Join Key

Join the Key Communities at CSU!

Access to the submission of interest form can be found at


The Key Communities are learning communities for first year, second year, and continuing students designed to honor the identities and strengths of each student to foster students transition to and through the University. The Key Communities are one of the most diverse communities on campus, with many of the students identifying as a student of color and/or first generation to college, who are committed to creating and nurturing inclusive environments that welcome, value and affirm the diverse identities of our students.

Before proceeding, all students are encouraged to review the Key Community description, program elements and requirements at Students are encouraged to complete a submission of interest early as the Key Communities have limited space.

On the submission of interest, students will be asked to respond to three questions. Detailed instructions for submission of interest are listed below.

We invite you to submit your response to the following question through written, video, poem, art, or collage expression. (If you choose to submit an art project or collage, please include a description of what your art represents).
Question One: The Key Communities honors individual life stories. Our stories are an important part of who we are. Please share more about who you are, where you call home, and anything else you would like to share that would help us get to know you better.

Please respond to the following question through a written response. Responses should equal about one paragraph each, which usually consists of between 150-300 words. Responses should be thoughtful, concise, and as concrete as possible.
Question Two: The Key Communities are one of the diverse communities on campus, serving many students who identify as first generation and students of color. Students frequently engage in conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Based on this information, why are you interested in participating in the Key Communities?

Please respond to the following question through a written response.
Question Three: What are your hobbies and interests?

Please note: In order to complete a submission of interest for the Key Communities, students must have a CSU eID. If you haven’t yet created an eID, please visit and complete that process before proceeding to the Key Communities submission of interest form.


Current Key Student? Visit the Key Plus application here.

Staff: Login Here

Thank you for your interest in the Key Communities at Colorado State University!


Please note that there are different application links and timelines for each group listed below.  Pay close attention to the description of each group to ensure you’re selecting the correct link.

Fall 2020 students accepted into Key who deferred to spring 2021:
Students who were already accepted into Key for the fall 2020 semester have been automatically accepted for the spring, and will not need to complete an application.  Visit to accept your space in Key.

New first-year students starting at CSU in spring, 2021:
Students who will be starting at CSU in spring, 2021 and were not previously accepted into the Key communities can visit to complete a spring only application.

New first-year students starting at CSU in fall, 2021:
The application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available in January, 2021. Please check back at that time for additional information.
If you would like to receive an email from our office once the application is available, please provide your contact information at

Continuing students interested in Key Plus:
The application for Key Plus is will be available in February, 2021.  For information about Key Plus, visit