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Fall semester begins with enrollment gains for campus and college

Fall semester 2013 is under way, and Colorado State University has posted record student enrollment for the sixth consecutive year, with 31,514 total students enrolled – an increase of nearly 3 percent over the previous fall.


The enrollment increase comes with other notable achievements that demonstrate student educational access and success, CSU leaders said. Among them:

  • Increasing student retention, which leads to improved graduation rates;
  • About 20 percent of students in the university’s freshmen class come from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds;
  • A growth in international student enrollment of more than 20 percent, with international students now composing more than 5 percent of total CSU enrollment;
  • CSU’s freshman class is academically prepared, with an average ACT score of 24.7; and
  • Nearly one in four CSU freshmen will be the first in his or her family to earn a college degree.

Likewise, enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is on the rise, with more than 1,500 students enrolled in four academic departments and the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program.

Many CSU undergraduates migrate to college majors during their sophomore, junior, and senior years, when they discover the career opportunities in fields such as microbiology, biomedical sciences, and environmental health, said Kenneth Blehm, associate dean for undergraduate education.

More than 30 percent of the total student population is enrolled in the college’s prestigious Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, which consistently ranks among the very best in the nation.

With their academic focus on a variety of scientific disciplines related to health and medicine, these students are preparing to fulfill the college goal of helping animals, people, and the planet.

The college kicked off the fall semester with the annual Ram Welcome and a Coating Ceremony for new veterinary students, among other activities. Some of our veterinary students even took part in a fun video about beloved CSU mascot CAM the Ram timed to the Rocky Mountain Showdown football game.