Wolves to Rams (W2R) for CSU students

From Wolf to Ram: Welcome FRCC→CSU transfer students!

We are here to help your transition from FRCC to CSU be smooth, informed, and fun!

The W2R Peer Mentor Team! (from left to right: Fabian, Nikki, Heather, Emily, Carolina and Mark)

This website regularly updates to list various events and programs available to you as part of the W2R program. Unless you intentionally opt-out, you are automatically enrolled in this free program. 🙂

W2R Benefits You As A CSU student:

  1. You’re part of a special co-hort of students who have FRCC and science interests in common
  2. Additional advising on navigating the new system and transitioning to being a University scholar (you’re so fancy!)
  3. Help with connecting to your department advisor, professors, research labs, and other campus resources
  4. Advice and help from peer mentors who have done exactly what you’re doing
  5. Events to help you connect to CSU socially and academically

Visit our Canvas page! (same as D2L at FRCC)

W2R’s Canvas has tons of relevant information! You should automatically see W2R on your list of courses in Canvas (be sure to click “ALL COURSES”). If you don’t, please let us know.

Click HERE to go to Canvas.

Join the W2R Learning Community

W2R is interested in your long-term career success. That’s why we offer tips on a successful transition to CSU and professional development opportunities through our learning community (LC).

If you are a W2R NSF Scholar or a W2R NIH Research Trainee, you are automatically a part of the learning community!

We invite all other W2R students to apply to join our learning community, the best way to engage with our overall program.

The W2R LC combines a 1-credit, upper division class called “Becoming a Scientist” with peer mentorship, customized advising, and enrollment in other required classes for students in our majors (physics, calc, o-chem). This combo of services will truly enhance your first semester experience at CSU.

The LC helps you improve your networking skills, start to develop your skills and identity as a “scientist,” and you will learn about all the research and internship opportunities available to science students at CSU. Meanwhile, you’ll probably make some friends, which really helps motivate you over your semesters at CSU!

If you are interested in joining the W2R LC, apply here.

Graduating Seniors

It’s possible that your academic department is doing something to help you get ready to graduate at the end of this semester. BUT, as a W2R student, you have extra services at your disposal.

  • Commencement info, including cap/gown, tickets, and ceremony time
  • Post-college career counseling
  • A double check through your Degree Audit (aka DARS) to make sure
  • A graduation cord to accent your cap and gown outfit at commencement!

Email erin.pitts@colostate.edu or schedule an appointment to learn more.

Pre-COVID Wolves to Rams Event at CSU’s Ram Welcome!!!

Keep scrolling to find links that will help you succeed here at CSU and meet the staff of W2R!!

Essential Student Resources (just a click away)

  • TILT (The Institute for Learning and Teaching) A place that provides direct support to enhance student success, go-to place for tutoring in many subjects.

  • Health Professions Advising A place to get information on everything pre-heath, including potential career paths, MCAT prep, on-campus clubs, undergraduate planning/resources and scheduling appointments with your heath adviser. Their office is located in the TiLT building.

Your W2R Peeps:

Need help with something? Have a random question about anything CSU or science-related that you haven’t figured out yet? You have people to ask!
Call or make an appointment with Heather Matthews by contacting her in one of the following ways:
Email: heather.matthews@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-0266

When in doubt, come to Clark C67 to find out!


W2R Peer Mentors

W2R peer mentors are current CSU students who have “been there.” They know what it feels like to transfer from community college to CSU and can answer any questions you may have!

Izzie Smith: Hi! My name is Izzie and I’m a new peer mentor for W2R! I transferred to CSU from the FRCC Larimer campus in the fall of 2019. I am a pre-health focused Biology major who’s goal is to attend Physician Assistant school. I was in the Learning Community this past fall and was so thankful for all of the help and support I received from W2R that I decided to apply to be a peer mentor ? As a nontraditional student I understand how hard it can be to navigate university at first, I’m always here to help or lend an ear. If you’re unable to attend my office hours, just shoot me an email and we can schedule another time!

Email: izsmith@colostate.edu

Mark Leisz: Greetings! My name is Mark. I transferred to CSU in 2018 from the Front Range Boulder County Campus. W2R has become home for me here at CSU. My major is computer science and I plan on pursuing a career in cybersecurity and software development after graduation. If you have any questions on how to navigate academic resources, CSU or anything else feel free to contact me!

Email: Mark.Leisz@rams.colostate.edu

Wolves to Rams is here to help make CSU feel like home. We’re glad to be a part of your RAMily!!

Contact Us


Heather Matthews — Wolves to Rams Grant Program Coordinator and Transfer Advisor

Colorado State University

Clark C067

Fort Collins, CO 80523


Orlando Cruz — W2R Transfer Student Success Coach

Colorado State University

Clark C067

Fort Collins, CO 80523


Erin Pitts — Assistant Director, W2R

Front Range Community College – Larimer Campus

Fort Collins, CO

Make an appointment!