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. 

Family and Guest Webinar:
Ram Orientation & Math Placement

Join us on May 21 at 10 a.m. for a free family and guest webinar. We're ready to answer your questions about Ram Orientation, Chem Prep, and Math Placement.

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Vaccine/COVID-19 Questions

For the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic response and vaccination requirements for the Fall 2021 semester, visit the CSU COVID Information & Resources site.

Deadline to complete the Math Placement Tool is June 2, 2021.

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.

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.

Questions?

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Start here: Orientation Steps

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 June 2. 

  • 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 virtual 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 2021, 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

Engineering:
Pre-Orientation Checklist

All incoming students are required to watch the pre-orientation video. Access information was sent to your CSU email account.

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 Undeclared 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 engr.colostate.edu/ets. This will allow you to log in to campus computers and access important software tools.

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

Part 3

2021 Ram Orientation Schedule

First-Year Students

Step #1: Pre-orientation

Pre-orientation includes videos, links to websites, documents to download, quizzes to complete, and the Introduction to Academic Advising videos.

Access information was sent to your CSU email account.

Step #2: Virtual orientation

  • 8:50 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
    • Tech Check-in (optional, recommended)
  • 9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    • Orientation Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    • Orientation Leader Small Groups
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    • Key, Honors, & CNS Amplify (Only required for students in these programs)
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    • Introduction to Academic Advising
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    • Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    • Optional: Academic Interest Sessions (Health Prof., Acad. Adv. Ctr., PLP, etc.)
  • 1:25 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Advising and Course Registration (May end prior to, but no later than 4:00 p.m.)

Transfer Students

Step #1: Pre-orientation

Complete the asynchronous online orientation which includes videos, links to websites, documents to download, quizzes to complete, and the Introduction to Academic Advising videos.

Access information was sent to your CSU email account.

Step #2: Virtual orientation

  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
    • Tech check-in (optional, recommended)
  • 9:15 – 9:25 a.m.
    • CSU Welcome
  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
    • CSU Transfer Student Panel
    • CSU Adult Learner and Veteran Student (ALVS) Experience
  • 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
    • Transfer Transition Leader Small Group
    • ALVS Student Small Group
  • Transfer Transition Leader Small Group
  • ALVS Student Small Group

Students can contact their academic advising department to schedule a remote advising appointment and complete course registration.

Family and Guests

Parents and families can participate in the virtual orientation program to support students. There is no charge for parents or family members to participate.

CSU Orientation and Transition Programs has developed a virtual orientation experience specifically for parents, family members, and guests.  This virtual experience will allow them to learn about CSU, get questions answered, and learn about ways to support students in their transition to 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. 

Family and Guest Webinar:
Ram Orientation & Math Placement

Join us on May 21 at 10 a.m. for a free family and guest webinar. We're ready to answer your questions about Ram Orientation, Chem Prep, and Math Placement.

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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.

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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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu.

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

Mande un coreo electrónico a Claudia.Hernandez@colostate.edu.

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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu. 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.

Final scores for AP exams taken in Spring 2021 will not be available until late July/early August 2021. 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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu. For more information regarding transfer credits, please refer to our admissions page, the exam transfer equivalency, transferology.com, 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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu.

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.             

If you are not able to test out of all five Precalculus math courses using the Math Placement Tool, you have several options. You can complete the tool one additional time in a proctored format. 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. The third option 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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu

 

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 engr-orientation@colostate.edu. We will answer your questions from that address. A few days prior to your individual Ram Orientation session, you will receive an email message with your virtual advising materials, including your personalized advising list.  Your advising email will include information on the courses you should register for during Ram Orientation, as well as the name and contact information for your respective academic advisor.   

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 https://www.engr.colostate.edu/orientation/.

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 Shannon Wagner at shannon.wagner@colostate.edu.

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