The Colorado State University Guide

It’s easy to spend a day – or week – at CSU! With several thousand events each year, self-guided tour options, and seasonal attractions there is something for everyone. You can even have a picnic next to the Lagoon with a beautiful view of the foothills. Take a look at the most popular attractions on campus!


Lory Student Center

LSC serves as a supportive, creative gathering place for exchanging ideas, socializing, challenging social and cultural norms, engaging in campus activities, eating, playing, shopping, relaxing, gathering, and learning…Your home away from home.

In essence, the LSC  is campus “connection central” – its heartbeat – where students, faculty, staff, and the world at large come to work, learn, play, and feel a part of the energy of Colorado State University’s community. The Lory Student Center contributes directly to the educational mission of Colorado State University by providing encouragement and opportunities for participation in educational, cultural, and recreational activities and provides services for the convenience of the campus community.

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Cheer on the Rams

CSU Athletics is home to 16 Division I sports in the Mountain West Conference.  On campus you can visit Canvas Stadium, Moby Arena, multiple practice fields, and the Hall of Fame.

Visiting campus during a home football game? Be sure to check out our game day experience to enjoy pregame activities, tailgates, band and spirit performances, interactive kids zone, and the Ram Walk tradition celebrating the Rams arrival to the stadium. Be on the look out for CAM the Ram and don’t forget to take a picture with him for good luck!

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Take in a Performance

The University Center for the Arts features over 250 world-class music, theatre and dance performances and high-profile arts events each year. The world-class University Center for the Arts houses the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, and select courses out of the Department of Art and Art History and the LEAP Institute for the Arts. The building is surrounded by the beautiful CSU Flower Trial Gardens. Dynamic performance spaces include the Griffin Concert Hall, University Theatre, University Dance Theatre, Organ Recital Hall, Studio (Black Box) Theatre in addition to practice rooms and classrooms.

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Stroll through the Gardens

The Annual Flower Trial Gardens bloom May through October outside the University Center for the Arts.  This beautiful garden showcases over 1,000 different cultivated varieties of annuals. The outdoor display and test areas at the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region.  We recommend bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy. The gardens are free and open to the public.

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Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Located on the northeast corner of Canvas Stadium, the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center pays tribute to all that makes us proud to be Colorado State University Rams. It is a place for alumni, students, family, and friends to gather and celebrate.

The Smith Alumni Center is approximately 20,000 square feet and is located at the northeast corner of Canvas Stadium. Mindock Hall features interactive storytelling about Colorado State University and its alumni, utilizing seven touch screens, a 9‐screen video wall, and vibrant graphics. Inside you will also find yearbooks, photos, memorabilia, and stories passed down through generations that share the history of CSU. The Alumni Center frequently hosts tours of Canvas Stadium (no cost) and is a great place to stop on game day. Don’t forget to see the ringing of the Old Main Bell 30-minutes prior to kick off!

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