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First-Year Students

You Belong Here.

CSU Pueblo offers many different programs taught by nationally recognized faculty dedicated to your success. Our thriving campus community has something for everyone, including student clubs, NCAA Division II Athletic Programs, experiential learning opportunities, and study abroad programs.

Who Should Apply

First-year applicants are degree-seeking students who, by the time they start classes, will not have earned any college credits outside of high school or the summer after their high school graduation.

When to Apply

First-year students can apply after finishing their junior year of high school. It is recommended first-year students apply for the updating fall semester by November 1, although late applications are accepted.

How to Apply

Submit the first-year application along with your application fee or waiver code and official documents. Students can receive an admissions decision by self-reported GPA, but will not be officially admitted until submitting required documents.

What Are CSU Pueblo's First-Year Admission Standards?

CSU Pueblo is a moderately selective institution, and we are committed to providing access to a 4-year college degree to any student who is academically prepared. We look at several factors to determine your preparation, including assessment scores, high school GPA, and academic rigor.

GPA Standards

In general, students must have at least a 2.0 to be considered for admission. Any student with a 2.3 GPA or below will be considered for admission and will be required to submit a Statement of Academic Performance.  For more info click here.

Assessment Scores

We recommend 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.


While we will consider other indicators of rigor, we recommend that students complete the following requirements:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics, including two years of algebra and one of geometry
  • Three years of natural/physical sciences, with two units lab-based
  • Three years of social sciences, including one year of U.S. History
  • One year of a foreign language
  • Two years of appropriate academic electives

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