International Admissions

Whether you’re at the start of your journey looking at colleges and universities across the world or you’ve decided to pursue one, we welcome the chance to show you what’s special about Colorado State University for you as a future international student.

Colorado State University is one of the top public research institutions in the United States, and we continue to be on the rise. As a Carnegie Class 1 research institution, our undergraduate students benefit with hands-on opportunities and research expenditures which total more than $350 million USD per year.

At CSU, we are committed to access and student success for all, and we are proud to have a diverse cohort of international students from all around the world. With 74 undergraduate fields of study and a 17-to-1 student-faculty ratio, there’s something for everyone here at CSU.

Located just one hour from Denver, our home city of Fort Collins, Colorado features more than 300 days of sunshine, recreational outdoor activities, arts and creativity, and adventure that is unique to the area. We encourage you to learn more about Colorado State University by submitting the form below to connect with one of our International Enrollment Center counselors. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

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Our International Enrollment Center staff is here to help international students make a smooth transition to Colorado State.


International Enrollment Options

The Colorado State University International Enrollment Center is designed to guide students through every step of the process, from application to enrollment and beyond. Whether you’re a new student looking to attend college in the United States, or you’re looking to elevate your education through a graduate program, or you want to better your English and learn about the culture on a U.S. campus, our team can help find the right program for you.

Browse the international student enrollment options below and contact us to get started.

International Undergraduate Admissions

How to apply

The undergraduate application is now open for the Fall 2022 semester. All application files completed by December 1 are considered part of the Early Action pool to receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review by December 31.

Application files completed by February 1 receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review by February 28. Learn more about application requirements for international undergraduate students below

We use a holistic review process when considering students for undergraduate program admissions. This is a combination of your grades, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, extracurricular activities, and any other information you share in your application materials.

The SAT is optional for admission to the university, but certain programs will consider it if you are seeking direct admission into competitive majors. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Admissions website for what we look for.

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As you choose a college, one of the biggest questions you might have is what to study. At Colorado State, you can choose from nearly 300 academic programs, including more than 70 majors with 140 concentrations80 minors, and pre-professional advising.

Some of the most popular majors for international students at CSU include:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Economics
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering

There’s truly something for everyone at CSU. Not sure what you want to study? Find your best-fit majors of interest by completing the short quiz below.

Colorado State University offers a number of financial aid options for international students, including select scholarships for new, first-year international students. Once accepted, International students who meet specific criteria may be automatically awarded a scholarship up to $10,000, based on GPA. More information about international student scholarships and financial aid can be found on the OFA website.


Strong English language skills are important to academic success at CSU. To support student success, we require all students whose first language is not English to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency regardless of their citizenship. Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.

TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS Academic results are the preferred indicators of English proficiency. For applicants seeking direct admission, the requirements are as follows:


International Graduate Admissions

The Colorado State University Graduate School offers more than 85 Master’s programs, 50 Ph.D programs, and 40 Graduate Certificates. With courses offered on campus or online, there’s an opportunity for everyone here at CSU. You will learn about our holistic review process that considers multiple elements of your application. SAT scores are not required for international students to complete their application. However, they may help you gain direct admission into competitive majors.

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Programs for Academic and Community English (PLACE)

Need some help before attending CSU?

If you want to study at Colorado State University, but need some help in improving your English or your subject-specific academic knowledge, check out the Programs for Learning Academic and Community English (PLACE).

Students interested in graduate school can also take advantage of select Bridge Programs, which combine English language coursework with degree-seeking coursework in select programs. Students in Bridge Programs often begin their studies in a non-degree status while improving their English and core academic discipline skills before continuing in degree-status to earn their Master’s degree.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers high-quality, student-centered instruction and advising that prepares international students for success at Colorado State University (CSU), or other universities in the United States.

The IEP is for students who have basic English skills, but need more English instruction and improvement to be successful in a U.S. higher education setting. We do not offer a program for students who have no English experience.

PLACE offers innovative language learning and cultural programs designed for local and international groups. Workplace and community-based English programs are also available through PLACE. This program provides high-quality, non-credit language courses and special cultural activities near the beautiful Rocky Mountains, designed to meet the goals of program participants.

For more information on PLACE Community and Customized Group Programs, please contact us at


Visiting International Program (VIP)

A short-term study program at Colorado State University

After more than one hundred years of welcoming international students, Colorado State University is extending its welcome to international undergraduates who wish to study at CSU for one or two semesters. The Visiting International Program (VIP) is designed for international students who plan to graduate from their home university but who want the experience of study and campus life at CSU.

The Visiting International Program (VIP) short-term study program is specially designed for international students who want to study at CSU for one or two semesters, but plan to graduate from their home university. Interested in applying for the Visiting International Program at CSU?

Visit the page below for instructions. Application deadlines are June 1 (Fall semester) and November 1 (Spring semester)