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    Colorado State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    With an acceptance rate of 81% in the fall of 2019, Colorado State University admissions are slightly selective. A total of 28,319 applicants applied for this semester with an enrollment rate of 23%. The university is one of the best universities in the USA in terms of diversity and quality of education.

    CSU offers around 300 academic programs, which include more than 70 majors and with 140 concentrations in fields like Data Science, Agricultural Biology, Economics, English, Journalism, and many more.

    The middle 50% of admitted students in the fall of 2019 scored an average of 1070 - 1290 and 23- 29 on SAT and ACT respectively. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for all graduate programs.

    • Colorado State University invites admission applications in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
    • Certain graduate programs require GMAT/GRE scores. Master of Accounting requires a minimum of 550 on GMAT.
    • Applicants may apply for GMAT/GRE waivers if they fulfill the waiver requirements.
    • Official Transcripts and Test Scores must be sent directly to the university by the issuing institution.
    • SAT/ACT scores are optional in 2021 due to COVID 19 pandemic.


    Application Portal Common Application/CSU Application
    Application Fee Undergraduate: 50 USD
    Graduate: 70 USD
    Acceptance Rate 81% (2019)
    Total Enrolment 33,478
    Undergraduate- 25,962
    Graduate- 7516
    Academic Calendar Semester Based
    Intake Seasons Fall/ Spring / Summer
    English Proficiency Test Scores TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE
    ACT/SAT Test Scores Average SAT: 1070 - 1290
    Average ACT: 23 -29
    International Students Contact
    International School and Scholar Services CSU International

    Colorado State University Admission Deadlines

    The application deadlines for undergraduate international students is tabulated below:

    Fall semester Spring semester Summer semester
    Early Action- December 1 Regular Decision- November 1 Begins in May
    Not Recommended for International Student
    Regular Decision- February 1 - -

    Graduate Admissions

    Semester Application Deadline
    Fall April 1
    Spring September 1
    Summer January 1

    Please note that the admission deadlines may vary with programs for graduate admissions. Applicants must check the program-specific admission deadlines before making an application.

    Colorado State University International Students Admissions

    There is hardly any difference in the admission procedure for international and domestic students. International students however need to meet additional requirements to study in the USA.

    Application Portal:

    Application Fee:

    • Undergraduate: 50 USD
    • Graduate: 70 USD

    Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the Colorado State University admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts
      • High school/equivalent
      • Bachelors/Masters Degree ( Graduate)(Minimum GPA - 3.0)
      • Foreign Credential Evaluation by WES or ECE
      • Should be accompanied by certified translations if not in English.
    • SAT/ACT Scores
    • GMAT/GRE score for certain graduate programs.
    • Certification of Finances
    • Proof of Financial support
    • Copy of passport
    • Program-specific requirements such as Resume, pre-requisite courses etc.
    • Essay and/or Personal Statement
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Undergraduate: Counselor Recommendation
      • Graduate: 3 LORs.

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    International applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a proof of English Language Proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

    TOEFL-IBT 79
    PTE Academic 53
    IELTS 6.5
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE Academic 58

    Applicants should keep in mind that TOEFL and IELTS scores shouldn’t be more than 2 years old. Some departments may require a higher score, depending on the programs. Applicants who have submitted other application related documents except the English proficiency requirements may be considered for conditional admission.

    Visa Process for International Applicants

    International students applying to the USA need to obtain an Initial I-20 from Colorado State University to apply for the F-1 student visa at a consulate outside the U.S. International students will also need to present their I-20 at the U.S. border along with the F-1 visa, and other supporting documents in order to be able to enter the U.S. as an F-1 student.

    Before CSU can sponsor an international student’s I-20 Form, the student must be accepted to their program of study, have submitted the documents to be submitted for attaining the visa, and paid the I-901 SEVIS Fee.

    International applicants will need these documents for the visa process:

    • SEVIS fee receipt
    • Form I-20
    • Admission letter
    • Financial documents to show the ability to afford expenses for a year of study
    • Copy of valid passport identification page (should be valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into the US.)
    • Two passport size photographs
    • Visa application fee
    • Official financial affidavit (if required)

    Students can contact the US Embassy in their home country to know the documents that would be required for the visa application and the procedure involved in getting a visa. Applicants would need to schedule a visa interview once the documents have been submitted.

    Colorado State University Undergraduate Admissions

    Applicants at CSU get an opportunity to learn from a pool of around 250 programs offered by the Colorado State University. The programs are available in various disciplines for both majors and minors.

    Application Portal: Common Application/ CSU Application

    Application Fee: 50 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the Colorado State University admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts - High school/equivalent
    • SAT/ACT Scores
    • Admission Essay
    • One Letter of Recommendation

    Test Profile of admitted students in the fall of 2019:

    Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 540 650
    SAT Math 530 640
    ACT Composite 23 29
    ACT English 22 29
    ACT Maths 22 27

    Colorado State University Graduate Admissions

    It offers various graduate programs across 150 fields of study. The admissions are competitive and applicants must ensure to check the admission requirements from the specific program page. Most of the requirements are common though some programs may have additional documents.

    Application Portal: Graduate Application Portal

    Application Fee: 70 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the Colorado State University admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Bachelor Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Resume/CV
    • Personal Statement
    • GMAT/GRE

    The table below shows some of the popular courses and specific admission requirements for the same:

    Requirements Master of Accountancy MS Cell and Molecular Biology MS Computer Science
    Application Deadline (International) May 1 December 1 Fall semester July 1
    Spring semester December 1
    UG Minimum GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
    Personal Statement Required Required Required
    GMAT/GRE GMAT Score of 550 N/A GRE required
    CV/Resume Required Required Required
    Letter of Recommendation Required 3 LORs 3 LORs
    ELP TOEFL IBT - 95
    IELTS - 7.0
    TOEFL IBT -80
    IELTS - 6.5
    TOEFL IBT - 80
    IELTS - 6.5

    International students applying to the Colorado State University are recommended to send across their admission documents as early as 4-5 months before the deadlines. Admission decision takes about 2-3 weeks to be completed. The admission decision is first sent through email and then by mail.

    In case international students have any queries, they may contact the International Student Services.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. Should I submit my SAT Score or ACT Score for undergraduate admissions?

    Ans. Both the scores are given equal consideration. You may choose to submit any one of them. In the fall of 2019, 80% of students submitted SAT Scores.

    Ques. When will I get my I-20 form?

    Ans. Once you have received a full admission letter and have submitted your Enrolment Decision form, the I-20 form is issued. The student must submit an acceptable certificate of finances in addition to the academic requirements.

    Ques. What if I miss the deadlines? Will my application be not considered?

    Ans. If an applicant misses the deadline, then his/her application will be considered on a space availability basis.

    Ques. What are the career prospects of joining CSU?

    Ans. 84% of the students who graduated from Colorado State University secured employment or continued with higher studies within 6 months of graduation. Target, Arrow Electronics, Blue Horseshoe are some of the Career Centre Recruiting partners with the Colorado State University.

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