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Colleges / Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%

Colorado State Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Colorado State University. The university admitted 91% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 33,122 applications received in 2023, 30,066 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Colorado State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 7/1 and the application fee is $50.

Students who apply to Colorado State University for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than September 1.

Colorado State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Colorado State University's admissions stats.

Colorado State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.34%
Mean SAT Score 1178
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43.1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 15.5%
Waitlist No

Colorado State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Colorado State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 January 1
Regular Decision Yes 7 1 September 1

Applying Early to Colorado State University?

Colorado State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Colorado State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1.

Colorado State University accepts about 93% of early action applicants and 91% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Colorado State University admitted 22,816 of the 24,458 who applied early action.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Colorado State University Admissions

Transferring to Colorado State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Colorado State University

Colorado State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Colorado State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Colorado State University

Wondering what factors are considered by Colorado State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Colorado State University for more information on admission factors.

Colorado State University Application Requirements

To apply to Colorado State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Colorado State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Colorado State University?

Students admitted to Colorado State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 57.59% submitted a class rank. At Colorado State University 18.34% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44.14% were in the top 25% and 77.17% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Colorado State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 30.3%
3.75 and 3.99 19.11%
3.50 and 3.74 17.89%
3.25 and 3.49 13.67%
3.00 and 3.24 10.79%
2.50 and 2.9 8.14%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Colorado State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Colorado State University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 43.1% of Colorado State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Colorado State University?

To be competitive with other Colorado State University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1080 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Colorado State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Colorado State University student is 1178.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Colorado State University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Colorado State University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Colorado State University, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Colorado State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Colorado State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Colorado State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Colorado State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Colorado State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Colorado State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Colorado State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Colorado State University.

Does Colorado State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Colorado State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Colorado State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Colorado State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Colorado State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Colorado State University?

❌ No, Colorado State University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Colorado State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Colorado State University's acceptance rate is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Colorado State University?

❌ Colorado State University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Colorado State University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Colorado State University was 93% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Colorado State University?

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Colorado State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Colorado State? Colorado State is a somewhat selective institution. The Colorado State acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


Colorado State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colorado State is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colorado State is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Colorado State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1080 to 1280


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colorado State students is 1178. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colorado State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Colorado State.

Colorado State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Colorado State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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