Key Communities

Apply to join the Key Communities at CSU!


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 applicants are encouraged to review the Key community cluster options at http://key.lc.colostate.edu/keycomm. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for the communities they feel would be the best fit based on their interest areas and major. Applicants should also review the questions listed below, as well as the program requirements. The Key Communities have a competitive application process, and thoughtful responses will be used as one of the factors in determining a final acceptance status.


On the application, students will need to provide essay responses to the two questions listed below, as well as an additional question for each Community an application is submitted for. Essay 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, and will be one of the factors used by the selection committee to determine acceptance into a Community.

  1. The Key Communities are one of the most diverse communities on campus, with the majority of our students identifying as a Student of Color and/or coming from first generation to college backgrounds. We are committed to creating and nurturing inclusive environments that welcome, value, and affirm the diverse identities of our students. What are the ways in which you will contribute to creating an inclusive environment? How have you demonstrated that commitment?
  2. The Key Communities honors individual life stories. Our stories are an important part of who we are. Please share with us a story about an impactful life experience you have had and what you learned.

Please note: In order to apply for the Key Communities, students must have a CSU eID. If you haven't yet created an eID, please visit https://eid.colostate.edu and complete that process before proceeding to the application for Key. Thank you!


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