VIP Instructions

After students receive their official offer of admission, there still are important steps to be taken to prepare to enroll at Colorado State University. Follow the links below for details.

Create an eID

To complete all the necessary steps for enrollment, admitted students must have an eID (electronic Identification). If this step has not already been taken, admitted students can create an eID through RAMweb; select “Register for an Account (eID)“. Students must know their CSU ID to create their eID (refer to the Verification Form in the admission packet, or contact the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909 or admissions@colostate.edu).

Admitted students who have forgotten their eID should select “I forgot my Username and/or Password” on the RAMweb login page. If assistance is needed creating an eID, admitted students should contact the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909 or admissions@colostate.edu.

Please note that eID information can only be shared with the admitted student and not with family members because of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). More information about FERPA is available as “Rights Regarding Students’ Educational Records” in the Policies and Guiding Principles section of the University General Catalog or through the Department of Education, Privacy Policy (FERPA) site.

Tell Us Your Plans

The offer of admission is just that — an offer, and to best prepare for our incoming class, we need to know whether or not students have accepted our invitation. In order to be “registration ready,” eligible to register for classes, admitted students must respond to the offer of admission.

Freshman and transfer international students should respond by July 1 for the fall semester or December 15 for the spring semester.

Students admitted after these dates should respond within two weeks of receiving the offer of admission. To respond to the offer of admission, admitted students log in to RAMweb using their eID.

Apply for Campus Housing

Colorado State University offers a broad selection of housing and dining options to ensure that students feel at home here. Freshmen are required to live on campus and therefore are guaranteed housing; however, all admitted students are welcome. Information about housing options is available at housing.colostate.edu.

Housing assignments for both fall and spring terms start in November; the sooner the online housing application and $150 deposit are received, the more likely a student is to receive his/her first choice. (Until July 1, up to $100 of the deposit is refundable.) Students must have their eID to complete the online housing application.

The residence halls open on the Thursday before classes begin. Temporary housing in the Fort Collins community is available during the Orientation and Registration Program before the residence halls open. The residence halls are open during the week-long closings in November (Thanksgiving break) and March (Spring break), but no meal service is available. The residence halls are closed over the four weeks of winter break (December/January), and the Office of International Programs can arrange for homestays in the Fort Collins area for students who do not travel home for the break.

Prepare for Your Arrival(pdf)

Apply for a Student Visa

Obtain the I-20 or DS-2019

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) sends admitted students the I-20 or DS-2019 Form necessary to apply for the Student Visa once they receive:

  • Completed Certificate for Issuance of Immigration Document
  • Original financial support documentation dated within the last 6 months (e.g. Bank statement) indicating funds are available to cover at least one-year of tuition and living expenses at Colorado State
  • Support letter stating that the minimum required amount will be available for each year of study Admitted international students who reside in the United States receive their I-20 as a separate mailing from ISSS (not included with the admission packet). Admitted international students who reside outside the United States are sent their admission letter and their I-20 in one express mail package. Questions about the status of the I-20 should be directed to ISSS at isss@colostate.edu.
  • Schedule a Visa Interview A visa can only be issued by a U.S. Embassy/consulate. Admitted students should contact the nearest embassy or consulate for detailed instructions; requirements for processing the visa will vary by location, and many offices will require a visa interview. Students should allow a minimum of 4 weeks for this process to be complete.

Questions?

Contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at ISSS@ColoState.Edu.

Complete Math & Composition Placement Exams

Admitted VIP students who have not completed at least three credits each of transferable, college-level mathematics and college composition (AP, IB or dual enrollment included) are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and the Composition Placement Exam before participating in an orientation and registration program. Both Placement Exams are offered in an online format and are accessible from remote (off-campus) locations, such as a home computer. If necessary, the MPE may be taken up to two additional times on campus, while the Composition Placement Exam may be taken only one additional time. Please note that the MPE is available on demand while classes are in session, whereas the Composition Placement Exam is only offered on select dates at specified times.

For details about the Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Exam including customized review materials, go to www.math.colostate.edu/placement/placement.shtml. Be sure to carefully review the section for Prospective and Incoming Students.

For details about the Colorado State University Composition Placement Exam, including the select dates and times it will be available, refer to http://writing.colostate.edu/comp/placement.cfm.

Participate in Orientation

International Student Orientation is MANDATORY, so admitted students should arrive on campus one week before classes begin. Temporary housing in the Fort Collins community is available during the three days of orientation before the residence halls open;go to the Housing webpage for more information. Information about International Student Orientation is available online by June 15 for fall semester; details also are emailed from ISSS to admitted students no later than one month prior to the start of the academic term. Questions should be directed to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at ISSS@ColoState.Edu.

Submit a Final, Official Transcript

Admission is provisional until we receive a final, official transcript reflecting satisfactory completion of any work in progress and applicable degree completion or graduation. If the original is not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the official document. Admitted students are encouraged to send any available course descriptions, syllabi, or university/college catalogs that will assist our transfer credit evaluators in assessing completed work for equivalent credit before arriving.

Complete Student Health Records

All non-immigrant students and accompanying dependents are required to enroll in the student health insurance program or to show proof of equivalent or better protection. Enrollment in University health insurance and payment of student fees allows admitted students to seek professional health care at Hartshorn Health Center. Services include visits with the staff physician, walk-in assessment, mental health treatment, and wellness education. Additional services available at a reduced cost include dental care, laboratory work, x-rays, vaccinations, specialty clinics (allergy, optometry, etc.), and pharmacy. Before students can register for second semester classes, they are required to provide a medical history and proof of immunization. We recommend admitted students mail the documentation in advance or bring it with them to Orientation. For more information, review the Forms section of the CSU Health Network website.

Important Note:

The University’s General Catalog includes information about student rights and responsibilities and University policies and procedures. Information about the Four-year Graduation Agreement is part of the Student Bill of Rights.