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 re-imagine what a university and community can accomplish together. This statement further articulates the campus mission and strategic goals.
To establish Colorado State University Pueblo as the people's university of the Southwest United States by 2028.
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.