Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

CSU Global may grant an offer of admission to high school graduates (or GED equivalent) who meet the below requirements for admission. Additional requirements and limitations for first year and transfer students are listed under First Year Students and General Admission Requirements.

Standard Admissions

Offers of admission may be granted to applicants who:

  • Meet First Year requirements, have official high school transcript(s) or GED on file, and have a resume outlining 2 years of experience.
  • Are age 23 or older and/or have been out of school for five or more years and meet CSU Global minimum admission requirements and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file. These applicants are not required to meet first year or transfer student admission requirements as outlined by the State of Colorado.
  • Has official high school transcript(s) or GED on file and has completed 24 or more college-level semester credit hours or 36 or more college-level quarter credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. These applicants are considered transfer students and not required to meet first year admission requirements.
  • Are applying for Non-Degree Seeking Status and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file.

Applicants who do not meet the State of Colorado First Time Freshmen or Transfer requirements may apply for Provisional Admission and review by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants whose transfer credits are only from a nationally accredited school(s) or a military transcript, ACE-approved credit providers, or other non-traditional sources of transfer credit not resulting in a GPA, will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review under the provisional admission process.

Additional General Admissions Requirements

All entering undergraduate students are required to take either ORG100 or ORG300 in their first term.

Applicants who are enrolled at another institution at the time application for admission is submitted to CSU Global should arrange to have an official transcript sent at the time of application as well as a final transcript sent when the final course at the current institution is completed, or should submit a Transcript Waiver Form.

After admission and receipt of official transcripts, evaluations of transferable credit will be completed. Each applicant must disclose all previous college experience on his or her application or be subject to delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of application, and/or cancellation of enrollment.

All application materials for applicants who decide not to enroll for the term they applied will be kept on file for one year. Official transcripts will not be relinquished to applicants or students under any circumstances.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

Applicants who have submitted copies of unofficial transcript(s) from all prior institutions may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee or its designee. The unofficial transcripts must demonstrate the applicant is qualified for admission (pending receipt of official transcripts).

Applicants admitted conditionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are on file with the university. If all official transcripts are not on file by the start of the term, the student will be postponed to a later start date.

Students will be notified that they have achieved full admit status once all official transcripts have been received.

First-time applicants who only have high school transcript(s), or equivalent are not eligible for conditional admission.

Undergraduate Provisional Admission

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission, CSU Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the applicant meets the minimum Provisional Admissions Rubric requirements and/or is recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU Global reserves the right to request, access and review academic history as deemed relevant. Each provisional application will be reviewed under the Provisional Admissions Rubric. It is highly recommended that applicants take their time preparing all materials for consideration. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking admission under a provisional status must also submit:

  1. A formal, written, 500 word Statement of Purpose
  2. A detailed professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  3. SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official post-secondary transcript(s) and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are approved and on file with the university. The applicant will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirement prior to the drop/add deadline of their first term. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status will be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are administratively withdrawn for not meeting provisional requirements may re-apply after a period of 6 months following their withdrawal date. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcript(s) must be on file prior to consideration for re-admission. If a re-admissions appeal is approved, financial aid eligibility is reviewed on a case-by- case basis to determine if a student would qualify to receive federal student aid.

Undergraduate applicants may be considered for Provisional Admission if there are positive indicators of success through review of additional documentation (e.g., non-accredited coursework completed, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement). Note: Non-accredited coursework may not be accepted in transfer.

Provisionally admitted undergraduate students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. In addition, provisionally admitted students are required to complete two consecutive trimesters, and must complete six (6) credit hours in both the first and second trimesters and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and a course completion rate of 66.66% or higher in both trimesters to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified they have achieved full admission status. If a student does not meet the stipulations outlined in either trimester they will be denied admission and administratively withdrawn.

First-time students will be considered for Provisional Admission if they do not meet the CSU Global
minimum Admissions Standards of:

  • High School GPA of 2.80 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR High School Equivalency/GED (50th
    percentile ranking): 1988 version: 50, 2002 version: 500, 2014 version: 628
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 980 or higher
  • High School Rigor as recommended through HEAR
  • Two years of work experience

Note: First year students who have 2 years work experience and meet the minimum performance requirements of high school rigor with grades of C or higher and minimum assessment scores may be fully admitted into CSU Global in lieu of provisional admittance.

Students applying under the first-year requirements must submit an official high school transcript or GED transcript.

State of Colorado First-Year Requirements

  • Official high school transcript(s) or GED
  • Fewer than 24 completed college-level semester credit hours or fewer than 36 completed college-level quarter credit hours at time of application.
  • Official scores from a state-approved assessment of college readiness such as the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer exam.

For applicants seeking admission under first-year requirements, CSU Global grants admission to First- Year students based on academic indicators of performance from the applicant’s assessments scores, grade point average, and high school transcript(s). These are:

  • ACT of 18 or higher or SAT of 980 or higher,
  • High school grade point average (GPA of 2.80 or higher),
  • Rigor of high school academics

Note: First-year students who have 2 years of work experience and meet the minimum performance requirements of high school rigor with grades of C or higher and minimum assessment scores may be fully admitted into CSU Global in lieu of provisional admittance.

CSU Global will check the applicant’s high school transcript(s) or equivalent to ensure the student meets the state recommendations of Higher Education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) rigor:

Recommended minimum high school coursework with a grade of C or higher.

Academic Area 2008/2009 2010
English 4 Units 4 Units
Mathematics 3 Units 3 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

First-Year Status Restrictions

Applicants who meet the criteria for admission with a First-Year status have the following restrictions on enrollment. Students in First-Year status are required to complete the four courses listed below in the order presented. First-Year students are eligible to take other 100, 200, and 300 level courses concurrently with the First Year sequence.

  1. ORG100: Navigating Organizations and Change
  2. ENG101: Composition I
  3. HUM101: Critical Reasoning
  4. ENG102: Composition II

Students in First-Year status cannot register in overlapping Terms, cannot enroll in 400 level coursework, and will not be allowed to self-register but will work with a Student Success Counselor on their course schedule during their first term.

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 an expertise in working with younger students. In certain instances, students who have not graduated from high school and are not served under a standard CSUG 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, including but not limited to, student success counselor, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in high school but have not yet graduated from high school or earned an equivalent, and are 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 and 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.

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.

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
585 Salida Way Aurora, CO 80011

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.