Applying as an International Freshman or First-Year Student
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
Securing a student visa can take at least six weeks, so you’re encouraged to apply early.
Fall Semester (begins in August)
First-year 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.
Spring Semester (starts in January)
While spring semester is not the traditional starting date for first-year freshman students, 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.
Summer Session (begins in May)
Summer Session is not a recommended entry term; course expectations are more rigorous and campus services can be more limited. Contact the international team if your circumstances require a summer start.
What we need
THE KEY 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. We recommend you submit your application before your required documents for quickest completion of your records.
All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. Your application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.
Application fee or waiver
First-year freshman students must submit either:
- $50 application fee
- Application fee waiver
You will be prompted to submit your application fee or waiver while submitting your Common Application.
- Submit your most recent transcripts or mark sheets. We will ask for additional materials if necessary.
- All decisions are provisional until a final, official transcript verifying graduation is received.
- Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped and sealed are considered official.
- If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the transcript.
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.
- 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.
If you need a student visa, you must submit the following items in order to secure an I-20 or DS-2019:
- Immigration Information Form
- Copy of the identification page of your passport which must be valid for at least six months beyond the first day of classes.
- Financial support documents demonstrating the ability to meet or exceed your estimated expenses. Because none of our institutional scholarships cover the full cost of attendance, you must be able to show outside funding.
Immigration information is not considered in the admission decision.
- You will be prompted to indicate whether you are seeking direct admission or conditional admission:
- If you wish to be considered for direct or clear admission, we’ll ask how you intend to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.
- Applicants who do not present sufficient evidence of English proficiency can be considered for conditional admission and will be referred to our INTO CSU Academic English program.
Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.
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.
Who we look for
THE TYPE OF STUDENT WHO 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.
Freshman class profile
This data reflects the middle 50 percent of international freshmen admitted in Fall 2019. 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.
MIDDLE 50% GPA
MIDDLE 50% IELTS SCORE
MIDDLE 50% TOEFL SCORE
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.
Some competitive majors require specific course work, a higher grade point average, and/or a higher test score in order to be admitted.
What to expect
THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
You’re in control
Completing the online application typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend crafting your personal statement.
Within two days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions to check your application status online. Check your status regularly for nearly real-time information, including the decision on your application.
We’ll use email to keep you updated, too. Check your email at least once a week throughout the admission process.
How decisions work
Complete application files are reviewed on a rolling basis, and most decisions are made within 2-3 weeks.
Check your email and online status regularly; decisions are announced electronically before anything is mailed. If a student visa is not required, the official admit packet is mailed within 2-3 weeks. If a student visa is required, the official admit packet is express mailed only after all immigration information has been received, reviewed and verified.
Notifications generally fall into one of these categories:
After a decision has been made
Admitted students receive additional communications from the Office of Admissions and the Office of International programs 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.