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Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

Colorado State Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Colorado State, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Students who apply to Colorado State for fall should anticipate a decision by September 1.

Colorado State Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Colorado State's admissions stats.

Colorado State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 18.2%
Mean SAT Score 1187
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 38%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
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 July 1 September 1

Considering Applying Early to Colorado State?

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

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

Colorado State accepts roughly 92% of early action applicants and 90% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Colorado State admitted 21,41 of the 23,317 who applied early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit 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

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

What Does Colorado State Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are 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 choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Colorado State

Wondering what factors are considered by Colorado State 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
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Colorado State Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Colorado State?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 56.2% submitted a class rank. At Colorado State 18.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 78.1% 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 27.79%
3.75 and 3.99 18.73%
3.50 and 3.74 17.59%
3.25 and 3.49 15.72%
3.00 and 3.24 11.42%
2.50 and 2.9 8.61%
2.00 and 2.49 0.14%

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 directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 38% of Colorado State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Colorado State?

To be competitive with other Colorado State applicants, you should strive to score between 1090 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Colorado State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Colorado State student is 1187.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Colorado State students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Colorado State students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Colorado State?

To be most competitive at Colorado State, 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'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 students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Colorado State University

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Colorado State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Colorado State?

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

Does Colorado State accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Colorado State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Colorado State?

❌ No, Colorado State is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Colorado State's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Colorado State is 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Colorado State?

❌ Colorado State does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Colorado State?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Colorado State was 92% in 2021.

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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 90%. This means that the institution accepts 89 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 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 is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Colorado State. 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1090 to 1280


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colorado State students is 1187. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colorado State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 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 3.68. 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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