Our College Traditions

Our college is fortunate to have many traditions that help complete our students’ development while at Colorado State University. You may remember participating in one of these activities and we hope you’ll contact us to re-experience these traditions as a guest or volunteer. We also welcome your suggestions on new traditions we should consider creating. Take a few minutes to watch campus President Tony Frank talk about traditions on campus.

Aggie “A”

The iconic A on the Foothills

A tribute to CSU’s proud tradition as one of the nation’s finest land-grant institutions, the pumpkin and alfalfa colors and the Aggie “A” celebrate CSU’s rich agricultural heritage and impact not

only on the state and region, but globally. The College of Agricultural Sciences and CSU Athletics have played a vital role in preserving and displaying this history and tradition through the Aggie “A” decal and “orange-out days” showcasing the early colors of the school.

When Colorado State opened its doors in 1870, eight years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, the mission that was established then remains a focal point of the University today: to provide every man and woman who has earned the right to receive a college degree the opportunity to do so at an affordable price.

Aggies had been the nickname of the school, then known as Colorado A&M, until 1957, when the state legislature renamed it Colorado State University and the school adopted Rams as the nickname.

Nearly 200 Colorado State University students paint the A above Hughes Stadium.

Paint the “A”

The role of the Aggie “A” at CSU dates back to 1923, when a group of students painted the rock formation on the foothills overlooking the city of Fort Collins. The formation spans 450 feet in length, and 210 feet across at the bottom, making it one of the largest displays of its kind in the nation.

The College of Agricultural Sciences spearheads this annual painting of the “A” – the second-longest tradition in school history. Our College feels it is important for every individual associated with CSU to recognize the importance of the land-grant mission. As alumni, students, employees, and supporters of CSU, we all carry the responsibility to uphold and enhance the proud tradition that is represented by the Aggie “A”.

CAM the Ram

Ag Day

Hat and plate at Ag Day, Colorado State University

An event to celebrate and promote Colorado agriculture before a home CSU football game each fall. As longstanding tradition for many, this event offers an opportunity to enjoy delicious food, interact with alumni, friends, and students, and also explore and learn about various areas of agriculture.

Ram Welcome

Ram Camp, a daylong orientation for incoming freshman and transfer students to the College of Agricultural Sciences. It is meant to acquaint students with the full scope of academic programs in the college while also instilling pride and a sense of academic community through hands-on and teambuilding exercises.

At the start of each fall semester, Colorado State University welcomes freshmen and transfer students to campus with a orientation called Ram Welcome, with a special day devoted to special activities in students’ academic college. The program helps new students connect to our academic community — a key to college success. They interact with faculty members, learn about college programs, meet new friends and take part in team-building. The College’s Ram Welcome is capped with formation of a human “A” for agriculture, Aggies, academics, and our Ag family.

Student Engagement

Livestock Judging Team at Colorado State University

Engagement and involvement has long been an area of pride and focus in the College of Agricultural Sciences through the many student clubs, organizations, teams, and hands-on learning opportunities our College affords our many students. We realize the lessons and skills learned outside the classroom and laboratories are critically important in preparing a well-rounded contributor to society upon graduation. Visit our Student Organizations website to see the numerous opportunities our students have today.

Student Leadership

While preparing and educating our students to be adaptable enough to assume roles in careers and industries which don’t currently exist, one underlying skill critical to success is leadership. There are countless ways which students in the College of Agricultural Sciences are developing, honing, and displaying their extraordinary leadership capabilities. A few of the signatures leadership programs in the College include the Agricultural Ambassadors, which help to promote agriculture across the CSU campus and the state of Colorado and also assist in recruitment and alumni efforts of our College, the Equine Stewards, and the Stewards of Animal Science. Beyond these leadership groups are many leadership positions our students assume in College and University clubs and organizations and community efforts. The College of Agricultural Sciences is proud of our numerous alumni who are exceptional leaders and advocates throughout the world in agriculture and other industries.

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