First-Time Students

First-time applicants are degree-seeking students who, at the time of application, have not yet successfully completed at least 24 credit hours of college-level course work after high school graduation. For these students, CSU Pueblo will use several indicators to determine a student’s admissibility, including test scores, high school GPA, and rigor.

Included below is a more information about each of these indicators, along with the middle 50% GPA and test score ranges for students admitted for Fall 2019. Many students who have test scores or GPAs outside of those ranges will still be admitted. These ranges are meant to help students see what CSU Pueblo is considering, but are not strict requirements that must be met.

GPA Indicator: 2.96-3.86

In general, students must have at least a 2.0 to be considered for admission. While there are some exceptions, they are reserved for students with extenuating circumstances.

ACT Score Indicator: 18-24

SAT Score Indicator: 940-1130

It is strongly recommended that students have at least a 14 on all subsections of the ACT or at least a 380 on all subsections of the SAT, though students with lower scores may still qualify for admission.

Exception to test score requirement: Students who were unable to take either the ACT or SAT due to the COVID-19 pandemic may still apply for admission. Their admissibility will be determined by their academic performance, rigor. Students are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor if they have specific questions.

Rigor Indicators

While CSU Pueblo will consider other indicators of rigor, it is recommended that students complete the following requirements:

Academic Area (Number of Units*)

  • English (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Natural Science (3)
  • Social Science (3)
  • World Language (1)
  • Academic Electives (2)
  • Total (17)

*An academic unit, often referred to as a Carnegie unit, is equivalent to one full school year of credit in a specific subject.

If a transcript includes both weighted and unweighted credentials, only the weighted credentials will be utilized by the University

Students may apply after the completion of their junior year in high school. One official transcript of high school work should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the high school at the time of application, and a final transcript with graduation date must be submitted after the applicant graduates from high school. Students who apply on the basis of the high school equivalency exams (including General Education Development (GED) and other state-wide approved exams) in place of high school graduation must have the agency issuing the test forward the official test scores (not the certificate) to the Office of Admissions. College credit earned in high school is eligible to count toward a degree at CSU Pueblo, but cannot classify a student as a transfer student.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed CSU Pueblo application;
  2. A $25 application fee (non-refundable);
  3. An official transcript of high school records* or official high school equivalency exam scores; and
  4. Scores from either the ACT or the SAT. (Not required of applicants who are 23 years of age or older or who have been out of high school five or more years. Exceptions will be made for students impacted by COVID-19)

*For students with non-U.S. transcripts: All international documentation must be translated, certified, and authenticated through an approved credentialing agency. For further information regarding this process, refer to the International Students Admission Requirements ( requirements/international-students) section of the catalog.

Note: Applicants who have completed their secondary education through alternative options such as home schooling should submit documentation of that education (i.e., transcript, portfolio, narrative statements of accomplishment, etc). Consideration for admission will be in a similar manner as that for applicants from traditional high school programs, but additional emphasis will be placed on scores obtained on standardized examinations.

Graduates of Colorado high schools participating in the standards based admissions project will be considered according to the current state guidelines for that project.