Colorado State University - Global Campus

Colorado State University's Global Campus offers a wide selection of degree options and interactive course modules that make for a personalized online education experience.

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The Good

Top 20 online bachelor's program:

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings for online education programs place Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU or CSU-Global Campus) at the number 16 spot for online bachelor’s degree programs. Making it into the top 20 is impressive since 160 online schools were ranked in total and hundreds were evaluated. The school offers 13 different bachelor’s degree majors, which is a sizable selection considering many online schools have a small offering of only three or four majors. No matter what you may want to major in, there is a good chance CSU has a match for you.

Respectable master's degree options:

There are nine different graduate degrees offered at CSU-Global Campus, including two program areas that are recognized in the last U.S. News & World Report rankings for online education. The online graduate business program is ranked 82 out of 148 programs, and the online graduate education program is ranked 67 out of 143 different programs. While these rankings are not nearly as high as the standing of the online bachelor’s program, it is promising to see that several of the school’s program areas make the cut as being some of the better online programs available.

Tuition guaranteed for entire degree:

CSU-Global Campus not only has reasonable and affordable tuition rates when compared to similar online schools, they also have a tuition guarantee program which locks in one rate for multiple years. Many online schools raise tuition year after year, but with the tuition lock, you have the same tuition rate for the entire time you are enrolled as a degree-seeking student at CSU-Global Campus. Having one tuition rate locked in for your entire time as a student can be especially beneficial to students who are working towards their degree at a slower, part-time pace. Tuition rates are also exactly the same for Colorado residents and nonresidents.

Interactive course modules:

Every online course offered through CSU-Global Campus is delivered in a module format that can include several interactive components such as readings, videos, quizzes to check your comprehension, and other sections to keep you on top of your studies. This online format can help you better understand and retain the information covered in each section of a course, enabling you to get the most out of every lecture, reading, and assignment as an online student. The module layout has a very clean feel, is easy to navigate, and the quizzes prompt you with the correct answer if you chose an incorrect response.

The Bad

Lacking a strong reputation:

CSU-Global Campus is a fully accredited online public university with substantial enrollment numbers, but the school has yet to establish a strong reputation. While CSU-Global Campus makes some respectable showings in the most recent U.S. News & World Report, the school has not received recognition from The Princeton Review, Forbes college rankings, or other sources. Additionally, they have only been offering online courses since 2008, while some other online schools have over a decade of experience. If reputation, longevity, and experience with online education are important to you, there are many other online colleges that rate better in these areas.

High acceptance rates:

The school is not exactly exclusive in who they offer admissions to, having acceptance rates in the high 90th percentile for both bachelor’s and graduate level programs. The school touts their streamlined application process, but it seems that hardly any discretion is exercised on the school’s part when considering the potential or eligibility of their applicants. High acceptance rates can mean easy entrance, but also can equate to a low-quality student body.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $25
  • Location: CO
  • Region: West
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Trimester

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 12
  • Online Graduate Business: 6
  • Online Graduate Education: 1
  • Online Graduate Engineering: None
  • Online Graduate IT: None
  • Online Graduate Nursing: None

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $350
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $350
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): N/A
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State): N/A
  • Online Master's (In-State): $500
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $500
  • Online MBA (In-State): N/A
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): N/A

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