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. Please send final transcripts to the Graduate School:
Colorado State University
1005 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins CO 80523-1062
2. Confirm your decision to attend Colorado State University
Confirm your decision to attend through your admissions application. This will 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.
3. Create a CSU eID and log into RAMweb
Your CSU eID (electronic identification) 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. 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 is available on your application status page and is provided in your official admission letter. 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. For technical assistance, call the Central IT Help Desk at 970-491-7276 or e-mail email@example.com.
Your Office 365 email account is utilized by the Graduate School as the official means of communicating important information such as academic deadlines; account holds; events and updates; and important campus news. You are responsible for accessing your account and checking your email regularly.
Set up Duo two-factor authentication
When you access certain CSU services, including Office 365, you will be required to provide an additional layer of security to your account by using Duo. Setup your account and learn more about Duo.
Access RAMweb and enroll in classes
Log in to RAMweb to enroll in classes, pay tuition, access grades and more. Online students enroll through CSU Online. All students drop courses through RAMweb.
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.
5. Apply for campus housing (if applicable)
University Apartments are affordable and convenient options for all Rams who have met the first-year Live On requirement. Offering studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments to residents from around the world, University Housing provides a variety of spaces for students of all types who wish to live in an academically supportive and interactive community. Our apartment communities are open to students in their second undergraduate year and above, in a graduate program, those 23 years of age and older, post-doctoral fellows, and students with families. If you are interested in living off campus, Off-Campus Life offers services to students.
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.
7. Complete other health requirements for enrollment
Information about other health requirements for enrollment is available in the New Student Checklist for Graduate Students. Follow the directions in the checklist and make sure you have completed all the necessary requirements by the date given.
8. Obtain a RamCard
You must be admitted and registered for the current semester to be eligible for a RamCard.
Your RamCard is your student ID and is your ticket to just about everything at Colorado State University, and they are required for all students attending on-campus classes. Visit RamCard.colostate.edu for info on how to get your card. Once you have your RamCard, RamCash can be added to your account to buy food and access other campus services like parking and printing. Plus, RamCash purchases allow you to pay it forward by supporting on-campus businesses and CSU Departments.
9. Graduate School Orientation
The Graduate School is offering a Virtual New Student Orientation 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.
Visit the Graduate School Orientation webpage for event details.
New students should also visit our resources and updates regarding COVID-19 at graduateschool.colostate.edu/covid19/ For the latest information from CSU, visit covidrecovery.colostate.edu
Take some time to review student expectations as well as our Principles of Community.
10. Set yourself up for success
Use our online guides to help you personalize your graduate school experience and build a support network. Navigate through the Competencies Road Map as a framework to develop core competencies and enhance personal and professional success. The RamIDP is a process that helps identify professional development needs, refine career objectives, and promote personal growth, while also functioning as a communication tool to enhance dialogue between mentors and their mentees.
Competencies Road Map
Ram Individual Development Plan
Find your Community
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.