Colorado State University

Men's MCLA Contact: Ryan MacDonald
10 / 10
25,962 Undergrads / 33,478 Students
4 / 10
$16,793 Net Price
2 / 10
81% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    MCLA Div. 1

  • College Type

    4-year, Public

  • Campus Type

    City: Medium

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
16 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
45% / 70%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach's Description

As a “virtual varsity” program, the lacrosse team needs a solid foundation inside the university. Sport Clubs recognizes lacrosse as a major sport now, and supplies the team with whatever is possible.

Coach Recruiting Interview

When you think of lacrosse championships in the state of Colorado, you think the Colorado State Rams. The Rams have brought 6 MCLA national titles to Fort Collins, growing the game in the Centennial State.

We caught up with head coach Alex Smith and learned some of his recruiting advice for high school athletes interested in taking their skills to the MCLA. Coach Smith is a great example for showing young lacrosse players that the NCAA is not the only college lacrosse level to excel their game, being the first MCLA player to play in the MLL for the Denver Outlaws.The Rams had another standout season in 2014 with a 12-6 season in arguably the toughest conference in the land, the RMLC. Coach Smith has had players hail from the likes of Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Illinois, Utah, Maryland and Tennessee to combine with the strong Colorado core.

What advice do you have for players interested in MCLA programs?

Do your research. Lacrosse at all levels of college is about finding the right fit – academically, socially and athletically. You have to make a choice about college with the thought that you will be spending the next 4-5 years there. Lacrosse is only part of the puzzle. The good thing about the MCLA is you can find a great program at the school you want to attend.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Players can message us through our college profile on ConnectLAX. Fill our our recruiting form at www.csulacrosse.com/recruits and then schedule a trip to CSU or our camp to really check things out.

What type of player’s do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

We want people who really want to be a part of our program. We do not beg players to come. We do not make cuts, but we do not make promises, so we want people who really want to be Rams.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

Family, academics, lacrosse. Those are the big 3 areas that you need to be great in.

What type of student-athletes find MCLA programs to be the best fit for them?

Tough to answer this question. We get all kinds – under or non-recruited players, players who were recruited by DI, II, or III teams that decided against that route for any number of reasons, players who transfer back “home” after going out east for lacrosse. There is no way to pigeon hole the type of player that ends up in the MCLA or at CSU. It takes all kinds.

Team Road Trips

Most away trips for Colorado State are scheduled for Colorado and the California area, which includes Stanford, Novato and Palm Desert. The team has traveled to Boise, Idaho and Provo, Utah, to play divisional games against Utah, BYU and Boise State. Colorado plays Colorado State in a rivalry game every year in the Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.

Recruit Commits
Brandon Montoya Air Academy High School Colorado Springs, CO Def, LSM
Matthew Dowden Benilde St. Margarets Wayzata/Benilde St. Margarets, MN Att, Mid
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater Denver Area
  • Fort Collins Colorado Area
  • Colorado Springs Colorado Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Greater Seattle Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Phoenix Arizona Area
  • Grand Junction Colorado Area
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Area
  • Greater San Diego Area
  • Portland Oregon Area
  • Greater Boston Area
Where Grads Work
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • United States Air Force
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Oracle
  • IBM
  • State of Colorado
  • Wells Fargo
  • City of Fort Collins
  • US Army
  • Poudre School District
  • US Forest Service
  • Front Range Community College
  • Microsoft
  • Level Three Communications
  • Intel Corporation
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Information Technology
  • Program and Project Management
  • Healthcare Services
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communication
  • Support
  • Arts and Design
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
510 - 620
530 - 640
1100 - 1310
22 - 29
22 - 27
23 - 29

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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Applicants 28,319 11,842 16,477
% Admitted 81% 80% 83%
% Admits That Enroll 23% 24% 22%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.61
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (14%)
    Business Administration and Management, General (13%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (13%)
    Engineering (10%)
    Social Sciences (8%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Stu. (6%)
    Work and Family Studies (6%)
    Agriculture (5%)
    Communication & Journalism (5%)
    Human Development and Family Studies, General (4%)
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science (4%)
    Psychology, General (4%)
    Psychology (4%)
    Mechanical Engineering (4%)
    Economics, General (3%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (3%)
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric (3%)
    Athlete graduation rate
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for students paying in-state tuition rate (public institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$11,901 $28,346
    Books & Supplies$1,200 $1,200
    Cost of Living$12,430 $12,430
    Personal Expenses$1,404 $1,404
    Sticker Price$26,935 $42,016

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    79% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship63%$9,161
    Federal Grants21%$5,300
    Pell Grants21%$4,583
    Other Federal15%$1,081
    State & Local Grants19%$3,372
    Institutional Grants56%$7,112
    Student Loans41%$7,601
    Federal Loans40%$5,189
    Other Loans6%$18,494

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $371 Million $11,086

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $20,502.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,000 $218

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.0%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 9,270 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $47,100

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.04 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 45% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 13 13
    Fondling 10 9
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 1
    Burglary 15 14
    Motor Vehicle Theft 4 4
    Arson 5 5

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Comprehensive programs, with medical/veterinary school
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, large, primarily residential

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