Colorado State University – Pueblo (CSU–Pueblo) is a regional comprehensive public institution of higher learning located in Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado State University – Pueblo is considered to be the flagship university for the Pueblo region. CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University System (CSU System), along with the system’s flagship and the state’s land-grant university, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins and Colorado State University-Global Campus, the nation’s first, independent, 100% online public university.
CSU–Pueblo is located north if CO-47 in Pueblo, Colorado, a city of approximately 106,000 residents located in the Pikes Peak region of southern Colorado. The university’s 275-acre (1.11 km2) main campus is located in the Belmont area of northern Pueblo. The original 850-acre land was donated to build the campus. In 1985, the university determined that the current campus and anticipated growth could be accommodated on 275 acres. Over time the university has sold the excess property. To the northwest of campus sits the Walking Stick Golf Course.
The campus architecture style was called “Modern Aztec” by the designers in 1963. The unique architecture of the buildings earned a national award by the American Institute of Architects. Most campus buildings reflect the International Style of the 1960s. Today, there are 18 buildings, numerous baseball and softball fields, a soccer/lacrosse complex, and the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. These include an administration building, student center, library, child care center and student recreation center which is adjacent to the university’s primary athletic complex, Massari Arena.
The campus began a major renovation in 2007, as renovations were made to Massari Arena and construction began on the new student recreation center, which was completed in time for the start of the 2008-09 academic year. In 2011, a multi-million dollar renovation project was completed on the university’s Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) and a 1.2 megawatt solar array, as well as construction of three new residence halls (Culebra, Crestone, and Greenhorn). The LARC was LEED platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the councils highest certification.
Future plans include a new general classroom building, renovation and expansion of the Occhiato University Center, expanding the soccer facility to provide for more services and to allow the addition of a lacrosse program, as well as the demolition and reconstruction of the aging Belmont Residence Hall. Construction on the new academic building began in the summer of 2014, located just west of the Chemistry Building.