The information below applies to all credit students, on-campus, and at a distance. Each student is responsible for being familiar with the policies and procedures of Colorado State University and the Division of Continuing Education (applicable to courses offered through OnlinePlus).
A student wanting to participate in a class without earning the credits may register as an auditor. Most courses are available for audit. Auditing a course requires prior approval of a student's advisor and the instructor. Audits or pass/fail do not count toward a degree, but are recorded on the student's academic record if an instructor determines that an auditor's participation in the course is satisfactory.
When computing course loads and assessing fees, audited courses are counted the same as if taken for credit. Tuition is the same as for credit courses. Changes to or from an audit status must be made during the registration period.
Corequisites (lab and recitations)
Some courses have labs and/or recitations that are required to be taken with the lecture section. Corequisites use the same delivery method as the lecture section.
Once a student is officially admitted to Colorado State University to earn a degree, the student's status is termed degree-seeking.
Enrollment Status Full-Time/Half-Time
Enrollment status is determined by the number of credits which the student has completed or is pursuing for the term in question. Courses from which the student has dropped or is auditing are not included. Credit requirements are as follows:
Spring and Fall
Full-time: 12 or more credits
Half-time: 6 - 11 credits
Full-time: 9 or more credits
Half-time: 5 - 8 credits
Full-time: 6 or more credits
Half-time: 3 - 5 credits
Full-time: 5 or more credits
Half-time: 3 - 4 credits
Tuition is not affected by enrollment status; however, there are other departments such as Student Financial Services that are affected by enrollment status.
Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Students have certain rights concerning their education records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, as amended, 20 U.S. 1232g et.seq. (FERPA).
Students have access to their education records as do school officials, including but not limited to financial aid organizations, parents claiming the student as dependent, and any party designated by judicial order or subpoena. The school does not need student
consent to disclose their educational records to these identified individuals. Students can also ask to amend a record if they believe it is misleading or inaccurate.
Details are available through the Registrar's Office.
Academic and administrative offices can place holds on your University account. These holds prevent you from registering or changing your registration schedule. Colorado State University makes every effort to notify students of their holds.
If a hold on your account exists, you must clear each hold with the office involved. Contact information for the offices involved will be listed with each hold.
In compliance with Colorado state laws and Health Department regulations, Colorado State University requires persons born January 1, 1957 or later to show proof of immunity against measles (two doses), mumps (two doses), and rubella (two doses). This requirement applies to any student taking a credit course — whether individually, as part of a degree program, or as a GUEST student — requiring on-campus attendance. This policy does not apply to online and distance-only credit courses.
Prerequisites for each course are listed with the course information. A department may limit the enrollment in a class to particular students.
OnlinePlus typically offers courses that are required prerequisites for other courses.
Permission (consent) of the instructor for a student to attend a class is implied when the student has met specified prerequisites. All prerequisites may be considered to have been met if a student presents evidence of credit earned in equivalent courses or if knowledge equivalent to the prerequisites indicated is demonstrated.
Written Consent of the Instructor
If written consent of the instructor is required, submit the signed Faculty Consent Form with your completed registration.
Repeat/Delete is a one-time per course grading option that may be used by undergraduate students to repeat a course in an effort to achieve a better grade. The following rules apply:
- The grade received the second time will be used to calculate the student's grade point average (GPA), regardless of whether the repeated grade is higher the same as, or lower than the initial grade received. The initial grade remains on the student transcript, but is not used in calculating the GPA.
- The student must request the Repeat/Delete option from the Registrar before the expiration of the W-drop period in the first semester in which the course is repeated.
- May be used for a maximum of ten credit hours.
- If a course is repeated at any time after using the Repeat/Delete option, all grades received for that course, except the initial grade, are used in computing the student's GPA.
- Although a course may be repeated as often as a student chooses, the Repeat/Delete option can be used only the first time a course is repeated.
Senior Visitation Privilege
At the discretion of the instructor in charge, seniors 62 years of age or older may attend any University class as a visitor without formal registration, provided on campus classroom space is available. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
All distance courses are conducted in accordance with the established policies of Colorado State University. Specific information concerning these policies can be found in the General Catalog and the Graduate and Professional Bulletin.
All statements made on this website and other publications distributed generally to prospective or admitted students shall be for information purposes only and should not be interpreted as contractual for any purpose. Colorado State University reserves the right at any time, without notice, to change, modify, or cancel any course, program, procedure, policy, financial requirement, or disciplinary arrangement set forth on this website whenever, at its sole discretion, it determines such action to be appropriate. Furthermore, Colorado State University is not responsible for any failure to present or complete any course or program, or to perform any other activity, function, or obligation mentioned on this website.