I am pleased to welcome you to the Honors Program community.  You are joining the growing ranks of motivated, talented students who take advantage of the many opportunities CSU affords as you complete your undergraduate education and prepare for your future career.

Our program offers a challenging and enriching program of studies, and personalized attention and support from the Honors Program staff, faculty, and peer mentors.  We call this experience a public ivy education because you receive a world class education, participate in small learning communities typically found at liberal arts colleges, and benefit from the resources and diversity of an outstanding research university.

The University Honors Program strives to develop well-rounded individuals through the optional residential learning communities in the Academic Village and Edwards Residence Hall, and by encouraging participation in areas such as leadership, service, study abroad, and University activities.  CSU offers this flexible, personalized approach to undergraduate education so you can excel beyond the classroom.

Best wishes for a successful and rewarding first year at Colorado State University.


Donald L. Mykles, Director
Professor of Biology


Next Steps

Admitted students can confirm their intent to enroll at CSU online by logging into RamWeb, using the Admissions heading on their home page and confirming their intent to enroll at CSU.

Please confirm by going to your CSU portal and selecting the link to confirm your honors program plans. Special scholarships reserved for Honors students will NOT be awarded until you have confirmed your intent to participate in Honors.  You must confirm your participation by May 1st or the offer of admission is revoked.  The Honors confirmation process is separate from the CSU confirmation.

You can pay your enrollment deposit when you confirm your intent to enroll at CSU, or pay it at a later date.  But you will be unable to register for classes until the deposit has been received, so please pay your enrollment deposit by no later than May 1st.

***Please apply ASAP - the earlier the better!***

Admission to Honors does NOT guarantee you a space in any of the Honors Residential Learning Communities (Academic Village and Edwards Hall). You MUST complete the housing application, which can be completed after you pay (or defer) the CSU enrollment deposit. Space is limited, and these residence halls usually fill by early March.  If you think you may attend CSU and want to reserve space in the Honors Residential Learning Communities, complete the online housing application and send in your housing deposit as quickly as possible.  Most of the housing deposit is refundable if you decide not to attend CSU.  If you have already been assigned to a residence hall and would like to request a change, please call 970 491-4719. If the Honors Residential Learning Communities are full, you can request that you be placed on a waiting list by emailing housing@colostate.edu.

*COVID impacts and unknowns may modify designated housing for Learning Communities as University Housing continues to follow the direction of the university and local health officials to determine the best way to move forward with assignments. If we are unable to assign you to the Learning Community’s designated hall, you will still be able to participate in the community, and we will work closely with our University Housing partners in supporting the residential experience of students within their assigned hall. 

Even if you have been awarded a merit scholarship upon admission, you should complete the FAFSA and the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA). Completing these applications will increase the possibility that you may be awarded a college or departmental scholarship in addition to your honors scholarship and a freshman merit scholarship.

New students need to attend a summer Ram Orientation session. Please sign up as soon as possible, as sessions fill up quickly. Information about this will be mailed to you in early spring.  When orientation registration opens you will be able to register online at www.orientation.colostate.edu.   You will receive assistance from Honors program staff to help you identify and register for your first semester classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Honors program does not involve any special fees. In fact, there is an honors scholarship for students who are admitted as incoming freshmen. The $1000/year scholarship is in addition to any other merit scholarships you may receive from CSU and is subject to the same criteria for automatic renewal. Information about scholarships is available here.

Yes, you can arrange a visit by calling our main office at 970 491-5679 or emailing honors@colostate.edu.

Admitted students need to confirm participation in Honors no later than May 1. Please confirm by going to your CSU portal and selecting the link to confirm your honors program plans. After May 1, if we have available space, we will be admitting students from our waitlist and late confirms for students admitted prior to May 1 may no longer be accepted.

If you have been admitted to Honors but wish to take a gap year before enrolling at CSU, you may defer your admission by emailing honors@colostate.edu and asking to defer for a year.

CSU requires that all newly admitted first-year students who are single, under 21 years of age, and not living with their parents in the Fort Collins area, must live in the University residence halls for the first two consecutive terms of their attendance.

Yes. The Honors Residential Learning Communities (HRLCs) are housed in three campus residence halls – the Honors and Aspen Hall buildings in the Academic Village, and Edwards Hall. The HRLCs are a popular choice for incoming freshmen, but Honors students are NOT required to live in an Honors residence hall. Historically over 75% of incoming freshmen choose to live in one of the HRLCs.

Admission to Honors does not guarantee that you will be assigned to an Honors HRLC. There is a separate Housing application. Information about residential options and application information can be found here.

To request your space in one of the HRLCs, please complete the Residence Hall Housing Application early (upon acceptance to CSU) and designate the HRLC in the Academic Village or Edwards Hall as your first and/or second preference. Halls are filled on a “first come, first served” basis. If you haven’t been admitted to Honors by the time housing assignments are made in the spring, you will be assigned to an alternate choice.

Yes, the program accommodates students of all majors.

All incoming freshman honors students enter the program as Track 1 students. Track 1 requires that students complete 5 honors seminars, two honors course in their major and prethesis/thesis. That program covers all of the AUCC (general education) requirements at CSU except for math, science and an advanced writing course. If you remain in Track 1, any AP credit could be used toward major requirements, second majors, minors or count as elective credit.

Freshmen with more than 30 AP/IB credits are eligible to switch to Track 2 after their first semester if they wish. Track 2 students take two honors seminars but five honors courses in their major, plus prethesis/thesis. However these students will need to complete general education requirements which would have been covered by Track 1. This decision is normally made in the first semester, after consultation with an honors advisor. If you don’t have at least 30 AP credits, you would stay in Track 1 and your AP credit would be used to satisfy elective credits or could possibly be applied toward a minor or a second major.

CSU is very generous about accepting AP/IB credits but the number of credits you get and which courses you receive credit for usually depend on your score on the tests and when you took them. Information about AP/IB credit equivalencies can be here.

A good place to start is the CSU catalog, which lists the requirements for all majors and minors offered at CSU. A link to the catalog is here. Be sure that you are looking at undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) since graduate degree requirements are also described in the catalog.

Another good site to explore and compare majors can be viewed here. Majors on this site are grouped under seven general categories (tracks). You can click on these tracks to get an overview of various majors in those categories.