Frequently Asked Questions

University Policies

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 CSU Online).


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.

Degree-Seeking Status

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 you register for in a given semester. Dropped or audited courses are not included. Credit requirements are shown below and are the same for fall, spring, and summer semester:

  • Undergraduate
    Full-time: 12 or more credits
    Three-quarter time: 9 - 11 credits
    Half-time: 6 - 8 credits
    Less than half-time: 5 credits or less
  • Graduate
    Full-time: 9 or more credits
    Three-quarter time: 7 - 8 credits
    Half-time: 5 - 6 credits
    Less than half-time: 4 credits or less

Your financial aid may be impacted based on your enrollment status. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

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.

Immunization 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.


Students must meet all course prerequisites prior to registration for a specific class, or acquire the instructor's permission through an override.

Permission 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.

Academic prerequisites notwithstanding, a department may limit the enrollment in a class; classes may be limited to a specified number of students, to students of particular majors, or to students of particular class levels.

Current prerequisites for a course may also be found in the courses of instruction section of the CSU General Catalog.

Repeat/Delete Option

The Repeat/Delete option 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 the course is taken will be used to calculate the student's grade point average (GPA). The second grade will be used regardless of whether it is higher, the same as, or lower than the grade that was received the first time the course was taken. The grade that was received the first time that the course was taken remains on the student's transcript, but it is no longer used in the calculation of the GPA.
  • To exercise the Repeat/Delete option, students must complete the Undergraduate Repeat/Delete Request Form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the deadline of the course withdrawal period for the course during the semester in which the course is repeated.
  • The Repeat/Delete option can be applied to no more than three courses and to no more than a total of 12 credit hours.
  • If a course is repeated after using the Repeat/Delete option, all grades received for the 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. Once a student has graduated from CSU, a student may not exercise the Repeat/Delete option on any course taken prior to the date of graduation.
  • If a student has extenuating circumstances that can be documented, the student may submit a Repeat/Delete Appeal Form to request that the Repeat/Delete option be applied to a course after the deadline.

Senior Visitation Privilege

At the discretion of the instructor in charge, seniors 55 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.

University Policies

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.

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