Welcome to Colorado State University! We are so excited that you are here. On this webpage, you will find important information about your Ram Orientation experience.


Step 1: Online Pre-Orientation

First, sign up for our online orientation

Starting on April 19th, you will receive a link in you CSU email account inbox directly from us with information on how to access and complete the Online Pre-Orientation. During this required online experience, you will learn about our community and our history, discover resources, and prepare for success in and out of the classroom.

You will not have to download any additional software either!


Step 2: Virtual Ram Orientation and Advising

Virtual Ram Orientation

All new Rams will participate in a required virtual orientation experience. During this experience, you will get to meet other new Rams, build community, and connect with current students at CSU.

Please set aside the entire day of your reserved session! There are important sessions for you to attend throughout the entire day, so make sure you register for a day when you do not have any other obligations like work or other appointments.

Academic Advising 

Part of the your Virtual Ram Orientation session is academic advising and course registration. New students will connect with Academic Advisors and register for fall classes. 

The academic advising experience is designed to meet the variety of needs for new students. 

In order to get the most out of your academic advising and course registration experience, we recommend that you join using a computer or laptop/tablet with keyboard and have a strong internet connection.

View a sample schedule here:


Step 3: Ram Welcome

The next part of your orientation experience is to engage in Ram Welcome! All new students are expected to participate in  Ram Welcome.

Build upon your orientation experience and begin your successful adjustment to Colorado State University by exploring academic programs, engaging with faculty and staff, learning about the many services available to support your college experience, becoming part of the CSU campus community, connecting with other new and current students, learning traditions and discovering what it means to be a CSU Ram! The Spring Ram Welcome program is a campus-wide coordinated effort that brings the entire campus community together to welcome new students at the start of each semester.

For more information, please visit http://ramwelcome.colostate.edu/


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Online Pre-Orientation?

Online Pre-Orientation is the first step of your Virtual Ram Orientation experience. The Online Pre-Orientation system covers information about Colorado State University, our history and traditions, campus resources, academic success, and how our course registration system works.

Is Online-Pre-Orientation required? Do I have to complete the entire thing?

Yes! All incoming First-Year Students are required to complete Online Pre-Orientation before attending their Virtual Ram Orientation session. Online Pre-Orientation will provide you with information you will need in order to participate in advising and course registration during your Virtual Ram Orientation session.

How will I access Online Pre-Orientation?

Beginning on April 19th, you will receive an email to your CSU email account with instructions on how to log in and complete Online Pre-Orientation. Before you begin your Online Pre-Orientation experience, you will need to establish an eID if you have not already done so (www.eid.colostate.edu).

When will I receive the Online Pre-Orientation access email?

All students beginning at CSU in Fall 2021 will receive the Online Pre-Orientation access email on Monday, April 19th. If you register for Ram Orientation after April 19th, you will receive the link to Online Pre-Orientation in your confirmation email once you have completed your registration.

What if I do not have access to a laptop, smart phone, or stable internet?

Contact us for options – orientation@colostate.edu

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the Online Pre-Orientation?

Before you begin your online experience, you will need to establish an eID if you have not already done so: eid.colostate.edu.

Do I have to complete Online Pre-Orientation in one sitting?

No. You can complete Online Pre-Orientation in several sessions, but you must complete it 1 week before your scheduled Virtual Ram Orientation session. And you must complete one full module at a time to save your progress.

Is Online Orientation the same for ALL incoming students (first-year, transfer, etc.)?

No. Online Pre-Orientation is geared toward your specific needs as an incoming student. The information is tailored toward you as a first-year student and is customized with information for your specific academic college.

What do I do once I complete Online Pre-Orientation?

Once you complete Online Pre-Orientation, you will move on to Step 2: Virtual Ram Orientation and Advising.

What is the schedule for Virtual Ram Orientation?

You will need to be available ALL DAY to participate in Virtual Ram Orientation. The detailed schedule for the program is still being finalized and will be shared as soon as possible.

If I completed Online Pre-Orientation do I still have to participate in Virtual Ram Orientation?

YES. Online Pre-Orientation prepares you for your Virtual Ram Orientation session. You must complete Online Pre-Orientation before attending your Virtual Ram Orientation session. Your Virtual Ram Orientation session is where you will connect with campus resources, other new rams, and meet with an academic advisor for Academic Advising and Course Registration.

Does my family participate in Virtual Ram Orientation with me?

We have designed a Virtual Orientation experience just for parents, families, and guests. For more information about this, please visit the Families and Guests page on our website.