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 and Academic Advising

First, sign up for our online pre-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 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!

Academic Advising 

Part of the orientation experience is academic advising and course registration. To gain access to academic advising you must complete Pre-Orientation. Academic advising is separate from your Virtual Ram Orientation session and can be done before your session date.

The academic advising experience is designed to meet the variety of needs for new students. Upon completing Online Orientation, students will receive instructions on how to schedule their academic advising appointment. The advising appointments will be scheduled for a time when both students and Academic Advisors are available. 

Please note: In order to meet with your academic advisor, you must complete Online Pre-Orientation.


Step 2: Virtual Ram Orientation

At Virtual Ram Orientation, you will have the opportunity to connect with other new Rams, build community, and connect with current students at CSU.

We are still working on the schedule for Virtual Ram Orientation and will share it as soon as possible.

Click here to view the Virtual Ram Orientation for Transfer Students Schedule:


Step 3: Transfer Ram Welcome

The next part of your orientation experience is to engage in Ram Welcome! All new transfer students are expected to participate in Transfer 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. Upon completion of Online Pre-Orientation, you will unlock your academic advisor’s information and will be able to contact them for advising and course registration.

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

Yes! All incoming Transfer Students are required to complete Online Pre-Orientation. Online Pre-Orientation will provide you with information you will need in order to unlock your advisor’s contact information for academic advising and course registration.

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: 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 in order to be advised for course registration. Additionally, you must complete one full module at a time to save your progress.

Is Online Pre-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 transfer student and is customized with information for your specific academic college as well as specific information if you are a veteran or adult learner.

What do I do once I complete Online Orientation?

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

What is the schedule for Virtual Ram Orientation?

The detailed schedule for the program is still being finalized and will be shared as soon as possible.

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.