Few universities have gone through the changes Colorado State University has.
Aside from adapting to a rapidly growing student base the, university has adjusted to a new image.
CSU was founded in 1870 as an agriculture and mechanical school, appropriately nicknamed the Aggies.
As CSU became the Rams, it also began focusing on research.
In 2011, CSU ranked 67th in research expenditure out of nearly 2,500 four-year universities in the country.
"Is it prestigious? Yeah I'd say so," Dr. Angelo Izzo said with a laugh.
Izzo is a professor at CSU. He also leads the nation's largest tuberculosis research program in the nation.
"It's great that we have so many interested students that can prepare for the real world," he added.
CU deserves some credit as well as they finished 54th in research funding in 2011. Despite the impressive finish CSU has one program very few universities in the countries can tout: the "twins study."
Astronaut Scott Kelly became the longest-traveled astronaut in history when he stayed in orbit for a year, ending in March 2016.
The mission was to compare DNA with his twin brother Mark to see if space travel changes aging patterns.
CSU is one of 10 universities tasked with studying the results.
"Saying this is an honor would be an understatement," graduate student Miles McKenna said. "It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with these individuals."
In 2015 CSU spent $340 million in research. Much of it was supplied through federal grants but it's become an image the university has embraced.
"We are serving the world," Vice President of Research Alan Rudolph said. "It's a major part of our identity."
Colorado State University also has a top-flight equestrian program. Earlier this year they equipped a mini-horse with a prosthetic leg; one of the first of its kind.
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