are really nice people too! There are also emergency call boxes all over campus where all you have to do is press the button and the CSU police department will be there in just minutes! The campus is also very well lighted, the CSU police department patrols during the day and night! CSU is an extremely safe campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is prominent at CSU!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone and activities to keep you busy your entire time at CSU!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run in the fall, the cube which is open 24hrs/365 days a year in front of the library, and paint the A on the mountain during orientation week!

    Bang for the buck

    CSU is one of the cheaper public universities but it is still pricey. In state residents will get Commitment to Colorado grants and other grants to encourage them to stay instate and some out of state students can apply to WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange). But your education from CSU will be worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs to join, activities and events to attend organized by ASAP, skiing/snowboarding areas nearby, hiking, biking, etc. Colorado has so much to offer it's residents!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! There are so many choices and dining options! Academic Village dining hall is my favorite! They have Mongolian Grill (very much like Hu Hot) and if it is late at night Academic Village will be closed but Rams Village won't be! All of the dorm dining halls are included in your meal plan that you will receive if you live in the dorms. There is also an eating area in the Lory Student Center (that will reopen next spring) and other food areas have been opening up like Spoons in the Clark building and a Chick-Fil-A and other eating areas in a newly built building by the Morgan library. They are still doing construction to the Lory Student Center and more eating areas will open up there. Plus don't overlook the somewhat secret restaurant on campus...the Aspen Grill! It's run and employed by CSU students. The restaurant is essentially a class but the service and food is GREAT, and the prices are pretty nice too!

    Dorm Life

    Overall the dorms are pretty great! In the past few years they have remodeled many of them so even though they were built decades ago they are only 1-2 years old from the remodel. The dorms are also all located on campus and it is very easy to walk or bike to all parts of campus. There is also a mix of private bathrooms, shared bathrooms, and communal bathrooms depending on the dorm that is chosen.

    Academic Rigor

    Intro classes (100 level) are fairly easy. They will be harder than high school classes but not as hard as upper level university courses. Once you start entering upper level courses the work will be harder but if you apply yourself and seek out help when you need it, you will excel at CSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get involved in campus life. CSU has various clubs and groups you can join and there is something for everyone at CSU! Also use the resources CSU has to offer! There is tutoring help at the slice center, student services helps with any questions about tuition, financial aid, etc., professors have office hours to help students who are struggling, etc. that are all included in your tuition fee!

    In three sentences

    CSU is an amazing school! The professors are intelligent and really want you to not only learn but excel at the school, and the staff is just as friendly and helpful! Plus the campus is beautiful and there is a ton to do in Fort Collins!