You are considered a second bachelor’s/post-bachelor applicant if you’ve completed an undergraduate degree and wish to complete a second degree or complete additional undergraduate course work for career enhancement or for graduate/professional school preparation.

Learn more about important deadlines, standards and requirements for second bachelor’s students below.

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Application Timeline and Deadlines

Fall Term (begins mid-August)

Second bachelor’s/post-bac applicants are encouraged to apply beginning in January. Applications for the fall semester are accepted through June 1.

Spring Semester (begins mid-January)

Applicants for the spring semester are encouraged to submit completed applications beginning in August. Applications for spring semester are accepted through November 1.

Summer Session (mid-May through mid-August)

The completed application deadline to be considered for admission as a degree-seeking student starting in the Summer is May 1. It is possible to apply as a non-degree student for the Summer Session after this date.

Admission Standards for Second Bachelor's Candidates

Academic Performance Measures

Successful Completion of the First Undergraduate Degree

  • You can apply for second bachelor’s admission during the final term of your first degree, but only one academic term can be “in progress” or pending at the point of application.
  • Admission is provisional until the Office of Admissions receives a final, official transcript reflecting degree completion if your first degree is in progress at the point of application.

Eligibility for the Selected Major

  • Second bachelor’s/post-bac candidates must apply for admission to a degree-seeking major. There is no “undeclared-exploring” option.
  • All majors at Colorado State are open to second bachelor students excluding Biomedical Sciences.
  • Your second major cannot duplicate your first undergraduate degree major. For example:
    • At CSU, the College of Business offers only one major, a BS in Business Administration, with numerous concentrations. If you have an undergraduate degree in Business in any concentration, you are ineligible for a second degree in Business in any concentration.
    • If you have a first degree in Art, you must choose either the BA or the BFA program according to which differs from your first degree; for example, if you have earned a BA in Art, you are eligible only for the BFA in Art as a second degree.
    • Majors in the College of Engineering are distinct programs of study and generally are not considered duplicates. For example, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering are two different degree programs and thus acceptable for first and second degree combination.
  • You should speak with the academic department of interest about the possibility of pursuing graduate admission if there is potential duplication.
  • Admission to a limited number of more competitive majors may require additional course work and/or a higher grade point average or may not be available to second bachelor’s candidates.

Overall Academic Performance

  • A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA is required to be considered for admission.
  • If you previously attended CSU and your CSU GPA is below 2.0, contact your admissions counselor for options to repair before you apply for admission.
  • Trends in grades are important. If you have inconsistent or downward trends in grades, you should address those issues in the “Academic Explanation” section of the application.
  • Grades of D and F do not constitute successful completion and courses will not transfer.

Additional Factors

While the essay is not required for second bachelor’s applicants, a brief statement of purpose is helpful. Let us know whether you intend to complete a full second degree, or tell us about your long-term goal and how second bachelor’s admission fits into your plan.

Application and Processing Fee

You will apply using the CSU Application if this is your first enrollment at CSU as a degree-seeking student.

You will applying using the Undergraduate Intent to Return application if you previously attended CSU as a degree-seeking student, whether you completed your first degree at CSU or elsewhere.

Online payment of the processing fee by Visa or MasterCard is part of submitting the online application. Fee waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis in the presence of documented financial hardship. The fee waiver request is built into the application.


  • You must submit an official transcript from each institution you attended, regardless of the age of the credits, amount of credit, type of credit, or academic status when the credit was earned. This includes college-level work completed while in high school, through study abroad, etc.
  • If you previously attended CSU as a degree-seeking student, you only need to submit an official transcript from each institution you attended after leaving CSU, if applicable. Transcripts for work completed at Colorado State University do not need to be submitted.
  • Veteran applicants are encouraged but not required to submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST) [more information].

Essay and Recommendation


Second Bachelor’s/post-bac applicants are not required to include an essay and personal statement with the application for admission. Even so, we appreciate a few sentences of explanation to know how you see CSU fitting into your longer-term goals or to address potential red flags in our review process:

  • Inconsistent or downward trends in grades, especially in the most recent work completed
  • More than five years to complete the first degree
  • A high number of previous institutions (four or more) to complete the first degree
  • When the second degree significantly deviates from the first degree. For example, an English major now wishing to pursue Mechanical Engineering.


Second Bachelor’s/post-bac applicants are not required to submit a recommendation.

Application Decision and Status Updates

Application Decisions and Status Updates

  • Applications are reviewed in the order in which they become complete.
  • Status updates and decisions are posted within our online Applicant Status tool, emailed and mailed to applicants on a rolling basis.
  • Some applications take longer to review than others, and additional information may be requested before a decision can be rendered.

Email Updates

  • Email is a primary communication tool for the Office of Admissions. Check your email regularly, keep a valid email address on file with us and add to your safe senders list.
  • When you create your eID, you will be assigned a Google Apps @rams Email, which will be the key tool for other CSU programs and services reaching out to you. Be sure to check this account regularly or set up the forwarding tool so that all your CSU email arrives at the address you used in your application.

Start a new application

If you have never attended or graduated from Colorado State University, fill out the CSU Application.

Apply as a returning student

If you have previously attended or graduated from Colorado State University, fill out the Returning Undergraduate Application.