In 1862, legislation was introduced to donate public lands to states to create colleges that would be accessible to all, regardless of social class. Eight years after the Morrill Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, Colorado chose to establish their land-grant school in Fort Collins. Now, 150 years later, Colorado State University is a leading research institution that is still dedicated to the land-grant mission of inclusion, opportunity, and service to Colorado, the nation, and the world. This academic year, we are celebrating our sesquicentennial anniversary by acknowledging our past while charting a course for a bright future.

Visit the CSU150 website to take a deeper look at the history, traditions, and events of our sesquicentennial celebration. 



Help commemorate and celebrate the past 150 years of CSU by sharing your College of Liberal Arts story.

Your history is our history.

Emerti & Retired Faculty


While the College of Liberal Arts didn't officially exist until the 1960s when the School of Humanities and Social Sciences split from the School of Science and Arts, the disciplines of the liberal arts were foundational to the University since its founding in 1870.