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Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo Rating: 4.1/5 (8 votes)

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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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Unique Programs

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5141st for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Local Community

The campus is located in Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is located where the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek meet, and is somewhat of a desert area. It only receives 12 inches of rain per year and has more than 300 sunny days every year.

Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to Pueblo because of its sunny days and variety of activities. Water sports take place at Lake Pueblo, and there are many biking and running trails along the river. The city has a number of golf courses, along with tennis, hiking and skiing opportunities in the mountains. There are more than 55 parks in the city, along with a number of state parks nearby, including Pikes Peak, San Isabel National Forest and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The city is known for its art, culture, shopping, dining and entertainment, too. A popular nightlife venue is the Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, along with dinner theatres and nightclubs. The Colorado State Fair is held in Pueblo, and it is the largest single event in the state. The city is also home to a Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, the El Pueblo State Historical Museum, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, the Nature and Raptor Center along with the Steelworks Museum.

Additional School Information

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 17th in Colorado and 1466th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Colorado and 346th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.04
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26 0.36
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.03
Arrest 37 0.52

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 606 0.56
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 12 0.01
Forcible Rape 40 0.04
Robbery 173 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,590 1.47
Larceny 3,434 3.17
Vehicle theft 470 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pueblo, CO 81001-4901
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,715 (30,481 urban / 234 rural)
Households11,722 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,443
Families7,704 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1232nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,494 $5,494 $15,816
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,833 $1,833 $1,833
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $204 $204 $613
FT Graduate Tuition $4,230 $4,230 $12,575
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,100 $1,100 $1,100
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $235 $235 $699
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,938 $20,938 $31,260
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,064 $21,064 $31,386
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,938 $11,938 $22,260

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,270 $7,327 $6,270 $7,327 $12,970 $17,649
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,376 $3,448
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712 $8,900
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,394 $3,448
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,250 $3,304

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,147 (1,547 male / 1,600 female)
Admitted 2,969 (1,441 male / 1,528 female)
Admission rate 94%
First-time Enrollment 916 (461 male / 455 female)
FT Enrollment 868 (434 male / 434 female)
PT Enrollment 48 (27 male / 21 female)
Total Enrollment7,089

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1000th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1034th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1050

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,438
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,356
Board Fee$3,500

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 46 71 215 25 10 549 47 969
Accounting 1 3 17 21
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 2 1 10 15
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 2 4 1 1 4 2 14
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 5 1 1 20 1 29
Business/Commerce, General 26 10 31 2 1 64 9 145
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 2 7 1 12
Chemistry, General 1 1 2 4
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 1 10 15
Construction Management 3 1 4
Education, General 1 5 1 8 2 17
Engineering, Other 1 1 1 7 1 11
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 3 1 20 1 29
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 6 2 1 18 31
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 6 4 10
History, General 6 1 12 4 24
Industrial Engineering 8 1 2 2 14
Information Science/Studies 2 3 1 13 1 20
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 4 19 2 52 1 79
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 1 29 2 40
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 14 18 1 23 1 60
Mathematics, General 2 6 8
Music, General 1 12 1 14
Natural Sciences 1 1
Physics, General 1 1 3 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 1 8 15
Psychology, General 3 6 31 2 42
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 25 5 2 69 3 110
Social Sciences, General 1 1 1 7 10
Social Work 6 12 1 1 32 5 57
Sociology 2 10 34 2 55 9 113

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2337th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,572 ($63,585 male / $53,804 female)
Number of FT Faculty 191 (109 male / 82 female)
Number of PT Faculty 408
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,636,324

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