Colorado State University-Pueblo is a public, four-year university located in Pueblo, Colorado. It offers students 31 bachelor’s and 8 master’s degree programs. It enrolls more than 5,000 students from 50 states and 23 countries. It began as a three-room junior college in 1933, with 63 students and two instructors. Today, CSU-Pueblo offers 29 majors and six master’s degrees programs, and enrolls 5,000 students.
There are four academic visions: the College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Math; and the Hasan School of Business. The university focuses its course offerings on professional studies like business, nursing, social work, and teacher education.
The university is a member of the Colorado State University System. The campus is ruled by a Board of Governors appointed by the Governor of Colorado.
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In 1998, the university started the President’s Leadership Program. This four-year academic leadership program was designed to develope future leaders for Colorado and its communities. Scholars perform work in the community, educational and corporate settings to learn skills that will help them become leaders for Southern Colorado in the 21st Century.
To be accepted, freshman must have earned a high school diploma; have a minimum GPA of 2.0; have taken the SAT or ACT and scored an 86 or higher on the ranking index the school uses. An 86 typically corresponds to a SAT score of 1160-1190 or an ACT score of 26. In special circumstances, other combinations of scores and class rank/GPA may also make students eligible for admissions.
The university offers a number of institutional scholarships once a student applies to the school and is accepted. Eligibility is determined by academics and financial need.
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Freshmen who are not married and the under of 21 must live on campus if their home address is more than 50 miles away. The Office of Residence Life and Housing operates Belmont Hall (traditional), Crestone, Culebra, and Greenhorn Halls (suites). About 1,000 students live on campus.
There are more than 50 clubs on campus, ranging from the Society of Mexican/American Engineers & Scientist to the Paintball Club Sport to the Soul Steppers Drill Team. There is also a student recreation center on campus, racquetball court, a gymnasium, track, pool, climbing wall and weight room.
The college’s Outdoor Program is another option for student recreation. The program coordinates camping, canoeing, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
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The athletic department is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and is a NCAA Division II school. Men play baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling. Women compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis. volleyball and track. The school also has club racquetball and men’s lacrosse teams. A number of national championships have been won by the racquetball team.
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The university library is housed in the Learning and Academic Resources Center, and holds more than 275,000 volumes in its collection. The Learning and Academic Resources Center has collaborative study rooms, quiet study rooms, classrooms, an auditorium, multimedia labs, wireless internet, Macs, PCs and other electronic devices available for checkout. The center also has a disability resource center, writing room, general education tutoring center, the academic services office, the career center and other offices to help students.
Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission, a division of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A number of programs have special accreditation, including athletic training from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; chemistry from the American Chemical Society; civil, electronics, and mechanical engineering technology from the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; industrial engineering from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; education from the Colorado State Board of Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; music from the National Association of the Schools of Music; nursing from the National League for Nursing; and social work from the Council of Social Work Education. The Hasan School of Business has received its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
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