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Freshmen bring new ideas and the drive to create a brighter future. At Colorado State University, you’ll find students and faculty who are working toward something better: a better world, a better solution, a better you.

That work starts here, in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is alive with adventure and opportunities. Our entrepreneurial spirit combined with a global outlook make Fort Collins a magnet for innovation, careers, and healthy, happy people.

We have a team of counselors ready for your questions about CSU as well as your college search in general. Find your dedicated freshman counselor or international counselor to get started.

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

Application guides

Learn everything you need to know about what to submit, timelines, and what to expect during the application process.

How to apply – freshmen

How to apply – freshmen international students

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Start with your passion

Today’s challenges and tomorrow’s careers are not simple. They require people with broad skills and multiple subjects of expertise. So go ahead and choose what you love – all of it. Your academic opportunities await.

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Come visit CSU

Visiting campus is the best way to get a feel for the university you’ll call home. Information sessions and walking tours are available most weekdays and select Saturdays, and in-depth visit programs are offered throughout the year. Get a head start by taking a virtual tour of Colorado State.

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Go beyond the classroom

College doesn’t mean putting your life on hold. Rams continue with their passions and hobbies – and find new ones – with sports clubs, student organizations, and education abroad.

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See financial tools & strategies

Consider these four factors as you decide if CSU is a good financial fit for you: cost, aid, strategies, and outcomes. Take a look at your options and the many programs and resources that can offset the costs of your investment.

Ready to apply?

You can apply to Colorado State using either the Common App or the CSU Application.

Apply with the Common App

Common App is best if you’re applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution.

Open the Common App

Apply with the CSU Application

Use the CSU Application if you are not applying to multiple Common App schools.

Open the CSU App