Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

An offer of admissions may be granted to high school graduates or applicants with a GED equivalent who:

  1. Meet freshman admission requirements OR
  2. Meet transfer admission requirements OR
  3. Apply for provisional admission OR
  4. Apply for non-degree seeking status.

Undergraduate First-time Freshman Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants must have:


A. Two or more years of work experience.

  • Applicants with at least 1 year of work experience may apply for provisional admission.

B. Completed fewer than 24 college-level semester credit hours or 36 college-level quarter credit hours.


C. High School diploma with grade point average of 2.80 or higher, or provide a GED from the College Board and meets the minimum GED score requirement.

  • Applicant can be fully admitted with the following GED scores:
    • 1988 to 2001: 50
    • 2002 to 2013: 500
    • 2014 to present: 660
  • Applicant can apply provisionally with the following GED scores:
    • 1988 to 2001: 45 - 49
    • 2002 to 2013: 450 - 499
    • 2014 to present: 580-659
  • Applicants will be denied admissions with GED scores below:
    • 1988 to 2001: 45
    • 2002 to 2013: 450
    • 2014 to present: 580
  • Applicants with a non-College Board GED must apply provisionally.

D. Higher education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) for rigor with minimum high school coursework with a grade of C or higher

  • HEAR is not required for applicants with a GED
Academic Area 2008/2009 2010
English 4 Units 4 Units
Mathematics 3 Units 4 Units
Natural Science 3 Units 3 Units
Social Science 3 Units 3 Units
Foreign Language Not Required 1 Unit
Academic Electives 2 Units 2 Units
TOTAL 15 Units 17 Units

Freshman students cannot register for overlapping terms or enroll in 400 level coursework, nor will they be allowed to self-register. Freshman students are required to take the following four courses sequentially in their first four terms, although they may also take an additional 100, 200, or 300 level course at the same time. 

  • ORG100: Navigating Organizations and Change
  • ENG101: Composition I
  • HUM101: Critical Reasoning
  • ENG102: Composition II

Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants must have:

       A. At least two years of work, internship, or volunteer experience

       B. A minimum of 24 college-level semester credit hours or 36 college-level quarter credit hours completed.

       C. At least a 2.30 cumulative grade point average from an institution that is accredited by an approved institutional accrediting agency noted in the Approved Institution Accreditors section of the Undergraduate Admissions policy. 

       D. Good Academic Standing at the last institution attended.

Undergraduate Provisional Admission

Applicants may apply for provisional admission if they do not meet first-time freshman or transfer admission requirements. Applicants with at least one (1) year of work experience may apply provisionally.

   A. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking provisional admission must:

  • Submit a 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • Submit a professional resume
  • Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment

   B. Provisional applications will be reviewed using the Provisional Admission Rubric. Provisional applicants must meet the minimum Provisional Admission Rubric requirements or be recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee to be granted provisional admission. Applicants will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirements at the time of admission.   

C. To be eligible for full admission, provisionally admitted undergraduate students are required to:

  • Complete nine (9) credit hours within two consecutive trimesters
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Earn a course completion rate of 66.66% or higher

 Students will be notified that they have achieved full admission status when the above conditions are met. If a student does not meet the stipulations outlined by the end of their second trimester, they will be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are administratively withdrawn for not meeting provisional requirements may apply for readmission after 30 days following their withdrawal date.   

D. The provost may approve formalized alternative pathways to provisional admission at their discretion, but prior to it being offered to students it must be approved by the Governance Council and any of its designated committees.

CSU Global at times may admit students who are under the age of 18 years. In most cases, enrollment of minors is limited to existing partnerships with high schools participating in dual enrollment agreements as they have the deeper student relationships and expertise in working with younger students. In certain instances, students who have not graduated from high school and are not served under a standard CSU Global enrollment agreement may be admitted to the university as a non-degree seeking student. Students under the age of 18 who meet application and enrollment requirements, including provisional admission, may be admitted to the university.

Based on its statutory mission, CSU Global provides workplace-relevant academic learning experiences in an environment that has been specifically curated to respect students as independent, mature individuals. CSU Global treats all students equally, irrespective of age. If an exception is made to admit students under the age of 18, CSU Global’s standard advising and academic support arrangements will apply, which include but are not limited to: student success counselors, tutoring, disability services, and career coaching. However, the university acknowledges that anyone under the age of 18 is legally a minor and that some legal restrictions may apply.

Undergraduate Dual Enrollment applicants must meet the following requirements:

A. Applicants under the age of 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent may apply to CSU Global as degree seeking students. Those who meet application and admission requirements, including provisional admission, may be admitted to the university.

B. Applicants under the age of 18 and enrolled in a high school dual enrollment agreement will be admitted as non-degree seeking students to CSU Global in accordance with the dual enrollment agreement.

C. Applicants who are enrolled in high school but have not yet graduated from high school or earned an equivalent and are also not served under a dual enrollment agreement, may be admitted to the university as a non-degree seeking student upon review and recommendation of the Admissions Committee. Applicants seeking admission prior to graduation from high school and not in a dual-enrollment status must submit proof of attendance in a high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, a written statement of intent, parental/legal guardian consent, and a statement of academic readiness from the high school principal or school counselor.  Applicants who are enrolled in an approved home school may submit documentation of approved homeschool status along with a statement of academic readiness from the applicant’s parent, legal guardian, adult designated by the parent, or an otherwise qualified person as defined in Title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes: Education Article 33: School Attendance Law of 1963, Section 104.5.

Admitted students under the age of 18 are required to adhere to all university policies and requirements as published on the university website and in the academic catalog. The university will ensure all communications with students and/or parents/legal guardians follow FERPA as well as local, state, and federal guidelines.

Admitted students under the age of 18 who have not completed high school may not complete more than 15 credits or attempt more than 22 credits total. Students may only enroll in Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Pathway approved courses (gtPathways) while in non-degree seeking status. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Applicants seeking admission prior to graduation from high school who are not in dual-enrollment status through their high schools will be required to complete the following documents as a part of their application and admission into the university:

  1. University Application for Admission
  2. AM – Minor Applicant Statement of Intent
  3. AM – Minor Applicant Letter of Recommendation
  4. AM – Minor Applicant proof of high school attendance or home school status plus a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  5. Consent form signed by a parent/legal guardian.

General Admissions Information

Ready to become a CSU Global student? Whether you've found the program that's right for you or you're still looking, applying now is the best way to ensure you're set up for success by your first day of class.

  1. Talk to an Enrollment Counselor:
    Our highly trained Enrollment Counselors are here to answer your questions and help you select the best program that fits your goals. Contact us.
  2. Apply:
    Complete your online application in just 10 minutes! The required $25 application fee is waived for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents.
  3. Submit Your Transcripts:
    Order official transcripts from your previous colleges and other sources of credit so we can create your individual degree plan. Transfer credits and alternative credit options can help you reach your academic goals faster and more affordably, so be sure to discuss these with your enrollment counselor.
  4. Finalize Your Enrollment:
    Once you’re admitted, your Tuition Planning Specialist will guide you through orientation and your degree plan, transfer credits, and financing options.
  5. Prepare For Your First Course:
    Congratulations, you’re officially a CSU Global student! Check out this online coursework sample to see what your courses will look and feel like. Make sure your computer can handle your virtual classroom by looking at the technology requirements for your PC or Mac.

CSU Global enrollment is designed to be streamlined and get you admitted and ready for class as soon as you're ready - but don't forget, you are responsible for submitting official transcripts from prior institutions. “Official” in this context refers to the transcript type and the method of delivery.

CSU Global will accept official electronic transcripts from National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, and other approved service providers, or emailed securely to admissions [at] csuglobal.edu from the issuing school's Registrar or Student Records Office.

Validation of High School Completion for Prospective Students includes: 

  1. Admissions Specialists will verify the legitimacy of the high school listed on the transcript(s) by using the following resources: 
    1. National Center of Educational Statistics
    2. College Board website
    3. State Department of Education directories
    4. High School accreditation website(s)
  2. If the high school noted on the transcript is not listed in one of the above resources, an Admissions Specialist will consult with the Registrar to determine legitimacy of the transcript provided. 
  3. Admissions Specialists will validate the legitimacy of the submitted high school transcripts
    1. Students applying for admission to CSU-Global are responsible for submitting official transcripts from prior institutions attended. “Official” refers to both the transcript type and method of delivery. A high school transcript is considered official if it is sent directly from the issuing school to CSU Global in a sealed envelope. Transcripts that have been sent to the student and opened are not considered official.

A transcript is also considered official if it is printed on official transcript paper and sent directly from the issuing school to CSU Global in a sealed envelope mailed to:

Colorado State University Global
Attn: Admissions Department
555 17th St., Ste. 1000 Denver, CO 80202

To complete CSU Global assignments and coursework, your desktop computer and laptop must meet these minimum requirements for hardware and software. Please note, although tablets or other mobile devices may meet these requirements, we do not recommend students use these as some applications/software required to complete assignments may not support these devices.


  • 2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM*
  • At least 10 GB of free hard-drive space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor or better
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • PC-compatible web camera. Computers with a built-in camera are acceptable

Minimum Browser Version Requirements***:

  • Internet Explorer - v11
  • Firefox - v55
  • Chrome - v60
  • Opera - v47

Broadband internet connection**


  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM*
  • At least 10 GB of free hard-drive space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor or better
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra
  • Boot Camp or Parallels recommended to run windows-only software in some programs

Minimum Browser Version Requirements:

  • Safari - v10
  • Firefox - v55
  • Chrome - v60
  • Opera - v47

**High-speed internet access is strongly recommended due to the use of multimedia technologies in our courses. We recommend a download speed of 25 Mbps and an upload speed of 4 Mbps. Speeds slower than this may impact your experience.


Acrobat Reader - Free download

Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation-creation software:

  • Microsoft Office
  • OpenOffice - Free download
  • Google Documents - Access here
  • iWork - Mac Pages, Numbers, Keynote (for MAC users)

Supported file types for assignments include: .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, and .xlsx.


  • Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or VLC media player
  • Java (Oracle Corporation) - Download here

Optional Hardware (see individual course syllabi for requirements):

  • Microphone
  • Speakers, headsets, or headphones

***Microsoft 10 and the Edge Browser

The Microsoft Edge browser is not currently supported for Canvas or our Student Portal. Many features work well, however, users may experience issues with classroom discussions and popup blockers.

We recommend students use Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox.

You can access a printable checklist for system requirements by clicking the links below:

Multifactor Authentication

Students and alumni are required to set up two-factor authentication in order to access university systems and services. Users who do not complete this as part of their initial account setup may contact the 24/7 support team for assistance. Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent users from accessing their school-issued email address, Student Portal, Canvas, and other systems that authenticate through these login credentials.