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Colorado Mesa University, formerly known as Mesa State College, is a four-year state funded school in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Business Department offers a bevy of degrees including business administration, accounting and computer information systems. The school funds the Entrepreneurial Business Institute which helps students get a better grip on running a business.

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Department has a host of degree programs including criminal justice, sociology and psychology. Students in the political science program have a chance to intern in Washington, DC.

The Theatre Department encompasses 130 degrees with bachelor’s degree programs in four concentrations: acting/directing, musical theatre, dance and technical theatre/design. Incoming students must audition for admission into the program.

The English Department offers degrees in creative writing, technical writing and literature. The secondary teaching program helps students complete a student teaching internship. The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The Honors Program offers promising students a place to learn and grow as they fulfill the requirement for their degree programs.

The National Student Exchange Program allows students to attend different schools in the country while staying enrolled at their home institution without a price difference.

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Admission requirements for incoming freshman include a completed official application, official high school transcripts or equivalent, a copy of SAT/ACT scores, an application fee, a letter of recommendation and a personal essay.

International students must provide evidence of English proficiency.

Transfer students must submit all prior college transcripts.

Financial Aid

Students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for aid. Students are eligible for many types of aid including scholarships, loans and grants.

Loans include Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and the PLUS Program.

Grants include The Federal Pell Grant, the Colorado Student Grant and the Academic Competitive Grant.

Scholarships include The Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty Student Achievement Scholarship, The Brach, Louis and Betty Scholarship and the Borello, Jackie Cochran Scholarship.

Almost 75% of all students at Colorado Mesa University are awarded aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1509th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus is tucked away in the beautiful Grand Valley in Colorado. The school’s location is a haven for outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, rock climbing and rafting. Facilities include the Moss Performing Arts Center where many plays, music and dance performances are held.

The school offers over 80 student clubs and organizations including The Accounting Club, The Black Student Alliance and The Newman club.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics department fields 17 intercollegiate athletic programs including baseball, football and basketball. The Mavericks compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II.

The school plans to add five new sports to its program including skiing, lacrosse and cycling.

Intramural sports include soccer, flag football and dodge ball. The school also offers aerobic and yoga classes.

Information Summary

Ranks 18th in Colorado and 1519th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 13 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 53 0.59

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 144 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 74 0.12
Robbery 37 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 379 0.64
Larceny 2,070 3.47
Vehicle theft 139 0.23

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population20,743 (20,743 urban / N/A rural)
Households8,986 (2.11 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,771
Families4,409 (2.85 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1343rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,008 $6,008 $16,031
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $717 $717 $717
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $215 $215 $573
FT Graduate Tuition $6,091 $6,091 $17,485
FT Graduate Required Fees $461 $461 $461
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $338 $338 $971
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,729 $19,729 $29,752
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,729 $19,729 $29,752
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,001 $11,001 $21,024

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,548 $6,870 $6,548 $6,870 $16,726 $17,049
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,748 $1,552
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,657 $8,386
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,518 $2,924
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,386(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,518 $2,924
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,582(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,459 (3,115 male / 3,337 female)
Admitted 5,304 (2,534 male / 2,764 female)
Admission rate 82%
First-time Enrollment 2,214 (1,105 male / 1,108 female)
FT Enrollment 2,091 (1,050 male / 1,040 female)
PT Enrollment 123 (55 male / 68 female)
Total Enrollment9,676

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1039th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

897th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 12%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,251
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,651
Board Fee$3,992

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2523rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,854 ($59,756 male / $51,343 female)
Number of FT Faculty 250 (136 male / 114 female)
Number of PT Faculty 555
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $5,292,090

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