Freshmen bring new ideas and the drive to create a brighter future. At Colorado State University, you’ll find students and faculty who are working toward something better: a better world, a better solution, a better you.

That work starts here, in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is alive with adventure and opportunities. Our entrepreneurial spirit combined with a global outlook make Fort Collins a magnet for innovation, careers, and healthy, happy people.

We have a team of counselors ready for your questions about CSU as well as your college search in general. Find your dedicated freshman counselor or international counselor to get started.

Apply as a freshman/first-year student if you’ve never attended college or all your college credits were earned prior to high school graduation.

Application guides

Learn everything you need to know about what to submit, timelines, and what to expect during the application process.

How to apply – freshmen

How to apply – freshmen international students

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Start with your passion

Today’s challenges and tomorrow’s careers are not simple. They require people with broad skills and multiple subjects of expertise. So go ahead and choose what you love – all of it. Your academic opportunities await.

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Connect with us

There are so many ways to explore life as a future Ram. Join an online event, video chat or call your admissions counselor or a current student, or stroll through a virtual tour of Colorado State.

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Go beyond the classroom

College is more than learning in a classroom. Rams continue with their passions and hobbies – and find new ones – with sports clubs, student organizations, and education abroad.

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See financial tools & strategies

Consider these four factors as you decide if CSU is a good financial fit for you: cost, aid, strategies, and outcomes. Take a look at your options and the many resources that can offset the costs of your investment.

Ready to apply?

All freshman applicants apply using the Common App.