You’re an international freshman if:

1) You’re a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. permanent resident, AND 2) You’ve completed or are completing high school/secondary school, AND 3) You’ve never attended college.

You’re an international transfer if:

1) You’re a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. permanent resident, AND 2) You’ve graduated from high school/secondary school or received a school-leaving certificate, AND 3) You are currently taking or have taken college/university-level courses.

Application questions?

The Undergraduate International Team is here to help you through the process.

Recommended Application Dates

Note: A Complete Application consists of the application form and all required documents.

Fall Semester (begins mid-August)

The Fall Semester application opens in August, 12 months prior to the first day of class.

Freshman/First-Year Applicants

Fall semester is the preferred start for most freshman/first-year applicants.

  • Early Action date – December 1
    Submit a Complete Application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration by December 31.
  • Regular Decision date – February 1
    Submitting a Complete Application by this date ensures you will receive full admission and scholarship consideration by February 28.

After February 1, Complete Applications are considered for admission on a space available basis. Be sure to check in with your admissions counselor for current information.

Transfers

  • Early Action date – February 1
    Submit a Complete Application by this date for full admission and scholarship consideration by March 1.
  • Regular Decision date – June 1
    Submitting a Complete Application by this date ensures you will receive full admission and scholarship consideration by June 30.

After June 1, Complete Applications are considered on a space-available basis. Be sure to check in with your admissions counselor for current information.

Spring Semester (begins mid-January)

Submit your Complete Application by November 1 for full admission consideration. After this date, Complete Applications are considered on a space available basis.

Summer Session (mid-May through mid-August)

Summer term is an option granted by permission. Contact your admissions counselor to discuss whether this option is right for you.

Returning Students

If you previously attended CSU as an admitted, degree-seeking student, submit the Undergraduate Returning student application by August 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester.

Admission Standards

Each application is considered on an individual basis. The factors considered include but are not limited to an evaluation of the following items:

Academic Achievement

Strong candidates for freshman admission

  • Equivalent 3.25 GPA on the U.S. 4.0 scale with demonstrated academic rigor and positive trends in grades. Please refer to Country Educational Equivalency Guide for specific information on international admission standards.
  • Completed courses in language/communications, mathematics, social science, natural science, and liberal and fine arts.
  • Freshman applicants from vocational/technical secondary schools not meeting course work requirements may not be strong candidates for admission.

Strong candidates for transfer admission

  • Equivalent 2.5 GPA on the U.S. 4.0 scale through completion of the equivalent of one year or 30 credits of academic course work in a range of subjects including communications, mathematics, social science, natural science, and liberal and fine arts.
  • Course work for academic rigor and trends in academic performance.
  • Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution in the United States also must satisfy the admission requirement in mathematics.
  • Transfer applicants from vocational/technical colleges not meeting course work requirements may not be strong candidates for admission.

Applicants may be considered with a cumulative GPA below the published levels if they demonstrate consistent success in a rigorous curriculum and have special talents and/or a history of overcoming obstacles.

English Proficiency

  • Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency to qualify for clear admission. The TOEFL, IELTS Academic or PTE Academic results are preferred, although alternate measures of English proficiency may be considered.
  • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.
  • For more information about score requirements and conditional admission, see English Language Proficiency.

Preparation for the Preferred Major

  • Our primary goal is to admit applicants to CSU who are academically qualified for general University success; however, admission to some competitive majors may require stronger academic achievement and/or additional prerequisite course work.
  • Students who do not meet direct entry requirements for these more competitive majors may be offered admission to a related but alternative advising track.
  • Freshman applicants to Business, Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Sciences must submit official SAT or ACT scores in order to qualify for direct admission.

Additional Factors

  • Additional academic information including support documents, standardized tests (ACT/SAT) or university-level mathematics proficiency may be required. You’ll be notified if additional information is necessary.
  • Other factors taken into consideration may include your involvement in leadership, family and community activities, and your ability to contribute to the campus community.

Applications, Application Fee and Status Updates

Application – Choose One

Freshman/First-Year Applicants: Use the Common Application if you are applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution. Otherwise, the CSU Application is suggested.

Transfer/Second Bachelor’s Applicants: Use the CSU Application. The Common App is not an option.

$50 Application Fee (or approved fee waiver)

Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard.

Fee waivers are granted based on financial need. A fee waiver request form is available online after the application is submitted.

Application Decisions and Status Updates

  • Complete Applications are reviewed in the order they were submitted. Most decisions are rendered within four (4) weeks of the application becoming complete.
  • Applicants are expected to check their email and online application status regularly for updates. Notifications, including the final decision, are sent electronically before anything is sent via post.
  • Decisions are rendered and released on a rolling basis.

Email updates

  • Email is a primary communication tool for us, so be sure you keep a valid e-mail address on file and add admissions@colostate.edu to your address book and/or safe senders list.
  • After you create your eid, be sure to accept the terms of service that come with your Google Apps @rams Email. Consider setting forwarding rules if you do not check your @Rams account regularly (at least once/week).

Admissions Checklist

Transcripts

High school/secondary school transcripts

  • Unofficial transcripts can be sent while high school/secondary work is in progress. Faxed transcripts are not accepted.
  • A final, official transcript reflecting graduation/secondary completion is required of all transfer applicants and all admitted freshman/first-year applicants. Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped/sealed may 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 a first undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree.
  • Learn about submitting supporting documents here.

Official transcript from colleges and universities

  • 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 may be considered as official only if uploaded through a vendor or emailed directly from the college/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. Admitted students are strongly encouraged to send in advance or bring to campus course descriptions, syllabi, catalogs, or other documents for consideration in the equivalency review process.
  • Learn about submitting supporting documents here.

 Test Scores

Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic results

  • English proficiency evidence is necessary to be considered for direct/clear admission to CSU; however, we will render decisions with no 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 are considered for conditional admission.

SAT or ACT test (optional)

Freshman applicants to Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Biomedical Sciences must submit official SAT or ACT scores to be considered for direct admission to one of these more competitive majors. Without ACT or SAT, admissible applicants will be considered for an alternative major or undeclared advising track.


 Recommendation (Freshmen/First-Year applicants only)

One recommendation is required for full freshman admission and scholarship consideration; additional recommendations are optional.

  • Your recommendations should be from a teacher or school-based counselor, though we will accept recommendations from other people who can tell us about your potential for academic success and your personal qualities.
  • Electronic submission of recommendations is preferred. Learn about submitting supporting documents here.

 Personal Statement (Freshman/First-Year applicants only)

Your personal statement may be an important part of both the admission and scholarship decision.

The writing prompts and instructions for the Common App and the CSU Application are the same.

You’ll be required to type or copy/paste your personal statement into your application before you can submit it, whether you use the Common App or the CSU Application.

Immigration Documents

Financial Support Documents and Passport copies

Admitted students must demonstrate the ability to pay the full cost of attendance at CSU and provide a copy of their valid transcript (and that of any dependents joining the student) before immigration documents can be issued. The ability to pay is NOT factored into the admission decision.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the Immigration Document Request Form and submit copies/scans of passport(s) directly to 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.

Consider our INTO Pathway and Academic English programs ONLY if you need to strengthen your academic credentials or English proficiency before applying to a degree program.

Apply with the Common Application

The Common Application is a great choice if you are applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution.

Apply with the CSU Application

The CSU Application is a great choice if you’re not applying to multiple Common App schools.