For Prospective Students

the future of CSU and our community

Why Colorado State University?

Colorado State University is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories and disciplines – from teaching and learning to research and student achievement in studios, laboratories, and classrooms. Live, learn, work, and play here at Colorado State University, we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Exploration

    Find the right program with 80 Master’s programs and 40 Ph.D. programs. On-campus or online, start your journey today.

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  • Outstanding GradRams Spotlight

    Theresa Barosh

    Theresa Barosh is the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship recipient for her service to and advancement of underrepresented student education, contribution to the enhancement of individuals from ethnically diverse populations, dedication as a role mode, and for scholarly excellence. Learn more about her story.



    Dustin Lee

    Dustin Lee received a $5,000 scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to help fund his graduate-level work on cardiovascular disease. In August 2015, Lee was awarded the Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship. Learn more about his story.



    Eric Wilson

    Eric Wilson received an $8,000 education award from the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program and access to no-cost training opportunities from the NBCC Foundation. Learn more about his story.



    Monika Shikongo

    Monika Shikongo became the first woman to manage a Namibian national park. Shikongo managed Bwabwata National Park in Northeastern Namibia. Shikongo has earned the respect of her fellow rangers through her dedication to the park, leadership, and commitment to conservation. Learn more about her story.



    Andrew MartinolichAndrew Martinolich is the 2016 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Award recipient from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. Only 10 of these prizes are awarded to the international community each year. Learn more about his story.



    Nancy MendozaNancy Mendoza was selected for the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program. Mendoza was one of only 13 students nationwide selected for the program. Learn more about her story.



    Matt RacineMatt Racine is the Fleur L. Strand Professional Opportunity Award recipient from the Women in Physiology Committee of the Society of Experimental Biology. Out of 119 applicants, Racine’s application was ranked number one. Learn more about his story.



    Jixiang FangJixiang Fang traveled from China and began his studies in the INTO CSU program in 2012. Fang transferred from CSU’s MBA program to a Master in Finance, which he earned in May 2016. He was accepted in the Master’s of Applied Statistics program, which he will start in the fall. Learn more about his story.



    Steven BaldwinSteven Baldwin’s story is truly inspirational. Baldwin served in the U.S. Army and won the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for saving a fellow soldier’s life. Baldwin said his military service helped him recognize that counseling is his true calling. Learn more about his story.



    Reuben AddoReuben Addo received an honorable mention award for the Western Social Science Association’s Best Graduate Paper. His paper examines the lived experiences of homeless individuals. Learn more about his story.



    Alyssa AlbertsonAlyssa Albertson is the recipient of 2016’s GCA Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany. Albertson’s fieldwork will focus on plant-fungal interactions. Learn more about her story.



    2016 Fulbright ScholarsRina Hauptfeld and Tomas Pickering are Fulbright Scholarship recipients. Hauptfeld plans to conduct research in the Central Visayan region of the Philippines and Pickering plans to conduct research in Kenya on their Fulbright grants. Learn more about their story.



    Nicole McMahonNicole McMahon has created a new, more precise way to detect, locate, and analyze large numbers of smaller earthquakes and has teamed up with U.S. Geological Survey researchers based in Golden. Learn more about her story.



    Nora FlynnNora Flynn won a national poster contest, the 2016 Great Plains Soil Fertility Contest. Flynn’s winning poster showed how microorganism growth changes in relation to the root growth of plants. Learn more about her story.



    Rick DixonRick Dixon has demonstrated persistence on his journey to academic success. He overcame his two first applications at CSU not being accepted and a cancer diagnosis in 2012. He received his Master’s of Accountancy. Learn more about his story.



    Kimberly SternKimberly Stern was recognized on BizWest’s list of Northern Colorado’s Forty Under 40 for 2015. Stern is CSU’s director of social and digital media, and with her CSU social media team, won a Webby award. Learn more about her story.



    Chrissy Chard Kellie WaltersChrissy Chard and Kellie Walters won a $5,000 grand prize for their nonprofit Smart Fit Girls in the Imagine Colorado Ideas Showcase. Learn more about their story.



  • Application

    Ready to take the plunge?  Once you’ve found the perfect program and have had a chance to speak with your prospective department, you can begin the application process. Visit our program pages for departmental contact information. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • I am interested in a program, who can I talk to? It is best that you start a discussion with your department. They can help you better understand the program and department requirements. Visit our program pages for contact information.
    • I am applying, where do I send transcripts, scores, letters, etc? Your department reviews your complete applications initially, send your transcripts to your department unless otherwise instructed.
    • Who can I talk to about getting a waiver of the admission fee? Your department can help you with application fee waiver questions.
    • I have applied and would like a status update on the progress of my application, who can I talk to? Your department can help you determine the progress of your application.
    • What do I need to do to become a resident? Student Financial Services (SFS) determines residency, please feel free to contact their office with questions.



Thursday, January 14th, 2016 New Student Orientation 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MT)
Monday, February 8th, 2016 UPDATE: Graduate Student Council: General... 6 -7 PM (MT)
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 Making Yourself More Marketable: A Graduate Student... 8:30 AM - noon (MT)
Friday, February 26th, 2016 Thesis and Dissertation Open Lab 10:00 AM - noon (MT)
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 Thesis and Dissertation Open Lab 1:30 – 3:30 PM (MT)
Friday, March 4th, 2016 The Career Center: Grad Week
Monday, March 7th, 2016 Graduate Student Council: General Meeting 6 -7 PM (MT)
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 Thesis and Dissertation Open Lab 1:30 - 3:30 PM (MT)
Friday, March 25th, 2016 Thesis and Dissertation Open Lab 10:00 AM - noon (MT)