Steps Once Admitted
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We can’t wait to see you. Below is a guide which will help you get started with your graduate student career. There is still a lot to do as you get settled in as a new student!
STEPS ONCE ADMITTED
STEP 1 – REVIEW YOUR ADMISSION LETTER AND SUBMIT ANY REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Once you receive your Notice of Graduate Admission, review it and submit any documents that are required to the Graduate School. Delays in submitting the required documentation may prevent you from registering.
STEP 2 – CONFIRM YOUR DECISION TO ATTEND COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
Confirm your decision to attend through your admissions application. Let us know if you are accepting or regretting your offer of admission.
If you need to defer your admission to a future term, be sure to communicate this with your department.
STEP 3 – CREATE A CSU EID AND LOG INTO RAMWEB
Your CSU eID grants access to a myriad of CSU systems including the RAMweb student portal. Access RAMweb for course registration, financial billing, degree progress information, grades and more. To access your student record through RAMweb, you must first create an eID.
Create an eID
To complete all of the necessary steps for enrollment, you must have an eID (electronic identification). Online students enroll through CSU Online. All students drop courses, pay tuition, and access many other resources through RAMweb.
If you have not already done so, follow the steps to create an eID at eid.colostate.edu. You must know your CSU ID to create your eID. Your CSU ID was e-mailed to you shortly after your application was submitted. If you need assistance with your CSU ID, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-6909.
Your Email Account with CSU
When you create an eID, an Office 365 account will automatically be created for you unless you were a prior student who had an @rams email account. If you were a prior student, you have the option to continue to use your @rams account or opt into an Office 365 account as your official CSU email. Official email communication from the Graduate School will go to your Office 365 account. You can access your email through an Outlook client or through the Office 365 portal at portal.office.com. To log in to the portal, your username is the eID you created plus @colostate.edu (e.g. email@example.com) and your password is the eID password created during the eID setup process. Your email address is your first name plus your last name @colostate.edu (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). If you chose a preferred first name during your eID setup or anytime later, your email address will use your preferred first name.
Your Office 365 email account is utilized by the Graduate School as one of the official means of communicating important information such as academic deadlines; account holds; events and updates; and important campus news. It is important that you access your account and check your email regularly.
Access RAMweb and Enroll in Classes
Please note that student information can only be shared with the student and not with family members because of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). More information about FERPA is available under “Students’ Rights Regarding Their Educational Records” in the Policies and Guiding Principles section of the General Catalog or through the U.S. Department of Education FERPA site.
STEP 4 – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY: VISIT THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Please communicate directly with the Office of International Programs regarding your immigration status requirements. For information about I-20 or DS-2019 issuance, please review this page. There are also helpful resources for incoming international students on the Information for New and Transfer International Students page on the Office of International Programs website.
STEP 5 – APPLY FOR CAMPUS HOUSING (IF APPLICABLE)
Housing assignments for both fall and spring terms start in November. The sooner the online housing application and deposit are received, the more likely you are to receive your first choice.
CSU offers a broad selection of housing and dining options to ensure that students feel at home here. In addition, campus apartments are available for students who qualify. Information about housing options is available at www.housing.colostate.edu.
STEP 6 – MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE
All full-fee paying resident-instruction graduate students enrolled in six credits or more are required to enroll in the CSU student health insurance plan or to opt-out by demonstrating health insurance coverage at a comparable level. For more information, please review the Mandatory Health Insurance page.
STEP 7 – SUBMIT COMPLETED HEALTH/IMMUNIZATION FORMS
Before you can register for your second semester classes, you are required to provide a medical history and proof of immunization. We recommend that you mail the documentation in advance or bring it with you to orientation.
STEP 8 – OBTAIN A RAMCARD
You must be admitted and registered for the current semester to be eligible for a RamCard. Bring one of the following forms of identification to the RamCard Office in the Lory Student Center: passport, driver’s license, state ID card, or military ID.
Be prepared to have your picture taken.
For more information, visit the RamCard page on the Housing & Dining Services website.
STEP 9 – GRADUATE SCHOOL ORIENTATION
The Graduate School offers a brief, on-campus orientation each semester regarding graduate student life. The content is intended for resident-instruction students attending courses on campus. This is a good introduction to many of the resources available at the Graduate School and includes a brief presentation on the ethical conduct of research. Please join us Thursday, August 18 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms, C and D. A continental breakfast is provided from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Take some time to review the Professional Relationships & Expectations information provided by the Graduate School.
Still Have Questions?
For information about the coursework, faculty, and specific program requirements, please reach out to your department. Please visit our program pages for contact information. If you still have questions, give us a shout and we’ll try to get you to the right people.