Campus Profile: Colorado State University

Colorado State University is a public university in Colorado. Around 25,200 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

Colorado State University is a public university in Colorado. Around 25,200 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university. 

Official Political Student Organizations: 

Conservative Organizations: 

  • College Republicans at CSU

  • Students for Life

  • Turning Point USA at Colorado State University

  • Network of Enlightened Women

Liberal Organizations:

  • Athlete Ally at Colorado State

  • Bi, Aro/Ace, Pan, Poly, and Queer

  • Black Student Alliance

  • Defend our Future

  • Diverse-OT

  • Dreamers United at Colorado State University

  • Feminist Club

  • Gender Identity Group for Learning and Expression at Colorado State University

  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Rams for Progress

  • Rams Organizing for Animal Rights

  • Young Democratic Socialists of America at CSU

  • Young Democrats

  • The Brazen Project at CSU

  • Campus Step Up: A Social Justice Retreat

 FEC Data on Colorado State University Employee Political Donations:

According to Campus Reform’s analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data, Colorado State University employee political donations contributed 95.79% to Democratic candidates, while 4.05% went to Republican candidates during the 2020 cycle.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Rating:

Colorado State University has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one university ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 


Colorado State University is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students or employees.

Stories by Campus Reform about Colorado State University

Have you or a loved one been ‘affected’ by ‘free speech?’ Colorado State University has resources to help.

A sign at Colorado State University lists resources available to students who have ‘been affected by a free speech event on campus.’

CSU has consistently been a hostile environment for free speech, especially for conservative organizations.

Updated CSU course requirement replaces focus on ‘global awareness’ with ‘equity and inclusion’

The updated Colordo State University diversity course requirement, beginning in the fall of 2022, will require that 50% of the students grade will be based on the ‘student engagement in dialogue.’

The course list for the ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ requirement has yet to be announced.

Colorado bans legacy admissions at public schools to combat ‘systemic inequity’

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill that will prohibit public colleges and universities from giving legacy students a boost in the admissions process.

Though legacy admissions are most well-known at elite colleges, many public colleges and universities also consider an applicant’s legacy status.