Admission Requirements

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.)

*Students with non U.S. transcripts must provide official translations.

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.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

See Credit by Examination (Academic Policies section).

Basic Skills Assessment

The University complies with statewide policies adopted by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). As amended for fall 2014, every public institution of higher education in Colorado is required to assess writing and mathematic skill levels of all first-time, degree-seeking students. CSU-Pueblo also assesses reading skills. Students whose assessment scores fall below the minimum requirements must enroll and successfully complete the appropriate skill building course(s) within their first 30 credit hours towards graduation. Basic Skills Levels are determined by ACT or SAT scores. If students do not have an ACT or SAT score they must take the appropriate ACCUPLACER test. CSU-Pueblo also accepts COMPASS scores for placement.

Cut scores are listed below:

CDHE Placement Guidelines

Skill Area: Writing

ACT Subscore
English: 18

SAT Subscore (before March 2016)
Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing: 430

SAT Subscore (March 2016 and later)
Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing: 470

Classic ACCUPLACER Score
Sentence Skills: 95

COMPASS Score
Writing Skills: 79

Skill Area: Mathematics

ACT Subscore
Math: 19

SAT Subscore (before March 2016)
Math: 460

SAT Subscore (March 2016 and after)
Math: 500

Classic ACCUPLACER Score
Elementary Algebra: 85

COMPASS Score
Math Placement: 63

With an ACT math subscore of 19 or an SAT subscore of 460 (tests taken before March 2016) and 500 (tests taken March 2016 or after) no skill building courses are needed in math unless the general education math course mandated for your major requires it.

CSU-Pueblo Placement Guidelines

Skill Area: Reading

ACT Subscore
Reading: 17

SAT Subscore (before March 2016)
Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing: 430

SAT Subscore (March 2016 and later)
Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing: 470

ACCUPLACER Score
Reading Comp: 80

COMPASS Score
Reading Placement: 76

For more information on Basic Skills Assessment, contact the Center for Academic Enrichment at (719) 549-2584.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are degree-seeking students who, at the time of application, have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework. Remedial courses, concurrent enrollment courses (courses taken while in high school), and courses taken at schools that are not regionally accredited do not count toward the total credit count.

Transfer students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee

*Students with non U.S. transcripts must provide official translations.

Note: Transfer students who have fewer than 13 transferable collegiate semester credit hours must meet the first-time freshmen standards. This includes international applicants. College credit earned in high school is eligible to count toward a degree at CSU-Pueblo, but cannot be used to classify a student as a transfer student.

In general, students with at least a 2.3 cumulative transfer GPA who have successfully completed all basic skill coursework will be admitted to CSU-Pueblo. Students who have not yet completed their basic skills courses or who have a GPA below a 2.3 are still encouraged to apply, and may be admitted on a probationary status.

Students who are enrolled at another institution at the time application for admission is made to CSU-Pueblo should arrange to have one official transcript from the current institution sent with the application. A final transcript must be sent when the final term is completed.

After admission and once all official transcripts have been received, evaluations of transferable credit will be completed and provided to the student.

Each student must indicate all previous college experience on his or her application. Applicants may not ignore previous college attendance. Students who fail to inform the Office of Admissions of all previous college work will be subject to delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of application and/or cancellation of enrollment.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer students should be aware of the 10-year time limit on credit earned toward a bachelor’s degree, which applies to both transfer and resident credit. (Additional information appears in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.)

Credit is accepted by CSU-Pueblo from institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or similar regional accrediting bodies. For credit toward degree requirements, CSU-Pueblo accepts a maximum of 60 semester hours from community or junior colleges and/or a maximum of 90 semester hours from four-year institutions toward degree requirements. For degree purposes, CSU-Pueblo accepts no more than 90 credits in total through transfer or other assessment of prior learning.

Transfer grades and credits are not computed within the cumulative grade point average earned at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Courses completed with a grade of C- or better are accepted in transfer.

Colorado State University-Pueblo only accepts Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degrees from regionally accredited out of state institutions as fulfilling the University’s general education requirements if CSU-Pueblo’s entire general education core is completed with acceptable transfer credit. However, some CSU-Pueblo majors may have specific general education requirements that must be completed. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees are not transferrable to CSU-Pueblo, but will be evaluated on a course by course basis.

AA and AS degrees earned at an accredited Colorado community/junior college satisfy the University’s general education requirements, except for those courses which are major specific. Students generally transfer in 60 semester hours and achieve junior status.

Credit from an institution without regional accreditation may be accepted by petition for transfer after the student has completed at least one term of full-time coursework at CSU-Pueblo with a C (2.000) average or better.

The University accepts up to eight semester hours of cooperative education courses in transfer. Cooperative education course work, to be acceptable, must include a clearly defined academic element, such as a study plan or reading assignments.

Military service credit is evaluated when official copies of transcripts for military schools are received and may be counted toward a baccalaureate degree. Army, Navy, and Marine personnel should submit a Joint Service Transcript (JST). Air Force personnel should submit a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Transcript. Courses are evaluated according to the American Council on Education (ACE) Guidelines. The Military and Veteran’s Success Center notifies and directs each student to an academic advisor who will assist them with choosing a program of study and clarify the applicability of JST transfer credits to program(s) of study. Students and advisors may refer to DARSweb “what if?” audits to explore JST transcript credit application within potential major(s).

Acceptance of credit does not necessarily mean that a specific department will accept the same credit toward its major requirements. Each department evaluates transfer courses to determine applicability to major and minor requirements.

All application materials for applicants who decide not to enroll for the term for which they applied will be kept on file in the Office of Admissions for one year. Official transcripts received from other institutions cannot be relinquished.

College Level Examination Program

See Prior Learning Assessment (Academic Policies section).

Appeals Process

If a student disputes the University’s evaluation of credits from other Colorado public institutions, the student must file a written appeal with the Registrar within 15 calendar days of receiving the evaluation. If the student fails to file an appeal within the 15-day period, the decision made in the transfer evaluation will be binding. The Registrar has 30 calendar days to respond. If the student does not receive a response or feels CSU-Pueblo did not follow its policies and procedures, the student can appeal to the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) to hear his/her case.

If a student disputes the University’s evaluation of credits from a Colorado private institution, a non-Colorado institution, or a non-regionally accredited institution, the student must file a written appeal with the academic department at CSU-Pueblo within 15 calendar days of receiving the evaluation. If the student fails to file an appeal within the 15-day period, the decision made in the transfer evaluation will be binding.

The Academic Department will have 30 calendar days to review the appeal and notify the student in writing of the decision including the rationale for the decision. In addition, the student will be notified in writing about the process for appealing and the appeal decision should the student feel that reasonable doubt exists.

If the Academic Department fails to inform the student of the available appeal options, the appeals decision shall be null and void. The student’s request prevails and cannot be overturned by any institutional administrator or committee.

A student may appeal the first appeal decision in writing to the Dean of the College in which the Academic Department is housed. The appeal must be filed within 15 calendar days of the postmark date of the letter from the Academic Department regarding the first appeal decision.

The University must hear and reach a decision on the appeal within 15 calendar days after the appeal is filed. The student will be notified in writing, by the University, of the decision regarding the appeal and the rationale for the decision. In addition, the student shall be informed in writing about the subsequent process for appealing the institutional transfer decision, if the student chooses to do so.

The student may appeal the institutional decision to the CSU-Pueblo Provost. The appeal must be filed within five (5) calendar days of the postmark date of the letter notifying the student of the institutional decision. If the student fails to file an appeal within this time period, the institutional decision shall be binding.

The Provost shall review and reach a decision on the appeal within five (5) calendar days after the appeal is filed. The student will be notified in writing of the decision regarding the transfer appeal and the rationale for the decision. In addition, the institution shall inform the student that the decision may be appealed further by writing to the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). The appeal must be filed within five (5) calendar days of the postmark date of the letter notifying the student of the Vice Chancellor’s decision.

If a student disputes the decision of petitions from transfer of credit from non-accredited institutions, the student must file a written appeal with the Dean of the College who denied the petitions within 15 calendar days of receiving the petition denial. If the student fails to file an appeal within the 15-day period, the decision made in the petition process will be binding.

The Dean of the College will have 30 calendar days to review the appeal and notify the student in writing of the decision including the rationale for the decision. In addition, the student will be notified in writing about the process for appealing and the appeal decision should the student feel that reasonable doubt exists.

If the Dean of the College fails to inform the student of the available appeal options, the appeals decision shall be null and void. The student’s request prevails and cannot be overturned by any institutional administrator or committee.

A student may appeal the first appeal decision in writing to the Provost. The appeal must be filed within 15 calendar days of the postmark date of the letter from the Dean of the College regarding the first appeal decision.

The University must hear and reach a decision on the appeal within 15 calendar days after the appeal is filed. The student will be notified in writing by the University of the decision regarding the appeal and the rationale for the decision. The decision is final with regard to the petition for the acceptance of transfer credit from non-accredited institutions.

Degree-Plus (Second Baccalaureate Degree)

Students seeking a second undergraduate degree must meet all residency and major requirements. This includes a minimum of 30 credits in residency at CSU-Pueblo. Degree-plus students are considered to have satisfied General Education requirements by virtue of the work completed for their first undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, refer to the Degree Plus (Second Baccalaureate Degree) section in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

International Students

Students who are residents of another country must submit the following to be admitted to CSU-Pueblo:

  1. The official international application for University admission, accompanied by a $30 fee for undergraduate admission or $35 fee for graduate admission; or a $30 fee for English as a Second Language students.
  2. Two official transcripts of all work completed either in high school or in college (or the equivalent). One transcript must be in the native language, one in English. Both must show courses taken, grades earned, length of classes and length of school terms. All transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution and must be sent by that institution directly to the Center for International Programs. An explanation of all transcript terminology must be included;
  3. Results of an English language proficiency test. First-time freshmen students: A minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test, a minimum score of 173 on the TOEFL computer-based test, a minimum score of 61 on the TOEFL internet- based (iBT), a minimum score of 80 on the Michigan Test of English Proficiency, a minimum band score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, or completion of the advanced level at CSU-Pueblo’s English Language Institute (with ELI Director approval) is required. Transfer students: A minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test, a minimum score of 173 on the TOEFL computer-based test, a minimum score of 61 on the TOEFL internet-based (iBT), a minimum score of 80 on the Michigan Test of English proficiency, or a minimum band score of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required. In addition, transfer students must have an overall cumulative grade-point average of 2.300 or above. English language proficiency tests are not required of students from countries where English is the native language.
  4. A financial statement regarding the resources available to the student during his or her stay in the United States. An international student cannot be accepted without this statement.

The Center for International Programs reserves the right to change policy. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Vice-President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

No international student application for admission will be considered until all required materials are complete. The Center for International Programs must receive all materials by the application deadlines.

Returning Students

Students who have been enrolled and received a grade notation in a course (see Academic Policies for grade notations), but whose attendance was interrupted for two or more regular semesters, excluding summer, are required to file an application for readmission by the admissions deadline of the term in which they wish to enroll. Students seeking readmission must submit a $25 reapplication fee (non-refundable). Students whose previous CSU-Pueblo work resulted in a cumulative grade point average below 2.000 (“C”) must also provide a written statement detailing the previous academic difficulties, the student’s plans to overcome these difficulties and any other pertinent information to assist the admissions committee in making a decision.

Students, who are re-admitted after an absence of two or more semesters, excluding summers, are governed upon readmission by the catalog current at the time of readmission. Any college credit earned more than 10 years before the date of admission or readmission is not applicable toward the degree desired unless it is approved by the appropriate department chair. This policy includes transfer credit previously accepted by CSU-Pueblo. This policy does not apply to general education courses. Any course substitutions, waivers, exceptions, or petitions completed prior to readmission must be submitted to the appropriate approving authority. Any exceptions to the policy must have prior approval from the Provost.

Degree-seeking students who have attended another post-secondary institution or have taken college-level correspondence or extended studies courses must provide complete official transcripts of such studies. Each student must indicate all previous college experience on his or her application, including any coursework since last attendance at this institution. Applicants may not ignore previous college attendance. Students who fail to inform the Office of Admissions of all previous college work will be subject to delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of application and/or cancellation of enrollment.

Academic Renewal

Undergraduate students who return to Colorado State University-Pueblo after an absence of at least three years and whose cumulative CSU-Pueblo grade point average is below 2.000 are eligible for academic renewal. Students who take advantage of the Academic Renewal Policy will not have grade-point averages carried forward upon readmission. Courses with an earned grade of D+ or below are not eligible to count toward graduation. Students must be currently enrolled for academic renewal to be processed. Academic renewal will not be granted more than once.

Any college credit earned more than 10 years before the date of readmission is not applicable toward the degree desired unless approved by the chair of the department offering the course(s) [or equivalent(s)]. This policy does not apply to general education courses.

Students who elect academic renewal will be required to complete at least 30 hours of credit after readmission before they are eligible for a baccalaureate degree.

Students who have been granted Academic Renewal must complete 60 semester credits with CSU-Pueblo after the Academic Renewal designation to qualify for graduation with scholastic honors.

The Academic Renewal Application can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Non-Degree Students

Students may enroll at Colorado State University-Pueblo as a non-degree seeking student in one of the following categories:

Guest Student – No Credit

Applicants who wish to register as a guest (no credit) without degree-seeking status should contact the Office of Admissions for current policies and procedures.

A guest (no credit) student may carry up to 6 hours per term. A guest (no credit) student is ineligible for financial aid. In place of a grade for each course, students receive the symbol NC (no credit) on their transcripts.

Guest Student – For Credit

Guest (for credit) student category is reserved for applicants who wish to enroll in courses without degree-seeking status. Applicants who wish to register as a guest (for credit) student must complete a short application with the Office of Admissions each term that they wish to enroll. Guest (for credit) students are NOT REQUIRED to submit official transcripts, test scores or an application fee; however test scores or a transcript will be required to enroll in an English or Math course. Tuition and fees are based on the number of credits for which they register and are INELIGIBLE to receive financial aid. A guest (for credit) student may carry up to 15 hours per semester and may earn a maximum of 30 semester hours while maintaining visiting status. A guest (for credit) student must maintain a 2.000 cumulative grade-point average. Guest (for credit) students who wish to exceed the 30-semester hour maximum must formally apply for admission. For information on Guest (for credit) Student Status for graduate students, see Graduate Programs section in catalog.

High School University Program

Under Colorado’s Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT Programs, high school students may register for classes at the University based on the availability of existing Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT agreements. Information on these programs is available in the CSU-Pueblo Office of Extended Studies and at participating high schools.

The University also offers a Senior-to-Sophomore (STS) program by agreement with various high school districts. High school students in this program are afforded the opportunity to study in university level courses while remaining in their high school classrooms and are considered unclassified students by the University. Students must submit an application for admission, transcript of their high school record and ACT or SAT scores. Those STS students who are in their senior year are given consideration for admission as regular first-time students for the fall semester following their high school graduation. Students interested in this program are encouraged to seek information from their high school guidance counselor or from the University’s Office of Extended Studies at 719-549-2316.

Senior Citizens

Persons 65 years of age or older, or 62 and retired, may audit courses on a space-available, non-degree student basis without paying tuition. Permission of the instructor is required. A grade of NC (no credit) will be posted.