It’s a once-in-a-lifetime year at Colorado State University: we’re celebrating our 150th anniversary.

Officially, our big birthday is Feb. 11, 2020.

That’s 150 years after the territorial governor of Colorado signed legislation to establish a land-grant college in Fort Collins that would revolutionize the concept of higher education with an emphasis on science, progress, and access to excellence for all.

The anniversary is significant enough that we’re observing it the entire academic year. The campus invites you to reconnect and join in the festivities; Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 2-6, offers a great opportunity to do just that.

On this momentous anniversary, our campus community also extends its gratitude to all those – alumni, donors, students, faculty, staff, and countless other supporters – who have helped the institution that began as the State Agricultural College of Colorado evolve into a world-class University.

Our physical campus has changed dramatically through the years, notably so even in the past decade. And yet, Colorado State has maintained its focus on teaching, research, and public outreach that improve well-being in our state and around the world. As new President Joyce McConnell puts it: “local discovery with global impact.”

We invite you to reconsider these profound principles, found in the promise of a land-grant education.