About Colorado Mesa University

Founded in 1925, Colorado Mesa University. is a Public college. Located in Colorado, which is a city setting in Colorado, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 9,595 full time undergraduate students, and 140 full time graduate students.

The Colorado Mesa University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 21:1. There are 292 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Colorado Mesa University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate82%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range870-1090
ACT Range18-24

Admissions at CM are considered Less Selective, with ,32% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 28 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

54% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 24% were in the top quarter, and 8% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Colorado Mesa University.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    64 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    55 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    68 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    71 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    70 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    70 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    71 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    72 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

Colorado Mesa University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Colorado Mesa University?

49 Students rated Colorado Mesa University

Katrina - 03/22/2024

Great university! I have not been to another college, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I am very happy with it here. There are plenty of different clubs and groups to connect with those who share similar interests. There are some really awesome professors here, and the faculty are always ready to help.

mallory - 07/30/2023

the school teaches you good things in life if you have a good teacher there are some that don't really care if you get it or not and just go ahead. while others don't even know how to help you. the few teachers that actually sit down with you to try to help you make it so much easier and they try to not over load you with the finals because they know you have other class finals that are hard.

Kiayla - 03/09/2023

This school, in my personal opinion, is not meant for those wanted "higher" education. The classes are very easy, which might be fine for some folks, but I do not think it is worth the money by any means. Many of the alumni I've spoke to either spent most of their time partying or ended up working locally, unfortunately still trying to pay off their student debts. Another, somewhat, irking fact about this school is that it is based on Christianity, which create friction among other religious students. This is not an inherently bad thing, but it feels almost suffocating if you do not practice under a Christian faith. Also, the school has very little diversity. That would be tolerable if the city itself was inclusive - but it is not. Political division, and overall segregation, is something everybody experiences and sadly has to live with; however, for this town, it seems almost fatal to have a different view point from your neighbors. It does not help that all of the campus, including the gyms and other buildings, are freely open to the entire city. If you are not from the city of Grand Junction, the low cost of this school (which in reality isn't exactly 'cheap') is not worth it.

Jasmine - 03/07/2023

I really love it and it gave me the opportunity to continue on my path to being what I wanted. It’s cheap and the class sizes are the best. Not to mention the teachers are very helpful, and your classmates are always down for a study session. I know I have made the right choice by picking mesa

Colorado Mesa University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Colorado Mesa University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Colorado Mesa University is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Choosing a college is important, but it is far more important to choose the correct teachers at a college. If the only class that you are able to get a seat in has an undesirable teacher, then it is better to hold off on the class. Always, always ask around and look up a teacher's statistics online.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I don't like that we have to take unnecessary classes. For example, I am an athletic training major, but I have to take a fine arts class. I don't really understand the point in taking so many general education classes.

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  4. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is right on myrtle beach, somuch scholl spirit, just a great place to be

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A very fun school, where you get out everything that you put into it.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    conservitave, small town kids, or kids from out of state looking for a small college with access to the west and outdoor sports

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    Everyone I encounter is very friendly and will help you out with almost anything

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school would have to be it's size. Although it is a rather small school it still has excellent teachers and programs. With the small town feeling it makes it feel more comfortable and not to mention you get a better learning experience with smaller classes.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    It would have saved me alot of stress and worry if I had only known how relaxed and open-minded the students and faculty were at this school. However, that is also an exciting part about going somewhere different and new. There is really nothing bad that caught me off guard but only unexpected things and events which turned out to be good surprises!

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Mesa State is best known for Curtis Martin, played for the San Diego Chargers 1987 to mid 1990's, he once went to school at Mesa State and played as a wide reciver.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) offers a complete college experience with a smaller, more intimate campus. The campus is small, but there are as many opportunities as a large university.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The lack of Commuter Parking lots. There are just a few spots for a lot of cars.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If someone does not like the great outdoors, or smaller campus, and smaller classes, this is not the school for them. Mesa is not in a large or well known athletic conference, so there is not the ability to have national championship type team.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I cannot speak for the main campus of CMU, but at the culinary school it doesn't appear to be a whole lot of outside activities or groups. When the culinary school is involved with or invited to take part in a charity event or festival, students are usually quite eager to take part in those opportunities.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love attending the CMU/WCCC culinary school! After an unfortunate divorce, I am starting my life over. I am proud to be a culinary student and looking forward to carrying on important, but often overlooked culinary traditions. The school offers a great teacher to student ratio and like all endeavors, it has it's negatives, one being that Grand Junction is a small city and does not yet garner the attention that some of the larger, older school communities might.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

92% of students attending Colorado Mesa University receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 59% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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