Undergraduate clear and conditional admission requirements

Strong English language skills are important to academic success at CSU. To support student success, we require all students whose first language is not English to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship. (Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.)

TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS Academic results are the preferred indicators of English proficiency:

Clear Admission*

Conditional Admission




PTE Academic



IELTS Academic



Applicants who are academically competitive for admission but who have English proficiency at the conditional admission level are required to enroll in the INTO CSU Academic English Program (AEP). Until the Academic English Program is completed or a clear TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS score is achieved, enrollment in regular University academic courses is at the discretion of the AEP.

Graduate Requirements, see: Graduate English Proficiency Requirements (see “TOEFL/IELTS SCORES”)


English testing resources

TOEFL scores must be submitted to CSU directly from the testing agency.  Pearson and IELTS official score printouts should be sent to the Admissions office: 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO  80523-1062 or email: admissions@colostate.edu.

TOEFL test dates, locations, and costs:

Educational Testing Service Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 USA Telephone: (609) 921-9000; FAX: (609) 734-5410 E-Mail: etsinfo@ets.org Website: www.ets.org/toefl/ Institution Code: 4075


IELTS test dates, locations, and costs:

IELTS International 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 112 Los Angeles, CA 90041 USA Telephone: (323) 255-2771 FAX: (323) 255-1261 E-Mail: sianovskaia@ieltsintl.org Website: www.ielts.org/usa


Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test: http://pearsonpte.com/test-takers/test/


Alternative measures of English proficiency

Undergraduate students who have applied for admission can log in to their applicant status to access an English Proficiency Appeal Form to request consideration using an alternative measure of proficiency. Examples of acceptable alternatives include the following:

  • Successful completion of the INTO CSU Academic English Program (Conditional admission may be offered to AEP students at the intermediate or advanced level.)
  • Completion of two or more years of high school instruction in English outside of the U.S. with a grade of 5 or better in the International Baccalaureate (IB) HL English course OR an IGCSE or A-level result of C or better on the English/First Language exam. (Test results must be official and not predicted to be considered for clear admission.)
  • Completion of two or more years of high school in English in the United States or a U.S.-based high school program with grades of B or better in non-ESL English classes and/or a grade of C or better in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) English Language/Composition course in addition to a minimum 500 SAT critical reading subscore OR minimum 21 English and Reading ACT subscores. (Course grades and test results must be official to be considered for clear admission.)
  • Completion of at least two semesters of U.S. post-secondary/university course work in English, including college composition and speech with grades of C or better. (Courses must have been taken at a regionally-accredited college/university to be considered for clear admission.)

TOEFL/PTE Academic/IELTS exemptions not listed above may be considered on a case-by-case basis (such as assessment results from a US high school or college).

The English Proficiency Appeal form is reviewed only once the application for admission otherwise is complete. The determination of whether an applicant is eligible for conditional or clear admission is determined according to the strength of the proficiency information presented and the overall competitiveness of the applicant.