Applying as an International Transfer
Each year we search for students with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives to challenge and support each other on our campus. And that doesn’t mean just glancing at a GPA and clicking a button.
We look at each application fully. Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by seeing your application as a window into your life. The results of our review process and of the quality of our education speak for themselves, and we hope we can count you among the thousands that will do their best to be part of our community this year.
WHEN TO APPLY
DEADLINES, DATES AND TIMELINES
Transfer students typically enter CSU during the fall semester. The application for fall semester opens one year prior to the start of the term; the fall semester begins in August.
Spring semester is our second most popular term for transfer entry. The application for spring semester opens in March prior to the start of the term; the spring semester begins in January.
The summer application opens in August. We recommend contacting your counselor for more information about starting in the summer.
What we need
THE COMPONENTS OF A COMPLETE APPLICATION
There are several items that we consider necessary to make an informed decision about your potential for academic success at Colorado State. Know that each item is taken seriously, but the admission decision is made based on the sum of all of them.
Until you have submitted a Complete Application, consisting of all necessary items, your materials will not be reviewed.
A Complete Application includes:
Transfer students are asked to apply using the CSU Application. Once you create an application account, you will be able to submit all other supporting documents.
Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard. Fee waivers are granted based on financial need and are available after the application is submitted.
- A final, official transcript reflecting graduation is required of all applicants. Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped and sealed will be considered official.
- If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the transcript.
- High school or secondary school reports are not required for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree.
- Faxed transcripts are not accepted.
- Transcripts must be official. If only one original is available, an attested or certified copy may be submitted.
- Faxed transcripts are not accepted. Transcripts submitted electronically will only be considered as official if uploaded through a vendor or emailed directly from the college or university.
- If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the official transcript.
- An evaluation of transferable academic credits is done only after an applicant is admitted to the university.
Undergraduate students are required to complete at least three credits of mathematics as part of a CSU degree. The admission requirement in mathematics is designed to ensure that transfer applicants are on track to satisfy this graduation requirement.
There are several ways to satisfy the mathematics requirement, including taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. Learn how at the link below.
- English proficiency evidence is necessary to be considered for direct admission to CSU, but we will release decisions without evidence of English proficiency.
- Results should be sent directly from the testing service.
- Alternatives to the TOEFL, IELTS and PTE are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.
- Applicants who do not present qualifying TOEFL, IELTS Academic or PTE Academic results will be considered for conditional admission.
Admitted students must provide proof of sufficient funding for their first year of study at CSU. Additionally, students must provide a copy of a valid passport, including any dependents joining the student, before immigration documents can be issued. The ability to pay is not factored into the admission decision.
- Applicants are highly encouraged to submit the immigration information checklist item within their application portal. If you have questions about this or plan to submit your biographical or financial information after being admitted, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at ISSS@colostate.edu. More information also is available through the ISSS immigration document website.
- Immigration documents are sent only to admitted students whose financial support information has been received, verified, and approved.
ACT and SAT
- ACT and SAT results are not evaluated in the admission decision but can be helpful for composition placement purposes if you have not taken a transferable college composition course.
- CSU’s ACT code is 0504. Our SAT/College Board code is 4075. Allow 2-3 weeks for scores to arrive at CSU from the testing agencies.
AP, IB and CLEP
- AP, IB and CLEP results can be considered for transfer credit after you’ve been admitted and once official score results have been sent to CSU; these results will not be considered in the admission decision.
You will have the opportunity to complete an optional “Academic Explanation” section within the application to address circumstances that have impacted your academic record.
You are strongly encouraged to write an Academic Explanation if you have a cumulative GPA below 2.5, D/F grades (especially if earned within the past year), and/or erratic trends or a pattern of withdrawals in your prior college work.
This response has a 250 word limit, and you’ll be able to type it directly into the application prompt or copy/paste from a saved document.
Who we look for
THE TYPE OF STUDENT THAT MAKES A RAM
Every incoming class looks different, but we always work to maintain high academic standards while providing access to higher education as part of our land-grant mission.
A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.
Students transferring more than 90 credits may not be able to complete their major in a timely manner, and credits that transfer may not meet specific degree requirements at CSU.
Our review process
Our review process allows us to learn about your academic successes and the experiences that have impacted and prepared you for life at Colorado State. These are the four areas we concentrate on when considering your application.
Some competitive majors require specific course work and a higher grade point average in order to be admitted.
What to expect
THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
Completing your application
The time it takes to submit a Complete Application is unique to each student depending on the amount of time it takes to receive supporting documents. The application form typically takes 30-45 minutes.
Within three days after you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email with your CSU ID and instructions to log in to RAMweb to check your application status online. Be sure to check your email and RAMweb regularly for the most current information about your application status.
Allow 7-10 business days for documents you’ve submitted to be reflected online as received, especially November through February. We’ll be able to match your application and required documents more quickly if you submit your application first.
Once we begin reviewing a Complete Application
Complete Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they were submitted. Most decisions are made within four weeks after an application becomes complete. Continue to check your email and RAMweb regularly for updates. Decisions will be announced electronically.
Generally, decisions fall into one of the four categories below:
After a decision has been made
Admitted students receive additional communications from Admissions and other CSU offices outlining the confirmation and enrollment processes. To stay on track to enroll, admitted students are expected to check email regularly and make sure to complete the next steps for admitted students.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW TO BECOME A RAM
The next step is to begin preparing your academic documents and to start an application. We recommend you submit your application before your required documents for quickest completion of your records.