Colorado State University has been recognized by Military Times as the No. 4 public university in the nation in its annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings.

CSU ranks at No. 6 overall this year, a jump from the No. 13 rank it received in 2016. Military Times reviews more than 500 colleges and universities every year and evaluates the many factors that help make them a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. CSU is the only Colorado school ranked in the Military Times top 50 schools.

CSU has taken numerous recent steps to make sure veterans and their families feel welcome while successfully progressing to meet their higher education and career goals.

Veteran Programs at Colorado State University

  • The Anschutz Veterans Learning Community, modeled after other successful learning communities at CSU, is helping student-veterans succeed academically.
  • The creation of a Women’s Veteran Initiative to engage women student-veterans and continue to build community.
  • A peer mentoring program through which every new student-veteran is connected with a veteran peer mentor.
  • Private donations from individuals and foundations, including the Anschutz Foundation, David and Gail Liniger of ReMax, and alumnus Dennis Repp, have significantly boosted scholarship and program funding.
  • CSU hosted in October its biennial two-day Veterans Symposium, bringing together veterans, national veterans service leaders and employers to discuss and develop best practices for student-veterans.
  • New Start for Student-Veterans, in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Occupational Therapy, works to help veterans with physical and mental trauma achieve college and career success.
  • CSU recently unveiled a program offering up to $2,500 per semester for military spouses of CSU students who would also like to pursue degrees in higher education. The scholarship was made possible by the Anschutz Foundation.

Nearly 2,000 veterans, dependents of veterans and active duty students currently are enrolled at CSU.