Engineering Orientation

Welcome Rams to a new phase of life as a college student! We want to help our new students with a smooth transition into the college and CSU. Our orientation programs work alongside the university’s to provide dynamic, student-centered experiences. 

Getting started

Keep checking your Rams email

We send important information to your CSU email, so make sure you check it every day.

Send CSU your final official transcripts and exam scores

We encourage all incoming students to send their final transcripts and scores from Spring 2022 to CSU as soon as they are available. This includes official high school and dual enrollment/college transcripts, official copies of AP/IB exam scores, and any other final grades/exam scores.

Complete your Chem Prep
and the Math Placement Tool

Find information and requirements below for completing the Math Placement Tool and Chem Prep.

Complete the Math Placement Tool
as soon as you can to be prepared for fall registration

Math Placement Tool: As soon as you can!

Completion of the Math Placement Tool is required for all incoming engineering students, regardless of anticipated AP/IB credit for high school exams and courses completed.

Without the Math Placement Tool, students will not be able to register for math or science (CHEM 111 or PH 141) during Ram Orientation.

Get a video explanation of the Math Placement Tool

Watch CSU students and staff explain the Math Placement Tool, how it works, and its importance in setting the stage for a successful math experience at CSU. 

Encourage math program graphic

The ENcourage Engineering Math Program is a summer program to help incoming engineering students improve pre-calculus math skills.

Chem Prep Information

Completion of Chem Prep is required one week prior to orientation.

Completion of ALL Chem Prep modules is required for all incoming Engineering students except for Computer Engineering students. Visit the Chem Prep page for more information.

Students’ fall class schedules will be adjusted (with support from their respective academic advisor) in late-July (as necessary) to account for earned AP/IB credits earned from spring exams.

Get your Chem Prep questions answered

What is Chem Prep? Why do I need it? How do I access it? Get the answers to these and other questions on the Chem Prep page.

Start here: Orientation Steps

Always check your Rams email

Complete your Chem Prep and the Math Placement Tool

Send in your final official transcripts and exam scores

You’ve created a lot of unique logins while applying to universities, but we have good news for you: This is the last one you’ll need for a while.

Your eID is needed to complete many of the enrollment tasks to the right, and it also will be your official login as a student at Colorado State. Click here for instructions to create your eID unless you’ve already done so.

To confirm and deposit, visit RamWeb using your eID and select the ‘confirm and pay’ link on your profile. For more information, visit the Admissions Deposit Confirmation page.

Make sure you’ve finished #1-3 above before you access the orientation form.

When you are ready to reserve your spot in an orientation session, visit the Ram Orientation Reservations page

Visit the Applying for Financial Aid page and follow the process, including:

  • Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Verify Information on Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Completion of the Math Placement Tool is required of all incoming Engineering students by May 31. 

  • In addition, all Engineering majors (except Computer Engineers) are also required to complete Chem Prep well in advance of Ram Orientation. 
  • There is a 48 hour waiting period for Chem Prep completion to show up in the CSU student information system, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this important part of your pre-orientation process.
  • All official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.  Click here for more information on the transcripts process and to submit documents
  • In addition, having copies of your unofficial transcripts available to you during Ram Orientation will be helpful to you. The Registrar’s Office has up to 30 business days in which to evaluate official transcripts once they’re received.
  • For 2022, ACT/SAT scores are not required, but may be sent in. 
  • Final AP/IB  scores may not be available until the end of the summer. 

Visit the Health Checklist page for health requirements and recommendations for incoming CSU undergraduate students.

Part 2

Pre-Orientation Checklist

This is required to register for CHEM111, except for Computer Engineering students. Find more ChemPrep information here.

There is a 48 hour waiting period for Chem Prep completion to show up in the CSU student information system, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this important part of your pre-orientation process.

Get the basics of registration through the CSU Advising Youtube playlist of short videos. Visit the YouTube playlist here.

Gather your ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores and visit the placement website to determine if you are ready for CO150.

Take Directed Self Placement (DSP) if needed. If you do not have ACT or SAT scores, please complete the DSP through Ramweb.

Create your Engineering Technology Services (ETS) account at This will allow you to log in to campus computers and access important software tools.

Log in to and complete the Registration Ready steps in the center window.

Part 3

2022 Ram Orientation Schedule

First-Year Students

Step #1: Pre-orientation

Complete all items on the “Engineering Pre-Orientation Checklist.”

Step #2: Attend Ram Orientation (in-person or virtually)

Transfer Students

Step #1: Pre-orientation

Complete all items on the “Engineering Pre-Orientation Checklist.”

Step #2: Attend Ram Orientation (in-person or virtually)

Family and Guests

Parents and families can participate in Ram Orientation to support their students. There is no charge for parents or family members to participate.

CSU offers a specially designed Ram Orientation session for family members and support systems of new Colorado State University students. Orientation is about giving students the opportunity to learn more about Colorado State. It is also about families and support systems learning more about academic success, supporting students in their transition, student involvement at CSU, and about how to support their student’s growth and development while at CSU.

CSU Parent and Family Programs website features extensive resources for parents and family members, to help them as first year, transfer, and international students come to the University. 

Ask our students and staff!

Our student ambassadors live the engineering life every day, and are the perfect people to answer questions about the engineering experience.

Play Video

Bienvenidos al Colegio de Ingeniería de Walter Scott Jr, este video sirve como una orientación y contiene información importante para su estudiante. Nuestra Coordinadora de Alcance y Equidad Claudia Hernandez, esta aquí para servirles y apoyarlos para cualquier necesidad en Español que tengan.

Questions? Preguntas?

Other questions?

If you have specific questions or topic areas you would like us to address, please don't hesitate to contact us. E-mail us at

Preguntas? Hablamos español!

Si tiene preguntas o otros temas de los que quisiera hablar con nosotros por favor no dude en contactarnos. Mande un coreo electrónico a

Vaccine/COVID-19 Questions

For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic response and vaccination requirements for the Fall 2022 semester, visit the CSU COVID Information & Resources site.

Getting to the CSU Campus

Frequently asked questions

Congratulations on earning college credit! In order to register for classes on time based on your credits, you will need to send a screenshot/unofficial copy of your final scores or college transcripts to You will also need to send a copy of your official transcripts and scores to the Office of Admissions. Once official scores and transcripts are received, the Registrar’s Office has up to 30 business days in which to officially evaluate and process them. The AP or IB equivalences page can be found here. To look up the classes you are transferring to CSU, use the Transferology website.

During Ram Orientation, you will only be able to register with the scores you have received, not your anticipated scores. Don’t worry! You can change your schedule after you get your final scores by emailing your academic advisor.

All Engineering students are required to complete the Math Placement Tool to test out of the Precalculus math courses (MATH 117-126), regardless of their AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment status. This allows for the smoothest registration experience for you. If you have any questions regarding this requirement or believe you have earned credit, please send an email to For more information regarding transfer credits, please refer to our admissions page, the exam transfer equivalency,, or email us.

Yes, everyone needs to complete Chem Prep, with the exception of Computer Engineering majors, as they are not required to take chemistry.  It is important for all Engineering majors (except Computer Engineering majors) to complete all Chem Prep modules at least ONE WEEK before your scheduled Ram Orientation session.  Please note that it can take up to several hours to complete all Chem Prep modules depending on your level of experience with the content.  We encourage you to give yourself multiple days in which to complete the modules. You do not need to complete Chem Prep all in one sitting as you’ll be able to save your work as you progress through each module’s content.  Chem Prep should be accessed through RAMWeb.

Once you complete all Chem Prep modules, it can take up to 48 hours for your completion to process. If it’s been more than 48 hours since you completed Chem Prep, please email us at

Another common registration error for Chem 111 is an incomplete prerequisite of MATH 118.  If you have not yet completed the Math Placement Tool, please do so, as this may be the cause of your registration challenges.

The Math Placement Tool covers all math courses needed as prerequisites for MATH 160 – Calculus for Physical Scientists I, which include MATH 117, 118, 124, 125, and 126. Your goal is to place into MATH 160 in your first semester to stay on track with your major curriculum and help you avoid needing to take summer math courses in the future. Students in the college have higher success rates when calculus is completed in the fall or spring semester of their first year.    

If you are not able to test out of all five Precalculus math courses using the Math Placement Tool, you have several options.

  1. You can complete the tool one additional time in a proctored format.
  2. You could also use the Precalculus Tutorial to work through the Precalculus course content after you’ve utilized the Math Placement Tool at least one time. The Precalculus Tutorial takes more time to complete, but it does allow you to review content that you may be less familiar with to help strengthen your overall math skills.
  3. Take part in our ENcourage Engineering Math Program! ENcourage is a summer program intended to help incoming engineering students who did not place “calculus ready” through the math placement tool to improve pre-calculus math skills. Students will take the math placement tool after the program, with the possibility of placing out of one or more of the pre-calculus modules, and the possibility of placing into calculus (MATH 157 or MATH 160)
  4. After completing the Math Placement Tool once is to utilize the Math Challenge Exams. This may be a good idea for you is to take the Math Challenge Exam for one individual precalculus course: MATH 117, 118, 124, 125, or 126. This might be a good idea for you if you are confident in the subject and do not feel as though you need a refresher like the Precalculus Tutorial provides.   

More information on challenging Precalculus courses for credit can be found here. We strongly recommend that you take the Math Placement Tool seriously to avoid needing follow-up! For more information, please visit the Math Placement Overview page, or email our Engineering Ram Orientation staff at

Most laptops will work for engineering coursework, because there are plentiful computing resources provided by Engineering Technology Services (ETS). Students have 24/7 access to multiple engineering computer labs, and can even log into the engineering “virtual classroom” on their personal computers, where they can then access all the same software they can in the labs. ETS is available to help students configure this virtual classroom access. Remote access works from Windows PCs and Macs, but not Chromebooks.

If you are looking to purchase a new computer for college, RamTech (located in the Lory Student Center) also has lots of options and can give advice to students trying to decide between computer models. Additionally, Academic Networking and Computing Services (ACNS) has compiled a list of guidelines to assist students when choosing a computer.

If you haven’t received any information about Ram Orientation yet, be sure to check your CSU Office365 Outlook account. All student email is sent to this account, so it is important to check it regularly. If you don’t plan on checking this account regularly, you can also set up email forwarding to your personal account. If you are unsure how to access your Rams email account, ACNS has compiled a website for Office 365 help.

At this point in the Ram Orientation process, please direct all questions to We will answer your questions from that address. When you attend Ram Orientation, engineering advisors and staff will be on hand to assist you and information will be provided on your assigned academic advisor at that time.

Before your registration date, there are a few things that are important to complete. First, you must create an eID; this will be the account you use to log into all CSU-related services. Following that, it is important you complete the Math Placement Tool and Chem Prep before your Ram Orientation date. These tools will ensure that you are able to register for the classes required for your major during your first semester. For more information on the Math Placement Tool and Chem Prep, please refer to FAQ #2 and #4 above. 

Additionally, make sure you have completed “Registration Ready” in RAMweb before registration. You will see the Registration Ready section in the center panel of RAMweb when you log in. All of the actions in this panel need to be completed BEFORE your scheduled Ram Orientation session date.  The one exception to this is your advising code, which you will receive from your advisor on your registration day. Incomplete tasks will have a red “X” next to them, and completed tasks will have green checks.

For a full list of all pre-orientation checklist items that need to be completed before your scheduled Ram Orientation session, please go to

You cannot get credit for foreign language classes from high school unless you completed a language AP or IB exam or have dual enrollment credit from another college/institution. Additionally, if you are looking to take a foreign language at CSU, you must take the Language Placement Exam to determine your level of proficiency.

The ERLC is a housing community of first-year engineering students. Our community is designed to help students succeed with all aspects of student life. We provide academic advising and tutoring, help with technology and room requests, and we’re ready to help answer whatever questions you have. More information can be found on the ERLC webpage.

Students interested in applying for the ERLC must first complete a general University Housing application and then complete the ERLC supplemental application to be considered for admission to the ERLC.

If accepted into the ERLC, University Housing will assign you to AV-Engineering.  There is no guarantee that completing the supplemental application will lead to admission to the ERLC or to being placed in AV-Engineering. For more information, please email

Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente

¡Felicidades en obtener crédito universitario! Para registrarte a tus cursos a tiempo basado en tus créditos necesitas mandar una captura de tu pantalla/copia no oficial de tus calificaciones finales o expediente académico a Aparte de esto también tendrás que mandar una copia de tus expedientes académicos oficiales a la Oficina de Admisiones. Al recibir calificaciones y expedientes académicos oficiales la Oficina de Registros tiene hasta 30 días laborales para evaluar y procesar los documentos. La pagina de equivalentes para calificaciones AP o IB puede ser encontrada aquí. Para buscar los cursos que se trasfieren a CSU usa la pagina web de transferology.

Resultados finales de exámenes AP tomados el la primavera 2021 no estarán disponibles hasta el fin de julio o a principio del mes de agosto 2021. Durante la Orientación RAM, nada mas podrás registrarte con los resultados de examen que has recibido, no los que anticiparas. ¡No te preocupes! Puedes cambiar tu agenda después que recibas tus resultados finales al mandar un correo electrónico a tu asesor(a) académico(a).

Todos los estudiantes de Ingeniería estan requeridos de tomar el Math Placement Tool para pasar todos los cursos de Pre-Calculo (MATH 117-126), sin importar sus resultados de examen AP, IB, o estatus de inscripción doble. Esto crea una experiencia mas fácil para tu registración. Si tienes preguntas de este requerimiento, o crees que podrás tener crédito por favor manda un correo electrónico a Para mas información sobre créditos de transferencia, por favor visita la pagina web de admisiones, la pagina web de equivalencia transferida, o, o mándanos un correo electrónico.  

Si, todos necesitan completar Chem Prep, con la excepción de estudiantes en el programa de Ingeniería Informática, como ellos no están requeridos de tomar curso de química. Es importante que todos nuestros estudiantes de Ingeniería (con la excepción de estudiantes en el programa de Ingeniería Informática) completen los módulos de Chem Prep al menos UNA SEMANA antes de su sesión de Orientación RAM. Por favor tomen nota que puede tomar algunas horas en terminar los módulos Chem Prep dependiendo en tu nivel de experiencia con la materia. Te aconsejamos de darte algunos días para completar los módulos. No necesitas terminar Chem Prep en una vez, pero puedes salvar tu progreso después de cada modulo. Chem Prep puede ser encontrado vía RamWeb.

Cuando termines tus módulos de Chem Prep puede tomar hasta 48 horas para procesar tu terminación. Si han pasado mas de 48 horas desde que terminaste Chem Prep, por favor mándanos un correo electrónico a  

Otro error común de registración para CHEM 111 es el pre-requisito incompleto de MATH 118. Si no has terminado el Math Placement Tool, por favor acabalo, al no acabar puede causar retraso en registro de cursos.

El Math Placement Tool cubre todos los cursos de matemáticas necesitados como pre-requisitos para MATH 160 – Calculo para Ciencias Físicas I, que incluye MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 124, MATH 125, y MATH 126. Tu meta es obtener el nivel requerido para MATH 160 en tu primer semestre para quedarte en tu curso y no tener que tomar cursos en el futuro durante el verano.

Si no puedes pasar todos los cinco cursos de pre-calculo usando el Math Placement Tool tienes algunas opciones. La primera opción es tomar el Math Placement Tool de nuevo en una manera supervisada. Después de tomar el Math Placement tool una vez, puedes usar el Pre-calculus tutorial para trabajar y revisar la materia que será utilizado en el Math Placement Tool. El Pre-calculus Tutorial toma mas tiempo de terminar, pero te deja revisar y estudiar contenido con el que no estés cómodo y te puede ayudar a reforzar tus habilidades de matemáticas. La tercera opción es después de tomar el Math Placement Tool puedes utilizar los Math Challange Exams. Cada examen representa un curso de pre-calculo singular: MATH 117, 118, 124, 125, o 126. Esta puede ser una buena idea si tienes confianza en el tema y sientes que no necesites el Pre-Calculus Tutorial. Puedes encontrar mas información sobre los Math Challenge Exams aqui. Nosotros recomendamos que tomes el Math Placement Tool en serio para evitar tener que tomarlo de nuevo, o usar diferentes recursos para pasar todos los cursos de pre-calculo. Para mas información, por favor visita nuestro  Directorio de Información de Math Placement, o manadnos un correo electrónico a nuestro personal de Orientación RAM a

Nuestra oficina de Servicios de Tecnología (ETS) de Ingeniería ofrece varios recursos de computadora así que casi todas las computadoras portátiles trabajaran para tus cursos y tareas de ingeniería. Estudiantes tienen acceso 24/7 a múltiples laboratorios de computadoras, y hasta pueden iniciar sesiones de “clase virtual” en sus computadoras personales donde tienes acceso a los mismos programas que usan en el laboratorio. ETS esta disponible para ayudar a estudiantes configurar este acceso a clases virtuales. Acceso remoto se puede utilizar para PCs Windows y Macs, pero no Chromebooks.

Si estas pensado en comprar una computadora nueva para la universidad, RamTech (localizado en el Lory Student Center) tiene varias opciones y te pueden aconsejar cuando estes decidiendo entre modelos diferentes. Adicionalmente, Academic Networking and Computing Services (ACNS) tiene una lista de cosas para considerar cuando un estudiante este escogiendo una computadora.

Si no has recibido información sobre tu sesión de Orientación RAM por favor asegúrate de revisar tu cuenta de correo electrónico CSU Office365 Outlook. Toda correspondencia estudiantil es enviada a esta cuenta, así que es importante que la revises frecuentemente. Si no tienes plan de revisarla frecuentemente, puedes mandar correspondencia electrónica a tu cuenta personal. Si no estas seguro de como revisar tu cuenta electrónica Rams, ACNS ah establecido una Pagina de Ayuda.

En este punto del proceso Orientación RAM, por favor dirige todas tus preguntas a Contestaremos tus preguntas de esta cuenta de correo electrónico. Algunos días antes de tu sesión de Orientación RAM, recibirás un email con tus materiales virtuales, cual incluye tu lista personalizada de asesoría. Tu email también tendrá información de los cursos para los que tendrás que registrarte  durante tu Orientación RAM y el nombre y contacto de tu asesor academic@.

Antes de tu fecha de registración, hay algunas cosas importantes de terminar. Primero, tendrás que crear un eID; esta será la cuenta que utilizaras para iniciar sesiones en todos los servicios de CSU. Segundo, es importante que hagas el Math Placement Tool y Chem Prep antes de tu fecha de Orientación RAM. Estas herramientas se asegurarán que te puedas registrar para los cursos requeridos para tu programa durante el primer semestre. Para mas información sobre el Math Placement Tool y Chem prep por favor mira a la pregunta #2 y #4 arriba.

Adicionalmente, asegúrate que estés “Registration Ready” en RAMweb antes de tu registración. Veras la sección de Registration Ready en el panel del centro de RAMweb cuando inicies tu sesión. Todas las acciones en este panel necesitan estar completadas ANTES de tu fecha de Orientación RAM. La única excepción en esto será tu código de accesoria, cual recibirás de tu asesor en tu día de registro. Todos los requerimientos incompletos tendrán una “X” roja y los requerimientos completos tendrán una marca verde.

Para una lista completa de todos los requerimientos hechos antes de tu sesión Orientación RAM, por favor visita

La única manera de recibir crédito universitario para un lenguaje extranjero es al tomar el examen AP, IB, o tener crédito de un curso de inscripción doble. Adicionalmente, si esperas tomar un lenguaje extranjero en CSU, necesitaras que tomar el Language Placement Exam para determinar tu nivel de lenguaje.

El ERLC es una comunidad universitaria residencial para estudiantes de ingeniería de primer año. Nuestra comunidad esta diseñada para ayudar a estudiantes tener éxito en todos los aspectos de vida estudiantil. Proveemos asesoría académica y tutoría, ayuda con tecnología y cambios de cuarto, y estamos listos para ayudarte con cualquier pregunta que tengas. Puedes encontrar mas información en la pagina web del ERLC. Estudiantes interesados en aplicar para el ERLC necesitan llenar la Aplicación de Vivienda Universitaria general y luego hacer la aplicación adicional de el ERLC para ser considerados para admisión.

Si eres aceptad@ a el ERLC, la oficina de Vivienda Universitaria te asignara a AV-Engineering. No hay garantía que al completar la aplicación adicional tendrás admisión al ERLC o ser puesto en AV – Engineering. Para mas información por favor manda un email a