Graduate Admissions Contact Information
Kathy Lucas
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Chemistry Department
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins, CO 80523 Phone: 970-491-7966

for Fall 2020 will open October 1, 2019
January 1, 2020 for all applications, although we will continue with rolling admission until our class is full

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program in Chemistry at Colorado State University. Applications must be submitted to the CSU Graduate School. Please note that the department no longer requires a pre-application as the CSU Graduate School office requires all applicants to use their online application. For more information or assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 970-491-6909 or by email to Before completing the Graduate School application, please carefully read the following information on department requirements and the application process.

Application Process

To begin the formal admission process, applicants must complete an application to the Graduate School at CSU. When filling out the application, please be aware of the following:

Required documents include:

Upload as one document (1-2 pages):

Research Experience: Describe your research experiences and reflect upon how these experiences have driven your interests in graduate school.

Personal Statement: Describe and reflect on a specific scientific or academic challenge that helps the Graduate Admissions Committee understand why you would like to attend graduate school.

Three letters of recommendation:

Letters of recommendation should be from persons familiar with your chemistry abilities and potential for success in graduate study.

Unofficial transcripts from all collegiate intuitions attended (one copy from each):

You can submit unofficial transcripts.  If recommended for admission, then you will need to submit official transcripts.
Send transcripts to Graduate Admissions at:
Colorado State University
Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062
If official transcripts are sent by email, request they be sent to

Request that ETS send your GRE scores:

  1. Self-reported GRE scores
    1. You may self-report GRE scores, but you still must request official scores
  2. CSU institution code is 4075, no department code
  3. For more information on GREs and ETS, go to: org/gre
  4. It generally takes 3-6 weeks for ETS to get the scores to CSU, so allow plenty of time

Non-U.S. applicants must also submit:

Proof of English Proficiency:

Self-reported scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  If recommended for admission, official scores will need to be submitted.  Photocopies will be accepted for application review.

TOEFL scores should be sent to:

Institution code 4075 (from ETS)

IELTS scores should be sent to:

Colorado State University, Office of Admissions, 1062 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Mailing Address

Any documents not submitted online, including official transcripts, should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at:

Colorado State University
Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Co 80523-1062

Application Status Questions

You can view the status of your application at any time to ensure your application is complete or to check on updates.

Graduate Student Recruitment Weekends

Spring 2020 Recruiting Weekends

February 7-9
March 6-8

Details on the weekend, travel, and accommodations will be provided via email after you have been accepted by the department.

Questions, Comments or Concerns? More information about the program, as well as course listings and financial aid information, may be found in the Graduate Program section of this website. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Graduate Coordinator Kathy Lucas by phone at 970-491-7966 or by email at

Financial Support

The Chemistry Department fully supports all Ph.D. students who remain in good academic standing via Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships. We support our students with full stipends ($25,000/year for the 2019-2020 year) and paid tuition ($25,791 for first year out-of-state; $10,519 for in-state students). There are additional fellowships available as well for well-qualified students.

Health Insurance

100% of the cost of the CSU Student Health Insurance plan (SHIP) ($3,233/year for domestic students or $1,527/year for international students) is paid by the Graduate School for students serving as GTAs and GRAs as long as they are enrolled in 5 or more on-campus credits. For students serving as GTAs/GRAs in both Fall and Spring, the Graduate School will also cover the cost of summer insurance. For students serving as GTAs/GRAs for only one semester during the academic year, the Graduate School will cover the cost of health insurance for ONLY that semester – not the other semester OR the summer. Graduate students enrolled in 5 or fewer credits are not automatically enrolled in the CSU Student Health Insurance plan! They have to complete an enrollment form at the CSU Student Insurance Office before the 10th day of classes (or do this online starting here: Please see the CSU SHIP website for more detailed information about health insurance for graduate students:

Due to federal tax code, the payment from the Grad School offsetting the cost of health insurance is labeled as income (despite being reimbursed). Therefore, the student will pay additional tax on the first paycheck of each semester to cover the additional “income” they received. This tax is assessed in one lump sum and not spread evenly across all paychecks in the semester.

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