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You’re admitted. Now what?

Now that you’re part of the Ram Family, there are a few more steps to take to prepare for the first day of class. Below you’ll find detailed information that will guide you through the enrollment process. We’re here for you if you have any questions.

You’ll need your NetID

Make sure you’ve created your NetID (user name and password), which is necessary to log in for many of the tasks below. Creating your NetID also creates your university email account, which other CSU offices use to contact you.

Join the Admitted Rams Community

A few days after being admitted, you’ll receive an invitation to join the Admitted Rams Community, where you can connect with other admitted students and current CSU students.

Why Join?

Admitted freshman checklist

Click on each step to jump to detailed information about why each step is important and the actions you need to take to check it off the list.


Accept your offer of admission by paying or deferring your $300 enrollment deposit. By deferring you’ll officially be confirmed and will pay the deposit as part of your first bill. Once you submit your deposit or deposit deferral, you will gain access to the on-campus housing application and Ram Orientation sign up.


Freshmen are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. The on-campus housing application requires a $350 deposit ($50 of which is non-refundable). This fee is waived for students who qualify for a need-based enrollment deposit deferral.


All new students attend Ram Orientation to register for classes, learn about CSU traditions, and get introduced to various campus services.


Submit your FAFSA and scholarship applications before the deadlines. While Colorado State offers many opportunities for financial aid and scholarships, be sure to research funding from other sources as well.


You may be expected to complete some key online assessments before attending Ram Orientation.


Your admission is provisional until we receive your final, official transcript reflecting graduation.


Submit your immunization records, health history and insurance information as part of completing the Health Network’s New Student Checklist.


Reserve your spot in our incoming class by paying your $300 enrollment deposit, which covers new student charges and a portion of your first semester tuition. You’ll be able to access the Housing Application and Ram Orientation sign-up after you deposit.

What are my options?

Once you have accessed the “Tell Us Your Plans” module, you’ll be prompted to take one of the following actions.


By confirming and paying your $300 deposit you will reserve your spot in the incoming class and gain access to the on-campus housing application and orientation sign-up.


If the deposit presents a financial hardship or your cost of attendance will be paid by a third party, you may defer your $300 enrollment deposit. This will reserve your spot in the incoming class, and you will gain access to the on-campus housing application and orientation sign-up. The $300 deposit will be applied to your first semester billing statement when you can apply financial aid or third-party funds.


Need more time? You can request a change to your entry term for up to one year. We’ll keep your application active and work with you to retain your admission decision and enrollment deposit, if possible.


If you decide not to enroll at CSU, you can decline your offer of admission. After you decline, we know that you no longer are considering CSU, and we will discontinue our communications. You can change your mind and confirm at a later date, but declining your admission might impact your enrollment options. If you’ve already deposited and your plans have changed, refer to our refund policy.

Recommended deposit dates

Depositing on time helps us plan for your arrival and ensure your spot in the incoming class. If your plans change, contact us to update your application to a future term or to cancel your confirmation (refund policy).


You’re encouraged to deposit by May 1 (National Decision Day) to secure your spot. After this date, confirmations are accepted on a space-available basis.


To secure your spot, deposit by December 15 or within two weeks of admission if after this date.


Summer course registration opens in March, and courses begin in May. Early confirmation is encouraged for best access to courses. Deposits are accepted until June 1.

Ready to confirm?

Log in to RAMweb with your NetID. In the RAMready section, follow the link to “Tell Us Your Plans.”

Confirm Now


On-campus options

CSU offers a wide selection of housing and dining options to ensure all students feel at home on campus. With a few exceptions, freshmen are required to live on campus, and all freshmen required to live on campus are guaranteed housing in the residence halls.

On-campus apartments are open to first-time students who are committed couples and families.

Learn more about residence halls and university apartments now or check your housing guide in your admit packet. Questions about living on campus, the housing application, or the $350 housing deposit can be directed to Housing & Dining Services. The deposit is waived for students who qualify for a need-based enrollment deposit deferral.

Residence hall application:

Fall semester housing application opens January 25, 2023. Spring semester housing application opens in mid-September.

The on-campus apartment application is open year-round.

Off-campus options

Off-Campus Life can help you identify housing in the Fort Collins community if you are not required to live on campus.

Ready to apply for housing?

Use your NetID to log in and complete your housing application.

Apply Now


Orientation registration for students starting in the summer or fall 2023 opens January 25, 2023.

All new students attend Ram Orientation to learn about our traditions, to get introduced to campus services, and to register for classes. It’s an important time to connect with others in your class and to meet the current students, faculty, and staff who will help you be successful at CSU.

Many of the other steps for admitted students on this list are important to complete before attending Ram Orientation so that your advisors are able to help you plan for the upcoming year.

In addition to the traditional freshman track, an Adult Learner and Veteran Student Track is available to non-traditional, first-time students who qualify based on characteristics such as family status, work situations, time away from college, or military background. This track is offered through the Transfer Ram Orientation program.

Ram Orientation sign-up for Summer students:

Learn more about Ram Orientation options for students starting classes in May, June or July.

Ram Orientation sign-up for Fall students:

Learn more about Ram Orientation options for students who are starting classes in August.

Ready to register for Ram Orientation?

Use your NetID to log in and register.

Register Now


Finding your financial fit is an important part of choosing the right university, and one of the most important aspects of your financial fit is aid. We recommend pursuing as many types of funding as possible including grants, scholarships, loans, work study, and student employment to help offset the investment of college.


Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the full range of financial aid at Colorado State. All families are encouraged to apply because some merit-based aid requires FAFSA information. The FAFSA opens in December.

Be sure to check RAMweb and check your university email account regularly once you submit the FAFSA in case additional information or verification is required to complete your financial aid award.

Grants and scholarships

You automatically will be considered for admissions-based scholarships if you submitted a complete application by February 1 for fall semester or November 1 for spring semester, and award notification is generally sent out within one month. To be considered for awards offered through CSU academic departments and the Office of Financial Aid, submit the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA), available in RAMweb between October 1 and March 1 (awarded for fall semester only).

You are also encouraged to research available state and federal need-based grants.


There are several types of loans that you can apply to your cost of education. These are provided by the government, University, and private lenders. Many loans require you to complete the FAFSA.

Work study and student employment

Work study and student employment may provide you with valuable work experience through the University while helping offset the cost of education. Learn more about work study and student employment opportunities and requirements.


There are some key placement steps to complete before Ram Orientation.

You do not need to complete the Composition Directed Self-Placement Survey (DSP) if:

    • You received an ACT Composite score of 26 or higher, an SAT EBR/W score of 620 or higher, or an SAT verbal score of 570 or higher (prior to March 2016); you’re eligible to register for College Composition (CO 150) based on your test results.
    • You’ve earned grades of C- or better in college composition from another regionally accredited college/university (this includes credit earned through concurrent enrollment).
    • You’ve earned a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) composition exam, a score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate (IB) composition exam, or CLEP credit for composition.

To receive advanced standing credit for transfer or test out work in mathematics, composition or any other college-level course work you’ve completed, be sure to submit your official college transcript and/or official test results and bring a copy of your results to orientation for your advisor’s reference.

If you haven’t yet received your grade/test score, mention the pending result to your advisor at orientation. Note that some colleges/departments still require that you complete the Math Placement Tool before orientation even if you expect to receive transfer or test-out credit.

When in doubt, complete the placement steps; your results do not bind you to a particular course of action, but they can help you keep your options open.

When you review the placement procedures, you’ll see information about two additional placements:

  • Foreign Language Placement Exam: Required before you can register for a world language course if you have had previous study of French, German, or Spanish. The department recommends completing the exam at least three days prior to Ram Orientation.
  • Chem Prep: Required for any student whose major includes the General Chemistry I (Chem 111) course.

Ready to complete your placement requirements?

Learn more about completing your placement requirements before attending Ram Orientation.

Placement Exams


Admission to CSU is provisional until a final, official high school transcript reflecting graduation has been submitted and reviewed. To avoid possible delays or holds on your financial aid or course registration, submit final transcripts by July 15 for a fall semester start or January 2 for a spring semester start.

If you completed college-level work prior to high school graduation, be sure to submit all official transcripts to be reviewed for advanced-standing credit.

Ready to submit your final transcripts?

Follow the directions to submit your final transcripts in a timely manner.

Submit Now


Complete the steps on CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist to support our commitment to a safe and healthy campus. Steps include submitting required health and immunization records, completing the online Alcohol EDU and Haven Sexual Assault Prevention programs, and documenting insurance coverage.

You can take care of this step any time before you enroll; many students bring health records with them to Orientation.

Make sure your health records are ready.

Take a look at the CSU Health Network’s New Student Checklist.

New Student Checklist