Ram Connect

Get ready for your next adventure and bring your Ram Orientation experience to the mountains!

Enhance your orientation experience by joining fellow new students for one of these add-on extended orientation programs that takes place off site in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.  Connect with peers, student leaders, and the sights and sounds of the natural world as you participate in activities designed to help you set a successful course for your CSU experience.

There are three experiences available to incoming first-year students:  Ram Connect: Mountain, Ram Connect: Adventure, and Ram Connect: Wilderness.  Each of these experiences will offer the opportunity to meet new people and explore what it means to be a student at CSU while also catering to different interests.

How do I sign up?

Reservations for all Ram Connect experiences are available through your Ram Orientation reservation as an additional opportunity.

Ram Connect: Mountain

Journey up to the CSU Mountain Campus on this two-day, two-night experience where you will participate in the Challenge Ropes Course, an alpine hike, a campfire, and other community building activities.  For information about activities for families and guests of students, click here.

2020 Dates:
  • Session 1: June 12-14
  • Session 2: June 26-28
  • Session 3: July 10-12
  • Session 4: July 17-19

Cost: $250

*Cost includes all meals, 2 nights of lodging at the CSU Mountain Campus, transportation, and activities

Click here to download necessary waivers/medical forms.

Ram Connect: Adventure 

Looking to connect with other new students while exploring some of the outdoor activities available in Northern Colorado? Register for this three-day, three-night experience where you'll go hiking, rock climbing, and white water rafting.

Click here for a sample packing list.

2020 Dates:
  • Session 1: June 18-21
  • Session 2: July 9-12

Cost: $250

*Cost includes all meals, 3 nights of camping in nearby National and State parks, transportation, white water rafting, and other activities.

Ram Connect: Wilderness

Connect with fellow new students as you spend three days and three nights backpacking through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Learn about this popular Colorado activity while learning how to successfully navigate your first semester at CSU.

Click here for a sample packing list.  

2020 Dates:
  • Session 1: July 16-19 
Cost: $175

*Cost includes all meals, park entrance and backcountry camping fees, transportation, and gear.

Cancellation/Refund Policy for Ram Connect Programs

Time of Cancellation 


Before May 1st

100% refund

At least 28 days prior to program

75% refund

15-27 days prior to program

50% refund

Fewer than 14 days prior to program

No refund will be issued

See a student's perspective of Ram Connect: Mountain