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Colorado State University - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Completion of at least 18 academic units taken at a college-preparatory level in the areas of Mathematics (4), English (4), Science, (3), Social Studies (3), Foreign Language (2 - same language), and Academic Elective (2) and have attained a minimum 22 ACT composite and/or 1030 SAT combined (critical reading/math). Requirements for transfer students can be found at


Priority consideration is given to freshman applicants who have earned a minimum 3.25 GPA with no D/F grades in the 18 recommended high school units listed above. Although admission is selective and academic performance is emphasized in the admission decision, our holistic review process allows us to recognize personal qualities and experiences that can enrich the University and the Fort Collins community. In their essays, students can discuss community service, leadership, ability to contribute to a diverse campus community, and unique and/or compelling characteristics.
Entrance Requirements and Recommendations for the College of Engineering
Direct admission to Engineering majors requires that all of the following criteria be met:
• Minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (grades 9-12) OR top 30% of graduating class
• 22 ACT composite OR 1000 SAT cr/m combined score.
Please note: CSU does not create a “superscore” for admission or scholarship purposes; we will use the highest composite or combined score from any single test sitting.
• 23 Math ACT OR 520 Math SAT subscore
The highest math subscore CAN come from a test sitting other than the highest composite/combined score test sitting.
• One semester of trigonometry or pre-calculus
• One year of chemistry or physics

Entrance Requirements for Transfer Students to the College of Engineering
Applicants who meet CSU's general transfer admission standards can be directly admitted to the CSU College of Engineering provided that the most recent school attended was an ABET-EAC accredited engineering program, they were majoring in an ABET-accredited program/major, and they left in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) at that institution.
All other transfer applicants - direct admission to any major in the College of Engineering (with or without the Biomedical Engineering Dual Degree Option) requires that the following criteria be met:
• A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior college/university work AND
• Grades of B or better in:
o One semester of Calculus (equivalent to Math 160, Calculus for Physical Scientists 1, or higher) AND EITHER
o One semester of Chemistry (equivalent to CHEM111/112, General Chemistry 1/Lab, or higher) OR
o One semester of Physics (equivalent to PH 141, Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1, or higher)
Subsequent course work (i.e., course work taken in more recent terms) above the levels of the courses outlined above must be completed with a grade of C or better. For example, applicants must have a B in Calculus 1; if they proceed to Calculus 2 in a later term they must have a minimum C grade in Calculus 2.