Traditions
The Oval


Once the geographic center of campus, the Oval remains for many the sentimental heart of Colorado State University. With a stately allée and Oval Drive lined by majestic American elms nearly a century old, the Oval was designed in 1909 as an aesthetically pleasing way to connect main campus buildings. Surrounding the Oval are historic buildings including Johnson Hall, which was the original student center, Laurel Hall, which first housed animals for the veterinary program, and the Music Building, which was built as a library.