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You’re admitted. Now what?

You can officially say you’re part of the Ram Family, but there are still a few more steps to take before you’re ready for the first day of class. Below you’ll find detailed information that will guide you through the enrollment process, and we’re here for you if you have any questions.

CREATE YOUR eID BEFORE GETTING STARTED.
Before you begin, make sure you have created your eID. Your eID serves as your official CSU login for many of the tasks below. Creating your eID also creates your official CSU @Rams email which offices and departments use to contact you.

Admitted Transfer Checklist

Click on each step to jump to detailed information about why each step is important and the actions you need to take to check it off the list.

  • 1. CONFIRM AND DEPOSIT

    Accept your offer of admission by paying or deferring your $300 enrollment deposit. By deferring, you’ll officially be confirmed and will pay the deposit as part of your first bill. Once you submit your deposit, you will gain access to the housing application and Ram Orientation registration.

  • 2. SIGN UP FOR ORIENTATION TO ACCESS REGISTRATION

    You will register for classes at Ram Orientation. You’ll also learn about CSU traditions and get introduced to various campus services. Attending Ram Orientation is required.

  • 3. FIND HOUSING

    The housing guide included in your admit packet has details about our on-campus transfer living and dining options; Off-Campus Life supports students seeking housing in the community.

  • 4. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

    Submit your FAFSA and scholarship applications before the deadlines. While Colorado State offers many opportunities for financial aid and scholarships, be sure to research funding from other sources as well.

  • 5. COMPLETE PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

    These online assessments should be taken before attending Ram Orientation unless you already have equivalent credit.

  • 6. SUBMIT FINAL TRANSCRIPTS

    Admission is provisional until we receive your final, official transcript reflecting completion of any work in progress at the point of admission or degree completion.

  • 7. COMPLETE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

    Find out what records and actions are required by looking at the CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist.

CONFIRM AND DEPOSIT

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

What are my options?

Once you have accessed the “Tell Us Your Plans” module, you’ll be prompted to take one of the following actions.

  • CONFIRM AND PAY

    By confirming and paying your $300 deposit you will reserve your spot in the incoming class and gain access to orientation sign-up (you’ll register for courses at orientation) and the application for on-campus housing.

  • CONFIRM AND DEFER

    If the deposit presents a financial hardship or your cost of attendance will be paid by a third party, you may defer your $300 enrollment deposit. This will reserve your spot in the incoming class, and you will gain access to orientation sign-up (you’ll register for courses at orientation) and the on-campus housing application. The $300 deposit will be applied to your first semester bill, and you may apply financial aid or third-party funds to help pay the deposit.

  • UPDATE YOUR APPLICATION

    You can request a change to your entry term for up to one year. We’ll keep your application active and work with you if your admission decision and enrollment deposit can be retained.

  • DECLINE YOUR OFFER

    If you decide not to enroll at CSU, you can decline your offer of admission. After you decline, we know that you no longer are considering CSU, and we will discontinue our communications. You can change your mind and confirm at a later date, but declining your admission might impact your enrollment options. If you’ve already deposited and your plans have changed, refer to our refund policy.

Recommended Deposit Dates

Depositing on time helps us plan for your arrival and ensure your spot in the incoming class. If your plans change, contact us to update your application to a future term or to cancel your confirmation (refund policy).

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    FALL SEMESTER

    Deposit by July 1 or within two weeks of admission if after this date.

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    SPRING SEMESTER

    Deposit by December 15 or within two weeks of your admission if after this date.

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    SUMMER SESSION

    Summer course registration opens in March, and early confirmation is encouraged for best access to courses. Deposits are accepted until June 1.

Ready to confirm?

Log in to RAMweb with your eID. In the RAMready section, follow the link to “Tell Us Your Plans.”

SIGN UP FOR ORIENTATION TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES

All new students are required to attend Ram Orientation to register for classes, learn about CSU traditions, and get introduced to campus services. 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.

Many of the other steps for admitted students are important to complete before attending Ram Orientation so that your advisors are able to help you plan for the upcoming year.

In addition to the general transfer orientation track, an Adult Learner and Veteran Student Track is available to non-traditional students who qualify based on characteristics such as family status, work situations, time away from college, or military background.

Your Transfer Evaluation

It’s important to sign up for an orientation session early so that the Registrar’s Office has time to complete your transfer evaluation before you meet with your advisor. While the evaluation can take up to 30 business days after you’ve been admitted (international work may take longer), your evaluation will be prioritized to meet your orientation session if possible. The Registrar’s Office will email your @RAMS account when your evaluation is complete, and your evaluation will be posted to RAMweb.

Ready to sign up for Ram Orientation?

Use your eID to log in and reserve your spot.

FIND HOUSING

On-campus Options

CSU offers a wide selection of housing and dining options to ensure all students feel at home on campus. Transfers are welcome but not required to live on campus. There are designated floors in our halls and on-campus apartments specifically for transfers and continuing upperclass CSU students.

Learn more about Residence Halls and University Apartments now or check your Find Your Place housing guide in your admit packet. Questions about living on campus, the housing application, or the $350 housing deposit can be directed to Housing & Dining Services.

Off-campus Options

Off-Campus Life offers resources to help you make a successful transition to the Fort Collins community beyond finding a place to live. You are encouraged to start your search for off-campus housing early; while turnover is common at the beginning and end of each academic term, leases may need to be secured several weeks in advance.

Ready to apply for on-campus housing?

Use your eID to log in and complete your housing application.

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

Finding your financial fit is an important part of choosing the right university, and one of the most important aspects of your financial fit is aid. We recommend pursuing as many types of funding as possible including grants, scholarships, loans, work study, and student employment to help offset the investment of college.

The FAFSA

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the full range of financial aid at Colorado State. All students are encouraged to apply because some merit-based aid requires FAFSA information.

Be sure to check RAMweb and check your @RAMS email regularly once you submit the FAFSA in case additional information or verification is required to complete your financial aid award.

Grants and Scholarships

With very few exceptions, transfer scholarships are available only to students beginning in the fall semester. You automatically will be considered for admissions-based scholarships if you submit a Complete Application by June 1 (November 1 for spring awards), and award notification generally is sent out within one month of admission. To be considered for fall-entry only awards offered through CSU academic departments and the Office of Financial Aid, submit the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA), available in RAMweb between December 1 and March 1.

You also are encouraged to research available state and federal need-based grants.

Loans

There are several types of loans that you can apply to your cost of education. These are provided by the government, University, and private lenders. Many loans require you to complete the FAFSA.

Work Study and Student Employment

Work study and student employment may provide you with valuable work experience through the University while helping offset the cost of education. Learn more about work study and student employment opportunities and requirements.

COMPLETE PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Most students are required to complete the online Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and the Composition Self-Directed Placement process before attending Ram Orientation.

You may be exempt from these placement requirements if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’ve earned grades of C- or better in college-level mathematics or college composition from another regionally-accredited college/university (this includes credit earned through concurrent enrollment).
  • You’ve earned a score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics or composition exam, a score of 4 or better on an International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics or composition exam, or CLEP credit for math and/or composition.

To receive advanced standing credit for transfer or test out work, be sure to submit your final, official college transcript and/or official test results, and bring a copy of your results to orientation for your advisor’s reference. If you haven’t yet received your grade/test score, mention the pending result to your advisor at orientation.

When you review the placement procedures, you’ll see information about two additional placements:

  • Foreign Language Placement Exam: Required before you can register for a world language course if you have had previous study of French, German, or Spanish. The department recommends completing the exam at least three days prior to Ram Orientation.
  • Chem Prep: Required for any student whose major includes the General Chemistry I (Chem 111) course. Learn more about whether you should complete Chem Prep before Ram Orientation here.

Ready to complete your placement requirements?

Learn more about the procedures for completing the MPE and/or Composition Self-Directed Placement and your potential exemption before attending Orientation.

SUBMIT FINAL TRANSCRIPTS

Your admission is provisional until we receive final, official college transcripts showing satisfactory completion of any work in progress at the point of admission or graduation.

To avoid possible delays in the financial aid or course registration process, submit your final transcript by July 1 if you’re starting in the fall or January 2 if you’re starting in the spring. Transcripts for summer work should be submitted as soon as available.

Ready to submit your final transcripts?

Follow the directions to submit your final transcripts in a timely manner.

COMPLETE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Complete the steps on CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist to support our commitment to a safe and healthy campus. Steps include submitting required health and immunization records, completing the online Alcohol EDU and Haven Sexual Assault Prevention programs, and documenting insurance coverage.

You can take care of this step any time before you enroll; many students bring health records with them to Orientation.

Make sure your health records are ready.

Take a look at the CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist.