Freshman Application Process

Participation in the University Honors Program involves a separate application, available only after applying for admission to the university. Applicants to CSU with a minimum 3.8 GPA are invited to apply to the Honors Program by email and a link to the Honors application will appear on their RAMweb application status page.  CSU applicants who have not received an invitation to apply for Honors can request access to the Honors application by contacting the Office of Admissions at (970) 491-6909. Because the Honors Program application is tied to the application for admission, all materials submitted to CSU for an admission decision will also can be included in the Honors Program application review.

Honors Program applications are reviewed after a student has been officially admitted to CSU. Acceptance is offered on a rolling basis, and students are notified in a timely manner after they have been admitted to the University and their Honors Program application is complete. Space in the program is limited, and early applicants have a much better chance of being admitted. Qualified students who apply after the program is full will be put on a waitlist. Only applicants for the fall semester are considered for Honors Program acceptance as incoming freshmen.

Application Overview 

The Honors Program application consists of a brief online application form with short-answer essay responses to four prompts.  The Honors application review committee will also have access to all materials submitted as part of the on-line CSU Admissions application.  The Honors application review committee will consider several factors including GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, class rank, rigor of high school coursework, extracurricular activities and responses to the honors application questions.

Applications will not be reviewed until a student has been officially admitted to Colorado State University AND a completed Honors application has been submitted.  A minimum GPA of 3.8 is required to be accepted into the University Honors Program as an incoming freshman.

Honors Program Application Priority Date

The Honors application date is February 1. In some cases, we may ask for additional information (such as fall grades) before making a final decision. After the deadline has passed, qualified students may be placed on a waiting list if the program is at capacity.

Honors Program Admissions Decisions
Offers of admission to the Honors Program are conditional upon high school graduation and satisfactory completion of, and performance in, senior year course work. 

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

There is an automatic $1,000/year scholarship awarded to freshmen entering the Honors Program in the Fall of 2018. In addition, CSU offers merit-based scholarships to both resident and non-resident entering freshmen. Specific information about the Honors scholarship and the CSU merit scholarships for entering freshmen is listed on the Office of Financial Aid website. Students who wish to apply for additional financial assistance from CSU should complete the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the Colorado State University Scholarship Application (CSUSA). More information about applying for financial assistance can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.