Granting University Enrollment for a Specific Term (GUEST)

GUEST is a non-degree enrollment option for community members who wish to take one or two CSU classes during a fall or spring semester without applying for admission as a degree-seeking student. GUEST enrollment offers opportunities for personal enrichment, career enhancement, and academic exploration. GUEST participants register for classes on a space available basis at the start of the academic term.

Eligibility for GUEST

GUEST is intended for individuals seeking to take courses for personal or professional enrichment and enhancement.

Undergraduate-level course work

  • GUEST credits can be applied toward undergraduate degree requirements; however, in order to graduate, a student must be admitted to and currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Students who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking (admitted) undergraduate students and who are eligible to return as degree-seeking students must complete and submit the Undergraduate Intent to Return application; enrolling through GUEST is not an option.
  • Undergraduate students who have been academically dismissed and who are attempting to repair their CSU GPA through GUEST must achieve a term GPA ABOVE 2.0 for each term of enrollment. For all other GUEST participants, continued enrollment through GUEST requires a minimum 2.0 GPA for each term of enrollment.
  • CSU does not issue visa documents to international students who apply to GUEST. In order for an international student (i.e., a non-US citizen/non-US permanent resident) to qualify for GUEST, s/he must have 1) a CSU visa from the Academic English Program (AEP) AND permission from the AEP to take CSU academic courses OR 2) a non-academic visa (such as a work visa).

Graduate-level applicants / course work

  • Not all GUEST credits are applicable to graduate degrees. Graduate level courses taken through GUEST may be applied to a subsequent graduate degree if the courses satisfy the University’s requirements and the student’s graduate department approves the use of these courses.
  • Any individuals, including second bachelor’s/post-graduate students, who intend to take GUEST course work at the graduate level before applying for admission to a graduate degree program should seek advising from the Graduate School and departmental adviser before enrolling through GUEST; refer to Section E.1.7 of the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for University requirements.
  • Students admitted to a graduate degree program should not use the GUEST registration process. Please contact the Graduate School at gschool@grad.colostate.edu or (970) 491-6817 for further instructions.
  • CSU does not issue visa documents to international students who apply to GUEST. In order for an international student (i.e., a non-US citizen/non-US permanent resident) to qualify for GUEST, s/he must have 1) a CSU visa from the Academic English Program (AEP) AND permission from the AEP to take CSU academic courses OR 2) a non-academic visa (such as a work visa).

Academic Advising and Academic Standing Requirements

  • Academic advising is available through the Center for Advising and Student Achievement in the TILT building on the Oval.
  • Classes taken through GUEST registration establish a Colorado State University record and appear on a Colorado State University transcript.
  • All GUEST participants with a Colorado State University cumulative GPA below 2.0 are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic adviser at the Center for Advising and Student Achievement to ensure proper academic advising.
  • Students who have been academically dismissed may register through GUEST to attempt to repair their Colorado State University GPA. Dismissed students must achieve a semester GPA ABOVE 2.0 in order to demonstrate academic progress and to maintain GUEST eligibility for the next semester. The cumulative GPA at Colorado State University will be affected (for better or worse) by grades earned through GUEST.
  • GUEST participants who are not in CSU academic dismissal status must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester in order to maintain eligibility for GUEST.
  • GUEST participants who do not meet the minimum semester GPA guidelines outlined above during the spring semester can regain eligibility for fall semester GUEST enrollment provided they meet the GPA guidelines with Summer Only enrollment.

Registration Information

  • A valid email address is required of all GUEST applicants.
  • Registration instructions are emailed once the GUEST application has been submitted and processed.
  • Before registering for courses, GUEST participants must create an eID and complete a limited number of online steps to be “registration ready.” These steps include details about GUEST policies, procedures, and charges.
  • All registration is done online and begins the Friday before the first day of classes each spring and fall semester. The online registration system includes details about space availability and alternate sections of courses and offers instant confirmation of registration.
  • Students with prior academic history at Colorado State University may have holds that need to be cleared before registration is possible. Examples of registration holds include: unpaid past-due balance; lack of immunization records; and conduct/discipline holds. Any holds that need to be cleared will be identified in the”registration ready” process.
  • GUEST participants are eligible to register for up to six (6) credits (or 2 classes) per academic semester (fall and spring). Exceptions to this credit limit may be granted by request when the two courses total more than six (6) credits (as in the case of courses with labs). Postgraduate students (those who already have completed at least one undergraduate degree) and some military veterans (depending upon GI Bill benefit status) also may qualify for a credit exception by request.
  • Participants are eligible to register for most courses, provided space is available and prerequisites have been met.
  • Individuals planning to take courses only through OnlinePlus should not use the GUEST registration option. Please contact OnlinePlus for more information.

GUEST Tuition, Fees and Billing

  • GUEST participants’ base tuition and fees are determined by their residency for tuition classification and number of credits (1-6). Students will not be cleared to register through GUEST until their residency has been determined. Please note: GUEST applicants must fully complete the residency section of the application each time they apply; tuition classification does not carry over from term to term in GUEST.
  • GUEST cost of attendance also can be impacted by the type of courses taken, charges for technology, and special course fees.
  • GUEST participants are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Students are billed for tuition and fees after registering for courses. To avoid late penalties, the account must be paid in full by September 10 for fall or February 10 for spring.
  • If the first day of the semester has not yet begun, students may cancel their course schedule through RAMweb without any assessment of tuition or fees. Once classes have started, students who are planning to drop all courses and leave the University for any reason during the term must contact The Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) prior to their departure to complete the withdrawal process. Unless this procedure is followed, students will receive failing grades in all courses. If students do not attend and do not cancel their courses before the semester begins, they are financially responsible for applicable assessed tuition and fees. For more information and relevant dates, refer to the University Withdrawal Policy.
  • GUEST participants who enroll in six (6) credits pay full-time student fees and thus can access various services and activities across campus such as career counseling, athletic and performing arts events, use of the Campus Recreation Center and CSU Health Network, and more. GUEST participants who register for five (5) or fewer credits are assessed part-time fees and have restricted access to activities and services. Some student organizations and sport clubs require members to be regularly enrolled (admitted) students, so GUEST participants are ineligible regardless of the number of credits they are taking. The Registrar’s Office maintains details on the breakdown of student fees and the activities and services they include.

Special Information for Colorado Resident undergraduate GUEST participants

  • Colorado resident undergraduate GUEST participants may be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (COF), which provides State tax dollars to college and universities on behalf of eligible Colorado-resident undergraduates. Students must apply one time with the State and authorize the University to request the stipend on their behalf either each term or for a lifetime. To apply, go to cof.college-assist.org. Students must have all course registration in place by course census date(s) to receive the stipend. Registration changes after course census dates are not eligible to receive COF funding.

GUEST Housing

GUEST students who are taking at least six (6) credits may live in campus residence halls according to the following parameters:

  • Residence hall housing is offered on a space-available basis after all new and returning students have been placed.
  • Students who were dismissed from CSU for disciplinary reasons are not eligible to live in campus housing.
  • Students with prior disciplinary records (but not disciplinary dismissal) may be eligible for campus housing after review and approval by Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

Refer to the Residence Life website for more information about campus housing and to access the online housing application.

Applying for GUEST

The Spring 2015 GUEST application is available until 5pm on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for GUEST by Monday, January 12, 2015, for on-time registration.
  • GUEST course registration begins Friday, January 16, and classes begin Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
  • All students are able to register for classes until noon on Wednesday, February 4, but are strongly encouraged to register for classes no later than the end of the first week of class when the free registration period ends. Starting the second week of the semester, registration overrides are required in order to add any course.

Because GUEST participants are cleared to take classes one term at a time (fall or spring), an online GUEST application must be submitted each term. Generally, the GUEST application becomes available in July for the fall term and in December for the spring term.

GUEST applicants are required to submit a $25 nonrefundable application processing fee for each term they apply for GUEST.

The GUEST application is not an application for admission to a degree program, so no transcripts or supporting documents are required.

Aims Community College students participating in the Aims Exchange Program also must submit the Cooperative Registration Agreement Form (for Aims students).

Questions about GUEST can be directed to the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909 or admissions@colostate.edu.