The Key Experience

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 the majority of 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.

Through Key, students have the opportunity to:
Achieve academic excellence
Establish meaningful relationships
Enhance leadership skills
Connect with a diverse community
Engage in personal exploration

Key students participate in a Key Seminar course, which focus on learning through experiences both in and out of the classroom. Key Seminar instructors connect and blend topics from two or more subject areas to support critical thinking across disciplines. Key students may also connect with service opportunities, career exploration, and leadership development through their Key Seminar experience.

Key students enroll in 2-3 of their first semester courses with a smaller group of Key students. Key students also have a Key Mentor to connect with and serve as a guide throughout their experience as a Key Community student at Colorado State University.