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    • You’ve taken tests, you’ve stayed up studying, you’ve turned in projects and you’ve joined clubs. You’ve worked jobs on the weekend, you’ve volunteered and you’ve built strong community relationships.

      Your college application is a record of all of the hard work you’ve already accomplished and a testament to what you still plan to do.

      Our hope is to learn more about who you are and how you’ll improve Colorado State while helping you through the process.
      Are programs available for distance learning?
      CSU campuses support a variety of technology-delivered courses and programs. Some technology delivered programs require campus attendance or are subject to campus residency provisions. Other technology-delivered programs may be completed in a remote setting. Registrants are encouraged to check with their academic advisor or campus Extended/Continuing Education Office for details. Also see CalstateTEACH.

      Why Apply?


      Whether you’ve always known you would attend Colorado State or whether you’re applying to several universities, it all starts with a simple application.

      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 test score and clicking a button.
      Your Personal Statement Application Essay (PSAE) can be the difference between gaining admission or being denied. It is your only opportunity to present yourself as a person, rather than as a set of numbers. You need to put your best qualities out there in your PSAE for the admissions committee to see. They need to LOVE it, as admissions personnel are trying to assemble an interesting assortment of students in each year's entering class.

      We look at each application. Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by viewing 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.

      We'll help you estimate your AI, which is used by some schools to summarize the academic accomplishments of applicants.



      Fall Semester (August start)

      Freshman students typically enter CSU during the fall semester. The application for fall semester opens August 1, one year prior to the start of the term.

      The topics and tips outlined below are the same for the Common Application and the CSU Application. You’ll be prompted to type or copy/paste your personal statement into your application before you can submit.

      • EARLY ACTION (non-binding)

        All applications completed by December 1 are considered part of the non-binding Early Action pool. Early Action applicants receive full admission and scholarship consideration by December 31.


        Complete Applications submitted by February 1 receive full admission and scholarship consideration by February 28.

      • After these dates, freshman applications are considered on a space-available basis.

      Spring Semester (January start)

      While spring semester is not the traditional starting date for freshmen, it is possible to begin in the spring. The application for spring semester opens in March, ten months prior to the start of the term.


        Apply by November 1 for full consideration.

      Summer Session (May start)

      Summer session is not a recommended starting term for first-time college students. If you would like to take summer classes, contact your admissions counselor for more information.

      What we need


      There are six items that we consider necessary to make an informed decision about your potential for academic success at Colorado State.

      That being said, you need not write a PSAE on some new or completely unique topic. Rather, the key is to be specific and personal. Let your personality come through. Give the committee an opportunity to gain insights into who you are as a person. This is not the place to write an essay on legal theory or legal philosophy. It's about YOU!

      Know that each item is taken seriously, and the admission decision is based on the sum of all of them.

      Until you have submitted a complete application with all of these components, your materials will not be reviewed.

      RSBuletz Registered User Posts: 403 Member
      CSU's are numbers indexed based for admissions. If essays were involved they'd need armies of readers to weed through a lot of very bad essays.

      If you are applying as a freshman, you may apply use the Common Application or the CSU Application. Use the Common App if you are applying to more than one Common Application Member Institution. Otherwise, the CSU Application is suggested.

      Must I submit an essay with my admissions application?
      An essay is not a requirement for admission to the California State University system. However, it may be an option at campuses that are defined as impacted or in majors that are impacted. Consult the campus admission office to which you are applying to verify whether your major is impacted and to find out whether or not an essay is required. Campuses may be located on our campus map.

      Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard. Fee waivers are granted based on financial need and can be requested within the application (Common App) or after the application is submitted (CSU Application).

      I want to apply for admission to different CSU campuses. Can I submit a single application to cover multiple campuses?
      You must submit an individual application for each campus for which you wish to apply. Current application fee is $55 per application. Dates for submission of applications are listed on CSU's monthly application status report.

    • Submit only your most recent high school transcript. We’ll ask for additional transcripts only if necessary.
    • College transcripts reflecting courses completed during high school are not required unless you’ve used full-time college enrollment as your high school curriculum. College work is considered for transfer credit after all work is complete and a final, official transcript is submitted.
    • All decisions are provisional until a final, official transcript verifying graduation is received.
    • Military and veteran applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST).

    ACT or SAT results

    ACT code: 0504

    SAT code: 4075

    • Please allow 2-3 weeks for scores to arrive at CSU from the testing agencies.
      Admissions personnel read thousands of PSAEs. After a while, they all look the same. Far too many applicants play it safe. But the PSAE is your only change to distinguish yourself from other applicants whose numbers (LSAT scores and GPAs) qualify them for admission. So, unless you figure out a way to stand out, you have wasted your one and only opportunity to do so.

    • We will use your highest subscores from all tests (your “superscore”) for admission and scholarship decisions. (Note: we do not superscore results of the SAT prior to March 2016 with results of the current SAT)
    • CSU does not consider the written sections of the ACT or SAT.
    • Test scores are not required if you are 23 years of age or older or if you have been out of high school for five or more years.
    • Your personal statement is an opportunity to help CSU understand what makes you unique.

      The CSU is the country's largest four-year university system with 23 campuses located throughout the state of California. The campuses offer excellent educational opportunities at affordable costs. Please see Explore the System for more information.

      Using the prompts, tell a story about your student experience in 250-650 words.

      • The personal statement is a section of both applications and is required before you can submit.

      The application also includes optional Academic Explanation and Academic Gap prompts that allow you to put your academic experiences into context for us.


    • One recommendation is required to submit your Complete Application.
    Additional recommendations are optional.
    Where can I get information about admission status?
    The status for admission into particular programs may be found in the Application Status Report. The best way to find out the most current information, however, is to contact the admissions office at a specific campus.

  • Recommendations from teachers or counselors are preferred. If you’re not currently in school, we’ll accept recommendations from others (eg., supervisor, commanding officer) who can speak to your strengths.
  • Within your application, you’ll be prompted to list the name and email address of your recommender so they can receive an invitation and link to a secure site to submit your recommendation.
  • Submitting your documents, transcripts and fees 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, though every class reflects our commitment to maintaining high academic standards and providing access to higher education as part of our land-grant mission.

    Can I apply for admission via the Internet?
    Prospective students should visit the CSUMentor website at CSUMentor™. It provides a user-friendly process for selecting a CSU campus, planning to meet CSU entrance and academic requirements, applying for admissions and financial aid, understanding financial aid eligibility and opportunities, establishing an electronic communications link between the student and CSU campuses.

    Freshman class profile

    This data reflects the middle 50 percent of freshmen admitted in Fall 2016. There is a lot of opportunity above and below the scores listed below. While this should give you an idea of where the center of a class lies, it does not reflect any type of requirement for admission.

    How can I locate a particular student, staff, or faculty member of the CSU?
    While this website does not have a systemwide directory available, each campus has a personnel locator available that can assist you. Please see the Campus Locators page.

    Scores are shown for the redesigned SAT.

    MIDDLE 50% GPA

    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.

    College affordability is important for just about everyone these days, and it's handy to get an idea of how much aid you might be eligible for.

    • RIGOR

      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 high school GPA, trends in grades and your test scores.


      We are willing to consider circumstances that have impacted your course selection and performance throughout your education.

      Where can I find calendar information about a campus such as term beginning and ending dates, registration dates, and when final examinations are scheduled?
      Please contact individual campuses for additional information.

    Some competitive majors require specific course work, a higher grade point average, and/or a higher test score for direct admission to the major.

    What to expect


    Completing your application

    The time it takes to complete your application will depend on how quickly we receive your supporting documents. The application form itself typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend crafting your personal statement.

    The only official marks of the CSU are the CSU Seal (black or blue on a white background or white on a dark blue background) and the words "The California State University." Use of any other representations such as the block letters "CSU" with the horizontal bar across the top of the letters is not permitted.

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

    Monitor your email regularly through the admission cycle. Within two days after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions to check your application status online.

    Already started?

    Learn how to check your application status here.

    Applicant Status Page

    Once your application is complete

    Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and most decisions are made within 2-3 weeks.

    Please visit CSUMentor™, a comprehensive guide to the California State University's 23 campuses. Also visit the Students section of our website and the Student Academic Support section for more information.

    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.

      I'm not certain if I've reached the correct California higher education system. Can you help me?
      We are the California State University (CSU), a public state university system with an emphasis on teaching and teacher and workforce preparation. All of our campuses, except for the California State University Maritime Academy, have the "State University" identification their name, such as San Diego State University and California State University Sacramento.

      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 applicants are prompted to submit more information, such as an updated transcript, new 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 to complete the next steps for admitted students.

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