Fort Collins is friendly. Its about 150,000 people, and its close to the Wyoming border,
so it has a rural feel to it, with a lot of cattle, deer, and hiking trails and a view of Long’s Peak, Mount Meeker, and the Mummy Range from town. I lived there for ten years and enjoyed the vitality of the city and university. It has some high tech companies like Broadcom, which makes semiconductor devices for cell phones, AMD, and Intel as well as Hewlett Packard.
Colorado State’s campus and community dominates the city, making it a college town. Good access to the Poudre Canyon for camping and hiking. The downtown area of Fort Collins, called Old Town, is close to campus. There is a brand new football stadium on campus, but the academics are strong in biology, pre vet, premedical studies, engineering, physics, and some humanities and social sciences,
as well as agribusiness and agriculture. It may compare well to U of Cal Davis, your agricultural school in California. There are plenty of Asian Indian and Chinese Americans and students from the Middle East, as well as Californians of
all ethnic groups. The Vet School is top ten in the nation. The business college is OK. There are not PhD programs in some subjects like History because U of Colorado in Boulder offers those humanities PhD degrees. There are PhD degrees in the sciences and engineering.
Cross country skiing is west of campus. Its not as cold and snowy most years in the town but the mountains get
plenty of snow. Downhill skiing is a good three hours away at least. The resorts are to the west of Denver, but Steamboat Springs downhill skiing is over the Poudre Canyon, again a good three hour drive.