Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colorado has always been an institution dedicated to providing an exceptional education at an affordable price. Founded in 1925, CMU has a long history of evolution, growing from a junior college to a vibrant university, which offers more than 60 undergraduate programs of study. CMU offers technical certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and a growing number of graduate programs. To accommodate a student body exceeding 9,500 students, a recent campus expansion has resulted in state-of-the-art learning facilities across 86 acres in the heart of Grand Junction.
The university’s faculty is recognized for its professional expertise and quality of instruction, offering an accessible post-secondary experience for students throughout Colorado, with an emphasis on continuous improvement. CMU administration and staff are committed to the highest quality of service to the university community. In spite of the many changes in the university’s 89-year history, its dedication to providing the highest quality education in a student-centered environment has always remained. This principle will continue to guide the momentum of Colorado Mesa University into the future.
Get to know Colorado Mesa University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Ultimately, students hold the key to their own futures, and Colorado Mesa University helps them to open those doors. At CMU, students get the opportunity to learn more about their discipline through practical, applied learning experiences. Learning doesn’t solely revolve around lectures. Students can take the reins of their own education through scenario-based projects or student-operated organizations. Whether performing on the main stage, being a team leader in a group project or managing and operating a student media outlet, CMU students step-up and do what they came to do, namely learn and grow.
Colorado Mesa University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program, which allows students to pay CMU tuition while studying abroad for a semester or academic year. The program allows students to immerse themselves in a global academic experience, with locations in more than 50 countries. In addition Colorado Mesa University faculty lead students, alumni, and community members on tours and/or research opportunities around the globe. Recent trips include immersion courses in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Germany and Spain.
“In the nursing program we had the opportunity to have over 1,000 clinical hours in multiple specialties. The small class sizes at CMU made it easy to get one-on-one help with my instructors, be able to ask questions and make lifelong friendship with my classmates.” — Alumna Emilia Ludwig, ‘16, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center Registered Nurse
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 234 | 10-19: 425 | 20-29: 437
30-39: 143 | 40-49: 52 | 50-99: 99 | 100+: 8
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
Dedicated to helping students achieve their goals, CMU professors create an environment designed to foster a dynamic exchange of ideas and classroom discussion. At Colorado Mesa, professors make sure that learning goes beyond the classroom in order to provide the best level of education.
With a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1, faculty have the ability to involve undergraduates in challenging research experiences usually found only in graduate programs. In-class instruction is supplemented by a variety of out-of-class opportunities ranging from fieldwork in Western Colorado to study groups that travel the globe.
All classes at the university are taught by professors who put copious time and energy into the classroom. Instead of lectures by a Teacher’s Assistant in a class of hundreds, students at Colorado Mesa University know they will be in smaller classes where the professor knows their name. Faculty serve as academic advisors, allowing students close interaction with a professor in their major. Professors are more than teachers- they become mentors, advisors and partners in the success of their students.
Students are supported by a full range of academic services designed to help them achieve their goals. Programs and services include academic advising, career services, tutoring, and services for the disabled. They can also take advantage of the vast resources of Tomlinson Library, which is open 7 days a week, and offers additional support by a statewide online reference program.
“The hands-on nature of the engineering program at Mesa really helped me learn how to be part of a team while working to solve problems. Internships and projects I worked on provided me with the basic skills NASA is looking for in new hires.” — Alumna Camille Arnn, ‘17, NASA Satellite Systems Engineer
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Teacher certification program
At CMU there is always something to do. As the cultural hub of the Grand Valley, CMU offers arts and culture events, student life activities and athletic opportunities all on a campus with state-of-the-art facilities.
At Colorado Mesa University, experiences outside the classroom are as valuable to a student’s growth as those in class. The university supports more than 190 different clubs and organizations, which host more than 3,000 events annually. These include academic, athletic, cultural, and professional associations, media organizations and honor societies. Student organizations are operated and managed by the students themselves, giving opportunity to gain real work experience outside the classroom. No matter where a student’s interest lies, there is always a way to stay connected on campus.
Athletics can play a key role in the growth of students and athletics are an integral part of the university experience. Students have the opportunity to attend or participate in a wide range of sports and athletic activities, including a number of varsity, club and intramural sports. With a strong winning tradition, Colorado Mesa University gives student-athletes the opportunity to earn a degree while competing at a top Division II institution.
ARTS AND CULTURE
CMU plays a pivotal role in the cultural life of western Colorado. The Moss Performing Arts Center hosts an abundance of music, theatre and dance performances. Faculty and students in the fine arts produce exhibitions which are showcased in the downtown campus art gallery throughout the year. The Cultural Diversity Board, a collection of six on-campus organizations, promote and support diversity initiatives while providing valuable on-campus educational services. Each week during the academic year is filled with performances, exhibitions and campus-wide events.
Colorado Mesa University is constantly expanding or building new facilities to accommodate the needs of students. Within the last ten years, CMU has built, remodeled or expanded five residence halls, the Health Sciences building, the Student Wellness Center, and Confluence Hall, the engineering building. CMU also completely rebuilt the University Center, which houses student organizations, activity lounges, the dining hall and other food options, giving students a place to feel at home and enjoy their campus experience.
OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTER:
Surrounded by mountains and mesas, deserts and rivers, Colorado Mesa’s backyard is filled with unparalleled opportunities for year-round recreation. With organizations like the CMU Outdoor Program, students can explore their own backyard throughout the year or trek around the world during winter and summer breaks. Trips and activities include ice climbing, visits to natural hot springs, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and rock climbing. Many activities require no previous experience and involve low to moderate physical activity. As students progress, so do the opportunities for more extreme outdoor adventures.
Conferences: NCAA Division II and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Number of Varsity Teams: 28
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Tennis, Triathlon, Wrestling
Women: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Wrestling
Colors: Maroon and White
“The opportunities CMU provides extends well outside the classroom. Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction serve as a great testing ground for students to gain valuable firsthand experience and begin the process of building a resume. I can certainly point to a number internships and experiences in the region as a large contributor to my career development.” — Alumnus Nick Lopez, ‘11, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 65%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Colorado Mesa University alumni are accomplished leaders who make a difference – in their lives, their communities and around the globe. Alumni of Colorado Mesa University are major league baseball pitchers, influential authors, state senators, television news anchors, cancer researchers, entrepreneurs, award-winning journalists, internationally known producers, acclaimed artists and CEOs.
Colorado Mesa University lies in the heart of a growing business community. With a vibrant downtown area of small businesses, a dynamic industrial workforce and headquarters of several large companies, opportunities abound for students to gain real-world experience in their fields before graduation.
“My degree challenged me to think outside the box and against the status quo. In the social space, time management and organization is key. CMU’s Mass Communication program helped me hone in on those skills which are valuable today.” — Dom Lewis, ‘13, Seattle Seahawks Social Media Producer
“The one-on-one engagement with faculty as a CMU student allowed me to get a handle on material in ways that would not have been possible in a larger university setting. In addition the capstone research project I completed as part of the Mathematics major equipped me with key skills I use as a professional researcher every day.” — Joshua Garland, ‘09, Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellow and Founder of Complexity Analytics LLC
“Playing basketball at CMU prepared me in the sense that even in a third world country, the aspect of hard work is always affiliated with success.” — Shynanne Halalilo, ‘17, Case Manager & Director for She Has a Name House in Nairobi, Kenya
“My time at CMU was absolutely invaluable for my career. The program Suzie Garner and Eli Hall created and are continuing to grow was almost perfectly tailored to prepare me for the position I now hold. From hands-on creative projects to a rigorous and realistic project schedule, it all helped prepare me to confidently tackle any challenge that I’m presented with. Professor Hall’s attitude and passion ia a huge influence on the designer that I am today.” — John Kohl, ‘15, Designer at Matter based in Denver, Colorado
Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
State residency | Volunteer work | Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 17.25 | 75th Percentile: 24
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $8,343
Tuition (out-of-state): $22,200
SPECIAL OUT-OF-STATE TUITION PROGRAMS
Freshmen and transfer students (up to 105 credit hours) with a minimum 2.0 (WUE) and 2.5 (M&P) GPA and a permanent address from 32 states in the western and mid-western United States are automatically considered for reduced tuition rates upon completion of the admissions process.
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
- Mountains and Plains (M&P) states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin
CMU provides the resources you need to make your dreams attainable. If you work hard and invest in yourself, CMU will invest in you. A wide variety of scholarships are available, including merit, leadership, athletic, transfer, departmental and opportunity scholarships.
Scholarships for high-achieving freshmen are based on two of the following three criteria: class rank, weighted GPA and ACT/SAT score. All awards automatic upon completion of the admissions process and are renewable for up to 120 credit hours. To be awarded a scholarship, students are required to meet minimum test scores (SAT 470 evidence-based reading and writing, 500 math; ACT 19 math/18 english/17 reading)
You can learn more at coloradomesa.edu/future