Are you an international transfer?
International transfers must meet three requirements to be considered at CSU. You’re an international transfer if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you’ve completed high school, secondary school or received a school-leaving certificate, and you are currently taking or have taken college-level courses.

Why Apply?


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.



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

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    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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    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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    Apply by March 1 for early course registration.

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.

What we need


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.

CSU Application

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.

  • A final, official transcript reflecting graduation is required of all applicants. Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped and sealed will be considered official.
  • If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the transcript.
  • High school or secondary school reports are not required for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree.
  • Faxed transcripts are not accepted.
  • Transcripts must be official. If only one original is available, an attested or certified copy may be submitted.
  • Faxed transcripts are not accepted. Transcripts submitted electronically will only be considered as official if uploaded through a vendor or emailed directly from the college or university.
  • If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the official transcript.
  • An evaluation of transferable academic credits is done only after an applicant is admitted to the university.

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.

Only international applicants who’ve completed college work in the U.S. are reviewed for completion of the admission requirement in mathematics, though all applicants are encouraged to have college-level math complete at the point of application.

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

Mathematics Requirement Information
  • English proficiency evidence is necessary to be considered for direct admission to CSU, but we will release decisions without evidence of English proficiency.
  • Results should be sent directly from the testing service.
  • Alternatives to the TOEFL, IELTS and PTE are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.
  • Applicants who do not present qualifying TOEFL, IELTS Academic or PTE Academic results will be considered for conditional admission.
More information

Students are expected to submit the following items as part of a complete application for admission:

  • Immigration Information Form
  • Copy of the identification page of the passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond the first day of classes)
  • Financial support document(s) 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, but the official admission packet and I-20 or DS-2019 are express mailed to admitted students only after immigration information has been received, verified and approved.

Immigration information can be submitted as part of the application for admission or using these instructions for submitting documents.

Students are not required to submit their enrollment deposit before the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued.

  • 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 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


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.

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.

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 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.


    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 not only your cumulative GPA but also your trends in grades.


    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


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.

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

Already have your eID?

Log in to RAMweb to check your application status.

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Once your application is complete

Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received, and most decisions are made within 2-4 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 students meet general University entrance requirements but have not satisfied the English proficiency requirement for direct admission. Conditionally admitted students begin their enrollment at INTO CSU.


    Some applicants are prompted to submit more information, such as an updated transcript, 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 make sure 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. 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.

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