Welcome to the RAMily! We can’t wait to see you. Below you’ll find detailed information is a guide which will help you get started with your graduate student career.
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:Graduate School
Colorado State University
1005 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins CO 80523-1062
Domestic Students: Electronic transcripts may be sent from your school through an official electronic transcript clearinghouse to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 Studentspage on the Office of International Programs website.
5. Apply for campus housing (if applicable)
Housing assignments for both fall and spring are made through Housing & Dining Services. The online housing application opens mid-November and assignments are made beginning in March, in the order they are received. The sooner the online housing application and the 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. Complete information about housing options is available at Housing & Dining Services. 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. 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.
9. Graduate School Orientation
The Graduate School offers a brief, on-campus orientation in the fall 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.
10. Completing your program
You’ve taken the first steps to success. Now is the time to start preparing to complete your program. Follow the guides below for general information about what to expect and the steps you will take to complete your graduate school journey.
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.