First-Year and Transfer Students

We look forward to welcoming you to CSU! All new students are expected to participate in Spring Ram Welcome!  Scroll down to find your schedule of events. Students will receive more information and a final Spring Ram Welcome schedule in early January. Please note: Spring Ram Welcome events will follow CSU COVID-19 policies and protocols including masks required for indoor events. For more information on CSU’s COVID-19 response, visit: http://covid.colostate.edu.

For new students, are you interested in meeting 1:1 (in person or virtually) to start the semester with a student leader to make a connection and get some questions answered to start the semester? If so, complete this form and a Transfer Transition Leader or Peer Facilitator will be in contact with you.


Thursday, January 13th

Spring Ram Welcome Interest Sessions
Attend the following optional interest sessions that will provide you with unique information about transitioning to CSU.

  • Do Something at CSU!
    3:00-3:45 pm
    Lory Student Center 304-306
    Step into the world of Involvement. Want to join a student organization? Interested in giving back to the community through service? Want to build your leadership capabilities? The opportunities that exist for students at CSU are abundant and sometimes it is hard to choose what to do, where to begin, or what to not do. This session will provide ways to find involvement opportunities and practical methods for choosing what are the best options to meet your personal, academic, and career goals so you can make the most of your time here at CSU.
  • The CSU Student Experience
    4:00-4:45 pm
    Lory Student Center 304-306
    Sit in on a panel of current CSU students to learn more about their experiences at CSU. This is your opportunity to learn more about resources available to you as well as what it means to be a CSU Ram!

New Student and Family Reception
5:00-6:00 pm
Lory Student Center Ballrooms C & D
Join other CSU students, staff and University administrators for a resource fair and mixer opportunity. Connect with current students and administrators and learn more about the resources available to you at CSU! Light appetizers and refreshments are provided, and parent and family members are invited to attend.


New Student Bowling Night

6:30-8:30 pm
Chipper’s Lanes (Busses will leave immediately following the New Student and Family Reception at 6:00pm)
Join other new CSU students and your Ram Welcome Leaders for a few hours of bowling! Connect with other new students, free pizza and soft drinks included while supplies last!

Friday, January 14th

Come Climb at the CSU Rec Center!
11:00 am-1:00 pm

Student Recreation Center
Come experience the Student Recreation Center climbing wall for a few hours. All students are welcome, no prior experience necessary! Come see the Rec Center and learn more about opportunities and programs offered through Campus Recreation.

Class Quest
2:00-3:00 pm
Meet at the Lory Student Center Information Desk

Bring your class schedule and go on a guided quest to find your class buildings. You’ll be one step ahead for the first day of classes.

RLP Movie Night: Showing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) 
5:30 p.m. Lory Student Center Theatre
Join the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and other new student and watch Shang-Chi in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Saturday, January 15th

CSU Women’s Basketball vs. New Mexico
Meet up at 12:30 p.m. at entrance to Student Rec Center. Game begins at 1:00 pm.
Moby Arena

Meet in front of the Student Recreation Center to head over to Moby Arena to cheer on your CSU Rams Women’s Basketball team as they take on the University of New Mexico.

New Student Skating @ Rollerland
Meet at 3:30 p.m. at entrance to Student Rec Center. Event goes from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Rollerland Skate Center
Come check out Fort Collins’ own indoor skating center at Rollerland Skate Center! Spend the evening connecting with other new students. Meet Ram Welcome Leaders in front of the Student Recreation Center at 3:30 pm. Transportation will be provided.


Additional Opportunities the First Week of Classes

Thursday, January 20th

New Student Trivia Night
4:30-6:30 pm
RamSkeller

Orientation & Transition Programs and Campus Activities are excited to welcome new students for a Trivia Night and social gathering at the Ramskeller in the Lory Student Center (LSC).  Have fun and create community with your fellow Rams by joining us for trivia, music, food and more. Don’t miss out on FREE food, prizes, and a great time at our spring semester welcome back event!

Friday, January 21st

Transfer Student Kickoff
4:30-6:30
Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room
Join the Transfer Transition Leaders for free food at the annual Transfer Student Kickoff! This is a great way to have some fun, eat good food, and meet other new transfer students. Learn more about upcoming Transfer Programs events and chat with your TTLs while kicking off the start of your semester right!


College and Major Welcome Activities: 

Students will participate in sessions or welcome activities specific to their college/major. See below for information for your respective college:

College of Agricultural Sciences

Thursday, January 13, 10-10:45am

New Ag students are invited to attend a virtual Welcome via Zoom

Tuesday, January 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

New College of Agricultural Sciences students are invited to drop by the Animal Sciences Building, 2nd floor atrium to meet the Student Success Team, learn about advising, student organizations and other resources.  There will be a snack and some swag to pick up. 

For more information, contact Addy Elliott at Adriane.Elliott@colostate.edu.

College of Business

Thursday, January 13th

New students will be able to meet virtually with their Advisor to discuss support and resources. You will be contacted by the College of Business with additional scheduling details.  For more information, contact the College of Business Undergraduate Programs office at (970) 491-6471.

Exploratory Studies (Exploring/Undeclared major)

Academic Support Coordinators will be individually reaching out to spring start students to schedule appointments to discuss support and resources.  For more information, contact Student Achievement at (970) 491-7095.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Each major/department has the following planned for new students:

Construction Management- Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Design and Merchandising- Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Family and Consumer Sciences – Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Food Science and Human Nutrition- Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Health and Exercise Science- Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Human Development and Family Studies– Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

School of Social Work– Students will receive an invitation to individual Ram Welcome sessions with advisors and faculty. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday, January 18th-Friday, January 21st, between 9:00am-3:00pm

New Students can drop by and pick up a welcome packet from their departments during the first week of classes at the following locations:

Anthropology and Geography: Clark B 219

Art and Art History: Visual Arts G100

Communication Studies: Behavioral Sciences Building A203

Economics: Clark C 306 (Office closes from 12:00 – 1:00 PM daily)

English: Eddy 359

Ethnic Studies: Eddy 202

History: Clark B 356

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts: Clark A 078

International Studies: Clark A 078

Journalism and Media Communication: Clark C 244

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: Clark C 104

Philosophy: Eddy 243

Political Science: Clark C 346

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance: University Center for the Arts 120

Sociology: Clark B 258

Women’s Studies: Eddy 210

College of Natural Sciences

Tuesday, January 18th-Friday, January 21st

New Students are able to drop in and pick up college and department swag and items the first week of classes at the following locations and times:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Location: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department Main Office; Molecular & Radiological Sciences (MRSB) Bldg, First Floor
    • Office Hours: M-F 8:00-5:00
  • Biology & Zoology
    • Location: Biology Department Main Office; Biology Bldg, Room 111
    • Office Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
  • Chemistry
    • Location: Chemistry Department Main Office; Chemistry Bldg, Room B 101
    • Office Hours: M-F 7:45-4:45
  • Computer Science
    • Location: Computer Science Department Main Office; 2nd floor of Computer Science Bldg, SW side
    • Office Hours M-F 8:00-4:00
  • Data Science/Natural Sciences Majors
    • Location: CNS Dean’s Office; Statistics Bldg, Room 117
    • Office Hours: M-F 7:45-4:45
  • Mathematics
    • Location: Mathematics Department Main Office; Weber Bldg, Room 101
    • Office Hours: M-F 7:45-4:45
  • Physics
    • Location: Physics Department Main Office; Engineering Bldg, Room 124
    • Office Hours: M-F 7:45-4:45
  • Psychology
    • Location: Psychology Department Main Office; Behavioral Sciences Bldg, Room 201
    • Office Hours: M-F 7:45-4:45
  • Statistics
    • Location: Statistics Department Main Office; Statistics Bldg, Room 102
    • Office Hours M-F: 7:45-4:45
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Academic Support Coordinators will be individually reaching out to spring start students to schedule appointments to discuss support and resources.  For more information, contact Kristen Brown at Kristen.P.Brown@colostate.edu.

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Tuesday, January 18th from 9am-1pm

New students are invited to drop by anytime during this time at the Engineering Success Center (Scott Bioengineering Building) for an Open House to talk with Engineering Student Ambassadors, gain access to general advising information, learn about the resources accessible to them through the college, and pick up a snack and some swag. 

Warner College of Natural Resources

Friday, January 14th, 1:30-2:20pm

New Warner students are invited to attend a virtual Spring Welcome via Zoom.

Tuesday, January 18th – Thursday, January 20th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Students are invited to drop in at the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building Atrium to meet their advisors, learn about college minors, student organizations, and other resources, and pick up college swag. There will be an optional building tour at 12:30pm each day.

For more information, contact vicki.culbreth@colostate.edu.


For more information, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@colostate.edu, (970) 491-6011 or use the live chat function on this website.