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The CSU System works for Colorado.

CSU System graduates use their talents to strengthen state industries and communities. Take a look at the high-level findings from our first-ever economic impact report for the CSU System to see what CSU Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global contribute to the state of Colorado.

CSU Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global contribute:

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students each year

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Colorado jobs

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alumni in Colorado’s current workforce


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Half of students who move to Colorado to attend CSU stay in the state after graduating

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CSU alumni contribute 3% of total state tax

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1 in 25

1 in 25 workers has a degree from a CSU campus


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CSU campuses provide research and innovation expertise statewide to help businesses compete globally.

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As one of the nation’s top research universities, CSU Fort Collins brings in $400+ million in annual research expenditures annually.

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CSU research and start-up companies support hundreds on private-sector jobs in Colorado.

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CSU Fort Collins has launched 50 new start-up companies since 2006 and has more than 750 active, patented inventions, making it one of the top universities in the world for generating patents.

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CSU Global offers advanced online training and education to upskill Colorado workers in dozens of industries. CSU Global’s targeted upskilling approach allows Colorado companies and governments to make efficient and effective investments in employees.

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CSU Pueblo offers degrees in economically important industries, including cybersecurity and nursing — and provides hands-on research and learning opportunities for undergraduates.


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17,300 jobs

Direct and indirect city employment impacts in Fort Collins

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1,500 jobs

Direct and indirect city employment impacts in Pueblo

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Each year, nearly 10,000 out-of-state students attend a CSU System school and contribute to the state’s economy — plus, the three campuses attract visitors, conferences, and tourism travel.

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CSU System students spend more than $435 million on goods and services in local Colorado communities every year.

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