Undergraduate Requirements

Academic success at Colorado State University requires strong English language skills. Colorado State requires all students whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship, to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement. Official TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS Academic results sent directly from the testing agency are preferred, as follows:

Conditional Admission*

Clear Admission**




PTE Academic



IELTS Academic



*Conditional admission is offered to students whose overall academic record shows their readiness to be successful as degree-seeking students with some level of English proficiency support.  Students who may benefit from additional academic preparation in addition to English proficiency support are encouraged to begin with INTO CSU Pathways. The INTO CSU Academic English option is available to students who need more extensive English proficiency support, either because they do not have TOEFL/PTE Academic/IELTS or because their results are too low for Pathways or Conditional Admission qualification.

**Applicants with minimum 71 TOEFL IBT or 525 TOEFL PBT or 6.0 IELTS scores still may be offered clear admission based on consistency in the test subscores or bands and the overall strength of their academic credentials.

Applicants may submit an English Proficiency Appeal Form with their application for admission to request consideration based on an alternative to the TOEFL/PTE Academic/IELTS. Examples of acceptable alternatives include the following:

  • Successful completion of the INTO CSU/Academic English Program (formerly Intensive English Program/IEP) (Conditional admission may be considered for AEP students currently studying 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 4 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 450 SAT critical reading subscore OR minimum 19 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.

The admission committee reviews the English Proficiency Appeal form 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.

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.

For information on the TOEFL testing dates, locations, and costs, contact: 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

For information on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test, refer to: http://pearsonpte.com/test-takers/test/

For information on the IELTS testing dates, locations, and costs, contact: 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

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