What We Stand For

Colorado State University is the embodiment of the state of Colorado. With a firm foundation in its heritage, an eye always to the future, and its efforts concentrated on building the best place to live and learn today, the university is proud to be a leader in the state and nation. The Office of Admissions’ task is to enable the university to continue to lead by bringing the best students to campus. We do that by considering the community in every decision we make, dedicating our resources to creating higher education opportunity for all Coloradoans, and maintaining our commitment to high academic and moral standards.

Getting started

Determining what type of student you are is the first step on the road to becoming a Ram. Learn about more important information for future students.

Future Student Info

Freshman/First Year

Undergraduate students who have not attended college after high school.

Graduate Students

Students with an undergraduate degree, now seeking an advanced degree (Master's, PhD, DVM).

International Students

Undergraduate students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate students who have attended a university/college after high school.

Returning Students

Former degree-seeking CSU students seeking to resume their studies.

Second/Post-bachelor Students

Undergraduate students who already have attained an undergraduate degree.

Two ways to apply

The CSU Application

All student types can use the CSU application. For Freshmen or First-Year applicants the CSU Application is the best choice for you if your first-choice is Colorado State University.

The Common Application

If you are a Freshman or First-Year student and are applying to more than one school, take a look at the Common App. It’s one primary application for multiple schools.


Finding the right financial fit for college is as important as choosing the right program and the right town. The team at Student Financial Services is dedicated to helping you work through the processes and requirements to reach your financial goal.

Your Investment

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance reflects our commitment to providing the ideal college experience for our students.

Your Costs

Your Opportunities

Scholarships and Aid

Scholarships and other aid are among the tools we use to bring together a diverse and inclusive class of students.

Scholarships and Aid

Your Future

The CSU Effect

You can earn a degree at any university, but the experiences, networks, and personal growth are what really matter.

CSU Effect

What others are saying

Great things are happening at CSU and in Fort Collins, but don’t take our word for it.


We achieved the highest score ever reported to STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Reporting System.


Colorado State was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities” in 2014.


Year in and year out, Colorado State is recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the nation’s top volunteer-producing universities.

Active & Fit

Our Campus Recreation Center was listed as one of “The 25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers” by Best College Reviews.


CSU is consistently ranked highly for being a Military-friendly institution.


Colorado State University ranks highly for graduation rates and affordability on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

Parents, Families and Counselors

Your students wouldn’t have made it this far without you, and you’re still a vital piece of the college search and experience. Find important information and learn about the best ways to support your student as they begin the most transformative experience of their life.

Support Your Student
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