Apply for the Key Communities for the 2013-2014 Academic Year!
Because Key is an honorary program with a limited number of spaces, a separate application is required. Before you apply, please read the information below to determine if your major is compatible with participation in the Key Communities.
For more information about the application process for the Key Communities,
as well as to access the online application, please visit www.key.lc.colostate.edu/keyapp.
Residents of the Key Communities will be accepted on the basis of student commitment to Key goals, as evidenced by the student’s responses to the application questions. Acceptance is also based on space availability. For these reasons, we recommend you return your application quickly.
There is not a grade point average or test score requirement for admission to the program. We have found that students from every level of academic preparation do well in Key. Instead, selections are based on space availability and on each student’s commitment to academic success and leadership development as demonstrated through a complete and thoughtful application.
If you would like to be part of the Key Communities but have already received your housing assignment, that is not a problem. If you are accepted into Key, your housing assignment will be automatically changed to the Key floors of Braiden Hall.
Key students move to campus one day earlier than other on-campus residents in order to fully participate in Key Orientation, a required component of the program. Key Orientation is a time for students to meet everyone in their Key Course Cluster and on their floor, interact with faculty and staff involved with the program, and connect with campus resources.
*Please Note: there is one-time room and board fee will be charged to your student account for the early move-in requirement. This fee will be the student's responsibility to pay.
Does your major work with Key?
Because of the requirements for Key Communities Course Clusters, the community is not usually compatible with the course requirements of students in the following majors: Engineering and Undeclared with an Engineering Interest, Landscape Architecture and Landscape Horticulture, Computer Science, Music,and Pre-Music. If you are already admitted into one of these majors, please call us at 970-491-3658 before applying so we can discuss your options.
Key Student Experience
"Key has allowed me the resources I've needed and pushed me to do my best."
"Key has allowed me to be a part of my community."
"Key has allowed me to make great friendships and study groups."
"Key has created a supportive learning environment."
"Key has provided me with the motivation to succeed here on campus."
"Key has made me more focused on my studies and exposed me to a diverse community."
"Key has provided me with support and a sense of community – also encouraged me to succeed academically."
"I really enjoyed Key this year. I think that living with other people in Key is good because then you know they care about school as much as you do."
"I am so glad I am part of Key! It has made me feel comfortable about being here at CSU."
"Key was one of two of the best decisions I have made since I have been up here.
I love it and it was great."
"This was one of the best decisions I ever made. I really learned a lot both academically and culturally."
"Key was such a big part of my life and some of my greatest college memories I owe to your organization. I honestly would not be here in college right now if I did not get that phone call from Key- I was not registered, didn’t have a place to stay, and certainly didn’t know anything about college life. Thank you for everything you have done for me."