Applying as a transfer student

Apply for transfer admission if you have attended a regionally accredited college or university after high school graduation, regardless of the amount of transferable credit you may have completed. If your only college coursework was taken while concurrently-enrolled in high school and prior to your graduation, you are a freshman applicant.

Why Apply?

YOUR DECISION TO BECOME A RAM

Whether you’ve always known you would attend Colorado State or you’ve recently discovered CSU, it all starts with a simple application.

Each year we search for students with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives to challenge and support each other on our campus. And that doesn’t mean just glancing at a GPA and clicking a button.

We look at each application fully. Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by seeing your application as a window into your life. The results of our review process and of the quality of our education speak for themselves, and we hope we can count you among the thousands that will do their best to be part of our community this year.

WHEN TO APPLY

DEADLINES, DATES AND TIMELINES

Fall semester

Transfer students typically enter CSU during the fall semester. The application for fall semester opens one year prior to the start of the term; the fall semester begins in August.

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    EARLY ACTION & FULL SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

    Apply by February 1, our early action date, to receive full scholarship consideration.

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    REGULAR DECISION & LIMITED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

    Apply by June 1, our regular decision date, to receive limited scholarship consideration.

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    After these dates, transfer applications are considered on a space-available basis.

Spring semester

Spring semester is our second most popular term for transfer entry. The application for spring semester opens in March prior to the start of the term; the spring semester begins in January.

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    REGULAR DECISION

    Apply by November 1 for full consideration.

Summer session

The summer application opens in August. We recommend contacting your counselor for more information about starting in the summer.

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    REGULAR DECISION

    Apply by March 1 for early course registration.

What we need

THE COMPONENTS OF A COMPLETE APPLICATION

There are several items that we consider necessary to make an informed decision about your potential for academic success at Colorado State. Know that each item is taken seriously, but the admission decision is made based on the sum of all of them.

Until you have submitted a Complete Application, consisting of all necessary items, your materials will not be reviewed.

A Complete Application includes:

Transfer students are asked to apply using the CSU Application. Once you create an application account, you will be able to submit all other supporting documents.

Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard. Fee waivers are granted based on financial need and are available after the application is submitted.

All transfer applicants are required to submit an official transcript demonstrating high school graduation (and/or GED results).

  • High school/GED performance is considered in the admission decision only for applicants with fewer than 30 college-level credits complete at the point of application.
  • Transcripts are evaluated for completion of the admission requirement in mathematics and to document high school graduation or equivalent for all transfer applicants, regardless of the number of credits complete.
  • Proof of graduation or equivalent is a federal reporting requirement.
  • If you encounter difficulty obtaining a final, official high school transcript or GED results, contact the Transfer Student Center to discuss your options.

One official transcript from every college or university you have attended is required, regardless of the age of the credits, amount of credit, type of credit, or academic status when the credit was earned

  • Include original, official transcripts for college-level work completed while in high school, through study abroad and/or reported in transfer from other institutions.
  • No more than one academic term can be “in progress” at the college you’re currently attending. Applicants attending quarter-based institutions must submit winter quarter grades for fall consideration.
  • Veteran applicants are encouraged but not required to submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST).
  • Failure to disclose all institutions attended, regardless of whether credits were earned or will be transferable, is grounds for rejection or dismissal.

Undergraduate students are required to complete at least three credits of mathematics as part of a CSU degree. The admission requirement in mathematics is designed to ensure that transfer applicants are on track to satisfy this graduation requirement.

There are several ways to satisfy the mathematics requirement, including taking the Mathematics Placement Exam. Learn how at the link below.

ACT and SAT
  • ACT and SAT results are not evaluated in the admission decision but can be helpful for composition placement purposes if you have not taken a transferable college composition course.
  • CSU’s ACT code is 0504. Our SAT/College Board code is 4075. Allow 2-3 weeks for scores to arrive at CSU from the testing agencies.
AP, IB and CLEP
  • AP, IB and CLEP results can be considered for transfer credit after you’ve been admitted and once official score results have been sent to CSU; these results will not be considered in the admission decision.

You will have the opportunity to complete an optional “Academic Explanation” section within the application to address circumstances that have impacted your academic record.

You are strongly encouraged to write an Academic Explanation if you have a cumulative GPA below 2.5, D/F grades (especially if earned within the past year), and/or erratic trends or a pattern of withdrawals in your prior college work.

This response has a 250 word limit, and you’ll be able to type it directly into the application prompt or copy/paste from a saved document.

Submitting your documents, transcripts and fee is easy and we’re always here to help. Start by reviewing submission instructions and contact us if you have any questions.

Who we look for

THE TYPE OF STUDENT THAT MAKES A RAM

Every incoming class looks different, but we always work to maintain high academic standards while providing access to higher education as part of our land-grant mission.

Transfer class profile

This data reflects the middle 50 percent of transfers admitted for Fall 2015. That means that there is a lot of opportunity above and below the scores listed below. While this should give you an idea of where the center of a class lies, it does not reflect specific minimums for admission consideration.

MIDDLE 50% GPA
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MIDDLE 50% TRANSFER CREDITS
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Important Factors

A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Students transferring more than 90 credits may not be able to complete their major in a timely manner, and credits that transfer may not meet specific degree requirements at CSU.

Remember that completion of the admission requirement in mathematics is essential.

Our review process

Our review process allows us to learn about your academic successes and the experiences that have impacted and prepared you for life at Colorado State. These are the four areas we concentrate on when considering your application.

  • RIGOR

    We recommend you take college-level courses in a range of subjects. Be sure to include a mathematics course; composition also is recommended but not required.

  • INVOLVEMENT

    We holistically review each application and can use your involvement in school activities, extra-curricular activities and your community in your decision.

  • PERFORMANCE

    Performance can be as important as rigor. We consider not only your cumulative GPA but also your trends in grades.

  • ADDITIONAL FACTORS

    We will consider circumstances that have impacted your course selection and performance. Use the Academic Explanation section of the application to provide this context.

Some competitive majors require specific course work and a higher grade point average in order to be admitted.

What to expect

THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Completing your application

The time it takes to submit a Complete Application is unique to each student depending on the amount of time it takes to receive supporting documents. The application form typically takes 30-45 minutes.

Within three days after you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email with your CSU ID and instructions to log in to RAMweb to check your application status online. Be sure to check your email and RAMweb regularly for the most current information about your application status.

Allow 7-10 business days for documents you’ve submitted to be reflected online as received, especially during our peak season (November-February). We’ll be able to match your application and required documents more quickly if you submit your application first.

Already have your eID?

Log in to RAMweb to check your application status.

Once we begin reviewing a Complete Application

Complete Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they were submitted. Most decisions are made within four weeks after an application becomes complete. Continue to check your email and RAMweb regularly for updates; decisions are announced electronically before anything is sent through the mail. Allow 3-4 weeks for the official admit packet to arrive through the mail.

Generally, decisions fall into one of the four categories below:

  • ADMITTED TO FIRST CHOICE

    Most students are admitted into their first choice major, which may include direct admission to a competitive major.

  • ADMITTED TO SECOND CHOICE

    Students who are admissible to CSU but who don’t meet the requirements for their first choice competitive major are admitted to their second choice major or an undeclared advising track related to the first choice major (e.g. Undeclared Business Interest).

  • MORE INFORMATION REQUIRED

    In some cases, we ask for more information before we render a decision. For example, we may ask for an updated transcript, evidence of English proficiency, or an explanation of circumstances.

  • NOT ADMITTED

    Students not offered admission are encouraged to strengthen their college record before applying again. Students can also request reconsideration with new academic information, but we encourage a conversation with an admissions counselor before doing so.

After a decision has been made

Admitted students receive additional communications from Admissions and other CSU offices outlining the confirmation and enrollment processes. To stay on track to enroll, admitted students are expected to check email regularly and make sure to complete the Next Steps for Admitted Students.

Getting started

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW TO BECOME A RAM

The next step is to begin preparing your academic documents and to start an application. We recommend you submit your application before your required documents for quickest completion of your records.

Applying with the CSU Application

Transfer students are asked to only use the CSU Application to be considered for admission.