Colorado State University OnlinePlus


Cam the Ram wants YOU to enroll in one of Colorado State University’s OnlinePlus degree programs! (photo courtesy of ColoradoStateUniversity on flickr)

Colorado State University first opened its doors to students in 1870 as the Agricultural College of Colorado. In 1935, because of a student petition, the name was changed to Colorado College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A&M, to better reflect the diversity of the school’s academic programs. Nine years later, in 1944, the name again changed to Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1951 the State Board of Agriculture approved a doctoral degree program to be offered in civil engineering; three years later additional departments started offering doctoral programs as well. Bill Morgan, college president at the time, believed doctoral degrees should be awarded by a university and thus began campaigning to change the school’s name yet again; this final name change occurred in 1957 to Colorado State University.

There are now more than 27,500 students enrolled at the land grant university, located in Fort Collins, Colorado. With fifty-five academic departments, the university now offers 65 fields of study for Bachelor’s degrees, 55 fields for Master’s degrees, and 40 different doctoral programs. In addition, OnlinePlus, formerly the Division of Continuing Education, allows students to register for courses, degree programs, and certificates all available 100% online.

Online and Distance Learning Programs



Certificates of Completion

Undergraduate (for credit)

Graduate (for credit)

Professional Development (noncredit)

Why Choose CSU?

Aside from Colorado State University’s unique mix of online degree programs, the university truly focuses on student success and access to education. The OnlinePlus website outlines seven core reasons why students choose CSU:

  • Academic Excellence: regionally-accredited / top-ranked
  • Quality: Online course curriculum mirrors on-campus
  • Value: affordable tuition from a top US public university
  • Convenience: flexibility to complete coursework when and where you can
  • Access: Various university resources are available to all students
  • Community: Social media and blogs allow students to connect with one another
  • Recognition: Graduation activities held annually, including a luncheon

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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