Colorado State University-Global Campus Review

Affordable tuition rates and access to a relatively large catalogue of online bachelor's degrees make Colorado State University-Global Campus an excellent option for students with existing college credit.

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The Good

Several bachelor's degree options:

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global Campus) provides access to 12 undergraduate degree options. In addition, there are nearly 25 specialization areas, allowing you to customize your degree specifically to your interests. Many of these degrees and specializations are business-related, but you can also choose from disciplines like criminal justice, healthcare administration, and communications. Some of the top online bachelor’s programs only offer one or two majors to choose from, which may make it difficult to find a degree that you’re actually interested in. But the degrees and specializations available at CSU-Global Campus help make the school a great online option, especially if you’re undecided on your major or have multiple areas of interest.

Affordable tuition rates:

Tuition rates for Colorado State University-Global Campus are among the most affordable for online bachelor’s programs. It is quite common for universities to charge a higher tuition rate to out-of-state students, which leaves nationally dispersed online students paying higher rates. But at CSU-Global Campus, whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student, you pay the same comparatively low per-credit tuition rate. CSU-Global Campus also has a unique Refer-a-Friend program that provides a way for you to lower your tuition even more by referring a friend to the school.

Extremely simple application process:

Colorado State University-Global Campus has simplified the online application process. In the upper right of every page on the Global Campus website, you see an “Apply Now” button that takes you to a clean and modern form. The two-page application asks for basic contact and other personal information, your academic history, program of interest, and the way you intend to pay tuition. A third page allows you to review your entries, and then confirm your submission. If you spend time applying at different schools you’ll see that the application process for some online universities is difficult, complex, and burdensome, so it’s easy to appreciate the simplicity offered by CSU-Global Campus.

Excellent online student resources:

Colorado State University-Global Campus provides you with a variety of useful online tools and resources. The Virtual Library grants online students access to a huge online catalogue of journals, articles, e-books, and other general reference materials. If you’re struggling with a paper or an assignment, you can reach out to the tutoring center any time of the day or night. Technical support is also available around the clock, so you can be sure you always have assistance when you need it.

New student retention on the rise:

The one-year new student retention rate at Colorado State University-Global campus is slightly below average when compared with other top online bachelor’s degree programs. However, the last three years have shown that the school is making notable progress in this area. If this trend continues, retention rates at CSU-Global Campus will match other top online universities within a year or two.

The Bad

Degree completion only:

CSU-Global Campus bachelor’s degrees are specifically designed to enable students with previous college credit and are only offered as degree completion programs. This is a great option for working adults with some college experience, as CSU-Global Campus allows you to transfer up to 90 semester hours of previous college experience. But if you’re a first-time college student, you need to seek your online degree elsewhere.

Graduation rates need improvement:

According to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey, the three-year graduation rate (2012-2013) for CSU-Global Campus students is down at 47%. Although this is a metric that many top online bachelor’s programs struggle with, there are still multiple schools that have three-year graduation rates over 80%, leaving CSU-Global Campus with plenty of room for improvement.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2008 - 2009
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $25
  • Application Requirements: Transcripts
  • Location: CO
  • Number of Bachelor's Programs: 12
  • Region: West
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Trimester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $350
  • Out-of-State: $350

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Average Student Age: 36
  • Gender Ratio: 49% female, 51% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 22
  • Total Enrollment: 5,776


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 8 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 0
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 342

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 54%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 70%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012): 76%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 84%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2009-2010) : N/A
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2010-2011) : N/A
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2011-2012) : 38%
  • 3 Year Graduation Rate (2012-2013) : 47%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 27
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 77/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 22
  • Student Engagement Score: 79/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 47
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 59/100

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