Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities.
Why choose ColoradoState University?
Fall Semester (begins mid-August)
Freshmen typically enter CSU during the fall semester. The fall application opens in August and closes in May.
- Early Action date – December 1
If you complete your application using our Early Action option, you will receive full admission and scholarship consideration with notification by early January.
- Regular Decision date – February 1
Submitting a completed application by this date will ensure you receive full admission and scholarship consideration with notification by mid-March.
- Final Deadline
After February 1, completed applications are considered for admission on a rolling basis through May. If you’re applying after May 1, be sure to contact your admissions counselor.
- Priority Consideration date – March 1
Applications completed by this date receive full admission and scholarship consideration by mid-April.
- Final Deadline – June 1
Applications completed by June 1 receive full admission and scholarship consideration by early July. If you’re applying after June 1, be sure to contact your admissions counselor; after this date, completed applications are considered on a space-available basis through June.
Spring Semester (begins mid-January)
Submit your completed Freshman or Transfer application by
November 1. Summer Session (mid-May through mid-August)
Summer term is an option granted by permission; contact your admissions counselor to discuss whether this option is right for you.
If you previously attended CSU as an admitted, degree-seeking student, submit the Undergraduate Returning student application by August 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester.
- Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) exams are preferred, although alternate measures of English proficiency may be considered.
- Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.
Undergraduate Program Requirements
For the most up-to-date information, visit Admissions website for SAT and GPA requirements for competitive majors. Please note that this site is used for determining placement of U.S. students in the listed majors. SAT scores are not required for international students to complete their application. However, the math score especially can be helpful in determining a student’s eligibility for a competitive major, with the exception of Art and Technical Journalism. Admission to competitive majors without SAT scores is determined on a case-by-case basis, considering students’ overall academic performance, performance in relevant subjects, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The following majors require either audition or portfolio in order to progress to the second year in the major: Apparel Design and Production, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Music. Visit the CASA website for details about entrance to these majors. Additionally, all students applying to Construction Management will be admitted to Pre-Construction Management, please see the same site for details on requirements to gain admission once at CSU. SAT scores listed do not include the Writing score. The total score consists only of Critical Reading and Math.
Strong candidates for freshman admission
- Equivalent 3.25 GPA on the U.S. 4.0 scale with demonstrated academic rigor and positive trends in grades. Please refer to Country Educational Equivalency Guide for specific information on international admission standards.
- Completed courses in language/communications, mathematics, social science, natural science, and liberal and fine arts.
- Freshman applicants from vocational/technical secondary schools not meeting course work requirements may not be strong candidates for admission.
Strong candidates for transfer admission
- Equivalent 2.75 GPA on the U.S. 4.0 scale through completion of the equivalent of one year or 30 credits of academic course work in a range of subjects including communications, mathematics, social science, natural science, and liberal and fine arts.
- Course work for academic rigor and trends in academic performance.
- Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution in the United States also must satisfy the admission requirement in mathematics.
- Transfer applicants from vocational/technical colleges not meeting course work requirements may not be strong candidates for admission.
Applicants may be considered with a cumulative GPA below the published levels if they demonstrate consistent success in a rigorous curriculum and have special talents and/or a history of overcoming obstacles.
LEADING RESEARCH UNIVERSITY
Our world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, environmental science, and biomedical technology attracted more than $300 million in research funding annually. Our professional programs in veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, journalism, agriculture and construction management are ranked among the nation’s best.
Colorado State is the “university of choice” for Colorado residents; 30% of all of Colorado’s science, math, engineering and technology majors pursue degrees at CSU.
To date, more than 230,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees have been conferred at Colorado State, including more than 6,000 in 2011-2012. Our 184,586 living alumni are active in 27 geographic alumni groups representing 17 states (4 in Colorado and 23 out of state) and 16 common interest groups.
In addition to tackling critical local and global issues, CSU faculty provide an enriching and rewarding student learning experience. The approach — based on the land-grant philosophy — combines intellectual classroom pursuits with hands-on experience in the field and laboratory.
Colorado State’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office hosts some of the strongest community-service programs in the country, with more than 6,000 students participating in university public outreach. CSU faculty played a significant role in the founding of the Peace Corps, and CSU remains one of the primary sources of Peace Corps volunteers today.
Colorado State’s rankings include its recognition as a top tier university in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of “America’s Best Colleges and Universities,” as well as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine’s ranking as one of the top public universities in the United States for educational quality and affordability.
OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT
Created to Serve: Colorado State University’s Impact on the State’s Economy (PDF), was published in January 2009. The report describes the substantial economic contributions Colorado State University makes to the state economy. CSU is one of the state’s most important economic growth engines and a cornerstone of Colorado’s economic future. [ download the full report ]
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins was ranked sixth “Best Place to Live” in America in 2010 by Money Magazine.
Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, an agricultural campus, and a mountain campus (Pingree Park). Colorado State also has 4,600 acres for research centers, Cooperative Extension offices, and Colorado State Forest Service stations.
Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.
Located north of the Denver metro area, CSU is about an hours drive to Denver International Airport.
FACTS AND FIGURES
|Location:||In northern Colorado at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains|
|Population:||Fort Collins is a midsize city of approximately 150,000.|
|Award-winning:||Fort Collins was ranked the fourth-healthiest midsize city in America in a 2013 Gallup survey.|
|Enrollment:||About 22,425 undergraduate students, 3,800 graduate students and 550 Professional Veterinary Medicine students|
|Faculty:||About 1,600 faculty members|