The buildings are new. The purpose is eternal.

From the beginning, Colorado State University has been a place of purpose: teaching, research, service, and outreach focused toward building a better society. Now, 150 years strong, campus looks much different than the original, but our mission is still the same. Take a look at the places, people, and discoveries that define us. 

Celebrating our past while looking forward.

In 1862, Vermont congressman Justin Smith Morrill introduced legislation, later signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, that donated public land to states to create colleges open to all throughout our fledging nation.

The aim of this land grant was to make higher education available to all social classes. Eight years later – and six years before it achieved statehood – Colorado chose Fort Collins as the home for the state’s land-grant school, and Colorado Agricultural College was born. Now, 150 years after that announcement, Colorado State University has become a leading research institution dedicated to the land-grant mission of educating students from across the globe with the goal of improving people’s lives throughout Colorado, the nation, and the world.  So, join us as we celebrate our sesquicentennial with a look at our past and present and into a brilliant future.

Land Acknowledgement

Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples.

This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.

CSU is founded as a land-grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this University was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.


Use this interactive photo slider to explore how CSU’s campus and the surrounding community have changed and grown from our beginnings in the 1800s to today!

Then Now

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Upcoming Events

CSU’s Sesquicentennial features a Special Celebration – The 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s Birth

February 10, 2020

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of iconic composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and your Colorado Symphony embarks on a year-long celebration, performing over two dozen concerts and events across the state of Colorado. Join us in Griffin Concert Hall as a small ensemble of musicians from the Colorado Symphony curate an intimate evening for their next installment of our Beethoven performances.

Purchase tickets here

A Conversation with Susan Rice

February 11, 2020; 6:00 P.M.

Ambassador to the U.N. and former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, will speak with Greg Myre, NPR National Security Correspondent, as part of the Spring 2020 Global Engagement Distinguished Lecture Series in conjunction with Founder’s Day and CSU’s sesquicentennial anniversary. Tickets will be available to the public on January 21st through the CSU Box Office.

150th Founder’s Day 

February 11, 2020

Celebrate the people who made CSU the world-renowned institution it is today.

10 Great Athletes

Presidential Timeline

Did you paint the “A”?

Lunch on the Oval?

Enjoy a Founders Day birthday cookie?

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