Completing your application should be straightforward. Be sure to read the tips for completing your application quickly for the best experience.

Electronic submission of documents is strongly encouraged. If you need alternatives, be sure to contact us.

Graduate applicants: refer to submission instructions for the departments to which you applied.

  • Your application will not be reviewed for a decision until your application fee has been submitted.
  • Information about our application fee refund policy is here.
  • CSU Application: You’ll be prompted to pay your application fee after you submit your application. Look for the payment tool on the confirmation page you see after you submit. Fees are payable by Visa or MasterCard.
  • Common Application (freshman applicants only): You’ll be prompted to pay your application fee at the same time you submit your application.
  • Fee waivers are available when payment would present a financial hardship. Within the CSU Application payment tool, there’s a link to the Fee Waiver Request form (requires login). Within the Common App, the fee waiver request is built into the application (look for the section on the “Profile” page).

In your application, you may be prompted to list the name and email address of the High School Official who can release your official transcript to CSU (typically the Registrar or College Counselor). We’ll send an email to the person you’ve listed, outlining the options for your official transcript to be sent to CSU:

  • Your school can upload a transcript directly to your application record using a secure link included in the email we send.
  • Your school can upload an official transcript via a secure site electronic submission service such as Parchment or Naviance (be sure you identify in Naviance whether you applied via Common App or CSU Application).
  • Your school can email an official transcript as a PDF or Word document to
  • Your school can mail your official transcript to Colorado State University, Office of Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO  80523-1062.

If you already have graduated from high school, you may have to contact your district office rather than your high school to obtain an official copy of your transcript.

Some high schools will not release transcripts to us until you have paid and/or signed a release. Make sure you check with your high school well in advance of the application date.

Electronic submission of college transcripts is supported and preferred whenever possible. We accept electronic transcripts via Parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or any other secure site used by the sending institution.

College officials are welcome to send links to secure site delivery to Transcripts sent via email and not via a secure server are not considered official.

If necessary or preferred, official college transcripts can be mailed to Office of Admissions Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.

You can submit test scores to us through the testing agency (allow 2-3 weeks for score reports to arrive at CSU):

We also will accept unofficial results of the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS and/or PTE from a student score report or high school transcript as long as all subscores, test dates and applicant name are included on one record. Log in to RAMweb to upload scores on your applicant status page, or email your score report for consideration.

GED, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and CLEP must be official score reports.

Not all tests are required for all applicant types. Be sure to reference the Application Guide for your instructions.

Personal Statement

You’ll be prompted to type or copy/paste your personal statement into your application before you can submit.

The writing prompts and instructions are the same whether you’re using the Common App or the CSU Application.


All freshman applicants must submit at least one recommendation, preferably from a teacher OR counselor familiar with your academic strengths and background. We’ve compiled this short list of other recommendation dos and don’ts.

CSU Application

Within the CSU Application, you’ll be prompted to list the name(s) and email address(es) of your recommender(s). Your recommender(s) will receive a courtesy invitation and a secure link to upload a letter or comments directly to your application.

Recommendations also can be submitted electronically through Parchment, Naviance or any other secure site service used by your high school.

Common Application

In order to give you maximum flexibility, we do not require that you list a teacher within your Common Application. However, if you choose to list a teacher, the Common App will send them an email with instructions and a link to a secure site to access the Teacher Evaluation form.

We accept EITHER the Common App Counselor Recommendation OR the Common App Teacher Evaluation to complete your application for admission.

Regardless of the application you use, we prefer that your recommendation be submitted electronically through the secure link provided or via another secure site service (such as Parchment or Naviance). If necessary, recommendations can be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments emailed to

If electronic submission is not possible, recommendations can be mailed to Office of Admissions, Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.

International applicants are expected to include immigration information as part of their application for admission.

Immigration information is not considered in the admission decision, but the official admission packet and I-20 or DS-2019 are shipped only after immigration information has been received, verified and approved.

Complete immigration information includes the following:

Immigration Information Form

  • Complete and submit this secure online form using the link emailed within one week of submitting your application or via your application status page in RAMweb (login required).
  • You’ll be prompted to specify the source(s) of your intended financial support, information about any dependents who will be traveling with you, and the shipping address for your immigration documents.


  • Securely upload a copy of the identification page of your passport within your application status page in RAMweb (login required).
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your first day of classes.
  • Be sure to submit copies of the identification page(s) for any dependent(s) traveling with you.

Financial Support

  • Securely upload your financial support documents (such as bank statements or funding letters from your government or other agency) within your application status page in RAMweb (login required).
  • You must demonstrate 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.

If absolutely necessary, immigration documents can be express mailed to Office of Admissions, Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062 or emailed as PDF or MSWord attachments to Be sure your documents clearly list your full name and/or your CSU ID number to be matched with your application.

Use caution using email or express mail given the sensitive nature of the identifying information in your documents.

Your immigration documents will only be reviewed and verified after you’ve been admitted.

Documents beyond those listed here may be listed as required once we begin processing and reviewing your application. Be sure to check your application status regularly for updates.

Except for official academic records, most additional documents can be uploaded within your online applicant status page or emailed as PDF or Word documents to Make sure each document includes your full name and date of birth or other identifying information (not SSN).

If necessary or preferred, additional support documents can be submitted by mail to Office of Admissions, Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO  80523-1062.

Tips to help you complete your application quickly

You can submit your application without waiting for your support documents.

  • Shortly after you apply, we’ll send instructions for you to check your application status online so you can see how things are progressing.
  • We’ll quickly match your transcript(s), test scores, and/or other support documents to your application even though they may be sent at different times.

Check your email and your applicant status page regularly.

  • Once we begin processing your application, your online application status will reflect the most current information. Until processing begins, your checklist will be tentative.
  • We’ll periodically send reminders about what’s needed to complete your application.

Allow time for documents to be matched to your application.

  • Most documents are matched with applications within a day or two, but please allow up to five business days during our peak season (November-April).
  • Check with us before re-sending documents you know you’ve submitted.


Important Notes

These instructions are for undergraduate applicants only.

Graduate students should contact the departments to which they have applied.