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You’ve taken countless steps to get here.

You’ve taken tests, you’ve stayed up studying, you’ve turned in projects and you’ve joined clubs. You’ve worked jobs on the weekend, you’ve volunteered and you’ve built strong community relationships.

Your college application is a record of all of the hard work you’ve already accomplished and a testament to what you still plan to do. Our hope is to learn more about who you are and how you’ll improve Colorado State while helping you through the process.

Are you a freshman?

Apply as a first-year freshman student if you’ve never attended college or all your college credits were earned prior to high school graduation.

Why Apply?

YOUR DECISION TO BECOME A RAM

Whether you’ve always known you would attend Colorado State or whether you’re applying to several universities, it all starts with your application. Each year we search for students with diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives to challenge and support each other on our campus.

Our primary goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by viewing your application and supporting materials 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 (starts in August)

First-Year freshman students typically enter during the fall semester. The application for fall semester opens August 1, one year prior to the start of the term.

EARLY ACTION (non-binding)
All applications completed by December 1 receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review by December 31.

REGULAR DECISION
Applications completed by February 1 receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review by February 28.

Spring Semester (starts in January)

While less common, entering as a freshman in the spring semester is possible. The application for spring semester opens in March, ten months prior to the start of the term.

REGULAR DECISION
Submit a complete application file by November 1 for full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review.

Summer Session (starts in May)

Starting in the Summer Session is essential for a small portion of our first-year students. For more information, contact your admissions counselor.

What we need

THE PARTS OF A COMPLETE APPLICATION

Your application and supporting documents tell the story of your accomplishments, challenges, goals, and passions. We review what you’ve submitted fully and thoughtfully as part of understanding your potential for academic success and anticipating what you’ll contribute to our community.

Required materials

Application

All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. You application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.

Common Application

Application fee or waiver

First-year freshman students must submit either:

Colorado residents may apply for free on October 13, 2020, during Colorado Free Application Day.

You will be prompted to submit your application fee or waiver while submitting your Common Application.

Official transcripts

  • Submit your most recent high school transcript. We’ll ask for additional transcripts if necessary.
  • A college transcript reflecting courses completed during high school is not required unless you’ve used full-time college enrollment as your high school curriculum (such as early college or homeschool enrollment).
  • Decisions are provisional until we receive your final transcript verifying graduation.
  • Military and veteran applicants are encouraged to submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST).
Submit Documents

Personal Statement

Your personal statement, commonly called an essay, is your opportunity to help us understand what makes you unique beyond your grades and transcripts. Your personal statement will be reviewed during your admission decision, for consideration for any competitive majors, and for financial aid decisions.

Personal Statement Instructions

Recommendation

  • One recommendation from a counselor or teacher is required.
  • If you are not currently in school, you can also submit a recommendation from others (e.g., supervisor, commanding officer) who can speak to your strengths as long as they are not a family member.
  • You can submit your recommender’s information in the Common App. They will receive an email invitation and instructions to submit your recommendation.
Optional materials

SAT or ACT Scores

SAT and ACT scores are not required for first-year freshman students applying for any term in 2021. Students who have test scores are welcome to include them in their materials, however, there is no requirement to submit. Admission decisions for students who choose not to submit test scores will not be negatively impacted whatsoever because scores are not submitted.

Submitting Documents

Academic Explanation

You have the option to provide short written responses to the Academic Explanation and Academic Gap portions of the application if you would like to to provide more context for us to understand your academic background.

Academic Explanation Instructions

Who we look for

THE TYPE OF STUDENT WHO MAKES A RAM

Every incoming class looks different, though every class reflects our commitment to maintaining high academic standards and providing access to higher education as part of our land-grant mission.

Freshman class profile

This data reflects the middle 50% of freshmen admitted for Fall 2019. This means 75% of the students we admitted presented credentials at or above the ranges displayed here, and the other 25% were admitted with credentials slightly below these ranges. While this should give you an idea of where the center of a class lies, it does not reflect minimum requirements to be admitted.

MIDDLE 50% GPA
3.4-4.0 GPA

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 verify that you’ll complete our 18 recommended units and consider the range and relative difficulty of the courses you’ve taken each year.

INVOLVEMENT
Your meaningful engagement in school, extra-curricular, and community activities can help us understand your strengths and interests.

PERFORMANCE
We’ll evaluate your GPA and trends in grades over time in each subject and assess any additional information you provide.

ADDITIONAL FACTORS
We seek to understand circumstances that have impacted your course selection, performance, and involvement.

Some competitive majors require specific course work, a higher grade point average, and/or a higher test score for direct admission to the major.

What to expect

THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

How long does it take to apply?

Completing the online application typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend writing your personal statement and uploading supporting documents. Within one to two days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions to create your eID and check your application status online. We will also send you regular updates through your email throughout the process with information about additional information we might need and what to expect next.

Already started?

Learn how to check your application status here.

Applicant Status Page

How long does it take to receive a decision?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For the Fall 2021 term, decisions will be made starting in September. Decisions typically are released within two to three weeks after submission of your completed application.

Check your email and online status regularly. We will send decisions through email first followed by the official admit packet which usually arrives by mail two to three weeks after admission.

Notifications generally fall into one of these four categories:

FULLY ADMITTED
Students who are admitted into CSU and into the program of their choice.

MORE INFORMATION REQUIRED
Some applicants may be asked to submit more information, such as a new transcript, evidence of English proficiency, or an explanation of academic performance before receiving an admission decision.

FULLY ADMITTED: ALTERNATE MAJOR
Some students are admitted to CSU but are placed in their alternate major or an undeclared track because they don’t qualify for direct admission to a competitive major.

NOT ADMITTED
Students not offered admission are encouraged to apply as a transfer student in the future or ask for reconsideration with compelling new academic information.

Next steps

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW TO BECOME A RAM

Start your application

All freshman/first-year applicants apply using the Common App.

Apply Now