CSU Summer Session: Shorter terms allow flexibility

Summer Session at CSU is an opportunity for students to complete coursework in 4-, 8-, 12-week and varying-length terms. Students surveyed favor completing fewer credits in a shorter time frame and accelerating their academic progress. Courses are adaptable to students’ needs with online and campus options. Summer classes can be a great time for students to recover lost credits, get ahead in their degree plan, or simply continue learning while campus is quieter.

Students who attend summer session:

  • May reduce their total cost of education via timely graduation and full-time post-graduate employment.
  • Enjoy higher persistence and graduation rates*.
  • Typically earn higher GPAs in summer compared to fall and spring semesters*.

* Based on CSU Institutional Research data

Summer Registration begins Tuesday, March 24 at noon and continues through the add/drop period for each specific class

Three of five CSU students participate in Summer Session during their time at CSU. Summer offers a unique setting to complete a challenging course, fulfill a core requirement, or take a prerequisite. Students may choose to add courses for a minor, participate in experiential learning, study abroad, engage in research, or take a course at the mountain campus. Visit Why Summer? to discover more of the academic, financial, and time-saving benefits of summer session.

Advising, Student Resources, and Important Dates

Financial Aid, Summer Nonresident Award

  • New and increased financial aid is available for summer 2020for students who meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Options include the CSU Tuition Assistance Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), among others.
  • Nonresident undergraduate degree-seeking students may receive the Summer Nonresident Award when taking three or more online credits through the CSU main campus.

Please review the Summer Financial Aid resource and contact Office of Financial Aid staff for more information about summer financial aid options.


  • On-Campus Housing offers housing and meal plans prorated for the duration needed. Students taking one or more credits may stay in Braiden Hall. This availability is extended to the weeks between the end of summer session and the beginning of the fall term.
  • Off-Campus Life offers guidance for finding off-campus housing and roommates.

Student Employment

On- and off-campus jobs are available in Fort Collins over the summer. Campus jobs are plentiful and flexible. Students may learn more through the Career Center.

We believe summers in Fort Collins are incredible! Please enjoy our CSU Summer Video!

Anne and Ellen of CSU Summer are available to help. Contact Us.