About the System

As a major economic engine in Colorado, the CSU System is focused on growing Colorado's economy.

We plan to do this through our new strategic plan, Our Commitment to Building a Stronger Colorado, by focusing our teaching, research and service to transform Colorado's future. The plan has four initiatives driven by performance and measurable results. Learn more

The CSU Campuses

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

The CSU campuses serve the state, region, country, and the world, educating over 40,000 new and returning scholars annually. Highly-skilled graduates number more than 6,800 a year, and more than 200,000 alumni live around the globe. The CSU System involves a total operating budget of $1.06 billion, with annual research expenditures totaling more than $340 million.

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the System’s flagship, is a doctoral-granting research university with a student body of nearly 30,000. As the only land-grant institution in the state, CSU has been serving Colorado since 1870. CSU boasts top-ranked business, veterinary medicine, and journalism schools, as well as groundbreaking research in atmospheric sciences, infectious diseases, and clean energy technologies. In addition, the CSU Extension offices, in 60 of the 64 counties in the state, offer community-oriented education, research, and 4-H programs.

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, serving nearly 5,000 students. Diverse, intimate, and supportive, the Pueblo campus offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, education, engineering and the humanities. CSU-Pueblo delivers unique programs in mechatronics, railroad engineering and automotive industry management.

CSU-Global Campus is the nation’s first, independent, 100 percent online public university. Created to serve adult learners in Colorado and beyond, CSU-Global is committed to academic excellence, innovative and outcome-driven learning solutions, and career relevant degree programs. 

Unique Statewide Presence

The CSU System is unique in that CSU has extension offices in 60 of the 64 Colorado counties, and CSU-Global has student and alumni engagement in 63 of the 64. No other institution in the state can claim this level of service focused on the varying needs extending to every corner of Colorado.

The CSU Extension offices deliver community-oriented research-based information, educational and 4-H programs.

The Board of Governors and the CSU System Chancellor work to further the roles and missions of its three universities to ensure campus leadership has the resources to be vital contributors to the economic development of the state. Work force education, research funding, statewide public service and new business and product development are some of the areas where the institutions are excelling.

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