We celebrated our Golden Anniversary by looking back – and ahead.

Starting a business college in the 1960s was not an easy task. But amidst the social complexities of the decade that included a mistrust of big business, and at a time when business education meant little more than typing and transcription, Colorado State University wanted more for its business students.

Don Dobler on phone

First dean of the College of Business, Don Dobler

CSU founded the College of Business in January 1966 under the direction of the first dean of the college, Don Dobler. Dobler built the College of Business on a foundation fortified by his own vision that business, carried out with integrity and skill, is a force for good that can solve complex problems and change the world. He set the tone for how we do business today – in our teaching, in our research and in our practice.

Today, the College of Business offers an exceptional education that’s all-encompassing, surrounding students with great advising and mentoring, relevant and rigorous courses, and faculty and staff who are here to help students succeed. We are the number one destination for first-generation students in the state.

We consistently set our sights on access, excellence and impact. We provide access to education to those who may not have had it. Our impact is providing an excellent education that is relevant in today's interconnected world. Our faculty research informs business practices and public policies to make the world a better place.

The College of Business is consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate and graduate business programs in the country. With strong research productivity across its various disciplines, the College of Business is AACSB-accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves thousands of students in multiple degree programs. Additionally, the College is a pioneer in online academic programs and serves hundreds of graduate students enrolled in the Online MBA and Master of Computer Information Systems programs.

Our students are amazing people with great values and tremendous aspirations. They are the kind of people employers want to hire, and it shows in our job placement: 90 percent of our students receive a job offer within 90 days of graduation.

The College of Business has come far in its first 50 years, and we know that with our mission to transform lives and use business to create a better world, we will go even further in the future.