Undergraduate Program Requirements

Interested in studying in the United States as an undergraduate student? Colorado State University has something for everyone. Our campus community has a rich history of international student support and success, and we are committed to our mission to provide access to students from all backgrounds.

To get started on your admissions process, please follow the information below, and feel free to reach out to our International Enrollment Center staff with any questions you may have.

What type of student am I?

Colorado State University supports multiple student types, including freshman (first-year) and transfer students.

  • Apply as an international first-year freshman if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and you’ve never attended university or all university credit you earned was prior to secondary school (high school) completion.
  • Apply as an international transfer if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident AND you’ve enrolled in university credits since completing secondary school (high school).

English Language Proficiency

Undergraduate direct and conditional admission requirements

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:

 Clear Admission
IELTS Academic6.0
Duolingo (undergraduate only)110

*Consideration of paper-based TOEFL (PBT) results requires an interview. Contact a member of our international admissions team for details.

You will be considered for conditional admission if you meet our academic admission standards but have not submitted a qualifying TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score.

Students who are awarded conditional admission enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at CSU until the Academic English Program is completed or the required TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS score is achieved.

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Our International Enrollment Center staff is here to help international students make a smooth transition to Colorado State. Submit a question directly to our team by filling out the form below.


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