Colorado Mesa University

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1100 North Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122

Phone: (970) 248-1020
2013-2014 Tuition
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Colorado Mesa University is a public institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,393, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 70 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Colorado Mesa University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,206 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,944 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The secret is out. Colorado Mesa University is rigorous and diverse curriculum--delivered in an intimate setting with personal, hands-on attention--has made it one of the fastest growing colleges in Colorado. Since its founding in 1925, CMU has matured into one of Colorado's premier institutions with degrees offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Indeed, Colorado Mesa embodies the pioneering spirit of the West with a bold history of growth and change. Recently, Colorado Mesa University has continued this tradition of development and evolution. An extensive campus improvement project has resulted in one of the most modern campuses in the West featuring new residence halls, state-of-the-art classrooms, and new athletic facilities. Substantial resources have been invested in integrating cutting-edge technology throughout its three campuses. In 2010, construction was completed on a new recreation center, a new college center/student union, as well as the expansion and renovation of the health sciences complex, the performing arts center, and science facilities. In total, the campus has nearly doubled in square footage since 2004. The University's academic programs have undergone the same revitalization as the physical campus. Since 2004, a net of 33 new programs of study have been added to complement existing offerings. Enrollment has grown to 9,482 students, an increase of 30 percent in the last four years. All the while, the student-to-faculty ratio has remained a desirably low and today is 22 to 1. At Colorado Mesa, students find a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience that prepares them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Students value the educational experience that cannot be found at larger colleges and universities. A broad array of majors, with numerous areas of concentration are taught by faculty who have chosen teaching as the focus of their professional careers. Interaction between students and faculty is commonplace and affords faculty the ability to involve undergraduates in challenging research opportunities usually found in graduate programs. Professors know their students and establish relationships that last long after students enter the workforce or have gone on to earn graduate degrees. CMU students come from diverse backgrounds, more than 40 states and several foreign countries. However, an outstanding education is only one part of what makes school here such a rewarding experience. Located in the beautiful high-desert country of western Colorado, the surrounding area provides unmatched year-round outdoor recreational opportunities--from mountain-biking to whitewater rafting to alpine skiing-and much more. With an area population exceeding 145,000, students enjoy the amenities of a big city without the hassles of heavy traffic, crime or crowded airports. Quiet residential neighborhoods, lively restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores surround our campus. Within walking distance is one of the city's largest parks. Plus, CMU offers more than 70 clubs and organizations that help to round out the college experience. The University's 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate teams regularly achieve national ranking and compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Together with club sports and intramurals, and a campus that sits in the middle of some of the best recreation in the West, Colorado Mesa University is one of the most active schools anywhere. To help make this superb college experience possible for everyone, CMU continues to offer some of the most affordable tuition and fees in the region, and has a wide range of financial aid packages available to students, including academic and leadership scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study awards.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1925
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $17,344,483


When applying to Colorado Mesa University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Colorado Mesa University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Colorado Mesa University is 24:1, and the school has 45.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Colorado Mesa University include: Business/Commerce, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Mass Communication/Media Studies; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 24:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 17%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%

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Student Life

Colorado Mesa University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,393, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 20.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79.5 percent of students live off campus. Colorado Mesa University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,482
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Colorado Mesa University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Colorado Mesa University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Colorado Mesa University, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Colorado Mesa University.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Colorado Mesa University, 70.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,787.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,206 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,944 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,643 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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