Colorado State University-Fort Collins Reviews
I currently attend Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado earning my Master of Science degree in Toxicology (MST). After graduating from my undergraduate career, I knew that I wanted to go into veterinary medicine, yet, I did not think I was mature enough academically to go into a professional, doctoral program. I stumbled upon the MST degree offering through a graduate program search service. The moment I read about the program, I was intrigued. It had the option of a one to a two-year degree program and I thought that this was perfect for me. The instructors and advisors involved in the MST program are always available for meetings outside of class and they genuinely want each of their students to succeed. Many of the students who matriculate into the MST program go on to receive a doctoral degree, whether that be a Ph.D., MD, DDS or DVM. I personally want to move on to veterinary school and one of the head faculty members is a veterinarian. I thought it was extremely important for me a prospective veterinary student study and be advised by someone in my desired field. In the degree program, students take about 11-12 credit hours per semester, depending on how long they want to be in the program. The classes included Forensic Toxicology, Environmental Contaminants, Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Toxicology, Toxicology Pathology and many others. These classes help the students to learn more about the world we live in and, by the end of each course, students have a unique appreciation for the field of toxicology. The MST program has also attracted attention from students around the world. My classmates hail from differing countries like Canada and China to different states: Mississippi, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and California, just to name a few. The MST program is gaining traction and there are many students in their respective fields whom I have talked to that graduated from the MST program and they are now practicing physicians, veterinarians, and dentists. Aside from the MST program, CSU is a community of learners that want each student to succeed in their academic goals. From having tutors on-site eight hours a day to having community events on the student union plaza, I have never felt more at home than at CSU. Moving from Mississippi, a big proponent for me was the safety of the school and since being here, I have felt 100% safety at all times. I spend a lot of my time in the library and do not walk home until midnight each night and I have never had to be on high-alert while walking through CSU at night to get to my apartment. However, if I had felt unsafe, CSU provides a police escort service that will walk any person to their car if that person needs extra reassurance. I have even had night exams where the professor stresses that if any student felt uncomfortable walking home after the exam, to call CSU police services. CSU does an excellent job of making students their priority. As an MST student, I do not interact very often with the undergraduate community but I certainly feel at home at CSU and would rank it higher than 100% if I could.
I absolutely loved my time at Colorado State University! I feel that the education I received at this institution prepared me adequately for the real world but more than the in-class education coursework I completed, the value of my time at CSU laid in the opportunities I was able to take advantage of. I was a member of student organizations such as CSU Greek Life, Pi Sigma Alpha (a political science org), Order of Omega (an academic org), a Ram Welcome Leader, an intern at the State Capital and the United Way of Larimer County and I even studied abroad in Thailand for a semester. I would have to say that the area where this university falls short is diversity in admissions. As an African American woman born and raised in the state of Colorado I am used to being in the minority but CSU has about a 2% black student population and around a 15% overall minority population which is indefensibly low. I was lucky to be a part of several diverse student organizations that leaned progressive but the campus is pretty split between liberal and conservative views- a fairly typical university atmosphere. Overall, I am so happy that I went to CSU and my only regret is not pushing for more funding (scholarships, grants, etc) from the University. As long as you capitalize on connections you make in the time you spend there you are sure to secure employment post-grad in the field of your choosing or a slot in a graduate program. I am working for Denver Public Schools and I will be an MPA Candidate at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service this Fall so it worked out for me!
I attended Colorado State University (CSU) fresh out of high school on a full ride academic scholarship. When CSU awarded me the scholarship, I was able to explore my options with a lightened stress load. My experience at CSU was very positive. My academic advisors were always available, friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help. I changed degree paths a couple of times, and they helped me navigate my course. Most of my professors were fantastic. I spent a lot of time in Spanish classes, and the instructors were often natives to a Spanish-speaking country, full of life, and created a challenge in my learning. Other professors were great in their own right, opening my 18-year-old eyes to ideas that Id never before considered. The most significant takeaway from my undergrad was my growth as a person thanks to being exposed to higher education. At that time, my studies were focused on Spanish, history, and international development. I wanted to study Central and South America, but CSU didnt offer that concentration, so I had to go with Europe instead. That is one area of my program I was disappointed in I wish they would have offered a Latin America concentration for my degree. I still dont understand why they wouldnt have, and I know others wished the same. Things that didnt affect me as much because I was on a scholarship, but that I did notice out of empathy for those paying their own way, was the price of things like parking. Some of the fees are the school seemed outrageous. But overall, I love CSU. It is a fantastic University in a beautiful area. I miss being on campus there and soaking up all the school has to offer.
Colorado State University is an amazing institution. The campus is extremely beautiful and the administration is always taking steps to create an educationally conducive environment for students. Besides being in an absolutely beautiful location, the school itself offers a wide variety of programs and extracurricular activities. Furthermore, there is a plethora of support for students in regards to academics and other helpful resources. In all, CSU is a great place to go to school and I would recomend it to anyone.
Each student has a unique set of priorities when searching for their college fit, but Colorado State University quite honestly has it all. The academics are superb, and are set apart by a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, excellent programs with invested faculty, and a small college feel at a University with tons of resources and potential for their students. In addition, Fort Collins is one of the all time great towns in the United States, and the two combined created a college utopia. While this was my own experience as a student there, I recognize that CSU is not for everyone. However, if you are looking for a University with a people-first, adventure-casual town, that strives for excellence and can prepare you well for your future career, CSU is perfect. The people will always stand apart here, and I would not change my choice for a second. The Admissions Counselors are always willing to answer questions, I received financial aid every year I was there (because I took the time to fill it out), and it is BEAUTIFUL. However, be sure to visit campus, because finding the right fit is about what stands out to YOU. They will be the first to tell you if they don't have your program, and they want you to succeed as much as you do. By investing in the school, it has invested as much, if not more back into me, and I keep in touch with several faculty who have transitioned from teachers to mentors to finally friends. Those relationships are far more valuable than any notes I took in college. I am honestly incredibly proud to be a CSU Ram!
Colorado state university is an excellent institution, but I would not recommend attending the biology program if you are religious in any way. When I attended, each preliminary class began with the professor standing before his or her classroom and giving a long lecture about how, if we were religious, we were not allowed to discuss it. i'm guessing this stems from the creation/evolution debate, but I found it frustrating because I just wanted to learn. It was a pretty good institution, but rather close-minded.
I had a wonderful experience as a student of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The campus is beautiful, it is a large school but still allows you to feel part of a community. My English professors were engaging and helpful, and my education professors were hands on and brought us into many diverse school environments.
CSU is a great place to study business. However, I recommend getting involved in an area of interest RIGHT AWAY. It is a big school and a big program, so it can be easy to get lost in the number of students. Get to know your professors and get involved in an area of interest, and it will make a big program seem smaller. That being said, it is a great program if you are assertive in making the most of it.
CSU Global Campus empowered me to reach my full potential. Their online degree made it possible for me to graduate while being a single mother of two infant boys. Completing my undergraduate degree was essential to continuing my academics in law school. The programs were intense, but the schedule was flexible, and the organization of the curriculum was prioritized, this was easier to keep track off. The routine was easy to implement and you had resources available like extremely qualified teachers and a complete online library.
The campus is beautiful and Fort Collins is a fun town. With all the free recreation with the mountains and lakes and cute downtown, you can find something to do without spending a fortune. The professors I encountered at CSU were extremely knowledgeable. CSU is a research-focused school and it showed with how current professors were with the latest knowledge in their respective fields. Most professors truly cared about student learning and making sure we understood the material. You can't skate through, they really want you to come out of a class with new knowledge. CSU has both the education you need and the fun to make college memorable.