You’re admitted. Now what?

You can officially say you’re part of the Ram Family, but there are still a few more steps to take before you’re ready for the first day of class. Below you’ll find detailed information that will guide you through the enrollment process, and we’re here for you if you have any questions.

Before you begin, make sure you have created your eID. Your eID serves as your official CSU login for many of the tasks below. Creating your eID also creates your official CSU @RAMS email which offices and departments use to contact you.

Admitted International Student Checklist

Click on each step to jump to detailed information about why each step is important and the actions you need to take to check it off the list.


    International Student and Scholar Services can walk you through specific steps to prepare for your arrival.


    Accept your offer of admission by paying or deferring your $300 enrollment deposit. By deferring you’ll officially be confirmed and will pay the deposit as part of your first bill. Once you submit your deposit, you will gain access to the housing application and Ram Orientation registration.


    Freshmen are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Transfer students are welcome but not required to live on campus. The housing guide included in your admit packet has details about our residence halls, apartments, and dining options. The on-campus housing application requires a $350 deposit. Off-Campus Life can help students locate off-campus options.


    All new students attend Ram Orientation to meet new and current students, to discover CSU resources and traditions, and to learn about student rights and responsibilities. New international students register for classes through an online Pre-Orientation module.


    These online assessments should be taken before completing the online Pre-Orientation module unless you already have equivalent credit.


    Admission is provisional until we receive your final, official transcript.


    Find out what records and actions are required by looking at the CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist.


International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will issue your official admit packet with your I-20 or DS-2019 form (necessary to apply for the student visa) only after reviewing, verifying and approving your immigration documents.

You must submit your Immigration Information Form, your financial support documentation and a copy of your passport ID page to the Office of Admissions as quick as possible if you did not include these documents as part of your application for admission. Use your eID to log in to your application status page via RAMweb for details about your immigration documents.

Need to submit your immigration documents?

Learn more about the required documents and how to send them to Colorado State.

Learn More


Reserve your spot in our incoming class by paying your $300 enrollment deposit, which covers new student charges and a portion of your first semester tuition. You’ll be able to access the Housing Application and Ram Orientation sign-up after you deposit.

What are my options?

Once you have accessed the “Tell Us Your Plans” module, you’ll be prompted to take one of the following actions.


    By confirming and paying your $300 deposit you will reserve your spot in the incoming class and gain access to the housing application and orientation registration.


    If your cost of attendance will be paid by a third party (such as a sponsor), you may defer your $300 enrollment deposit. This will reserve your spot in the incoming class and you will gain access to the housing application and orientation registration. The $300 deposit will be applied to your first semester billing statement.


    You can request a change to your entry term for up to one year. We’ll keep your application active and work with you if your admission decision and enrollment deposit can be retained.


    If you decide not to enroll at CSU, you can decline your offer of admission. After you decline, we know that you no longer are considering CSU, and we will discontinue our communications. You can change your mind and confirm at a later date, but declining your admission might impact your enrollment options. If you’ve already deposited and your plans have changed, refer to our refund policy.

Recommended Deposit Dates

Depositing on time helps us plan for your arrival and ensure your spot in the incoming class. If your plans change, contact us to update your application to a future term or to cancel your confirmation (refund policy).

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    We expect freshmen to deposit by May 1 and transfers to deposit by July 1. After these dates, confirmations are accepted on a space-available basis.

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    Deposit by December 15 or within two weeks of your admission to ensure your space in the incoming spring class.

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    Summer course registration opens in March, and early confirmation is encouraged for best access to courses. Deposits are accepted until June 1.

Ready to confirm?

Log in to RAMweb with your eID. In the RAMready section, follow the link to “Tell Us Your Plans.”

Confirm Now


On-campus options

CSU offers a wide selection of housing and dining options to ensure all students feel at home on campus.

Freshman students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus for their first two semesters and are guaranteed housing. Freshman students over the age of 21 and transfer students are welcome to live on campus and can be eligible for designated upper-level residence hall or apartment options.

Learn more about Residence Halls and University Apartments now or check your Find Your Place housing guide in your admit packet. Questions about living on campus, the housing application, or the $350 housing deposit can be directed to Housing & Dining ServicesTemporary housing can be coordinated through International Student and Scholar Services if you arrive before your campus housing opens.

Off-campus options

Off-Campus Life offers resources to help you make a successful transition to the Fort Collins community beyond finding a place to live.

Ready to apply for on-campus housing?

Use your eID to log in and complete your housing application.

Apply Now


All new undergraduate international students are required to attend Ram Orientation. At Ram Orientation, you will learn about your rights and responsibilities as an international student, meet other new and current CSU students, and learn about University resources and processes that will be important to your success. Ram Orientation takes place the week before classes begin.

Prior to Ram Orientation, international students must complete the International Student Online Pre-Orientation Module to receive pre-arrival information and to register for courses. Instructions for the online Pre-Orientation module are emailed to your university email account several weeks prior to the start of the term and should be completed as soon as possible. You must reserve your spot in the on-campus Ram Orientation to receive the Pre-Orientation information.

Ready to reserve your spot for Ram Orientation?

Use your eID to log in and register.

Register Now


Most students are required to complete the online Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and the Composition Self-Directed Placement process before attending Ram Orientation.

You may be exempt from these placement requirements if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’ve earned grades of C- or better in college-level mathematics or college composition from another regionally-accredited college/university (this includes credit earned through concurrent enrollment).
  • You’ve earned a score of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics or composition exam, a score of 4 or better on an International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics or composition exam, or CLEP credit for math and/or composition.

To receive advanced standing credit for transfer or test out work, be sure to submit your official college transcript and/or official test results, and bring a copy of your results to orientation for your advisor’s reference. If you haven’t yet received your grade/test score, mention the pending result to your advisor at orientation.

When you review the placement procedures, you’ll see information about two additional placements:

  • Foreign Language Placement Exam: Required before you can register for a world language course if you have had previous study of French, German, or Spanish. The department recommends completing the exam at least three days prior to Ram Orientation.
  • Chem Prep: Required for any student whose major includes the General Chemistry I (Chem 111) course. Learn more about whether you should complete Chem Prep before Ram Orientation here.

Ready to complete the placement requirements?

Learn more about placement procedures required for registration.

Placement Procedures


Your admission is provisional until we receive final, official secondary school, university, or tertiary transcripts showing satisfactory completion of any work in progress and graduation.

If the original transcript is not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the official document. Admitted students are encouraged to bring available course descriptions, syllabi, or course catalogs that will assist our transfer credit evaluators.

Your admission decision may not be retained or you may experience delays in the course registration process if you have not submitted final transcripts by the start of your first semester.

Ready to submit your final transcripts?

Follow the directions to submit your final transcripts in a timely manner.

Submit Now


Complete the steps on CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist to support our commitment to a safe and healthy campus. Steps include submitting required health and immunization records, completing the online Alcohol EDU and Haven Sexual Assault Prevention programs, and documenting insurance coverage.

Our International Care Coordinators can address any of your health concerns, answer questions and connect you to resources.

Make sure your health records are ready.

Take a look at the CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist.

New Student Checklist