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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.

Why Apply?


Whether you’ve always known you would attend Colorado State or whether you’re applying to several universities, 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 test score and clicking a button.

We look at each application. Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by viewing 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.



Fall Semester (August start)

Freshman students typically enter CSU during the fall semester. The application for fall semester opens August 1, one year prior to the start of the term.

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    EARLY ACTION (non-binding)

    All applications completed by December 1 are considered part of the non-binding Early Action pool. Early Action applicants receive full admission and scholarship consideration by December 31.

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    Complete Applications submitted by February 1 receive full admission and scholarship consideration by February 28.

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

Spring Semester (January start)

While spring semester is not the traditional starting date for freshmen, it is possible to begin in the spring. The application for spring semester opens in March, ten months prior to the start of the term.

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    Apply by November 1 for full consideration.

Summer Session (May start)

Summer session is not a recommended starting term for first-time college students. If you would like to take summer classes, contact your admissions counselor for more information.

What we need


There are six 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, and the admission decision is based on the sum of all of them.

Until you have submitted a complete application with all of these components, your materials will not be reviewed.

A Complete Application includes:

If you are applying as a freshman, you may apply use the Common Application or the CSU Application. Use the Common App if you are applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution. Otherwise, the CSU Application is suggested.

CSU Application Common Application

Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard. Fee waivers are granted based on financial need and can be requested within the application (Common App) or after the application is submitted (CSU Application). (Do I qualify for a fee waiver?)

  • Submit only your most recent high school transcript. We’ll ask for additional transcripts only if necessary.
  • College transcripts reflecting courses completed during high school are not required unless you’ve used full-time college enrollment as your high school curriculum. College work is considered for transfer credit after all work is complete and a final, official transcript is submitted.
  • All decisions are provisional until a final, official transcript verifying graduation is received.
  • Military and veteran applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST).

ACT code: 0504

SAT code: 4075

  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for scores to arrive at CSU from the testing agencies.
  • We will use your highest subscores from all tests (your “superscore”) for admission and scholarship decisions. (Note: we do not superscore results of the SAT prior to March 2016 with results of the current SAT)
  • CSU does not consider the written sections of the ACT or SAT.
  • Test scores are not required if you are 23 years of age or older or if you have been out of high school for five or more years.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to help CSU understand what makes you unique. Using the prompts, tell a story about your student experience in 250-650 words.

  • The writing prompts and instructions for the Common App and the CSU Application are the same.
  • The personal statement is a section of both applications and is required before you can submit.

The application also includes optional Academic Explanation and Academic Gap prompts that allow you to put your academic experiences into context for us.

  • We require one counselor OR teacher recommendation. Additional recommendations are optional.
  • If you’re not currently in school, we’ll accept recommendations from others (e.g., supervisor, commanding officer) who can speak to your strengths.
  • Using the CSU application? You’ll be prompted to list the name and email address of your recommender(s). We’ll email them an invitation and link to a secure site to submit your recommendation(s).
  • Using the Common App? To maximize your flexibility, the counselor/teacher prompts are not flagged as required, and you can choose to list the counselor and/or teacher(s) who will recommend you. Common App will email them an invitation and instructions to submit either the Counselor Recommendation or the Teacher Evaluation through Common App.

Submitting your documents, transcripts and fees 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


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 percent of freshmen admitted in Fall 2017. 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 any type of requirement for admission. Scores are shown for the redesigned SAT.


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.


    We look at the types of courses you’ve taken and consider how they meet our 18 recommended units.


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


    Performance can be as important as rigor. We consider high school GPA, trends in grades and your test scores.


    We are willing to consider circumstances that have impacted your course selection and performance throughout your education.

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


Completing your application

The time it takes to complete your application will depend on how quickly we receive your supporting documents. The application form itself typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend crafting your personal statement.

Allow 3-5 business days for documents you’ve submitted to be matched to your application (items sent by mail can take slightly longer).

Monitor your email regularly through the admission cycle. Within two days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions to check your application status online.

Already started?

Learn how to check your application status here.

Applicant Status Page

Once your application is complete

Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and most decisions are made within 2-3 weeks. Continue to check your email and RAMweb regularly for updates; decisions are announced electronically before anything is sent through the mail. The official admit packet typically arrives by mail within 2-3 weeks after admission.

Notifications generally fall into one of these four categories:


    Most students admitted to CSU enter their first choice major. Then it’s time to move on to the next steps for admitted students.


    Some students are admitted to their alternate major or to an undeclared advising track related to their first choice major because they don’t meet the requirements for direct admission to a competitive major. These students move on to the next steps for admitted students.


    Some applicants are prompted to submit more information, such as an updated transcript, new test scores, evidence of English proficiency, or an explanation of circumstances.


    Students who are not offered admission are encouraged to complete college-level work elsewhere and then apply as a transfer student. Students can request reconsideration of their current application with new academic information. Contact an admissions counselor for guidance.

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 to complete the next steps for admitted students.

Getting started


The next step is to begin preparing your academic documents and to start an application.

Apply with the Common Application

The Common Application is a great choice if you are applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution.

Apply with the Common App

Apply with the CSU Application

The CSU Application is a great choice if you are not applying to multiple Common App schools.

Apply with the CSU App