Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U. S. state of Colorado. The university is the land grant university, and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. The current enrollment is approximately 32,236 students, including resident and non-resident instruction students, the university has approximately 1,540 faculty in eight colleges and 55 academic departments. Bachelors degrees are offered in 65 fields of study, with degrees in 55 fields. Colorado State confers doctoral degrees in 40 fields of study, in addition to a degree in veterinary medicine. In fiscal year 2012, CSU spent $375.9 million on research and development, ranking 60th in the nation overall, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/RU/VH, Research Universities. CSU was founded as Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, six years before the Colorado Territory gained statehood and it was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. Doors opened to a class of 1 student in 1879. Arising from the Morrill Act, the act to create the university was signed by the Colorado Territory governor Edward M. McCook in 1870, however, during its first years the university existed only on paper. The first 30-acre parcel of land for the campus was deeded in 1871 by Robert Dazell, in 1872, the Larimer County Land Improvement Company contributed a second 80-acre parcel. The first $1000 to erect buildings was finally allocated by the legislature in 1874. The funds were not, however, and trustees were required to find a matching amount, among the institutions which donated matching funds was the local Grange, which was heavily involved in the early establishment of the university. After Colorado achieved statehood in 1876, the law establishing the college was required to be reauthorized. In 1877, the legislature created the eight-member State Board of Agriculture to govern the school. Early in the 21st century, the board was renamed the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System. Enrollment grew to 25 by 1880, during Colorado Agricultural Colleges first term in fall 1879, the school functioned more as a college-prep school than a college because of the lack of trained students. Consequently, the first course offerings were arithmetic, English, U. S. history, natural philosophy, horticulture, Students also labored on the college farm and attended daily chapel services. The spring term provided the first true college-level instruction, despite his accomplishments, Edwards resigned in spring 1882 because of conflicts with the State Board of Agriculture, a young faculty member, and with students
Colorado Agricultural College Campus, 1920 with the Oval, Physics Building, and Guggenheim Hall showing.
The Oval today, leading towards the Administration Building