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Colorado State University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Colorado State University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is July 1 and the fee for the application costs $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than September 1.

Considering Applying Early to Colorado State University?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! Colorado State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 1. Colorado State University accepts about 87% of early action applicants* and 84% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, Colorado State University admitted 19,147 of the 21,956 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Colorado State University

Colorado State University is amoderately difficult school to get into. Colorado State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Colorado State University accepted 84% of all applicants., around 24,091 of the 28,843 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Colorado State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Biomedical Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Journalism and Media Communication programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Colorado State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Colorado State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Colorado State University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Colorado State University 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

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, 62% submitted a class rank. At Colorado State University 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Colorado State University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 62%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 17.3%
3.25 and 3.49 15.3%
3.00 and 3.24 11.4%
2.50 and 2.9 6.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.3%
Colorado State University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 80% of Colorado State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 38% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Colorado State University?

To be competitive with other Colorado State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Colorado State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 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 1172.

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 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Colorado State University?

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.

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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 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?

Students who are admitted to Colorado State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

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 ACE recommendations for credit

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

Colorado State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

No, Colorado State University is test optional, so you can choose whether to include 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 may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Colorado State University's acceptance rate?

Colorado State University's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

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

The early action acceptance rate at Colorado State University was 87% in 2021.

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Colorado State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Colorado State University? Colorado State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Colorado State University acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 83 out of every 100 applicants.



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Colorado State University 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 University is Jul 1.

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

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

Colorado State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


23 to 29


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Colorado State University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Colorado State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Colorado State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1270


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1270 and Above


1080 to 1270


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colorado State University students is 1172. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colorado State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1270 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 University.

Colorado State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Colorado State University, 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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