Welcome to Colorado State University!

Dear Parents and Family Members of New CSU Students,

Welcome to the Ram Family!  As a parent or family member of a new CSU student, this may be the first time you are hearing from our office, but we hope it's not the last!  As your student is preparing to start their journey on the CSU campus, we wanted to share some important information and deadlines to help you support your student in their transition to CSU.  

Below you will find valuable information about:

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Online Ram Orientation LIVE

Online Ram Orientation LIVE is a supplemental component to this online program. It is optional but it is highly recommended that you attend. The LIVE program has been designed to provide students that complete online orientation with the on-campus experience. It is a one day program on January 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with lunch included. 

During the program, new students will receive a campus tour, meet current CSU students as well as incoming peers! We will provide an opportunity for you to ask our current students all of the questions that you might have regarding campus life, academics, or their CSU experience. We'll end the day by providing lunch within one of our dining facilities. Parents, families and guests are encouraged to attend this program as we’ll have programming specifically for you too!

If you have not registered for the LIVE program, please have your student update his/her online reservation at https://wsnet.colostate.edu/cwis11/. For additional information please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@colostate.edu or call 970-491-6011.

Ram Orientation - International Students

Ram Orientation for International Students has been designed to help prepare directly admitted undergraduate international students to CSU and the local community. Once students have paid their enrollment deposit, created an eID, and registered for Ram Orientation, the next step is to complete the online component of Ram Orientation for International Students accessed at otp.colostate.edu/online. This online portal provides a variety of information ranging from travel information to advising and course registration. All incoming international students should complete this program prior to arriving to CSU.

The on-campus component of Ram Orientation for International Students begins on January 11 and ends on January 13th. Students attending this program will celebrate arriving to CSU, receive information about life at CSU, complete the immigration document review as well as connect with current CSU students. The Office of International Programs is an integral partner in welcoming new international students and reviewing the immigration documentation. Students should visit the Office of International Programs to learn more about the services designed specifically for new international students!

For additional information please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at orientation@colostate.edu or call 970-491-6011.

As a new student starting in the spring, your student is an important part of the CSU community, and we encourage your student to take advantage of all the opportunities to get involved and connected to campus. Being a new student starting in the spring has many advantages; however, it can also be challenging to make the transition to new academic and social environments. Spring Ram Welcome is designed to help our spring start students explore these new environments before and throughout their first week on campus.

What is Spring Ram Welcome?

Spring Ram Welcome builds upon the orientation experience and begins the successful adjustment to Colorado State University.  Students will learn about services available to support the college experience, become part of the CSU campus community, connect with new and current students, learn traditions, and discover what it means to be a CSU Ram!

Is my student expected to attend Spring Ram Welcome events?

Your student is highly encouraged to attend! Spring Ram Welcome runs from January 14 to January 22, 2016.  Events and activities throughout the weekend will help your student get to know other students in their new community.    

Spring Ram Welcome kicks off with the University Welcome and Reception on Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Lory Student Center Theatre.  Join CSU staff and other new CSU students for an official welcome to the University.  Parents and family members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend as well.

We look forward to welcoming your student to campus this spring. If you have any questions about Spring Ram Welcome, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs directly at (970) 491-6011 or orientation@colostate.edu.

Ram Welcome Student Schedule 

Ram Welcome Parent and Family Schedule 


Parents and families of transfer students: 

A special welcome to our spring-start transfer students and their families! The majority of new students starting this spring are transferring in from institutions all over the state, country, and world and we are thrilled they have chosen to continue their education as CSU Rams. New transfer students are highly encouraged to attend all Ram Welcome events, especially the Transfer Student Kick-Off on Friday January 22, 2016. This event is a great opportunity for new transfer students to connect with each other, the Transfer Transition Leaders, and enjoy food and fun before the Winter Carnival!

The support for our new transfer students will continue all semester long. Students will receive weekly emails from a Transfer Transition Leader with information about great campus programming, transfer student events and communities, and tips on how to thrive in the transition to CSU. For more details on the ways in which your transfer student will be supported, please visit the Transfer Programs @ CSU webpage


CSU Health Network Requirements - Student Checklist

The CSU Health Network will support your student's health and well-being during their time at CSU.  

In order to ensure your student is prepared for their arrival to campus, please use the New Student Checklist to keep track of important health-related requirements. 

CSU Health Network also publishes a First Year Guide for Parents and Families, this is another great resource designed just for you!

If you have any questions about the specific services provided through the CSU Health Network, please utilize the contact page to directly speak with a CSU Health Network staff member. 

AlcoholEdu and Haven Requirements

AlcoholEdu is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perceptions and behaviors. The research-based course offers accurate information in a non-judgmental tone, while providing personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers. All new students under the age of 23 as of December 14, 2015 are required to complete the course, with the exception of graduate and second bachelor’s degree students, students enrolled in less than 6 credits, and distance learners. AlcoholEdu has two parts. Part 1 is due on the first day of classes, January 19. Part 2 is due on March 4. If your student does not complete Part 1 by the deadline, a registration hold will be placed on their account, making them ineligible to register for the following term.

Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault is a separate course designed to educate students on issues associated with sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. All students admitted to CSU are required to complete Haven. We recognize that talking about sexual assault can be difficult, and want to acknowledge that some students may have had personal experiences with sexual assault. If the module is difficult or triggering for your student, please encourage them to contact a confidential victim advocate to discuss resources and options.  During business hours, Monday-Friday, please contact the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at 970-491-6384 and ask to speak with an advocate. After hours and on the weekends, please contact the 24-hour Victim Assistance Team at 970-492-4242. In addition, students may reach out through confidential email to wgac@colostate.edu.

Your students have received instructions on how to complete the required Alcohol Edu and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault modules.  This information was emailed to their rams.colostate.edu email addresses and, as a reminder, Part 1 must be completed by January 19, 2016.

These links will take you to the information sent to your students, as well as instructions for completing the Alcohol Edu module as a parent or family member.  While it is required for new students under the age of 23 to complete the module, it is not required that you take the parent and family version of Alcohol Edu.  The option is available should you want to see what is required of your student.

We encourage you to talk with your students about the course to learn about their planned approach to situations involving alcohol and consent while attending CSU (as well as their plans to complete the modules prior to arriving to campus to begin their first year at Colorado State).

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My student is moving into a residence hall, what are important items to bring?
A list of items provided to students, along with a list of suggested items can be found here. Residence Life staff, along with Housing and Dining Services, is committed to serving your student's needs while at CSU.  For additional information about life in the Residence Halls see the Student Resources webpage
My student will be commuting to campus, what resources are available to my student who lives off-campus?
Off-Campus Life helps students moving or living off-campus to have a successful transition and integration into the Fort Collins and CSU community.  Off-Campus Life offers a variety of programs catered towards those students living off-campus.  More information can be found here
Why should I speak with my student about FAMweb access?
FAMweb is a tool used by parents, family and friends to access information about a CSU student.  In order to access this information, the student must grant access to you individually using an email address.  Next, you must create an account using that same email address through the FAMweb webpage.   Students can grant access through the "Change My Access to My Records (FAMweb)" link on their RAMweb.  Information about your student can only be viewed if granted access by the student.   The information the student can share is grouped into the following categories: billing information, financial aid, grades for last completed term, tax information, unofficial transcripts, and weekly class schedule.  Note: each specific information category must be granted by the student to the individual viewing the record. 
I'm not sure if my student's roommate is going to be a good fit.  How do we go about getting an immediate room change?

Students come to Colorado State from all over the United States and the world.  Your student’s roommate is one of them and your student will have the opportunity to get acquainted with, learn about, and adjust to living with them.  Residence Life seeks to pair roommates who have similar preferences, based on information provided on the Residence Hall Housing Application.  Note: discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin is contrary to the purpose and policies of Colorado State University and violates the spirit and intent of the civil rights laws of Colorado.  For this reason, information of this kind is not requested on the Residence Hall Housing Application and is not taken into account when making roommate assignments.

We know the first instinct is to check out a new roommate on Facebook or another social media site. We remind students (and parents/family members) it has been our experience that students do not get a complete and accurate sense of who their roommate is based on a Facebook profile. Viewing status updates, photos, and affiliations on social media sites may not accurately reflect whether or not your student & their matched roommate will be compatible. We recommend your student contact his/her new roommate directly, get to know that person face-to-face, and take the time to see how they will relate as roommates.

To assist students in successfully sharing a room, students can obtain Roommate Agreement from their RA and students are encouraged to sign them.  If an unresolvable issue arises between your student and his/her roommate, they are encouraged to seek advice from their Resident Assistant, Residence Director, or consult with the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

What is RamCash?
RamCash can be added to any RamCard to buy food, beverages, and services on campus.  Often RamCash is included as part of a meal plan, but students may need to add additional funds throughout the semester for a variety of services.  For more information on RamCash and where it can be used please visit the RamCash webpage
What Can I Expect from Parent and Family Programs?
Colorado State University Parent and Family Programs actively partners with students' parents and families to support students' academic success and personal development while also assisting families to become appropriately involved and connected with their students and the University. We provide important information to parents and family members through direct email contact, our monthly e-newsletter, and various presentations/engagements at CSU and around the country.  We also can help refer parents and family members directly to resources on-campus that will assist in answering questions and supporting their student. Parent and Family Programs is also committed to helping work through challenging situations, offering guidance and recommendations.  We are here to be your one-stop-shop as a parent and family member!

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