The University

Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to maintaining respectful, safe, and nonthreatening educational, working, and living environments.  In furtherance of this commitment CSU-Pueblo does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, creed, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin or ancestry, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or because an individual has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  CSU-Pueblo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.  It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs and activities, and the use of its facilities.  CSU-Pueblo takes affirmative action to employ qualified women, racial/ethnic minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  For any inquires or concerns regarding discrimination, protected class harassment, or sexual misconduct, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2210 or by visiting the Administration Building - Suite 304.


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

Years Names
1933-37 Southern Colorado Junior College
1937-63 Pueblo Junior College
1963-75 Southern Colorado State College
1975-2003 University of Southern Colorado
2003–Present Colorado State University-Pueblo

Vision, Mission, and Values

Colorado State University-Pueblo was established by state law:

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 a limited number of graduate programs. (Colorado Statutes 23-31.5-101)

In 2018, the University adopted a new vision and mission, one that honors the city it is located in and reclaims a label once used to describe regional comprehensive universities. The University’s new vision recommits it to people and community, which reflects its DNA and provides an opportunity to reimagine what a university and community can accomplish together. This statement further articulates the campus mission and strategic goals.

Our Vision

To establish Colorado State University-Pueblo as the people's university of the Southwest United States by 2028.

Our Mission

CSU-Pueblo’s success will be measured by the resilience, agility, and problem-solving abilities of our diverse student population and the ways in which our graduates are able to navigate work in a rapidly changing world.

Our Values

CSU-Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevate our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, foster unique collaborations, and support inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world.

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 is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, and addresses students’ immediate and long-term educational needs. Students graduate with the knowledge necessary to enter their professions and with the problem solving, critical thinking, research, and communication skills required to keep current in those professions in the future.

Characteristic of regional comprehensive universities nationwide, CSU-Pueblo also offers selected master’s and doctorate degrees that meet regional and broad societal needs, including business, nursing, engineering, education, history and the sciences (biology, biochemistry, and chemistry).

As institutions of the CSU System, CSU-Pueblo, CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Global share many important values and commitments, even while they pursue different missions—CSU in Fort Collins as a large research, doctoral degree granting university, CSU-Pueblo as a small comprehensive, master’s degree granting university and CSU-Global as a provider of innovative, higher learning opportunities for nontraditional.  All three universities are committed to excellence and strive to set the quality standards for their types of institutions. All three have excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that serve the citizens of Colorado through teaching, research, and service. All three universities promote civic engagement, freedom of expression, innovation, environmental sustainability, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and mutual respect, and are committed to employing a student-centered focus, providing opportunity and access, and being accountable.

High-quality teaching and learning are Colorado State University-Pueblo’s highest priorities. 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 support 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, extended studies and online 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 a diverse student body including traditional and non-traditional students, first-generation 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, students who are working professionals with families to support, and students of many different ethnicities and cultures. The University is strongly committed to providing access to members of all minority groups, particularly the Hispanic 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 (34 percent in Fall 2018), the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo as an 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 takes a leadership role in enhancing the overall quality of life and economic growth in southern Colorado. Faculty, staff, and students provide and benefit from 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 economic development, pre-kindergarten through high school educational opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities.

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 spans more than 275 acres on the northeast edge of Pueblo, a culturally diverse city of nearly 110,000 in the colorful Pikes Peak region of southern Colorado. Located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the University enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine each year. From sailing on Lake Pueblo, mountain biking on the miles of nearby trails, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River or skiing and snowboarding in the nearby mountains, the University’s 4,000+ students enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. The Student Recreation Complex houses the Outdoor Pursuits Program, which provides outdoor gear such as mountain bikes, kayaks, tents, backpacks and other camping and climbing gear to students at nominal prices, as well as classes on how to use that equipment, and frequent trips to provide opportunities to test those skills.

With an emphasis on student life, our Occhiato Student Center houses the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Associated Students’ Government, and dozens of other student clubs and organizations to serve every interest. Concerts, movies, speakers, comedians and stage plays and musical performances are a regular feature at the many venues on campus and an artificial turf student recreation field hosts intramural and pickup games of flag football, soccer, lacrosse and more.

We offer a wide variety of housing options to serve student needs and interests. We have both traditional residential facilities and town house living accommodations for our upper classmen and have the ability to house up to 950 students. Our housing programs offer vibrant activities, programs with services that enhance the students’ undergraduate experience. Support services such as tutoring, advising, referrals, study services and a multitude of engagement opportunities enable our residents to have a safe and fulfilling collegiate experience and make it easier to achieve success in their educational programs. It is common to see faculty lead programs and interactions with residents, while others take advantage of lounges, exercise facilities, computer labs, basketball courts, a bistro and other amenities that make their residential experience a home away from home.

The campus landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade with renovations to its athletic and academic facility (Massari Arena) and a $25 million makeover to the University Library as well as construction of a Student Recreation Center, Student Recreation Field, the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl football and track stadium, a three-part residence hall complex, an enhanced soccer/lacrosse complex, a $16 million General Classroom Building, and a $30+ million major renovation and expansion to the Occhiato Student Center.

CSU-Pueblo has 22 athletic teams and is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl houses intercollegiate programs in football, men’s and women’s cross country and track and field. Basketball, volleyball, and wrestling programs compete in Massari Arena, while the baseball and softball programs reside in the Rawlings Sports Complex, and soccer and lacrosse in the Art and Lorraine Gonzales Stadium.


CSU-Pueblo is governed by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, which also governs Colorado State University in Fort Collins and CSU-Global.

 On matters delegated to the University, CSU-Pueblo is committed to a system of shared governance in which faculty, staff and students are engaged in setting the agenda for the University and in making decisions about how best to reach our goals and fulfill our mission. The President is assisted by a University Leadership Team which consists of the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Communication and Student Affairs, Deans, representatives from the Classified Staff, Administrative Professional Council, and Faculty Senate, and others.


Colorado State University-Pueblo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 N. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604, Phone (800) 621-7440.

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


In the case of extreme weather conditions, energy resource reductions, or situations impacting normal operating conditions, it may be necessary to curtail or shut down university operations. Decisions regarding campus closures will be made as early as possible. Closure decisions impacting on-campus and off-campus evening classes (i.e., CSU-Pueblo at Colorado Springs Tower locations and Ft. Carson) will be made by 5:30 a.m. when possible. Even if conditions improve, a closure decision remains in effect for the time period specified. Announcements of class cancellations beyond an overall campus closure are the responsibility of individual instructors.

The Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations is responsible for notifying local and regional radio and television stations of campus closures through the Flashnet Media Service. Students and staff may access closure messages for the University and other area entities by logging on to and clicking on View Current Info or signing up to receive text message notification.

To update or opt-out of Emergency Text Messages, please visit your PAWS or Employee Portal and follow the instructions. Faculty and staff should update their information with Human Resources as it changes.

The following scenarios are pre-approved by University officials for immediate text notification:

  • Campus-wide Delays and Cancellations
  • Dangerous Situation
  • Hazardous Materials Warning
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning
  • Tornado Warning
  • Blizzard Warning

If classes are cancelled, a message also will be posted on the University’s home page at: Class cancellations or delay notification also will include the Pueblo Transportation Company and any appropriate non-law enforcement organizations.


CSU-Pueblo uses its campus email system for official communication. Consequently, all students, staff and faculty are required to utilize their assigned campus email account in accordance with the university electronic communications policy. Students are expected to read and respond to messages in a timely, consistent fashion. If you need assistance accessing your email, contact the CSU-Pueblo Help Desk at 549-2002.


University public safety is provided by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Office of Parking and Safety. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information on security policies, crime statistics, and provide timely information about crime on and around campus. The CSU-Pueblo Fire Safety and Security Report can be found at

The Report is compiled by the Campus Safety Team which is comprised of the following: Parking and Safety Manager (Clery Coordinator), members of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office; Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Student Conduct and Case Management, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management; Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Members of the Office of Institutional Equity, Executive Director of External Affairs, Assistant Dean of Student Conduct and Residence Life & Housing.


Colorado State University–Pueblo is committed to equal educational and employment opportunities and to the elimination of all forms of discrimination, protected class harassment, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence stalking, and retaliation. Furthermore, CSU-Pueblo is committed to maintaining respectful, safe, and nonthreatening educational, working, and living environments. In furtherance of this commitment, CSU-Pueblo does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, creed, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin or ancestry, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or because an individual has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. CSU-Pueblo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs and activities, and the use of its facilities. The University takes affirmative action to employ qualified women, racial/ethnic minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

CSU-Pueblo complies with the Equal Pay Act, Titles IV, VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, Section 503/504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Executive Order 11246, as amended, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and all civil rights laws of the State of Colorado.

The Director of the Office of Institutional Equity has been designated by the President as the person with overall responsibility for the implementation and maintenance of the University’s affirmative action programs. The Director of the Office of Institutional Equity has also been designated as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator. As such, the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity is responsible for addressing compliance with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination, civil rights, access, and equity. For any inquiries or concerns regarding discrimination, protected class harassment, or sexual misconduct, please contact Joshua R. Ernst (, Director, Office of Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2210, Administration Building – Room 304.

Student seeking disability resources and accommodation or who have other related concerns, should contact Justin Hiniker (, Director of the Disability Resource & Support Center at (719) 549-2648, Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC) – Room 169.

Employees seeking disability resources and accommodations or who have other related concerns, should contact Josh Ernst (, Director of Institutional Equity at (719) 549-24412210, Administration Building – Room 306304.

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The Board of Governors is committed to a policy of non-discrimination for the institutions it governs in accordance with all applicable anti-discrimination and civil rights laws. Accordingly, the Board of Governors does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or pregnancy.


On April 27, 2011, the CSU System along with the University issued its: Joint Proclamation against Sexual Misconduct. This proclamation provides:

The Colorado State University System and its institutions, have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct among members of our University communities.

All members of the University community, and their guests, have the right to be free from unwanted sexual contact, coercion, abuse, violence, threat of violence, and harassment and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought forward, the University will investigate the matter and take appropriate action. Anyone found to have committed sexual misconduct will face immediate and appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University.

We will bring this message to all corners of our University, and nurture the core value that fosters a safe and healthy environment for members of our community. Further, we emphasize that sexual assault survivors deserve our support and assistance.

We strive to build healthy relationships within the university community free from sexual violence. To that end, the Colorado State University System is committed to raising the awareness of sexual misconduct actions; providing preventative training courses and promoting a healthy and safe environment for our students.


All members of the University community, and their guests, have the right to be free from sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking. To that end, the University has enacted a comprehensive Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation (

University policy prohibits sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact, and non-consensual sexual intercourse), intimate partner violence (dating violence and domestic violence), stalking, and retaliation by members of the University community. The University has zero tolerance for any of the above mentioned behaviors and will take appropriate actions to stop the behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the behavior’s effects.

All Employees (except those serving in roles expressly designated to receive confidential information under University policy) are required to report any information they know about possible sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, and retaliation to the University’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity. Individuals who do not want their concerns reported to the Title IX Coordinator can contact confidential resources such as the University Counseling Center at (719) 549-2830 or the Pueblo Rape Crisis Center at (719) 549-0549.

For additional information/resources regarding sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, or retaliation, or to report a concern/complaint, contact the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity, who is the University’s Title IX Coordinator. You may contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Joshua R. Ernst ( via telephone at (719) 549-2210 or at the following address: Colorado State University-Pueblo, Administration Building – Room 304, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo Colorado, 81001.

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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, and 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. Modifications to this Catalog pertaining to the academic policies and curricular requirements of the University, its individual colleges and its individual academic programs must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Senate in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1 of the Faculty Handbook prior to taking effect.