During the application process, we may ask for or require supporting documents to help us understand your academic history. You will find complete instructions on how to submit documents below, and we’re always here to help if you have any issues or questions.
Submitting Documents with Your Application
- Your application will not be reviewed for a decision until your application fee has been submitted.
- Information about our application fee refund policy is here.
- CSU Application: You’ll be prompted to pay your application fee after you submit your application. Look for the payment tool on the confirmation page you see after you submit.
- Common Application (freshman applicants only): You’ll be prompted to pay your application fee at the same time you submit your application.
- Fee waivers are available when payment would present a financial hardship or associated with special programs. Within the CSU Application payment tool, there’s a link to the Fee Waiver Request form (requires login). Within the Common App, the fee waiver request is built into the application (look for the section on the “Profile” page).
Common Application (Freshman/First-Year applicants only)
- Your school can upload a transcript directly to your application record using the secure link included in the email we send.
- Your school can upload an official transcript via a secure site electronic submission service such as Parchment or Naviance.
- Your school can email an official transcript as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your school can mail your official transcript to Colorado State University, Office of Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.
If you already have graduated from high school, you may have to contact your district office rather than your high school to obtain an official copy of your transcript.
Some high schools will not release transcripts to us until you have paid and/or signed a release. Make sure you check with your high school well in advance of the application date.
CSU Application (Transfer student applicants only)
- You or your school can email an official transcript as a PDF to email@example.com.
- You or your school can mail your official transcript to Colorado State University, Office of Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.
Electronic submission of college transcripts is supported and preferred whenever possible. We accept electronic transcripts via Parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or any other secure site used by the sending institution.
College officials are welcome to send links to secure site delivery to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts sent via email and not via a secure server are not considered official.
If necessary or preferred, official college transcripts can be mailed to Office of Admissions Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.
AP, IB, CLEP, High School Equivalency (GED/HiSET/TASC)
We will consider self-reported AP and IB results in our decision process, but official scores are required in order to be awarded college credit.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores and high school equivalency exam results (including GED, HiSET, TASC and other state exams) must be submitted as official score reports. We do not consider self-reported scores in our decision process.
Only first-year freshman students are required to submit personal statement, called the “personal essay” in the Common Application. You’ll be able to type OR copy and paste your essay into your application before submitting it. The length must be between 250-650 words. Check out some tips for guidance and inspiration.
The prompts you can choose from are:
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
- Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
- Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
- Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
We do not require a letter of recommendation for any applicants in the admission and scholarship review process.
If you choose to submit a recommendation to support your application, it may be considered during our review, but it will not be given much weight. You may opt to submit a recommendation through the Common Application or as a PDF or Word document attachment emailed to email@example.com.
ACT and SAT scores are optional, and all freshmen are reviewed for admission and scholarships using the same criteria, whether they submit scores or not. ACT and SAT scores can be helpful for composition placement purposes.
You can submit official test scores directly through the testing agency. Please allow up to three weeks for CSU to receive official score reports.
You can upload a PDF of your ACT or SAT student score report on “My Application” tab in the Future Ram Dashboard.
You can email your student score report, and we’ll match it to your application. Make sure you include the full report with all of your subscores, the test date(s) and your name visible. We prefer scanned score reports or full PDFs over screenshots or photos.
We’ll accept test scores from your high school transcript as long as all subscores and test date(s) are included.
We do not consider self-reported ACT or SAT results in our decision process (for applicants who opt to have test scores considered).
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE English proficiency results
Evidence of English proficiency is required for international applicants seeking direct admission to CSU.
You can submit official test scores directly through the testing agency. Please allow up to three weeks for CSU to receive the official score reports. We do not consider self-reported English proficiency results in our decision process.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Use school code 4075
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
You can upload a PDF of your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE student score report on “My Application” tab in the Future Ram Dashboard.
You can email your score report, and we’ll match it to your application. Make sure you include the full report with all of your subscores, the test date(s) and your name visible. We prefer scanned score reports or full PDFs over screenshots or photos.
English proficiency can be satisfied using ACT, SAT, AP or IB results as well.
We do not consider self-reported English proficiency results in our decision process.
Only international students in need of a student visa are required to submit immigration documents.
International applicants are expected to include immigration information as part of their application for admission. Immigration information is not considered in the admission decision, but the official admission packet and I-20 or DS-2019 are shipped only after immigration information has been received, verified, and approved.
Immigration Information Form
- Complete and submit this secure online form using the link emailed within one week of submitting your application or via your application status page in RAMweb.
- You’ll be prompted to specify the sources of your intended financial support, information about any dependents who will be traveling with you, and the shipping address for your immigration documents.
- Securely upload a copy of the identification page of your passport within your application status page in RAMweb.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your first day of classes.
- Be sure to submit copies of the identification pages for any dependents traveling with you.
- Securely upload your financial support documents (such as bank statements or funding letters from your government or other agency) within your application status page in RAMweb.
- You must demonstrate the ability to meet or exceed your estimated expenses.
- Because institutional scholarships do not cover the full cost of attendance, you must be able to demonstrate outside funding.
If absolutely necessary, immigration documents can be mailed to Office of Admissions, Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062 or emailed as PDF or Word attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure your documents clearly list your full name and your CSU ID number to be matched with your application. Your immigration documents will only be reviewed and verified after you’ve been admitted.
Documents beyond those listed here may be listed as required once we begin processing and reviewing your application. Be sure to check your application status regularly for updates.
Except for official academic records, most additional documents can be uploaded within your online applicant status page or emailed as PDF or Word documents to email@example.com. Make sure each document includes your full name and date of birth or other identifying information (not SSN).
If necessary or preferred, additional support documents can be submitted by mail to Office of Admissions, Colorado State University, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins CO 80523-1062.
Frequently asked questions about submitting documents
Should I submit my application before I submit my support documents?
You can submit your application and support documents in any order. We’ll quickly match your transcripts or other support documents to your application whether they arrive before or after your application is submitted. Shortly after you submit your application, we’ll send instructions for you to check your status online so you can see which materials have been received and which we still need.
Will you tell me if there are additional items I need to submit?
Yes. We will send email reminders about what’s needed to complete your application. You can also check your online application status for up-to-date information about missing items. Once we begin processing your application, your online application status will reflect the most current information.
How long does it take for materials to arrive?
Many materials take time arrive at CSU and then must be matched to your application. Most documents are matched with applications within a day or two, but please allow up to five business days. Check with us before re-sending documents you know you’ve submitted.
I am a graduate applicant. Should I submit my documents using the instructions here?
These instructions are for undergraduate applicants only. Graduate students seeking guidance on how to submit support documents should refer to graduateschool.colostate.edu/apply/.