Undergraduate direct 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. For applicants seeking direct admissions to CSU the requirements are as follows:
Conditional admission will be offered to students who are academically competitive but have not achieved the necessary score for direct admission or have not submitted a TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score. If you do not meet the English proficiency requirements listed above you will be enrolled in the INTO CSU Academic English Program (AEP). Until the Academic English Program is completed or the required 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOEFL test dates, locations, and costs:
IELTS test dates, locations, and costs:
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 studying at the 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 a U.S. diploma and/or two or more years of secondary transcripts reflecting the progress towards the U.S. diploma from a regionally accredited organization as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
- SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or higher and satisfactory grades in secondary English coursework.
- ACT English/Reading score of 21 or higher and satisfactory grades in secondary English coursework.
- 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.