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What is a competitive major?

A few of our programs have more competitive admission requirements, such as a higher GPA, higher test scores, or additional coursework. Biomedical Sciences and Mechanical Engineering also have limits on the number of students that can join the program.

To qualify for direct admission to a competitive major, you must meet general University admission standards and satisfy the additional requirements below.

ACT & SAT details:
  • Superscores are considered in calculation of the composite/combined score.
  • SAT combined scores include evidence-based reading and writing (ERW) and math (M) subscores only.
  • The writing section of either test is not considered in admission or scholarship decisions.

Art

Freshmen/First-Year Students

Domestic students should compare their scores to the chart below. International students must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if GPA, ACT, or SAT scores are not available. Scores for the redesigned SAT are shown. To convert scores for the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign.

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Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework,
  • completion of more than 12 college-level academic credits after high school graduation or the equivalent.

Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) in their first degree.

Please note that students will not be permitted to pursue duplicate degrees. For example, students who have already earned a BA in Art are only eligible to apply for the BFA. In this case, please contact the Art Department for further advising.

Contact the Art Department

  • PHONE

    (970) 491-6774

  • VISIT

    G100 Visual Art Building
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1770

  • WEB

    art.colostate.edu

Biomedical Sciences

Freshman / First-Year Students

Domestic students should compare their scores to the chart below. International students must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if GPA scores on a 4.0 scale are not available and submit ACT or SAT exams for direct admission into the Biomedical Sciences program.

Scores for the redesigned SAT are shown. To convert scores for the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign.

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Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale),
  • grades of B or better in
    • one semester of Biology/Lab (equivalent to LIFE 102, Attributes of Living Systems/Lab) and
    • one semester of Chemistry/Lab (equivalent to CHEM 111/112, General Chemistry 1/Lab).

Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Second and post-bachelor candidates are not eligible for admission to Biomedical Sciences.

Waitlist

It is possible for Biomedical Sciences to reach its enrollment limit prior to the application deadline, so early application is strongly encouraged. After the enrollment limit is reached, admitted students who meet the competitive entrance requirements can request to be placed on a waitlist to be considered for Biomedical Sciences if additional space becomes available. Details about the waitlist process will be emailed to eligible students within the first week after the decision has been rendered.

Business Administration

Freshman/First-Year Students

Domestic students should compare their scores to the chart below. International students must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if GPA scores on a 4.0 scale are not available and submit ACT or SAT exams for direct admission into the program.

Scores for the redesigned SAT are shown. To convert scores for the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign.

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Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework,
  • completion of at least 15 graded, college-level academic credits after high school graduation or the equivalent,
  • Grades of B- or better in one semester of Calculus (equivalent to MATH 141, Calculus in Management Sciences or higher level calculus courses) and one semester of Microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics).

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Domestic and international students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale),
  • grades of B- or better in
    • one semester of Calculus (equivalent to MATH 141, Calculus in Management Sciences or higher level calculus courses) and
    • one semester of Microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics).

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Please note that the College of Business offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with multiple concentrations. Applicants with a first undergraduate degree in Business Administration (any concentration) are not eligible for a second degree in Business Administration, even if the concentration is different. Second bachelor and post-bachelor applicants with a first degree in Business should contact the College of Business to discuss their options.

Computer Science

Freshmen/First-Year Students

Domestic students should compare their scores to the chart below. International students must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if GPA scores on a 4.0 scale are not available and submit ACT or SAT exams for direct admission into the program.

Scores for the redesigned SAT are shown. To convert scores for the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign.

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Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework and,
  • grades of C or better in
    • one semester of Calculus (equivalent to MATH 160, Calculus in Physical Sciences 1 preferred; calculus not equivalent to MATH 160 will meet the admission requirement but may not meet the major’s math requirement for graduation) and
    • one semester of Computer Programming (equivalent to CS 164 or 165 Foundations in Programming preferred; programming courses in Java, JavaScript, C, C#, C++ that are not equivalent to CS 164 or 165 will meet the admission requirement but may not meet graduation requirements within the major).

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Domestic and international students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher (4.0 scale) and,
  • grades of C or better in
    • one semester of Calculus (equivalent to MATH 160, Calculus in Physical Sciences 1 preferred; calculus not equivalent to MATH 160 will meet the admission requirement but may not meet the major’s math requirement for graduation) and
    • one semester of Computer Programming (equivalent to CS 164 or 165 Foundations in Programming preferred; programming courses in Java, JavaScript, C, C#, C++ that are not equivalent to CS 164 or 165 will meet the admission requirement but may not meet graduation requirements within the major).

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Engineering

Freshman/First-Year Students

Minimum high school GPA on a 4.0 scale:

  • Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree programs require a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA.
  • All other Engineering majors require a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA or class rank in the top 30 percent of their graduating class.

Minimum ACT or SAT scores*:

  • Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree programs require a minimum 27 ACT composite or 1270 SAT combined score with a minimum 28 ACT math subscore or a 640 SAT math subscore.
  • All other Engineering majors require a minimum 22 ACT composite or 1080 SAT combined score with a minimum 23 ACT math score or 550 SAT math subscore.

*SAT scores refer to results from the redesigned SAT. To convert scores from the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign. Some flexibility may be allowed for international applicants for whom English is not the first language and English/Reading or EBRW subscores lower the composite/combined result.

Minimum high school course work:

  • One semester of trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus
  • One year of chemistry or physics

Due to high demand for Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree program, the number of students admitted to these programs is limited. Meeting the criteria outlined above does not guarantee direct admission. You are encouraged to submit your completed application by December 1 for summer or fall consideration or October 1 for spring consideration.

Transfer Students

ABET-EAC Direct Admission

You may be directly admitted to select College of Engineering programs if:

  • your most recent school was an ABET-EAC accredited engineering program, you were majoring in an ABET-accredited program
  • you left in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • you are recommended for general university admission

This option is not available to applicants to Mechanical Engineering or the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree program.

Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the ABET-EAC standards outlined above, you must satisfy all of the following entrance requirements for the College of Engineering:

Minimum cumulative GPA for all college work attempted:

  • Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree program require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • All other Engineering majors require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA

Minimum college-level coursework:

  • One semester of Calculus (equivalent to Math 160, Calculus for Physical Scientists 1, or higher) with a grade of B or better and either:
    • One semester of Chemistry (equivalent to CHEM111/112, General Chemistry 1/Lab, or higher) with a grade of B or better or
    • One semester of Physics (equivalent to PH 141, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1, or higher) with a grade of B or better
  • Subsequent course work (i.e., course work taken in more recent terms) above the levels of the courses outlined above must be completed with a grade of C or better. For example, applicants must have a B in Calculus 1; if they proceed to Calculus 2 in a later term they must have a minimum C grade in Calculus 2.

Due to high demand for Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree program, the number of students admitted to these programs is limited. Meeting the criteria outlined above does not guarantee direct admission. You are encouraged to submit your completed application by December 1 for summer or fall consideration or October 1 for spring consideration.

Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Second bachelor and post-bachelor candidates must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in their first undergraduate degree. The Mechanical Engineering program and the Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering dual degree program require a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Journalism and Technical Communication

Freshmen/First-Year Students

Domestic students should compare their scores to the chart below. International students must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if GPA scores on a 4.0 scale are not available and submit ACT or SAT exams for direct admission into the program.

Scores for the redesigned SAT are shown. To convert scores for the SAT taken prior to March 2016, review information about the 2016 SAT redesign.

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Transfer, Second and Post-Bachelor Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework and,
  • grades of C or better in
    • one semester of Mass Media (equivalent to JTC100, Media in Society) and
    • one semester of Newswriting (equivalent to JTC210, Newswriting).

What if you do not meet these requirements?

If you are admissible to the University but do not meet the competitive admission requirements for your preferred major, you will be considered for admission to the alternate major you selected, if applicable, or to a related undeclared major track, such as Undeclared-Business Interest. If you are admitted to the undeclared designation, you’ll be advised by a professional advisor in our undergraduate advising center. Your advisor will:

  • guide you to courses that meet core curriculum requirements;
  • outline the CSU prerequisites you will need to complete after you enroll at CSU in order to earn entrance to the competitive major, and;
  • help you explore your interests and passions to discover other pathways to reach your goals.

As an undeclared student, you are welcome to change your program of study or select one of the undeclared-exploring major tracks if you see a broader area you would like to investigate.

You are also encouraged to review the coursework and grades you’ll need for admission into your program once you’re a student at CSU.

What if your academic information changes?

If your academic profile improves with new grades or new test scores, submit your updated academic information as soon as possible and let your admissions counselor know. If you meet the competitive requirements before you enroll and space allows, you will be reconsidered for direct entry to your preferred major. When space allows, offers of direct admission may be given to outstanding applicants whose GPA or test scores are slightly below the direct admission cut-offs.

Contact us with questions

Getting admitted to a competitive program can be hard. We’re here to help you through the process.

Contact the Office of Admissions with questions about admission requirements for competitive majors and your eligibility based on credentials in your application. Contact our undergraduate advising center with questions about what your experience will be like in an undeclared advising track and the prerequisites you’ll need to meet to qualify for a competitive major.

Academic departments and colleges will refer you back to the Office of Admissions or an advisor in the advising center for more information.