This is Fort Collins

Fort Collins is a community that blends education and industry, hard work and recreation, tradition and progress. If you’re looking for a college experience with the perfect fusion of adventure and opportunity, Fort Collins is the location for you.

Come visit campus to see it for yourself and find your “it just feels right” moment. Or take our virtual tour – don’t forget to stop at Horsetooth Reservoir and Old Town!

“College Town to Live in Forever” by College Ranker
285+ miles
of bike routes and trails in Fort Collins
sunny days every year in Fort Collins
165000 residents
make Fort Collins the fourth largest city in Colorado
Woman and dog on paddleboard at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins

Your backyard just got bigger

Hike to 7,260-foot Horsetooth Rock, go whitewater rafting on the Cache la Poudre River, mountain bike at Lory State Park, or travel about an hour to snowshoe at Rocky Mountain National Park. Those are just a few of our nearby outdoor adventures!

People standing outside music theatre in Fort Collins

Leave your weekends open

How do you choose between a bustling outdoor festival, a concert at a venue tucked in the Rocky Mountains, or browsing art galleries? With so many events to choose from at our location in Fort Collins, it’s a welcome problem that residents are used to, and we don’t hear many complaints.

Denver skyline

Denver is just down the road

Need a weekend in the city or want to catch a flight home? You’ll be about an hour away from one of the fastest growing cities and the largest airport in the country. Nicknamed the Mile High City, Denver sits at an elevation of exactly one mile (5,280 feet).

Local coffee shop in Fort Collins

There’s no place quite like it

Fort Collins has a ton of local flavor. From restaurants to movie theaters to boutiques and more, you’ll find unique opportunities that will shape your college experience and make you proud to call Fort Collins home. Did you know that Old Town Fort Collins inspired Disneyland’s Main Street USA?

The Oval with snow covering trees and ground

Fort Collins is always in season

It just depends on which season. You’ll get a taste of all four seasons in Fort Collins, including winters with enough snow for a snowshoeing trip in the foothills but typically mild temperatures that even our most warm-blooded students quickly adapt to.

Bus at transit center location in Fort Collins

Getting around is part of the fun

With a robust public transportation system, bike routes on almost every road, and a uniquely walkable campus, cars are optional in Fort Collins. There are alternative transportation options and even sponsored trips to the mountains and Denver if you’re headed out of town.

Look around Horsetooth Reservoir and Mountain

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Look around Old Town Fort Collins

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