Colorado State University

Ah, the Old West: cowboys and covered wagons. A place that inspired Americans from the East to pack up their belongings, say goodbye to their families, and ride off into the sunset in search of adventure and new horizons. Sounding somewhat familiar to your life right now? So why not start your new adventure in the footsteps of our country’s ancestors and stick to a university where the spirit of the Old West continues to reign?

Colorado State University in Fort Collins stands at the western edge of the Great Plains, just at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The city was founded in the mid-19th century as a military post and soon became home to travelers making their way out West. With over 30,000 students, four campuses, and Bachelor’s degrees offered in 65 fields of study, you get the luxury of a big college community in the wide, open spaces of beautiful Colorado. Adventure doesn’t even begin to explain it.

The college’s veterinary medicine program and 101-acre veterinary hospital is highly respected and ranks 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The business school was named one of the 301 “Best Business Schools” in the country by the Princeton Review. And, the university also has amazing agriculture and science programs with facilities including greenhouses, farms, ranches, and an equine center.

However, if being in the middle of the big, wide West is making you feel a little secluded, I’ve got news for you. Almost 1,000 students every year participate in the study abroad program, and almost 1,300 students from 85 different countries study at CSU every year. On top of that, the university consistently ranks at the very top each year for recruitment of Peace Corps volunteers. Forget the risky trip on the Oregon Trail. If you want to broaden your horizons, just go to CSU and look around!

So, if your ideal college experience includes horseback riding and day trips to the Rocky Mountains, perhaps you should pack your own covered wagon (your carry-on suitcase), and head on out to Colorado State University for a gander.

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