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If you have questions about your next steps, contact your admissions counselor or call our admissions hotline at (970) 491-6909.

Step 1: Confirm your decision to attend Colorado State University

When you’re ready, reserve your spot in our incoming class by paying your $300 enrollment deposit, which covers new student charges and a portion of your first semester tuition. Log in to RAMweb (eID required) and select “Check your Application Status” to go to “Tell Us Your Plans.”

Once you log in, you’ll have the option to request an enrollment deposit deferral if the enrollment deposit presents a financial hardship or your cost of attendance will be paid in full by a third party (such as full athletic scholarship or 100% GI Bill entitlement).

You’ll be able to access the Housing Application and Ram Orientation sign-up after you deposit.

Recommended Deposit Dates:

Stay on track to complete the other steps for admitted students.

Spring semester: Deposit by December 15

Fall semester: Deposit by May 1

You’re encouraged to deposit within two weeks of receiving your decision if you’re admitted after these dates.

Summer Term: Deposit in March when summer course registration opens.

If your plans change and you’re not able to enroll now as planned, contact us to visit about the option to update your application to a future term.

Don’t have your eID yet?

You’ll need your 9-digit CSU ID number to create your eID. Your CSU ID was sent to you in an email with eID instructions, or you can call us for this information (we can share this only with the admitted student).

Go to the eID create website, where you’ll be prompted to enter your CSU ID and a limited amount of personal information to verify your identity.

Ready to tell us your plans?

Confirm and pay your deposit here.

Step 2: Authenticate your Google Apps @rams email account

Creating your eID also creates a Google Apps “@rams.colostate.edu” email address for you, which becomes the primary email address for other University offices to contact you after you’re admitted.

If you haven’t already done so, log in to your University email account using your eID to authenticate and check your messages.

Be sure to check your @Rams email account regularly or set up forwarding rules to have emails sent to another account you use consistently.

Want to access your @Rams email?

Use your eID to log in.

Step 3: Keep an eye on RAMweb

RAMweb is the CSU student portal where you will register for classes, check grades, pay account balances and more.

Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, RAMweb will be undergoing a major overhaul with new functionality being added over several months’ time. Eventually, you’ll be able to see most of the steps for admitted students listed in RAMweb, and many key actions will be accessible directly within RAMweb.

Check back regularly after you’re admitted to see what’s being added!

Step 4: Apply for campus housing

CSU offers a wide selection of housing and dining options to ensure all students feel at home on campus. Freshmen are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing.

The Housing Guide included in your admit packet has details about all of our residence halls and dining centers; read it carefully before you apply.

The residence hall application opens in mid-November. You’ll need your eID to log in.

Campus apartments are open to students who are age 21+ or married or who have dependents; applications are accepted year-round.

Questions about living on campus and the application process can be directed to Housing & Dining Services.

Ready to apply for on-campus housing?

Your options may include designated upper-class residence halls and campus apartments. You’ll need your eID to apply for campus housing.

Step 5: Sign up for Ram Orientation (includes advising and course registration)

All new students attend Ram Orientation to learn about our traditions, to get introduced to campus services and to register for classes. It’s an important time to connect with others in your class and to meet the current students, faculty and staff who will help you be successful at CSU.

Spring 2016 Orientation information is here.

Registration for Fall 2016 Orientation will open in January 2016. Program information, dates, and registration are available on the Orientation and Transition Programs website and will be announced by email when available.

You will need your eID to sign up for Orientation.

In addition to the traditional freshman track, an Adult Learner and Veteran Student Track is offered to first-time students who are age 21+, military veterans or have dependents.

Ready to sign up for Orientation?

Orientation includes advising and course registration.

Step 6: Apply for financial aid

Financial Aid

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov to be considered for the full range of financial aid (grants, work study, and student and parent loans). All families are encouraged to apply because even some merit-based aid requires FAFSA information.

Spring 2016/Summer 2016: Use the 2015 FAFSA. Financial aid award packages are mailed to new students and posted to RAMweb starting in December.

Fall 2016: The FAFSA is available after January 1, 2016. March 1 is the priority application date, and financial aid award packages are mailed to new students and posted to RAMweb starting in March.

Be sure to check RAMweb regularly once you submit the FAFSA in case additional information or verification is required to complete your financial aid award. Your eID is required to log in.


With the exception of WUE, freshman scholarships are available only to students beginning in the fall semester.

You automatically are considered for admissions-based scholarships if you submitted a Complete Application by February 1 (refer to the scholarships for entering resident freshmen and entering non-resident freshmen here).

To be considered for awards offered through CSU academic departments and Student Financial Services, submit the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA), available in RAMweb between December 1 and March 1.

Information about other scholarship resources, financial aid calculators and student employment is available through Student Financial Services.

Want to learn more about financing your CSU education?

Student Financial Services coordinates all financial aid and scholarships.

Step 7: Complete math and composition placement

Complete the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and the Composition Placement Program before Orientation (November/December for Spring; May/June for Fall). Both components can be completed online.

You are not required to complete the MPE and/or the Composition Placement Program if you have the following:

  • College credit for mathematics or composition from another institution (e.g., College Algebra or English 121/122 credit through dual enrollment).
  • Equivalent college credit through a test out option: Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB) or CLEP credit for math and/or composition.

Submit your official college transcript and/or your official test results AND bring a copy to Orientation to help with advising.

Step 8: Submit final, official transcript(s)

Your admission is provisional until we receive a final, official high school transcript reflecting your graduation. To avoid possible delays in the financial aid or course registration process, submit your final transcript by July 1 (January 2 for Spring).

If you completed any college-level work prior to high school graduation, be sure to submit official transcript(s) to be reviewed for advanced-standing credit.

Step 9: Complete your student health records

Complete the steps on CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist to make sure your health records are complete. You can take care of this step anytime after admission; many students bring health records with them to Orientation.