"Inspired by its land-grant heritage, CSU is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States and the world." -CSU MissionFounded in 1870 and established as a land grant university, Colorado State is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the United States, rooted in the three pillars of our mission: teaching, research and public service. CSU is a fully accredited public university recognized for its excellence in academic programs from the baccalaureate to the postgraduate level. In 2015 Colorado State became the first and only campus to earn the STARS Platinum rating for sustainability, providing a vivid example of commitment to our mission.Colorado State offers nearly 200 programs of study within eight colleges allowing you to shape a course of study that best meets your personal and professional goals. As a student at Colorado State, you will learn side-by-side with faculty mentors who are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields. The University emphasizes the importance of active learning providing opportunities for field experience, laboratory research, internships, and study abroad. The INTO CSU programs enhance opportunities for international students, bolstering Colorado State's global presence. Our campus is located in the center of Fort Collins, a city of about 161,000 people. Fort Collins, which ranked 3rd in College Rankers "50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever", provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness. You'll find everything you want - several shopping centers, hundreds of restaurants, movie complexes, a regional cultural center, natural areas, and miles of biking and hiking trails. Within minutes you can visit the world-famous Rocky Mountain National Park, the Poudre River, and Horsetooth Reservoir. These recreation areas, as well as many others close by, offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, white-water rafting, and boating. And the region's 300 days of sunshine a year enables you to take full advantage of our spectacular surroundings.