The University


Since its incorporation in 1933 as Southern Colorado Junior College to its new designation as a regional, comprehensive university, CSU-Pueblo has served the changing needs of the citizens of Colorado.

In 1933, the institution was incorporated as The Southern Colorado Junior College. Classes took place on the top floor of the Pueblo County Courthouse. The “Class of 35” graduated 17 students. In 1936, the first building on the Orman Avenue campus site was donated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation. One year later, local citizens decided to support the institution with county taxes; they organized the Pueblo County Junior College District, and the institution was renamed Pueblo Junior College. In 1951, PJC became the first accredited junior college in Colorado.

A decade later, Colorado’s General Assembly enacted legislation, effective in 1963, changing PJC to a four-year institution -- Southern Colorado State College -- to be governed by the Board of Trustees of State Colleges. SCSC received accreditation in 1966.

By then, four buildings had been erected on the new campus north of Pueblo’s Belmont residential district. On July 1, 1975, the state legislature granted the institution university status. Three years later, the State Board of Agriculture assumed governance of the University. In 1986, USC, Colorado State University and Fort Lewis College joined to form the Colorado State University System.

Over the next 15 years, USC and CSU increasingly collaborated to bring more educational resources to southern Colorado. In spring 2002, Colorado’s General Assembly passed legislation that changed the name of the University’s governing board to “Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System,” designated Fort Lewis College as independent of the System, renamed USC “Colorado State University-Pueblo,” and approved a new mission for the University. The name and mission changes became official on July 1, 2003.


The state of Colorado established and continues to recognize the University through state statutes:

    There is hereby established a University at Pueblo, to be known as Colorado State University-Pueblo, which shall be a regional, comprehensive university with moderately selective admissions standards. The University shall offer a broad array of baccalaureate programs with a strong professional focus and a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. The University shall also offer selected masters level graduate programs. (Colorado Statutes 23-55-101) 

In April, 2005 the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System adopted a complementary, focused mission statement for the University that stresses its distinctiveness and central commitments:

    Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to excellence, setting the standard for regional comprehensive universities in teaching, research and service by providing leadership and access for its region while maintaining its commitment to diversity.

Both of these statements guide the University in all that it does.

As a comprehensive university, CSU-Pueblo offers a wide array of undergraduate degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and math, education, engineering, nursing, business, and other professional areas. The University’s educational focus on preparing graduates for professional careers is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, and so addresses students’ immediate and long-term educational needs. Students graduate with the knowledge necessary to enter their professions and with the learning skills (e.g., problem solving, critical thinking, research, and communication) required to keep current in those professions into the future. The broad professional and civic activities of our graduates also demonstrate the importance of learning how to engage more broadly in productive, meaningful and responsible commitments while attaining economic success. These outcomes stem from the University’s simultaneous emphasis on liberal arts and sciences and professional coursework.

Characteristic of regional comprehensive universities nationwide, CSU-Pueblo also offers selected masters degrees that meet both regional and broad societal needs. Currently these are in business, nursing, engineering and the sciences. In collaboration with CSU in Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo also offers the masters degree in English.

As sister institutions, CSU-Pueblo and CSU in Fort Collins share many important values and commitments, even while they pursue different missions— CSU in Fort Collins as a large research, doctoral granting university and CSU-Pueblo as a small comprehensive, masters granting university. Both universities are committed to excellence and strive to set the quality standards for their types of institutions. Both have excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that serve the citizens of Colorado through teaching, research, and service. Both universities promote civic engagement, freedom of expression, innovation, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and mutual respect, and both are committed to employing a student-centered focus, providing opportunity and access, and being accountable.

High quality teaching and learning is Colorado State University-Pueblo’s highest priority. In recent years, program offerings have been expanded, new teaching and learning methods—especially those involving active, applied learning and technology—have been incorporated into all programs, faculty have strengthened their scholarly activities to stay current in their fields of expertise, and effective student academic suppost services (e.g., advising, learning centers, career planning) are readily available. As a result, CSU-Pueblo offers comprehensive and effective learning experiences that meet the many needs of our students.

The University is similarly committed to expanding access to higher education, especially for Colorado citizens. It has expanded its recruitment, admissions and financial aid resources, as well as its evening and continuing education offerings, to provide high quality educational opportunities for a broader student population. It also works closely with other public institutions in the state to smooth the transfer process for incoming, outgoing, and dual enrollment students.

CSU-Pueblo’s success in fulfilling its mission to be an educational resource for the state’s diverse population is documented by the characteristics of our student body. We have strong representations of traditional and non-traditional students, campus-based and community-based students, students from Colorado and from foreign countries, first-year and transfer students, students fresh out of high school and students who are working professionals with families to support, and multiple ethnic groups of students. The University is strongly committed to providing access to members of all minority groups, particularly the Hispanic and native Chicano/a populations within its service area, emphasizing and fostering cultural pluralism, enhancing the traditions of culture and language, encouraging the development of economic opportunities, providing appropriate academic support programs, and ensuring equal opportunity for all persons who are, or may become, members of the university community. Indeed, because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic and 50% of those are low income, the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo as a “Hispanic Serving Institution.”

The high level of diversity in our learning community coupled with excellent academic and student life programs prepare our graduates well for the complex professional and personal lives that define modern society. Our graduates have proven their ability to transcend society’s socioeconomic, educational and cultural barriers by successfully entering professional occupations and graduate programs as highly informed and engaged members of their communities.

As a regional comprehensive university, CSU-Pueblo assumes a leadership role in enhancing the overall quality of life and economic growth in sourheastern Colorado. Faculty, staff, and students offer a wide array of community services including cultural and educational events and programs, clinical and health resources, student internships, workshops, consultations, and research on community and business problems. In partnership with other community organizations, the University has committed its time and talents especially to initiatives aimed at enhancing the economic development, prekindergarten through high school educational opportunities, cultural activities and community support resources in the region.

In summary, the University’s statutory and focused mission statements guide the development of its comprehensive curriculum and degree programs, the implementation of its high academic standards, the broad accessibility that students have to its resources, and its active involvement in service to the regional community. Directed by its clear mission-based commitments and energized by its fine faculty, staff, and students, Colorado State University-Pueblo strives for excellence in all of its activities.


CSU-Pueblo is governed by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, which also governs Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The Colorado Commission of Higher Education, the central policy and coordinating board for all public institutions, establishes policy on legislative, academic, and fiscal matters.


Colorado State University-Pueblo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 606022501, Phone (800) 621-7440.

Individual programs approved by specialized accreditation agencies include: athletic training, the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); chemistry, the American Chemical Society; civil, electronics, and mechanical engineering technology, the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); industrial engineering, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; education, the Colorado State Board of Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council; music, the National Association of the Schools of Music; nursing, the National League for Nursing; and social work, the Council of Social Work Education. The Hasan School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.


Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to providing an environment free from unlawful forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment, against any person based upon race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or status of veteran of the Vietnam Era.

Also, the University provides affirmative action to ensure that protected class applicants are employed and that all employees are treated fairly during employment without any regard to the aforementioned protected groups, in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Colorado. Such action includes, but is not limited to, affirmative efforts with respect to employment, promotion, transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff, retirement, or termination; rate of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for faculty development activities. The University posts in conspicuous places notices setting forth the provision of nondiscrimination policy, affirmative action plans and programs, and equal opportunity commitments.

The University prohibits discrimination based on the aforementioned criteria above in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in its educational programs or activities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits any form of discrimination based on disability in admission to, access to, and the operations of programs, services or activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Inquiries concerning Titles IV, VI, and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act Section 504, ADA, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 may be referred to the Director of Diversity, Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo, Colorado, 81001-4901, Phone (719) 549-2521 or Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Department of Education, Colonnade Center, 1244 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204-3582. Any questions, complaints and requests for additional information of ADA may be directed to the ADA Coordinator at (719) 549-2441.


CSU-Pueblo spans more than 275 acres on the northeast edge of Pueblo, a culturally diverse city of more than 100,000 in the colorful Pikes Peak region of southern Colorado. Located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the University enjoys an average 320 days of sunshine each year. From sailing on Lake Pueblo and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River to skiing and snowboarding in the nearby mountains, the university’s 4,000-plus students enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Belmont Residence Hall houses nearly 500 students in three wings that are joined by a large commons area. The University Village at Walking Stick is an on-campus apartment community for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Due to extreme weather conditions, energy resource reductions or situations impacting normal operating conditions, it may be necessary to curtail or shut down university operations. The Emergency Closure Policy (ECP) will be followed in all CSU-Pueblo emergency closure situations. The emergency closure procedures are as follows:

  1. The emergency closure process will be initiated by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office substation on campus.
  2. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office will contact appropriate internal and external departments and agencies for input regarding the decision-making process.
  3. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office will provide by 5:45a.m. to the Vice President for Finance and Administration a verbal report, including a general review of conditions, impending developments, and a recommendation for action. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will notify the President, who will make all closure decisions.
  4. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office will notify by telephone persons designated as having individual building responsibilities for any official closure. If necessary, a police officer will be dispatched to individual buildings to insure proper and complete notification.
  5. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will notify the Provost and the Executive Director of External Affairs of any closures or shutdowns, including:

    1. Partial closedown or delay–staff to report but no classes to be held.

    2. Total closedown–no staff to report; no classes.

  6. Unless instructed otherwise, all designated essential personnel (e.g., BRH, food service, Sheriff’s Office and physical plant, environmental health and safety, and auxiliary service units) will report to work.
  7. All other employees will be notified by their supervisors whether or not to report (i.e., vice presidents will notify deans and directors, who in turn will notify department heads, and/or office managers, who in turn will notify faculty, classified staff and work study students in their respective areas). Those responsible for telephoning others will have available at all times an updated list of their contacts’ home telephone numbers.
  8. Employees who have not received direct notification within a reasonable amount of time should contact their supervisors if unsure about whether to report.
  9. The Executive Director of External Affairs is responsible for notifying local and regional radio and television stations of campus closures through the Flashnet Media Service. Closure notification also will include the Pueblo Transportation Company and any non-law enforcement organizations that are appropriate.
  10. Closure decisions impacting on-campus and off-campus evening classes (i.e., Colorado Springs and Canon City) should be made by 3 p.m.
  11. Despite improving conditions, any decisions for closure will remain in effect for the period of time originally specified.


    Students graduate under the catalog requirements noted in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

    All statements made in this catalog and similar publications distributed generally to prospective or admitted students or interested parties shall be for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as being contractual. Colorado State University-Pueblo reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel any course, program, procedure, policy, financial requirement, or disciplinary arrangement set forth in this catalog whenever, in its sole discretion, it determines such action to be appropriate. Furthermore, Colorado State University-Pueblo will not be responsible for any failure to present or complete any course or program or to perform any other activity, function, or obligation mentioned in this catalog.