Colorado Mesa University is a public comprehensive university in Grand Junction, Colorado. The university has its primary campus in central Grand Junction. The university also has other campuses as well; Bishop Campus, which houses Western Colorado Community College in northwestern Grand Junction and a regional campus in Montrose, Colorado. Colorado Mesa University grants two-year associates degrees, four-year bachelors degrees, and master's degrees. The school is in the process of developing its first doctorate program.
Previously called Mesa State College (MSC), the school attained university status in August 2011, changing its name to Colorado Mesa University. The Student to faculty are in the ratio of 22:1
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of eleven trustees (nine voting and two non-voting members). The voting members are appointed by the Colorado Governor, confirmed by the Colorado State Senate and serve staggered terms. The Colorado Mesa University Student Trustee is elected by the Student-body and is considered to be one of the most influential positions in the University and College System. The Senatus Academicus names a member from their ranks to serve as the eleventh member. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and is charged with the task of hiring the President, guiding the mission, and overseeing the budget.
Colorado Mesa University offers programs leading to awards in four levels - technical certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and master's degrees. The college is currently developing a doctorate program in nursing.
Colorado Mesa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Accreditation by this agency places credits earned at the university on par with those earned at other similarly accredited institutions throughout the United States. In 2010, Forbes magazine listed Mesa State College at No. 555 on their 610 "Best Colleges" list.
During the 2010-2011 school year, Colorado Mesa University distributed over $48 million in financial aid to 75% 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.
Colorado Mesa University offers many options for students to live on campus. There are currently over 2,000 students living on campus in one of eleven residential buildings consisting of traditional rooms, suites and pods, and apartments. A twelfth building, Bunting Avenue Student Housing, was constructed in the 2010-2011 school year and was completed in time for the Fall 2011 semester.
Residence halls and apartments are governed by the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA focuses a large portion of their effort toward being the residents' voice and advocating residents' issues to the Housing department and the campus. RHA works closely with housing administration to produce positive changes in campus living. In addition to their governmental and liaison roles with the college, RHA plans and executes events, programs and community service projects for residents' enjoyment.
The Residence Hall Council (RHC) is an extension of RHA and acts as the governing body for each residence hall. The RHC of each building is composed of an elected executive board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Publicist), RHA Representative and Floor Representatives.
Houston Hall has the reputation of being the first building on campus. Built in 1940, it is named for the college's first president, Dr. Clifford G. Houston. Prior to its construction, the college had occupied an abandoned school building (the old Lowell School) in the city's downtown area. During the 2011 expansion and renovation project, delicate care was taken to seamlessly match the ornamental brick facade of the new wing with that of the original building.
Originally built in 1967 to house the college library, previously located in Houston Hall, Lowell Heiny Hall now houses faculty offices.
The current University Center building was built in 2010 to replace the aging W.W. Campbell College Center. The new University Center houses the main campus dining facilities including: Resident Dining Hall, Bookcliff Cafe, Mesa Grill, Jazzman's Cafe and Bakery, and a full service convenience store. The center also houses The Criterion campus newspaper, KMSA 91.3FM campus radio station, Bookstore, Grand Ballroom, student lounges, Art Gallery, Well's Fargo bank branch, MAV Card Office, and all the offices for all campus clubs.
Formerly known as Saunders Field House, The Maverick Center houses all athletic facilities under one roof, except for football and baseball. Facilities include: Brownson Arena, El Pomar Natatorium, Hamilton Recreation Center, Health Sciences Center, and Monfort Family Human Performance Lab. Adjacent to The Maverick Center are Walker Field soccer stadium, Elliot Tennis Complex, Bergman Softball Field, and the Maverick Pavilion.
The Moss Performing Arts Center, named for local Colorado Mesa University supporters John and Angie Moss, provides music, dance and theatre students with the facilities needed to let their creativity shine. The Center, which recently underwent a $5.1 million renovation and expansion, is home to the 600-seat William S. Robinson Theatre, a 300-seat recital hall, the Walter Walker Reception Area, the Mesa Experimental Theatre, a design studio, numerous music practice rooms, smart technology classrooms, faculty offices and a dance studio with panoramic views of the Grand Valley.
Moss is the home to the Theatre and Music Departments which offer a variety of entertainment for the campus and local community throughout the year.
By 1984 the library's collection had outgrown Lowell Heiny Library and plans were made to build the collection a new home. The new library was dedicated in 1986. Recognized as an architectural gem in American School and University magazine the library was named for outgoing college president John U. Tomlinson in 1988 to honor his commitment to improved library services at the college. Tomlinson Library now contains over 190,000 volumes, including a large government documents collection, and a world class geology library. It is equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology and is considered one of the finest small college libraries in the state.
CMU's athletic teams are known as the Mavericks, their mascot is symbolized by a rearing bull's head with flaring nostrils. Official colors are maroon, white, and black. Student body fans are known as The Herd.
The Colorado Mesa Mavericks have 19 varsity teams that compete in NCAA Division II athletics, as part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CMU fields teams in 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 lacrosee, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, and men's wrestling.
In addition to varsity sports, CMU has a large number of club sports including cheerleading, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's rugby, men's volleyball, water polo, cycling, rodeo, skiing, and formerly hockey, as well as active outdoors and intramural programs. The intramural sports include flag football, ultimate frisbee, indoor soccer, dodgeball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball, among many others.
CMU plays host to several summer sports camps and clinics including baseball, football, cross country, cheerleading, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, as well as the largest summer basketball camp west of the Mississippi River.
Since 1958 CMU has co-hosted the Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field.