It's no secret that Colorado State University is pretty freakin' awesome. Okay, as a CSU alum, I might be biased, but I think it's safe to say that my alma mater is a great school.

Still, you don't have to take my word for it. U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Colleges rankings for 2022, and CSU held up well. Let's see how we compare to other schools:


Colorado State University — No. 148

U.S. News ranks CSU as the 148th best college in the country, based on factors like our undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, and more.

According to the report, the university accepts 84% of its applicants. A quarter of applicants have SAT scores over 1280, and 47% of students make it to graduation — all elements that place us above 1,318 other schools in the U.S.

University of Colorado Boulder — No. 99

I know, I know, but unfortunately, it's the truth. U.S. News ranks our rival CU Boulder as the 99th best college in the country — 49 places ahead of us.

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But there is good reasoning behind their decision. Like CSU, CU Boulder has an acceptance rate of 84%. However, a quarter of applicants have SAT scores over 1350, and half of the school's students make it to graduation.

University of Northern Colorado — No. 299-391

I am not sure why U.S. News didn't give UNC a definitive ranking. Regardless, at its worst, the home of the Bears still beats out 1,075 other schools.

The school has an acceptance rate of 88% and a graduation rate of 33%. UNC graduates typically have less debt than graduates of CSU and CU Boulder.

Colorado School of Mines  — No. 83

U.S. News ranks Mines as the 83rd best school in the country — and it's for a good reason. The average salary of a Mines alum is $72,400 per year, which is significantly higher than alumni salaries at the above schools.

Mines also has an acceptance rate of 55%, and 65% of students make it to graduation.


Keep in mind that the U.S. News report doesn't take schools' social and athletic opportunities into account. If it did, it might tell a different story.

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You Know You're From Colorado When...

We all remember the Jeff Foxworthy jokes back in the day "you might be a redneck". What made those ridiculous stereotypes so funny is because they had just a tiny bit of truth to them. Well along those same lines I wanted to highlight a few ways of thinking that everyone from Colorado has. They are not bad things, just the way we do things and go about our business around here.

So here is a list of ways 'You Know You're From Colorado':