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Colorado State University Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

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Colorado State University Pueblo overview
Location Pueblo, Colorado
Online colostate-pueblo.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Colorado State University Pueblo overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) is a comprehensive regional institution located in Pueblo, Colorado, approximately 112 miles south of Denver. Founded in 1933 as Southern Colorado Junior College, it has since evolved and gained university status, adapting to meet the higher education needs in southern Colorado. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by its emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences, business, and engineering. The university has a moderately selective admissions process. CSU-Pueblo's main campus spans 275 acres featuring a blend of modern and Southwestern Pueblo architectural styles. Residence life is an integral aspect of the student experience with multiple housing options provided for those who opt to live on campus. Academically, the university is known for its nursing, business, and mass communications programs. While CSU-Pueblo competes in NCAA Division II athletics as the ThunderWolves, the college is not primarily recognized for athletics but does maintain a competitive presence in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 1,572 prospective students applied, and 1,553 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 633 enrolled in the school.  2,916 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,701 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,670 plus fees of $2,575. CSU-Pueblo is ranked 909 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CSU-Pueblo is rated within the lower 33% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Colorado State University Pueblo overview
SAT 900/1150
ACT 17/25
GPA 3.3

Applications Accepted

Colorado State University Pueblo overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Colorado Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Colorado State University Pueblo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,854
Other Fees$2,575
Room and Board $11,220
Budget for Other Expenses$6,212
Total One Year Cost$28,531

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Colorado State University Pueblo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,854
Other Fees$2,575
Room and Board $11,220
Budget for Other Expenses$6,212
Total One Year Cost$35,610

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$39,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

32% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Colorado State University Pueblo students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 17%
Business 14%
Health Professions 12%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 7%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=128106 IPEDS survey data for Colorado State University Pueblo.

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