Colorado Mesa University

1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

School Details

Colorado Mesa University is a four-year public school located in Grand Junction, Colorado. CMU was founded in 1925 as Grand Junction State Junior College. In 1937, the name changed to Mesa College, which changed to Mesa State College in 1988. In 2011, the school’s name changed to its current name, Colorado Mesa University, when it received university status.

CMU’s main campus lies on 86 acres that are nestled between mountains and high-desert canyons. Grand Junction sees about 300 sunny days per year, which makes for some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. The Montrose Campus of CMU is located at the base of the San Juan Mountains and offers a smaller, more scenic setting.

Colorado Mesa University offers liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the master's, bachelor's, associate, and certificate levels. Many students attend college while also working and caring for families, so CMU offers evening, online, and distance education classes to cater to these students.

Colorado Mesa University has 9,005 students (8,930 undergraduates) and 532 faculty members, giving the university a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 246 teach full-time and 286 teach part-time. About 75 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 25 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (20%) study full-time and 80 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 55 percent female students and 45 percent male students. About 75 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being Hispanic (15%), black (5%), Asian (2%), American Indian (2%), and Native Hawaiian (1%). About 72 percent of students are ages 24 and under with 28 percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 86 percent of students are from Colorado and 14 percent are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 64 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 36 percent. The overall graduation rate is 27 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 33 percent.

About 25 percent of students live on-campus in one of eleven residential buildings. On-campus living is estimated to cost $8,386 per year with $2,924 in additional living expenses.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Student media includes a student-run radio show, KMSA 91.3 FM, as well as a student newspaper, The Criterion. Students also run a television station, CMU-TV.

The CMU “Mavericks” compete in NCAA Division II athletics as a part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 22 varsity sports. CMU sports offered include: football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, and men's wrestling. The Mavericks have more than 68 conference and regional titles since its foundation.

A large number of club sports are also available at the institution, including: cheerleading, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's rugby, men's volleyball, water polo, cycling, rodeo, skiing, hockey, and active outdoor intramural programs. The intramural sports include flag football, ultimate frisbee, indoor soccer, dodgeball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball, among many others.

Undergraduate tuition costs $6,870 per year for in-state students and $17,049 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,552 per year. The average in-state graduate student pays $5,774 per year for tuition plus $461 in annual fees. The average out-of-state graduate student pays $16,574 per year for tuition plus $461 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Colorado Mesa University distributed over $48 million in financial aid to 75 percent of the student body population through scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. In addition to funding from the college, the Mesa State Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in private scholarships to over 300 students. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 87% of those attending Colorado Mesa University receive financial aid.

Colorado Mesa University receives over 5,800 applications per year and accepts about 82% of those students. Statistically, 82% of men and 83% of women who apply will be accepted. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Completed Application
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • $30 application fee
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • Personal Essay (optional)

Admission to Colorado Mesa University is selective for our baccalaureate degree programs, so the admission team uses an index recommendation for students interested. Colorado Mesa University considers students with an index of 92 or higher and successful completion of the Higher Education Admission Requirements for baccalaureate programs, while students below the index will be considered for admission into associate and certificate programs.

Colorado Mesa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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