Colorado State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Colorado State University Fort Collins
Colorado State University Fort Collins. Scott Ogle / Flickr

With an acceptance rate of 78 percent, Colorado State University is a largely accessible school. To apply, students interested Colorado State can fill out an application online. The school has its own application, but it also accepts the Common Application. In addition, prospective students will need to send in a high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement.

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Admissions Data

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  • Colorado State University Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510 / 620
    • SAT Math: 510 / 630
    • ACT Composite: 23 / 28
    • ACT English: 22 / 28
    • ACT Math: 22 / 28

Colorado State University Description

Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, Colorado State University enrolls students from all 50 states and 85 countries. The university has a 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and high achieving students who want small classes and lots of faculty interaction should look into the Honors Program. CSU's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Colorado State University Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference, and the university made the list of top equestrian colleges.


  • Total Enrollment: 31,856 (25,177 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (estimates)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,052 (in-state), $28,346 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $11,110
  • Other Expenses: $1,360
  • Total Cost: $24,722 (in-state), $42,016 (out-of-state)

Colorado State University Financial Aid

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 78%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,127
    • Loans: $6,724

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Construction Engineering, English, Fine Arts, History, Human Development, Journalism, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies
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Graduation, Retention, and Transfer Rates

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Track and Field, Football, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Swimming, and Diving, Tennis, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Softball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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